Thursday, 22 November 2012

Christmas party

I was so intent on remembering my contribution to the tasting buffet, my buttons, show and tell, blocks for Liz etc. that I completely forgot my camera.  So sorry, no photos this time.  The party was lovely.  We started with 'Quilt Bingo', where everyone got a 25-patch of different fabrics, and used their buttons as markers.  I called out fabric types ('cream on cream', pink solid', brown geometric') and the first person to a row or a diagonal won a lovely prize of fabric! 
Then came the food and drink.  A super array of lovely food was provided.  And there was plenty of time for chat and mingling, which was a nice change.
Show and tell was good - as usual - and then most people went home.
I was in charge of locking up and had the opportunity to do something I haven't done in a long time!  Poor Ginny had parked on the grass at the side of the car park and was stuck in the mud.  Di and Gill got a cardboard box to put under the wheels to help with purchase, and they, Paula and I got behand the car and pushed!  I had really thought my days of pushing cars was over, but obviously not!  The good news is that we still had the knack, and Ginny edged steadily onto the tarmac and away! 
It just remains for the committee to wish everyone a Merry Christmas and a very Happy and Quilty New Year.  See you in January!

Saturday, 3 November 2012

October meeting - AGM

Unfortunately I had to miss the AGM, as we were on holiday (in sunny climes - lovely!).  However, I understand I missed a really good evening - just my luck!   To start with, the AGM part was carried out beautifully : everyone had the opportunity to find out whatever they needed to know about the running of the group and a chance to raise any issues they had, and it was all completed in under half an hour!  Perfect!  Then there was a choice of four different workshops.  This was Rebecca's, a strippy technique which looks as if it was right up my street!
Di showed how to make these fabulous fabric chocolates!  They look delicious.

This tabel were all making japanese folded patchwork.  This is a method of making an individual block  which is already wadded and quilted, and ready to join into an instant quilt.  Marvellous.

These students look completely absorbed in their task.  I don't know what they're doing, but it looks fascinating!

June spends a lot of time making sure that the raffle is a bit of fun, and with Hallowe'en just round the corner, she went to town with a scarey theme!  It's always a treat to see what she comes up with.

I also missed an opportunity to add to my stash.  Sian brought lots of gorgeous fabrics, which proved very popular - and why wouldn't they?

there has been a lot of excitement about our new mystery quilt, House and Home, designed by Andrea, and lots of people have already completed the first block.  How different they all look.

And, no, Bunty isn't playing the piano, but giving out the next set of instructions for a window block.

Show and tell was started with a bang by Gwyneth.  These heart blocks were all made by a local group and donated to be made up in aid of breast cancer charities.  Gwyneth joined them up and Liz kindly quilted it on her longarm.  It is absolutely stunning.  Well done to all who contributed.

These quilts look like Ricky Tims transformation quilts.  Beautiful.

Two quilts of the same design.  Don't they look different?

Muriel's magic tile.  Such lovely colours.

This quilt has a simple construction, but the pretty colours and lovely quilting make it look fabulous.

A lovely runner and place mat.  I'd like to have had a closer look at these.

Di is always very creative and this delightful bag is typical of her lovely work.

Jan has completed her 'tentmakers of cairo' applique.  Super colour choices.

And last, but certainly not least, here is Paula's handy workshop bag which is big enough to carry cutting mats, ruler and all the supplies we quilters need to take with us when on the move.
Thank you very much to Nik who took all the pictures and sent them to me.  Shame she didn't get people waving again, although everyone looks very happy!