Our local library holds monthly “Creative Crafting” sessions on all sorts of subjects. This is to promote the books they have on offer on these subjects, and to raise awareness of the different clubs and businesses in our community. Quilting took centre stage this month with a presentation by Yvonne of Sawmillers Quiltery. I couldn’t let a quilt related opportunity pass me by, so I joined the happy group of ladies sitting down waiting for the talk to begin.
The tables were draped with quilts, Baltimore blocks, and stitcheries. Yvonne welcomed us all, and went on to explain what is involved in quilting from a beginner’s viewpoint. Rotary cutters, boards, and rulers are all used these days, and she stressed the care needed while wielding one of these extremely sharp cutters.
All the areas of quilting was covered, from choosing fabric, cutting out the pieces, and the difference between piecing and appliqué. Several types of batting were passed around the group so the ladies could feel the different properties.
A lot of discussion took place when it was mentioned that many quilters in the USA like to hang quilted banners outside their homes to commemorate the four seasons, Independence Day, Halloween, Christmas and other occasions. It seems this practice is more common in some states than others, and we wondered if it might catch on here in New Zealand.
As Yvonne commented, “I’m preaching to the converted”, as many of the group at the presentation have already discovered the joys of patchwork and quilting. But there were several ladies there too who were not yet quilters and came along to see what it is all about. Let’s hope they are keen to take up our wonderful hobby as we could always do with more quilters in the world!