I'm a Bernina girl myself, but apparently no matter what machine you use, all are welcome!
The group has a pretty impressive library of magazines that are available to the members to check out. This appeared to be a recent development, but the group clearly enjoyed the opportunities to peruse such a good variety. Clever idea.
Linda had invited me to do a show-and-tell with my quilts, sort of an introduction to the ladies and one hour exhibition of the quilt assortment that defines me as a quilter. The room was full (probably near 30 chairs were set up), and the ladies were kindly attentive.
Afterwards I found out that some of these ladies travel over an hour to attend these meetings!
Thankfully Lynne was there (from two of my classes in Ashburton) as was Una. Una hadn't attended my classes, but we had met at the show. It's always encouraging to have some familiar faces in a crowd. I shared stories and some laughs.
Quilt after quilt was shown, many of my early 'struggle' quilts, some children's quilts and even previews of three 'on the go' projects. After almost an hour the ladies had a few questions and then did their normal club show and tell. The whole experience was positive, and I thoroughly enjoyed seeing the other ladies' work.
One quilt shown was an Anzac banner - with bold poppies on a dark background, very effective colouring, and another was a 'techniques sample' with a three dimensional flower from lightly melted organza. HMMM that could be fun!
There was a woman who had been bequeathed a box of fabrics etc from an older lady including partially made quilt tops sewn with all FRENCH seams! Imagine. This woman remade the tops and finished them properly.
Lynne brought her projects from the Ashburton Symposium, and had made a very nice job of creating cushion covers from her Tricks of the Trade class.
I don't know if students realise how gratifying it is for a tutor to see what they make from their classes. It's a real buzz. A shared accomplishment.
After the session some out of town ladies discussed having a couple of classes, so hopefully we can arrange to see their smiling faces again!
Thank you Linda, and ladies for the lovely orchids and the wonderful afternoon meeting you all.