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Thursday, March 13, 2014

Town and Country Quilters March Club Night

The monthly quilt club night had rolled around again, and club members chattered happily as they gathered in the hall waiting for the meeting to commence.  Show and Tell is always the highlight, and Helen was the star of the night when she produced a whole bunch of quilts to be donated to Ronald McDonald House.  Some of these were made from 6 inch squares, and Helen told how her grandson enjoyed helping to put the colours together.

P3120010 Some of Helen’s community quilts

An expected grandchild always means a new quilt, and Katherine made this lovely Eye Spy quilt for the new baby who is due is May.  This was made in the ever popular post card design.

P3120017 Eye Spy quilt for new grand-child

Yvonne’s appliqu├ęd Quilt Garden looked great on a dark background.  This was designed by the very clever duo at Piece of Cake Designs.

P3120018 Yvonne’s Quilt Garden

During the last few months of the year, the club presented patterns for Block of the Month Star Quilts, and this was very popular.  Members chose their own colours, and several were brought along for Show and Tell.  I didn’t take part in this, as I was struggling to finish my Christmas Star quilt from many years ago.

P3120014 Star BOM quilts

And for something completely different, Karen brought along the reason why she didn’t have much time for patchwork and quilting.  She had been working hard finishing off her cross stitch sampler.  Every stitched motif means something in her life, she said.

P3120019 Karen’s Sampler

Our speaker for the night was well known quilter and designer Jenny Hunter.  Most quilters will know her from the patterns she designs for New Zealand Quilter magazine, such as her beautiful native bird series.  Some of these are on my Bucket List to do one day.

P3120020 Jenny Hunter’s native bird designs

Jenny Hunter has recently moved to Levin, and has started a small shop.  She decided to stock items that she was particularly keen to use, such as  imported silk threads, silk rods and cocoons, a small range of fabrics including lovely packs of shot cottons, dyes and paints.  She has been accepted as a merchant at the upcoming Symposium and club members were quick to check out some of the more unusual stock items she had brought along to show at the meeting.

P3120022Checking out interesting items

I had a quick chat to Jenny Hunter and reminded her of a class I had attended with her ages ago,  probably about 25 years years ago, I should think.  This was for a bag to carry cutting board and rulers to class, and the design had lots of pockets, large and small, and places to safely store scissors and rotary cutters.  I made mine in black fabric with pink  and blue flowers, and it has been in constant use all these years.  I’m sure that there have been many versions made of this handy bag.

P3130024 Almost an antique – carry bag for my cutting board and rulers

2 comments:

Ngaire Flynn said...

Found my quilters bag when packing to move to Wanganui. Made mine with Jenny at the shop that used to be in Pipitea St Wellington. So many years ago that I am too scared to remember. Also made Wellington Houses and a Christmas miniature with Jenny at the same shop. So pleased to know she is back at this end of theNNorth Island. Ngaire F.

Jenny said...

Hi Ngaire, so nice to hear from you, I didn't realise that you had left the Wellington area too.

Couldn't get in touch as your email came as a "no-reply".

It is great that Jenny Hunter has now moved down this way, after spending some years in Auckland. She will be one of the merchants at the next Symposium, to be held in Palmerston North.