The Bag Evening - by Jean D

It was probably the hottest evening of the year but this did not deter the members attending and participating in what was billed as ‘The Bag Evening’. 

We arrived armed with sewing kit a fat quarter and ribbon or tape.

The purple, blue and green squares for the quilts destined for the Multiple Sclerosis Society Centre were collected.

Julia Scott, Chairman, opened the meeting by welcoming two new members Deidre Linehan and Sue Newell. We hope they will enjoy their membership 

and all the activities in this friendly group.  Julia reminded us that the exhibit entry forms need to completed by Tuesday 17th September 2013 for the mini exhibition which will be held on Tuesday 19th November 2013.  Julia showed us 12 x 20inches squares that she had made for the S.C.B.U. (Special Care Baby Unit) at St. Heliers and Mayday Hospitals.  However, in future, the units would prefer 25 inch squares.

So far we have made 100 quilts for the Linus project and a further 21 were given at the meeting these will go to Mayday Hospital to be given to children for comfort.

Linda Mercer, who will be teaching how to make a flower cushion with machine quilting and embroidery on Saturday, 5th October  2013, 10am - 4pm talked about the event and gave out written instructions in order for participants to practice at home.

As it was a bag evening, all members then showed and talked about the bags they had made, the oldest made in 1988.  .It was a splendid array of shapes, colours, sizes and decoration.

After the interval for a welcome drink and biscuits, we settled down to take instruction on making syringe driver bags with the fat quarters of fabric we had brought. There was insufficient time to finish a bag so they will be completed at home.

The evening was well attended, everyone dressed in light summer clothes with all windows and doors open  and electric fans moving the hot air around, it 
was a relief to leave the hall to the relative cool outside but the temperature was still 25 degrees.