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Friday, May 15, 2015

Town and Country Quilters May Club Night

It always seems to rain on our monthly club nights, especially once Daylight Saving had ended and the evenings get darker so much earlier.  But it doesn’t keep the keen members away, and there were the annual subs to pay too.  The new committee were called up on stage and introduced to the members, and outgoing committee members were presented with a small gift each.  After a few notices were read out, the raffles drawn (no, I didn’t win again) the ever popular Show and Tell took place.  Five quilts had been made to be donated to Ronald McDonald House.  It is great that our members regularly stitch quilts for this very deserving charity.  The  families who stay there have children with a wide range of illnesses and medical conditions - from cancer to premature babies, to children hurt in accidents or requiring surgery.   Every sick child needs the love and comfort of being wrapped in a quilt.

Sarah brought along her beautiful kingfisher, started at Symposium.  This is done with “thread painting” and wasn’t too difficult at all, she assured us.  (I don’t know if I’m convinced, it looks very complicated to me).  It is really beautiful, and came in for a lot of scrutiny later on.

P5130035 Sarah’s kingfisher

Made in another Symposium class was Karen’s landscape cushion, so full of interest from the mountains in the background, the river and different greens in the foreground.  I can see this sort of thing being made from a special holiday photo too, of a favourite view.

P5130039 Karen’s landscape cushion

  Marjory brought along her Houses on the Hill quilt, made in a class taken by our own very clever Luchelle.  Just look at those tiny little log cabin clocks – this is a very effective log cabin pattern. 

P5130036 Karen’s log cabin houses

Two other large quilts were well admired.  Maureen’s quilt was a Block of the Month and she pieced it with a creamy-gold background.  Just perfect as it is going to be  a Golden Wedding 50th Anniversary gift for friends.  Heather stitched the striking teal and white Churn Dash quilt.  The alternate blocks have very clever satin stitching in variegated thread, not applied cord  as I first thought.  

P5130037 Gold quilt by Maureen, and Churn Dash by Heather

There were oohs and aahs of wonder when Wendy showed the hexagon quilt top pieced by her Mum, containing more than 5500 hexagons.  What a wonderful work of art.  Hexagons seem to take over peoples lives, I’ve noticed, and most quilters cannot stop at one hexie quilt!

P5130034Made by Wendy's Mum

Five of our clever members had set themselves up in the Supper Room to show some techniques.  Everyone crowded around to check out how the experts do bindings, English Paper Piecing, and hand appliqué, Lynne, Vickie and Janelle showed us how.  I was particularly interested to see how twisted cords are made.  Dianne demonstrated how to use the bobbin fill mechanism to get these twisted together.  And our club has an Accuquilt cutter which members can borrow.  Kathy showed the cutters available, from squares, triangles, hearts and stars.  It was a very interesting evening, and I’m sure we all picked up a few tips.
 P5130045 Janelle showing her glue basting method


Nancy J said...

Hoping you are high and dry, and not venturing too far. What a great night, and so much to be shared.

Razzle Dazzle Quilter said...

Gosh what an interesting evening. We haven't joined our quilt group this year, so we miss out on these things. Never heard of twisting cord using bobbin winding on a machine. I'll have to google that. Or perhaps You tube will have a demo.