Zooming along….. Summer 2020


How many of us had even heard of ZOOM in March 2020? Not me… too scary… how does it work?

Gerry set up our series of meetings on Zoom in early April; promptly realising that it would be many months before we can all get back together again at Albury Hall. 

Twelve of us met on April 8th…one of those horrid days early in lockdown, and it was a pleasure to wave at each other on the screen and see the smiley faces of those whom we missed already.  We talked about what we had been doing so far, and much was about sewing for the NHS and carers and making PPE. Diana was making face masks, Maryon laundry bags and Nadia scrubs. We sent details of organisations wanting sewing helpers through to Lyn and circulated through emails and the last newsletter. 

Our meetings continued every 2 weeks and are now established with a demonstration on line and plenty of opportunity for “show and tell”.

The first session was led by Deena (May 20th) who demonstrated the use of INKTENSE pencils. They are a solid form of ink and offer vibrant, intense colour that binds with fabric. It is best used on light or natural coloured fabrics. 

Deena ably showed us how to paint it onto a piece of fabric, a piece of quilting and a piece of stitching, explaining tips to stop the colour “bleeding” into the surround and how to build up colour. INKTENSE can be bought from Derwent at www.derwentart.com/pencils/inktense.

June 3rd was a fun meeting with 14 of us, despite some technical hitches which we are all learning to manage! Theresa showed us how to make rope baskets, big and small, using cotton cord and a zigzag machine stitch. Different coloured threads make these into interesting gifts. The cord can be covered with fabric….but that seemed time consuming and a bit fiddly!

Rita then demonstrated how to make continuous binding from an 11 inch square of fabric. Unfortunately we had lost the sound from Rita’s computer, but she continued in great style as we watched and chuckled along with her! I hadn’t seen this technique before so I asked Rita for a set of instructions and diagrams for us to follow.  

Clare has also shown us how to make Scrumpled Velvet.  

Details of all these will be added to a ‘How to Do’ section of the Website.

ZOOM meetings will continue every 2 weeks, on Wednesdays at 10 am. Currently there are now 27 members able to participate. To be able to join a meeting (which just involves a click on the relevant link on your pc or tablet), ring or email Gerry and she will send you the details.  I use an iPad and it works fine.

We plan to keep meetings going through July with a break in August, and then restarting monthly  in September on the 2nd Wednesday in the month , as are our normal monthly meetings.  For me, who has only been a member of Guildford Quilters for 2 years, this has been a great way to keep in touch and I have made “contact” with ladies I didn’t know so well.  

Summer 2020 Virginia Clough