Our monthly meeting started with a “Special Meeting” where the Proposal presenting the Review of the Finance Committee was passed and adopted. With that important piece of business out of the way, the meeting continued with notices, raffles, and Show and Tell. I had taken along my Baskets of Blessings quilts with the spiral quilting done by machine to show, and everyone was interested in checking the back of the quilt to to see how it was done. Kaye presented her beautiful appliquéd native bird quilt, featuring a tui sitting on a kowhai tree, surrounded by a lovely vine, finally completed, she was happy to say.
This pretty Dresden Plate quilt was stitched by Sarah for her 90 year old aunt, and the machine quilting has to be seen up close to be fully appreciated.
And this lovely floral quilt with embroidered blocks was done by Carol. The embroidery patterns were the old sort which are ironed on to fabric, Carol told us, the way things used to be done – instead of the more modern approach with tracing using a light box.
Later we adjoined to the Supper Room for a cuppa and to check out library books, and interested members crowded around four of our club members who were doing demonstrations of various techniques. I was quite keen to see how one goes about printing on fabric, and the secret seems to be to purchase packs of specially prepared fabric. Demonstrations of Suffolk Puffs, and joining Quilt as You Go blocks created interest, as did Lynne taking the mystery of of several Mystery Blocks, which seemed to be the stitch, slice, and rearrange type of blocks. They certainly looked nice and graphic.
Many thanks to Lynne, Cheryl, Diane and Sandra for doing the demonstrations – it made for a very informative finish to our meeting.