Not just an AGM, but a busy evening with lots happening at Flowerpatch Quilters last Thursday.
Firstly we were delighted to be able to give a cheque for £2,700 to the Cornwall branch of the Samaritans. This was the proceeds of our quilt raffle and other money raising ventures in the past year. Two representatives joined us to accept the cheque and to tell us about the Samaritans and about the Truro branch in particular. Do read about the wonderful work they do here. I was really interested to hear about all the training they have to do to become a Samaritan volunteer, and to learn that they can also be contacted by email, text and in person. The Samaritans have a new phone no. which is completely free to call from a landline and mobile - 116 123 .This is a link to the newspaper article in the Cornish and Devon.
Next came the AGM bit which was swiftly worked through. Lots of compliments from our Chairman Liz for all the hard work that every member does to make for a successful year - we think she does a great job, too!
Then the member's raffle. When we make up the blocks for our charity quilt we always do a few extra and this year they were made into cushions to be raffled among the members who did some of the sewing. We had three cushions and these were won by Elizabeth, Mary and Iris.
Here is a link to the floral border quilt so you can see how it all fitted in.
The applique flower cushion.
The two double-sided log cabin cushions.
These were finished using a really simple method from Jo Colwill's book "Cushions and Quilts". A narrow lining is sewn to the edge of the cushion as it is being made up and this tucks inside to hide the cushion pad.
Onwards to a show and tell of "Beginner's Quilts" and lots had been brought along. There were paper pieced hexagons and dresden plates, sample block quilts, simple pieced squares, etc and many had been made using fabric from dresses, skirts, blouses and curtains as this was well before we had access to all the super fabric choice we have today.
Finally Julia and Sue from Cartwheels Craft Centre had come along to tell us about the shop and the varied workshops they have at Merrymeet - not just patchwork, and they kindly brought along fabrics and supplies for us to buy.
Well, I said it was busy and there is yet more because, while we enjoyed our shopping and refreshments, next year's charity quilt sewing packs were being handed out; subs were collected - this is still only £15 a year; Charles Causley poetry lines were studied and chosen; and quilting books pored over!
I came home buzzing with the anticipation of another great Flowerpatch year.
Next month on 12th November Barbara Chainey will be giving a talk - "It's all in the Stitch!". An evening not to missed and eagerly anticipated.
Happy Sewing - Anita