Our quilt club night in January is always a casual meeting, without the more usual speaker. Instead we have a “Bring and Buy” night, where members can set up a stall to sell off unwanted fabric, books, notions, even UFOs. Several took advantage of this opportunity, and some brisk trading took place. Plenty of quilts were completed over the Christmas holidays, ensuring lots of Show and Tell. Some of our members had taken part in the Nancy Crow workshop and brought their samples along. They had to cut fabric without rulers, stitch it up, recut, and stitch again. Three weeks of intense sewing would not be quite my idea of a holiday, but our ladies enjoyed it so much they have signed up for the next workshop when Nancy Crow returns again to New Zealand.
I had seen Joyce working on her “Good Golly, Miss Molly” quilt over the last few months, and she had just finished stitching the binding down in time for our club night. This vibrant quilt is amazing, and a real credit to her, especially as Joyce says. “I don’t do brights!” She has done brights very well indeed.
Jean loves butterflies, and was thrilled when her stitching group made her a lovely butterfly quilt to celebrate her 80th birthday. She brought it along to share with us too, it is a lovely quilt in blues and lilacs.
Another very special quilt brought along with a lovely story was the family hexagon quilt. Grandma had stitched hexagon blocks in red, white and black before she passed away. Her grand-daughter found them and asked her partner’s Mum to help her turn them into a quilt. The result is this hexagon quilt which the grand-daughter treasures. So often you hear of old textiles being disposed of, so it is wonderful that in this case the quilt remains as the family connection through the generations.
There are lots of gorgeous Japanese fabrics in this stunning quilt, made by Jenny H. Simple in design, and set off with black, it certainly makes a statement. The Fons and Porter pattern is Venetian Dream, and Jenny is generously donating the quilt to the hospice.
It was good to meet up with all the ladies again, and catch up with all their holiday news. None of the raffle prizes came my way, as usual. Perhaps I’ll have more luck next month.