Bring along all the charity quilts you've made over the year, whether they're for Project Linus, St Peter's Special Care Baby Unit or Incubator quilts from the Quiltathon. We will display them all around the hall for you to admire the skills and creativity of our members.
We will also have a celebratory Pot Luck Supper, so bring along a plate of food to share with your quilting friends. We will supply non-alcohol punch to get us into the seasonal spirit.
And if you'd like to participate, we're having our Secret Santa swap - anything craft-related, handmade or bought (up to the value of approx £5) - a FQ or two always goes down a treat. Wrap it up and pop it into Santa's sack!
Saturday 18th November - workshop with our own Judy Stannard - "Basket Case!"
Due to the Kate's unfortunate cancellation due to ill health we are happy to announce that Paula Doyle will visit in September.
Paula will talk to us about her new book 'Easy Stack' and the technique which takes large print fabrics and creates fabulous and unique blocks. Paula will explain the process of writing a quilting book with all the technical information and samples that are required to bring about a finished master copy to send for publishing.
We will be running a workshop with Paula on Saturday 16th September, entitled "Easy Stack"
Angela Daymond will be speaking about her business - Fenland Textile Studio and her love of dyeing with woad and other natural products. She will explain how she uses her dyed fabrics and threads to create and showcase her quilting designs and techniques, especially Kantha stitching.
Angela will be running a workshop on Kantha Stitching the following day, Saturday 22 July.
Bring your hand sewing kit and we will create blocks which will become a quilt or two for Project Linus - The block will be a simple Eye Spy log cabin. Please bring along any unwanted strips and any pictorial fabrics for the centre of the block. We will be bringing along fabric too. Jacquie will be bringing along a sales table of fabrics and haberdashery which will raise funds for Project Linus.
Bring your hand sewing, knitting, crocheting, embroidery, and have a chat with friends. We will be launching our new 2017 Group Challenge tonight!
Tonight we'll be hearing short reports from the Committee about the events and our successes over the past year. We are also inviting you to join our committee, as we have a couple of vacancies. Don't be shy - come and have your say!
A popular event this evening will be our annual Silent Auction - bring along anything sewing-related that you no longer need and let others add to their stash. And if anything catches your eye, don't forget to place your bid. Bring your purses! It generates funds for the group, which in turn goes to our nominated Charity of the Year.
Which leads me nicely onto the fact that we need to propose and vote for the new charity for 2017/18, so if you know of a smallish, local charity that could do with some extra money, please tell us about them - just a 2-minute introduction will do, and we'll put all of the nominations to a confidential vote.
See you on Friday!