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Saturday, May 28, 2011

May Quilt Club Night

Even though the weather was wet and wild, lots of members made it to the monthly meeting of the Pinestream Quilters.  Those who had attended the Quilt Symposium at Queenstown took the floor and spoke about their classes.  Several had taken various design classes, which involved drawing designs and refining them before moving on to stitching.  Sharon brought along a beautiful Rose Window quilt from her workshop with Gail Lawther; after seeing the real thing in cathedrals in England, this is certainly something I would like to try.  Others had taken classes in felting and working with silks, and Brenda had been working with a soldering iron burning layers out of her stunning Celtic design in orange and black.  Brenda also brought along two hand painted silk pieces from a workshop with Hollis Chatelaine, one of flags and the other a landscape piece, so we  look forward to seeing these when they are quilted.
Show and Tell was inspiring as usual.  Sharon brought along four quilts to show us, with two of them being special birthday quilts made for her by her quilting buddies.  Although she didn’t admit to us, we presume it was for one of those “major” birthdays.  This birthday quilt  featuring nine patches and a striking floral quilt was lovely.  What a wonderful group of friends!
DSCF6316Sharon’s birthday quilt
Sharon’s quilting group had taken part in a nine patch challenge some time ago and here is her finished quilt.  There were 248 of these little nine patches to work with so some of them ended up as a feature on the back. 
DSCF6317 Nine patch swap challenge quilt
Brenda had found this little quilt lurking in a cupboard so decided it was high time to get it finished.  Poppies are the flowers of Anzac Day and these flowers are accentuated with beads.  
DSCF6318 Brenda’s Anzac quilt
Next was a disappearing nine patch quilt with a difference.  Joy’s daughter and son-in-law had requested a blue quilt with a tennis theme.  Luckily she found some tennis fabric in a shop, and also used fabric from their tennis tournament uniforms.  This really makes the quilt personal and very special.
DSCF6319Disappearing nine patch tennis quilt
The New York Beauty block holds no fears for Linda as she has made several quilts using this pattern.  She made this pretty shaded version for her cousin’s 50th birthday.
DSCF6320 Linda’s New York Beauty quilt
New quilter Margaret has only made 3 quilts so far, she told us.  This bright and happy quilt is for her first grand child, and she has certainly done a great job.  She had also knitted a tiny woollen blanket to donate to the neo natal ward of Hutt Hospital.
DSCF6322 Margaret’s quilt for her first grand child
We have several Margaret's in our club, and this green and purple quilt was by Margaret R.  She used up some of her little scraps in the block centres, and the quilt is nicely finished with straight line quilting.
DSCF6321 Margaret’s green and purple quilt
It was another great meeting.  I was on supper duty so helped out behind the kitchen counter, then sneaked out to take these photos of the quilts hanging up on display, before rushing back to help with the dishes.  Then I helped my quilting buddy Jenni with her hall duties, and packed up a few folding tables with her. Show and Tell is always inspiring and I am sure we all go home with lots of ideas buzzing around in our heads.

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