We had some extreme weather at the beginning of March, with temperatures in the minus range and a certain amount of snow. Fortunately, by our meeting date, all was resolved and the temperatures - in double figures!- seemed positively balmy! We certainly had to open quite a few windows in the hall, to keep us all comfortable. We arrived to find a stage area in the middle of one side of the hall, which made us have to put out the tables in a different arrangement. It certainly made the hall look more spacious, and didn't seem to affect people's comfort. If the stage is a permanent fixture, we'll certainly do this again.
Here you can see the space! We didn't have any demos this time, so I suppose that gave us a bit of extra space, but it was lovely! (Please consider volunteering to do a demo, as what seems old hat to you will be a revelation to any newer quilters. Plus, you get free entry and a fiver for your trouble!)
It was table top sale time, and there were four people selling stuff at bargain prices. I couldn't resist adding to my stash!
And the highlight of the day was our lovely speaker, Gilli Theokritoff, who had come down from Nottingham. Not only was she an interesting and entertaining speaker, but the majority of her work was traditional, which we all like seeing. Add to that her recent foray into pixel quilts, exemplified by her fabulous 'David' which you can see behind her. Everyone enjoyed her talk, and one member commented that we needed to book more boring speakers, as in the last two meetings she hasn't been able to have her afternoon nap! She was joking of course, and she was not alone in her praise of Gilli.
Our UFO Challenge is a great success, not only in clearing out UFOs from cupboards and boxes (the oldest one so far was 35 years old!) but in providing us with lots of show and tell. Many thanks to all the people who took part in this, and keep up the good work.
Our changeover to the new newsletter deliverer went very smoothly. The only problem was that some computers thought the group email was dodgy and put it into spam folders! If you didn't get a newsletter this time, check your spam folder as I bet it's hiding in there! See you in May.