Our first main meeting of 2021 held on 10th February welcomed 31 Members on Zoom; some hadn’t seen friends’ faces for almost 12 months and the atmosphere was chatty and relaxed.
We welcomed back Pip’s daughter Caroline to demonstrate the ‘Cri-Cut’ machine and to show us how to make lampshades. She is an excellent teacher and presenter and has promised us a video of her next lampshade creation, if it works as she has planned! Everyone enjoyed her talk and Pip suggested we have a ‘lampshade challenge’ next.
Show and Tell was fun with lots of interesting items to see and chat about. They included Sashiko work, hexagon challenges, a model Dutch house and an aviary of birds.
We then listened to instructions on how, and how not, to store all our quilts. We now know that the right side should face out, that light and moisture should be avoided, and how to fold on the bias to avoid creases on the main threads of the fabrics. Rolling a quilt with acid-free tissue paper around a cardboard roll or even a swimming pool ‘noodle’ are recommended techniques.
Our next talk was a demonstration of the use of double-sided fusible web. We watched careful piecing to achieve small applique work for a child’s cloth book, and were reminded to protect one’s iron and ironing board from the glue too!
It was an excellent session, full of clever techniques and helpful tips from Members. We are all looking forward to the next session on 10th March when Judi Kirk will be our online external speaker.
Virginia Clough – February 2021