This was another “final” for me, the final monthly club-night of the year and the final one I will attend before moving house. The tables were dressed with Christmas table clothes, and there was fruit juice for each table. Members were asked to bring along a donation for the Food Bank, and a couple of boxes were soon filled up for those less fortunate. And because it was our Christmas meeting, there were a double number of raffle prizes handed out. Not at my table though, we may have had twice as many prizes, but not one of us were lucky to get our raffle numbers called out.
“Show and Tell” was interesting and varied, as usual. There were bags, and quilts, including several lovely little ones made for the Neo Natal Unit at Hutt Hospital. Two Christmas Angels made an appearance – these were years old and had been unfinished all that time. Then the ladies concerned issued themselves a challenge to hurry up and complete them for the coming festive season. I also noticed a black, white and lime green quilt recently finished for a 14 year old nephew. His aunt told us that the teenager was still using a quilt she had made for him when he was 6 years old, so she thought he really did deserve a more grown up quilt.
Over the last few months our members were issued with a Challenge for a charity Christmas gift. They dipped into a bag and pulled out a slip of paper – this told which age group the gift was to be for, such as 3 year old girl, or teenage boy. The purchased gift was to be $5-$10 value, and the challenge was to make a fabric bag, stocking, or package to pop the gift inside. The creative juices must have been working overtime as there such a lot of lovely packages on display.
“Viewers Choice” winner was Jenny H-A who made a rather splendid turkey to contain her gift. The bags and gifts will be given to the Upper Hutt Leader Christmas appeal.
The Organising Committee from our recent exhibition had two announcements to make. The raffle quilt on display at the exhibition raised $1400 for the Wellington Free Ambulance. And after counting up the votes, the Viewers Choice at the exhibition was June’s lovely quilt, “Amazing Grace”.
Viewers Choice – Amazing Grace
The meeting concluded with a tasty supper, as usual, and I enjoyed my first slice of Christmas cake of the season. After being a member of Pinestream Quilters for many years it will be sad to move on. But new challenges await, and I hope to become a member of the Levin quilt club in the near future.