Friday, 17 June 2016

June meeting

This month was a busy meeting.  We had our brown bag challenge, sign ups for our zip workshops next month, and Gwyneth kindly brought along bargain zips from Bloodwise to sell, apart from all the usual activities of raffle, show and tell and a very interesting speaker. 

Ruth Singer is a local textile artist, who has come to her present position through the museum service! She is particularly interested in making exhibitions, especially using historical starting points.  She will be exhibiting at the Festival of Quilts with some of her work in response to photos of women criminals, and will have a workshop there too.  She is holding up a piece which consists of an 18th century silk waistcoat which she has unpicked and then conserved by trapping it between two layers of organza.  The pocket flaps, which have survived surprisingly well, are on the outside!  We enjoyed her slides, but we especially enjoyed being able to examine her work.  

Even though the weather wasn't in full summer mode, June's raffle prizes were!  Ice creams with flakes - what could be more representative of the British summer! 

The show and tell started with this gorgeous medallion quilt.  Apparently it's not perfect (according to the maker!) who knew?  First picture is the front, and second the back.  Great way to use up extra fabric. 

Ann made this hexagon bag.  It looks lovely, but she said it was very tricky to make and she wouldn't make another! 

Nik made this lovely heart quilt for Linus.  A great use of scraps. 

This piece was made at the recent Jenny Raiment workshop.  Good use of a sample. 

And here is the other side - the other workshop sample! Very clever. 

This sample has been made into a cushion. 

And this one! 

Although Maria wasn't able to be at the meeting, she sent this lovely quilt which she has made as a present.  It will soon be off to its lucky recipient.  The prairie points are a super touch. 

And lastly, Gaynor showed this bag she made from a pattern she bought at Malvern.  She likes the bag, but found the top was a bit narrow for getting her purse in and out.  She'd definitely make another, but widen the top slightly. 
In case anyone wasn't at the meeting, but will be at the July meeting, there is still space on all the zip workshops.  They are an integral zip with Lynda, a simple make up bag with Maggie, a zipped cushion with Di and an easy quilted zipped bag with Liz.  If you want to join one of the workshops, just email me and I'll add you to the list and let you have the requirements. 
See you in July! 

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