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