Saturday, 10 September 2011

September 2011 Meeting

Tracy Watson's badge
The challenge for our September meeting was for people to make (and wear) their own ATC-sized name badges on the night. There were some fabulous badges on the night, all made using different techniques and showing everyone's each unique style. A few people forgot to bring their's but have promised to bring them next month.

Kate O'Donoghue's name badge

A number of people also brought in the 10 inch yellow blocks which Paula is going to make up into quilts for the Henry Bear Charity. This is an on-going project, so you can also give the blocks to Paula throughout the year.

Paula Rafferty was our guest speaker on the night. Paula brought a fabulous array of quilts and showed her progression as a quilter - from her first quilts and workshop pieces to series that she is now working on "Elementals". And Paula also brought in her outfits from the Fashion Sans Frontier show that took place in the Festival of Quilts. Paula explained how she came up with the concept of the Winter theme for her outfits and showed her design books with the initial designs. Paula also went through each outfit and explained how they were made e.g. digital printing of the lining of the day-wear coat, fabric painting of the velvet cape, using antlers and a bowler hat to make a feature headpiece etc. I think everyone at the meeting last night really enjoyed this talk.

 September also saw the launch of the mystery quilt challenge for this year. Tracy Watson has designed the mystery quilt for this year. After the success of last year's mystery quilt, it was decided to try another one. This year's quilt is going to work out smaller than last year's one.

Many thanks also to Kilborra Quilt Shop, who came all the way up from Ferns, Co. Wexford to bring their shop. It was lovely to get a new shop at the meeting, and I think everyone enjoyed their choice of fabrics etc. The Kilbora Quilt Shop is located in Kilbora, Camolin, Enniscorthy, Co. Wexford. Tel. 087-6512109. The shop is open Wednesday through Saturday 10am to 3pm or ring ahead for other times.

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