The speaker was Amanda Hall from monkey buttons. She told us all about how her business started and grew. She went from designing one or two patterns a year to sometimes producing six a month! She now has a catalogue of about 130 designs. That's a lot of bags!
She had lots of different bags to show us and talked about why she used particular techniques, and how she found that television cable makes amazing bag handles!
She also showed us some of her gorgeous quilts. This jelly roll quilt was particularly stunning. And was very out of her comfort zone with the vivid colours.
This one she preferred as the colours were more muted.
We then had show and tell. Here is Di's lovely fussy cut cushion.
Maggies bag, made using a YouTube tutorial
Maria's gorgeous Xmas quilt-either very early or a tad late!
And Muriel's fab Tula pink quilt, which was absolutely stunning. The back was quilted in pink which really looked great against the navy blue.
The next day was a workshop with Amanda, so next months show and tell should be full of gorgeous handbags, and a couple of chickens from Maria and Margaret for some variety. I'm thinking we should install a catwalk to show all the bags off!