Counting down to the next meeting

Lots of activity behind the scenes to get ready for our December meeting.  Yes, it is only mid-November, but these things take time.   Fabric is being measured out and cut up,

–  raffle prizes sorted, display boards cleaned up, catering supplies reviewed – it’s positively hectic!  Our December meeting is traditionally free entry and has a faintly festive flavour – this year we are planning on providing tea, coffee, cake, mince pies and the famous fruit cup. Remember to bring a mug for your tea and coffee!

At the December meeting we will have the grand display of the Chairman’s Challenge entries for which there will be some silly prizes awarded at the Chairman’s discretion…. (memo – need to add silly prizes to the “get” list).  There will be retail therapy courtesy of our stalwart local quilt shops, and for the first 50 at the door, a patchworker’s goody bag to explore during the meeting.  Plus you can pick up your copy of our Newsletter with the Block of the Month, and a copy of the 2013 programme if you don’t already have one or haven’t read the page above. If space permits, we’ll have a table of books and magazines to browse for Christmas (and non-Christmas) stitching ideas.  We might even make Show & Tell a seasonal affair – why not bring Christmas-themed items you have made over the years and share them with everyone?

See you there!

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November meeting report

The temperature outside was rather brisk on Thursday evening so warming up with practical felting was the perfect thing to do.  Maggi Birchenough was in charge of proceedings (Barbara maintains Maggi volunteered for this, Maggi’s version is quite different!) and gave us a short demonstration of “how to”, followed by a magnificently prepared hands-on session for all.  Maggi had put together individual packs containing absolutely everything necessary – net, bubble wrap, dowel, soap, water bottle, wool tops – and everyone got straight to work with great enthusiasm.  Irene extended her sterling kitchen service to include ferrying bottles of water and, for those who were not busy felting, there was a full retail option provided by Angie’s Quilt Shop and ZigZags.

This was the view from the retail end of the hall during the first felting session –

Memo to photographer – move around the table before clicking!  The retail was most tempting and it wasn’t easy to get good pictures –

Lots of chat, lots to look at including an entertaining Show & Tell contribution from Wendy

Our 2013 programme was published at this meeting  and we owe huge thanks to Irene for putting that together.  You will find the outline listings on the Programme page and we’ll be putting more details up soon.  Now we’re going to start putting things together for our December meeting…. hope to see you there (and remember, it’s free admission!)