Mini Exhibition - by Anne L
On an extrememly windy, but warm November eveneing, it seemed approriate that the theme for the exhibition should be "The Four Seasons'. As you entered the exhibition you were met with so much colour, it was easy to forget the dreariness outside.
The displays included an array of small quilts (no bigger than 20 x 20 inches) depicting Spring, Summer, Autumn and Winter which were very innovative and a testament to the skills of members in their interpretation of the Seasons. The larger 'Mystery Quilts' were made from Jelly Rolls using the same design, however, they turned out to be anything but similar as the glorious mix of colours were very easy on the eye.
During 2015 various Workshops had taken place and examples were on show of Organiser Bags and the Machine Embroidery undertaken by members. The Sales table was full of items made by members which included a variety of crafts including baby items, knitting, applique, Christmas decorations, bags, quilts, and numerous stitched animals in many sizes.
Plush Addict from Edenbridge were in attendance with plenty of quilting and sewing products to cater for our needs, and they certainly seemed to be kept busy by members and visitors.
The volunteer organisation, Project Linus, also had a display of some of the many quilts which Shirley Quilters' members had donated throughout 2015. They are now providing quilts to many services for sick children, including St. George's Hospital, The Marsden, Croydon University, St. Helier and St. Christopher's Hospice I was told that St. George's alone are asking for 40 quilts per month so they will continue to welcome any donations of fabrics, threads and quilts etc.
Despite the weather conditions, there was a steady stream of visitors and members passing through the halls showing an interest in the work on display and resting in the refreshment area with a 'cup of cheer' and a selection of home-made cakes.
I thought the Exhibition was an accurate reflection of the hard work put in by the Group in 2015 and the pleasure they derive from their sewing and quilting craft.