Saturday, 12 November 2016

Victorian Extravaganza!

Our November meeting was a vey busy one.  First of all we had a sales table, well several actually.  Chris from Bloodwise had been given a lot of Christmas fabrics and asked if she could sell it at the meeting.  We could have insisted that she followed the rules and priced everything up for the sales table, but we're much more generous than that.  She had her own table and was able to price things as she went along - much easier for all.  
Then we had our Victorian kits.  We had made up kits for everyone with a Victorian theme.  There was a red work Christmas card, a candle wicked pin cushion, a paper pieced tree ornament and a sampler book cover.  Unfortunately I was so busy with my table that I completely forgot to take photos, but they were all very popular - except the red work Christmas card, which had been organised by me!  Oh well, you can't please everyone! 
And then there was the block of the month. Debbie and Jacquie revealed the last two blocks.  We're having a competition at the March meeting with cash prizes!  You just have to present all twelve blocks in a quilt at the March meeting and the members will vote for the best one on that day.   I can't wait to see them all.  
Then we had the speaker, Letty Lovage.  Well, it was Janet and her husband Pat, actually, speaking about Victorian dress. 

Here is Janet dressed in a costume from 1890.  

And here is our very own Jacquie dressed as a lady in 1860.  I don't know how she hasn't fainted, as she has three huge petticoats and a crinoline under that skirt, and the bulk and the weight must have been quite uncomfortable.  We all enjoyed the talk, and learned many interesting facts and anecdotes 
about our Victorian forbears. 
Have a lovely Christmas and New Year and we'll see you in January 2017. 

Saturday, 17 September 2016

September meeting

The September meeting was very enjoyable, as usual.  The table top sale attracted eight sellers, which made for a fruitful time for thrifty quilters!

Lots of interest was shown in the tables which were selling the late Muriel Goldschmidt's stash, in aid of The Friends of Saint Cross Hospital.  I hope they made a lot of money.  There were certainly plenty of lovely things on sale. 

We also had two more blocks in our BOM.  Gaynor showed Aircastle, including a very nifty way of making quarter square triangles.  

And Nik showed Road to California.  She had made her block in two different colour ways, and it was very interesting to see how the same block can look completely different when the colour values are changed. 

The turn out was much as usual, and people sewed, knitted or chatted quite happily . 

The speaker was Pippa Moss, who was excellent.  She showed her quilts and then some of the antique quilts she has collected.  Her Hawaiian quilts are stunning, and there were lots of gasps and oohs from the audience.  

I was very inspired when I got home, and since my husband was at the football, used the free time wisely to make up my BOM blocks.  Looking good!  
See you in November. 

Saturday, 9 July 2016

July meeting

This month's meeting was very busy, with lots to enjoy.  We had two traders, Chris From Bloodwise, with haberdashery items and Jenny with beautiful cut price fabrics.  Julie and June brought their Accuquilt cutters and dies, and showed everyone how easy and effective they were.  Someone cut enough tumblers blocks for a whole quilt!  Lynda and Gaynor demoed the next two blocks in out BOM, and the Linus rummage box and second hand magazines were very popular.  

Our speaker was Greta Fitchett, and she brought lots of food inspired goodies to tempt us with.  Here she is with her tea cosy fit for a queen, and the afternoon tea selection behind her is completely made from fabric!  Her embroidered chocolate selection was exquisite. 
If you are missing the instructions for the July BOM here they are. 

This is Gaynor's, 

And here is mine.  If you need a better copy or any past blocks, please email Julie and she'll happily let you have them.  Happy sewing! 

Wednesday, 29 June 2016

New blog!

Here is a new Rocheberie blog which will give all the up to date news on Rocheberie Schoolhouse Quilters!  If you would like back patterns for the 2016 BOM please email Julie on See you in July!