Tuesday, 24 April 2018

Hanging at Winchester House

Winchester House is the face of the Cancer Society here in Levin.  Town and Country Quilters have been rotating a quilt here each month for quite some time, certainly as long as I have been a member, and no doubt many years before that.  I call into the house for a meeting from time to time and love to see what is on display. This month, it is a little treasure indeed.

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Made by Carol, for Pam

Carol’s trademark beautiful stitchery, and surrounded by a colourful cat print, it is just the thing for a cat lover.

Jenny Benton

Thursday, 12 April 2018

April Club Night

It may have been wet and cold on our Club Night, but there was still a goodly number of keen quilters who braved the wintry conditions.  In fact, our President Lynne remarked on the number who turned up, clearly expecting many to stay home.  But the heaters in the hall were turned up, and we were warmly welcomed indeed.

Show and Tell is always the highlight, I feel, and it is always so nice to see what the members have been working on.  I was in the queue too waiting to have my moment on the stage, so didn’t have time to take notes as to who had made what. The Hydrangea wall hanging was absolutely amazing!   Here are a few snaps of the quilts hanging in the Supper Room.

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A few of the lovely Show and Tell items

One of our lovely members (Barbara I think?) had been on the recent bus trip to the show up north and was very interested in the fabric turtles she saw at one of the stalls.  So came home and made one for herself, embellishing it with sparkly clip on earrings.  Her turtle really looked marvelous!  Sorry, didn’t get a photo of this.

Instead of a speaker this month we had presentations from the three local quilt shops, who brought along various gadgets to show us.  And what a variety there was.

Club member Ute from The Lifestyler brought along some rulers to show us with magnetic strips and handles.  Ute also imports an exclusive range of German fabric.

Robyn and club member Luchelle from Fox’s Cottage had all sorts of interesting things to show us, most of which I hadn’t seen before, from a new type of applique mat, a special light to attach to your machine, spray starch and iron cleaner.  I definitely need a bottle of that iron cleaner for myself!

And Lynette from Cherry Pie Bernina had selected another range of gadgets to show us.  The super slim light box looked amazing, and the button hole cutter and double eyed needles needed checking out.  I don’t have one of those super simple Hera markers, but I gave it a try as it was passed around the tables, and can certainly see the need for one of those.

If you want further info, a click on the shop names will take you to their websites.

All in all, another interesting Club Night, well worth braving the weather.  It seems that Winter has arrived with a vengeance, more time to sit inside in the warmth of our homes and keep stitching away.

Jenny Benton