As usual Flowerpatch Quilters latest meeting was full of interest and included an inspiring talk by Penny O'Connor.
Penny told us that she has been sewing from a young age and has always wanted to work in art and textiles. She has studied many different techniques including fabric screen printing, dyeing, spinning and weaving to name just a few. After many happy years teaching Penny moved to Cornwall and now her love is machine and hand embroidery. One of her designs came about after observing her hens - they hated getting their feet wet!
Other animals quickly followed - some quirky
and others simply beautiful.
I really like this new design
and of course we have to include Christmas at this time of year.
These two pics show the myriad of items that Penny brought along for us to enjoy. She calls her free motion embroidery "just scribbling" - I only wish I could "scribble" as creatively!
Thank you Penny for such an interesting and friendly evening.
We also had our swiftly dealt with AGM and gave ourselves a pat on the back for raising £3000 for Cornwall Blood Bikes with our quilt raffle, etc. Monica B had made a table runner and 4 place mats in the same design and these were raffled among the members who had helped to make the quilt. Julia was the lucky winner. We chose our charity for 2018 and it is Guide Dogs.
There is a change of date for Flowerpatch's December meeting - it is a week earlier on Thursday 7th December. Please bring along some nibbles. We will be making Twinchies - 2" squares of loveliness, so please also bring sewing kit, fabric scraps, beads, buttons, embroidery threads, etc. - whatever you have at hand. As you've probably heard many times before - "here are some I made earlier!"