For the first time at my “newish” club, I was on Show and Tell duty. The plan was to arrive at 7.00pm, to find out what my duties entailed. Which were – help carry out and erect the display stands, write down the show and tell items in the red book, and most importantly, help to hold up the quilts on stage, while their makers tell us a little about them. And help pack it all away afterwards. Sounds fairly straight forward, I can do all that, no trouble at all. And I managed to get up on the stage and down again without tripping myself up in front of everyone, so I’m pleased about that.
Kathy had finished her Wise Owls quilt, which some of us first saw at a recent Remnants stitching night. She machined quilted lots of swirls and flowers all around those cheeky little owls, and the quilt looks great.
Helen, another member of our Sew Wot stitching group, has finished quilting not one but two lovely star quilts with her trademark very professional quilting. This pattern was offered as a Block of the Month project by the committee last year.
Helen’s star quilts
Some lucky little person will be thrilled to receive this bright and cheery cot quilt. Jacquey stitched this quilt, full of happy little butterflies, caterpillars and flowers.
Cot quilt by Jacquey
As I was helping to hold up the quilts on stage, I didn’t get a good look at them till after the meeting. I was particularly keen to check out the Japanese style 21st birthday quilt Yvonne had made for her grand-son. She related how she was given a small picture of the quilt he wanted, and was unsure how to go about it. But the grand-son was so sure of Yvonne’s ability and told her he was sure that she would manage it. It is indeed a work of art, from the hand crafted fishing net which makes up the central pane, to the beautiful sashiko quilting around the wide borders.
Our speaker for the evening was Anne who runs The Crafty Pear quilt shop, at 77 Main St, Pahiatua. (Must keep that one on the list for a future trip when we are passing by, I’ve never been there before). Anne makes more tops than quilts, she told us, and had brought along lots to show us. Back on stage I hopped, to do some more quilt holding duty. She has also made beautiful cross stitch and embroidery items, and some of these were passed around the hall for the ladies to see close up.
After the talk everyone made a bee-line to check out the goodies which Anne had brought along to sell. As any quilter knows, there just might be something tucked away in one of those baskets that you just can’t go home without!
Our meeting concluded with supper and a chance to catch up with others. A very pleasant evening, as usual.