September meeting - by Fran K

The evening started with Julia reading out the notices, of which there were quite a lot this time round!

If you are attending the sewing day on the 26th September don't forget to bring a mug, your lunch and an extension lead if you have one.

There will be a coach trip to the Festival of Quilts on 13th August 2016, leaving Shirley Methodist Church at 8am sharp and leaving the NEC at 5pm. If you are able to get dropped off that would be preferable otherwise please park in the side roads so that other church and hall users have the car park available to them. The cost is £45 with a £20 non refundable deposit to be paid by the December meeting with the remaining balance to be paid by the April meeting. If you pay the deposit and are then unable to attend it is up to you to find someone to take your place or lose the deposit.

Plans for the October meeting:
If you have entries for the mini exhibition then they need to be brought to the October meeting. The Mystery Quilt will need a sleeve on it.

If you wish to sell items at the exhibition then please speak to Anne for a selling number.

There will be an ingredients table at the October meeting but there will be no more after that until January.

We will be making a Christmas Angel, you will need to bring the ingredients as outlined in the email Eileen sent out.

It is wear pink for breast cancer month so please wear pink and make a donation when you arrive.

Other notices
On the 23rd-25th October there will be a Vintage Quilt Display alongside the quilt exhibition by Richmond and Kew Quilters at Landmark Arts Centre, Teddington

On the 14th November Beckenham Quilters have their exhibition at Beckenham Methodist Church, Bromley Road, Beckenham BR3 5JE. Open 10am to 4pm. Accessible for people with disabilities. Entrance £3 including catalogue. Children and students free, Traders and refreshments

A Crafty Needle now offer a 10% discount to Shirley Quilters, if you mention it when you are there you will be supplied with a discount card.

Julia also stressed that members who are not on tea making duties are not to enter the hall until 7.15pm. This is for legal reasons as the hall is not rented until 7.30pm we wouldn't be covered by the insurance should anything happen. It also makes it difficult for them to set up if there are too many people in the hall.

We then took a very well earned rest and had tea and biscuits and browsed the goodies on offer from Daisy Chain Designs who very generously offered us a discount on fat quarters!

Then it was time for Gail Penberthy to give her first ever talk. She was very nervous but with absolutely no need, she gave us a very entertaining and witty talk about how she came to be a popular designer via her City and Guilds course and showed us many beautiful pieces and told us the stories behind them. She was very warmly received and I for one hope to see her back again in the future.