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Friday, August 24, 2012

Pinestream Quilters August Meeting

This month’s meeting was a little bit different, as it was our “birthday and a half” meeting.  The official birthday month had slipped under the radar, so we were celebrating it several months later.  That didn’t matter, as we all had a fun night.  Instead of the usual raffles, each table played “pass the parcel” till the music stopped.  Then the lucky person ripped off the wrapping paper to find a small gift, and the parcel was sent on it’s way again.  No one missed out, and we all came away with a little something.

We were invited to bring along any special birthday quilts for Show and Tell, those we had made for others, and those we had received.  As any quilter knows, quilts made and given away far exceed those which someone may have made for us.  Linda showed us a birthday quilt she had made for her cousin.  Linda is well known for her love of paper pieced spiky patterns, and this quilt is beautifully shaded from light to dark.

DSCF2568 Linda’s quilt made for her cousin

Joyce is the proud owner of this birthday quilt, lovingly made by her sister, that’s two quilters in the family.

DSCF2575 Birthday quilt made for Joyce

Brenda received a birthday quilt too, for her 60th birthday, she told us.  Made in lots of lovely batiks, it was stitched by members of her quilting group.

DSCF2571 Brenda’s birthday quilt

I loved the bright and cheerful quilt Pam had made for a Tongan friend’s birthday.  The floral print is from a cotton sarong, and the quilt also features New Zealand fabrics.  Pam’s  friend wanted the quilt to acknowledge both her Tongan heritage and her life now in New Zealand.  Great job, Pam.

DSCF2572 Birthday quilt for a Tongan friend

My quilting friend Jenni F brought along the 60th birthday quilt she had made for her husband, complete with a rod and reel.  She named it “Caught”, and there’s no doubt that he is a keen fisherman!

DSCF2569“Caught” – 60th birthday quilt

I took along a couple of birthday quilts too.  “A Fishy Supper”  was a 60th birthday gift and was made by my pen-friend Rose in the UK. The label reads, “made especially for my friend Jenny and her love of sea food”.  This small quilt is beautifully hand quilted.

DSCF2492 My 60th birthday quilt from UK

Another 60th birthday quilt on show was the one I had stitched for my husband Robin.  This is a tee shirt quilt called “Memories of Work and Play”.  I used tee shirts, backed with non stretch interfacing, and logos cut from his former work shirts.  The border is a New Zealand design of silver ferns on a black background.

Robin's T Shirt Quilt Robin’s 60th birthday quilt

In keeping with the birthday theme, we had a special supper of dainty little decorated cupcakes, and other goodies.  Doesn’t the supper table look great!  We all had a lovely evening, and thanks to the committee for making it so special.

DSCF2564 The supper table

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