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Thursday, July 11, 2013

Town and Country Quilters July Club-night

There was no doubt that winter was in full force when I ventured out in the evening to attend the monthly Town and Quilters meeting.  In fact, I wondered if the bad weather would keep the majority of members at home, tucked up warm, cosy and dry by their fires, heaters or heat pumps.  But quilters must be a hardy lot, as the hall was reasonably full.

The raffle quilt for the upcoming exhibition was proudly unveiled, and drew gasps of admiration from the crowd.  Members were invited to make a block or two on the theme of “Life’s a Beach”.  Blocks of all shapes and sizes were handed in, both appliquéd and pieced, and then came the difficult task of fitting it all together.  The top was then given to Paula of Rabbits Patch Quilting and she did a wonderful job with her custom quilting.

DSCF5851 “Life’s a Beach” raffle quilt

“Show and Tell”was inspiring, as always.  “Country Urn” had the look of a wool quilt when we saw it on the stage, but was pieced and appliquéd by Fay in cottons using warm country colours.  The gracefully curved Flying Geese inner border was the perfect finishing touch.  “How did she do that?” I heard someone ask.  My guess would be with paper piecing. 

DSCF5850 “Country Urn” by Fay

“Great Aunt Leslie” has been busy, working away on a quilt for a very special new member of the family.  Leslie traced around wooden blocks to get the appliqué shapes, then set them in Attic Windows.  Fun kiddie prints were used as the sashings and borders.

DSCF5854 Leslie’s cot quilt

I loved this pretty pastel bed quilt, full of flowers and checkerboards.  The floral panels were heavily quilted, and the quilt is a gift from Cynthia  for her daughter.

DSCF5847Pretty floral quilt

Denise had finished two very striking wall hangings.  The tiger, who seems to be looking right at you, was for her daughter.  And the stag with his full set of antlers, was for her son.  Both these designs were kits purchased from Grandmother’s Garden quilt shop.  When Denise mentioned that there are also horse kits available, I rushed home, jumped online, and placed an order for my horse mad grand-daughters.   I just hope that my skills are equal to the task of tackling such a seemingly  intricate pattern.

DSCF5849 Tiger and stag wall-hangings, made by Denise

Marjorie brought along her Kaleidoscope quilt, full of all those spinning shapes and colours which look great together.  I’m sure it was quite a fiddly design to put together, not a pattern I have ever done.

DSCF5853Kaleidoscope quilt

It was a good night out, but unfortunately the speaker did not arrive.  She was expecting to come to our meeting the following week, and would have been devastated to learn that she had got the date wrong.  Never mind, after supper we all trotted off home just a little earlier than usual.   Not a bad thing at all on such a wild night.

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