Was this the quilting club or a knitting circle we wondered? The number of members sitting knitting at our October club night was amazing. Everywhere we looked, the needles were clicking away busily – just goes to show that quilters can do lots of other things too.
The speakers for the evening were our two shop owners, Sharon and Dianna, who brought along new goodies from their respective quilt shops to tempt us. Sharon van der Gulik from Thimbles and Threads took the floor first. Sharon’s message was to “treat ourselves”, enjoy our hobby of P & Q, and buy the very best to help us in our stitching. Sharon’s selection of products ranged from Daylight lamps, (we are all getting older and need help to see), flexible rubber bobbin holders, (drop them and the bobbins stay put), to easy to hold rotary cutters and scissors. Rulers with yellow lines make it so much easier to see where to cut fabric, and I rather liked the yellow chalk pen which makes a fine line, must buy myself one of those, I decided.
Dianna Carol from Kapiti Coast Bernina then showed us some new products. She demonstrated how the lines from the Frixion marking pen can be erased by a hot iron. Fusible web to join lengths of batting together is a relatively new product here, as is the fine bobbin fill threads. But the highlight of the evening was a glimpse of a brand new Bernina sewing machine. Maybe some lucky quilter from our club will find one in her Christmas stocking soon.
Show and Tell was interesting as usual. There were bags galore, and two special birthday quilts which were proudly displayed. Cathy is another member making quilts from Op Shop shirts, and brought along quilt number three in the series to show us. The Neo Natal Unit will be pleased with the selection of little quilts finished this month, together with knitted baby blankets, singlets and tiny little socks.
It was another interesting meeting, and as always, great to catch up with other members.