After worrying myself sick for months about the show we pulled it off and it was brilliant! I had so many positive comments and praise. People were searching me out at the end to tell me how much they had enjoyed the show. They commented on the richness of talent and the beauty of the quilts!
To me one of the biggest bonuses of the show was the fact that I signed up 11 new members and am pretty sure that another 5 or 6 will turn up in the next couple of months. They were at varying stages from beginner through to experienced quilters, all keen to be involved and learn more. And, although it ‘shouldn’t’ make a difference, it includes one young man, which is really exciting!
I am very aware that this is all down to teamwork. As I’ve said many times, none of us knows or can do everything, but together we are a force to be reckoned with! So I say a HUGE THANK YOU to you all for all the hard work you put into the show and look forward to continuing to take Bourne Quilters forward.
I think we are now well and truly back to life after Covid.
So it’s onwards and upwards,
Fantastic quilt show. Well done everyone who was involved – whether it was organising/ volunteering/ submitting your work or coming along and supporting – it was one big team effort. It was lovely to be part of it.
While we continue to go through the current restrictions we will be holding our Monthly Monday evening meetings via Zoom – please check the Programme for speakers and events.
Ou weekly Bourne stitchers meetings continue via Zoom every Tuesday morning at 10.00am Ellie sends out an invitation to all members each week, it really is so nice to see familiar faces and catch up on members activities.
Glenis made a beautiful display for our Christmas raffle.
After the business of the day it was time to say a huge thank you to four of our longstanding committee members Lyn, Glenis, Lis and Pauline who are standing down from their committee roles this year. We gave them each a keepsake that we hope will remind them of the time the have spent helping to make Bourne Quilters the successful group we have today.
We then had Show and Tell starting with items made at this years Christmas Fun Day
Other beautiful items made by our members then followed
An enjoyable evening was concluded with traditional nibbles and mulled wine
A Fun Day indeed some excellent projects made and enjoyable lunch. Many thanks to those who prepared the projects and taught them on the day. A big thank you to the Committee who prepared lunch – Chris and Carol have kindly given their soup recipes for those who asked for them – see below the photos.
Sweet Potato and Red Pepper Soup
1 tbsp olive oil
500g sweet potato, peeled and chopped
1 large onion, roughly chopped
3 garlic cloves, crushed
1 litre vegetable stock
1 chilli, deseeded and roughly chopped
Salt and freshly milled black pepper
Heat olive oil and gently cook onion and garlic.
Add potato, pepper, stock and chilli (if using), bring to the boil then simmer till the vegetables are all soft.
Blend until smooth.
Season to taste and serve. (I didn’t add any extra seasoning.)
Parsnip and Apple Soup
1 tbsp olive oil
1 medium onion, roughly chopped
2 medium parsnips, peeled and chopped into small pieces
2 dessert apples, peeled, cored and chopped into small pieces
2 pinches dried thyme
650 ml chicken or veg stock
Heat olive oil and gently cook onion
Add parsnips and apples and cook for a further 3-4 minutes.
Add stock and bring to the boil. Reduce heat and simmer until parsnips are soft.
Blend until smooth.
Check seasoning and serve.
Carol’s Chunky Vegetable Soup
You can use any root vegetable and quantity for this soup.
Vegetables chopped into cubes
Tin of chopped tomatoes (2 if making a large quantity)
Vegetable stock cube in 500ml
Tablespoon Olive oil
Teaspoon powder Mustard
Salt & Pepper and tomato paste to taste if needed
*chilli if you like it spicy
Heat the olive oil and gently coat the onion and soften add
mustard powder and Aromat (Chilli if required)
Add the vegetables, stock and tinned tomatoes.
Bring to the boil then turn down to simmer stirring frequently for 2 hours.
Catherine Lawes was our speaker this evening. Catherine is a Textile Artist from New Zealand. Catherine showed us many pieces of her work which have been inspired by her time spent in New Zealand. Catherine also modeled for us some interesting coats that she has made.
This evening we started by presenting cheques to our chosen charities with proceeds from last year’s quilt show.
We then had a very informative talk from Steve Moore from Stitchagain. Steve went through the common problems he encounters from sewists when repairing sewing machines and gave us some hints and tips on how to avoid some of these problems occurring.
It was so nice to see a full house this evening I do not think there were many members who did not attend, thank you for your support ladies.
We started with the AGM and then moved on to a varied display of ‘show and tell’ from our members. We saw work from our Christmas Fun Day and from various workshops which have been held during the past year and a few personal items of work, all beautifully put together.
Below are items made at our Christmas Fun Day.
Below is a slide show or various items made at our workshops and independently by members.
We followed up the Show and Tell with a very interesting talk from the ‘Stop Domestic Abuse’ charity who came to collect a cheque for £1000 raised from the funds of our Raffle Quilt made this year.
A productive evening organising items for the quilt show and sales table. The library is more popular now we have moved it into the main hall. A great show and tell of workshop projects and members personal items. Many thanks to everyone who brought along their beautiful work.
We had the pleasure of Jenny Rundle at our meeting this month. Jenny delighted us not only with her lovely quilts but told us about her BEM. Well done Jenny on a wonderful achievement.
It was interesting to hear about the Olympic quilts and Jenny also explained to us why she calls herself a Patchworker and not a Quilter – she rarely quilts her own quilts – hence her choice of Patchworker. Jenny shared with us her experience of entering quilts at the Festival of Quilts and showed us some of her entries.
Jenny then went on to show us her Pizzaz quilts and many of us have signed up to do her forthcoming workshop. Slideshow below.
We began the New Year and evening with a very inspiring and informative talk from Jill Rose Brennan. Jill is a talented Quilter and seamtress and shared with us her sewing experiences since childhood. The samples of quilts and wallhanging Jill brought with her varied from vintage to up to date items created in her studio.
We started the evening with a show and tell of a few sashes that we are making for our Quilt show later this year. Many thanks for bringing them along ladies.
We then enjoyed Jill’s talk and exhibits. I hope you enjoy the slide show.
Earlier in the summer a few of our members helped to stretch a large quilt on a quilting frame. It was something that none of them had done before. They had an eventful day filled with fun, laughter and a delicious lunch of Amercan Hot Chicken Salad.
Enjoy the photos……… *click on any photo to enlarge.
Putting together the frame.
Pinning the backing to the frame.
Pinning the layers together and then tacking ready for quilting.
We had a varied and busy evening this month with Pauline showing us how to make bias binding from a square of fabric, Glenis showing us her sash which is a great idea for our Quilt show next year (more details in the members area). We also had the samples on display for our Christmas Fun Day on 4 November which is being held at Westbourne again this year.
Then of course the monthly raffle, many thanks Marion and Anne some lovely prizes to be won yet again.
Finally, many, many thanks to Lesley one of our very talented and experienced members for bringing along her collection of vintage quilts for us to admire this evening. Lesley is also very keen on applique and showed her own beautiful quilts that were mainly all hand quilted along with the vintage ones with several tales to tell about how she aquired some of them.
We had a hive of activity this evening with various handicrafts being displayed. What a talented group of ladies you are, thank you, ladies, for bringing along your projects. We also had a demonstration from Tracy who showed us her way of joining and cutting hexagons many thanks Tracy for a very informative demonstration, you can see a video of her cutting technique on our Facebook Page Bourne Quilters on Facebook
*Click on the bubble and the photo will enlarge.
We also had a ‘Show and Tell’ of some of the quilts that we made for the Siblings Together charity which some of our members completed a few weeks ago. Well done and many thanks to all who participated.
Lis then showed us some of the quilts that were made from Betty’s fabric. If anyone knows how we can contact her family we would like to show them what we have achieved.