October is the start of a new quilting year for Flowerpatch Quilters and begins with our AGM. We gave ourselves a big pat on the back for another successful exhibition in August and for raising £2,500 for the Motor Neurone Disease Association with our quilt raffle and stalls, etc. Karen Lang came to the meeting to accept the cheque and gave a very informative talk about MND and the Association, for whom she has raised funds in the past. Here is a link to our picture in the local paper
AGM matters were dealt with swiftly and then Suzi Argent told us about her new venture - Ashmead Designs. She has developed a new method for doing English Paper Piecing using her pre-cut templates (called Hexiforms) that don't have to be removed after sewing and before quilting, as you do with the paper ones. A brilliant idea! It made me think about the foundation pieced hexagons that I have done as I can see that I'll have a tedious time removing the papers from them.
Suzi had brought along lots of different shapes of Hexiforms, some delightful kits to make Christmas decorations and examples of some of the English Paper Piecing that she has done.
Thank you for taking time from your busy schedule, Suzi, to pay us a visit.
Dy V showed us the progress that has been made with our entry for the Cowslip Workshops "Through the Window" exhibition in June next year. So good to get things started nice and early and Dy has a small team of ladies to help her.
Monica B is organising the making of the charity quilt this year and has a beautiful design in Autumn colours including apples, pears and grapes. Members collected packs to make up parts of the design and I think there are still some packs left over which will be available at the 10th November meeting. Subs are due at this meeting and remain at £15 per year.
We are delighted to be welcoming Louise Nichols in November to give a Talk about her designing, sewing and fabric printing experiences. Not to be missed.
Happy Stitching - Anita x
PS Cartwheel Crafts Centre have their Christmas Craft Fair on 5th and 6th November.