The cold weather and the expected Polar Blast kept many members away on Wednesday. But the hall was nice and cozy, and the smaller group was warmly welcomed by President Lynne.
Our speaker for the evening was well known designer, quilter and embroiderer Jenny Hunter from Plumeart, her mail order business. Jenny had spoken to our group several years ago, so it was great to welcome her back again. As a draughtswoman, Jenny was concerned with the lack of New Zealand inspired designs, so decided to do something about it. Her beautiful New Zealand birds and plants have become something of an institution in the New Zealand Quilter magazine.
Pohutakawa Sunrise – glowing with colour
She then showed us her lovely embroideries, made in just two months for the Manawatu Embroiderers Exhibition. Jenny chose the theme of Celtic works, and after a lot of research came up with these. All these works deserved a close look to see the intricate stitching and beading.
Celtic inspired embroideries
There was just a little Show and Tell brought along. Griet showed us her quilt “Sunshine and Buttercups”, made from stitching lots of her little scraps together, she told us.
Sunshine and Buttercups
Gill had just finished a cheeky Owl quilt, which is getting packed up and sent overseas for a lucky little someone.
Gill’s Owl quilt
And Paula had brought along three little quilts – I particularly liked November Leaves.
Paula with November Leaves
We adjourned to the Supper Room for a cuppa, to check out the library books, and the raffle draws. Lynne made a special announcement to thank Val who is stepping down from kitchen duties after looking after this role for so long. Thanks so much Val, your time and commitment has been most appreciated.