April Meeting - by Deirdre

On a fine spring evening Shirley Quilters and guests settled down for an interesting talk by Jo from one of our favourite quilt shops, Puddleducks in Sevenoaks.


First, though, Julia quieted the hub bub to run through a few notices and then handed over to Jo who proceeded to show us a few (quite a lot actually) of the quilts she has been making recently.


First there were the endless possibilities using charm packs, layer cakes and jelly rolls covering the whole range from brighter modern styles to more traditional and muted fabrics. Jo’s creations demonstrated the different techniques that can be used with pre-cut fabric including the disappearing nine patch and different types of log cabin.


We were introduced to the patterns available from a New Zealand company called “Kids Quilts”.  Lovely bright colourful designs for children that can be adapted to make cushions, a cot bumper, wall hangings and so on.  Many of the designs included sashing or borders made from 2  ½ inch squares, an idea to adapt for our own designs.  Most intriguing were the inventive and equally colourful activity books that would make unique presents.


In contrast Jo showed us some of the items made using Mandy Shaw patterns - a more sober colour palette using red work and matching red/cream fabrics. These included a cushion that would make a useful Christmas gift and a sewing tidy to provide storage for our sewing kit.


Jo went on to show us some of the quilts from the block of the month programmes, a monthly parcel containing everything needed to create a intricate appliqué quilt one block at a time. Again a variety of colour schemes and techniques were on display – red work snowmen, appliqué Christmas trees and embroidery from Lynette Anderson.


Then it was time for tea and biscuits, a chance to take a closer look at the quilts and try to resist adding to the stash. Julia took the opportunity to show how our T-shirt block efforts are coming together – striking quilts with lots of blues particularly suitable for boys. And then it was time for the raffle and the end of another enjoyable evening.