AGM 2017 Chair's Report

I have been Shirley Quilters' Chairman for six years and have for the most part enjoyed the experience. The committee have tried so hard to make Shirley Quilters as special as possible over the years. Thanks to all the committee and members that work together to create "Shirley Quilters’’ for all members to enjoy. Also to Eileen and Trevor who work very hard to maintain our website. In November 2016 we saw the introduction of the Shirley Quilters on Facebook and thank you to Lisa and friends who regularly update and look after the site.

To ensure the group reflects what members' want, we organised a Questionnaire and fed back the results to the group. We also arranged another workshop with Gail Penberthy as this was requested by several members in the results. We have found that the sayings, “You can’t please everyone’’ and “We’re only human’’ help us when we need a boost of encouragement to continue. Please remember it is so easy to criticise and not so easy to be the ones trying to please everyone.

Over the year we have been busy:  making Bird house Tissue Boxes and  Table toppers with Gail Penberthy, working during a meeting to make Hexagon flowers and had a challenge to make 2 by 2 blocks which are both being made  into Quilts for Linus, members are rising to the challenge of ‘Multi Coloured Striped Fabric’, we enjoyed variations of blocks and mini make demonstrations, we made Christmas Trees with folded fabric, listened to Mary Gamester and Jennie Rayment  give talks, with the latter showing much more than is normally expected in a talk…..(I laughed so much my face ached), we had visits from Patchwork Cabin and  Creative Quilting,  some of us went to the NEC on a coach trip and last but by no means least rose to the challenge of a cancelled exhibition and put on a successful evening in October to show as many of the Groups challenges as possible and incorporate the tombola. Can’t believe we really managed all that and are still working and planning more.

Shirley Quilters continues to support Project Linus through individual members'/friends' donations of quilts, fabric and wadding. We also made two quilts for two special children that were nominated. Our total of quilts donated is now over 650. We have also donated £150 to Project Linus and knitted 80 Easter crème egg covers and many Christmas items for the M.S. Centre.

I hope you enjoy the events planned over the next coming year and wish you all the best as the group moves forward.