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June Meeting 2017

Korean Patchwork

We were treated to a fabulous talk by Penny Chattey on Korean Patchwork - a subject that I knew absolutely nothing about!

In her younger days Penny worked several  month fixed term contracts in order that she could spend 4 months every year travelling soaking up the cultures and traditions of many countries. Later, when health issues and family meant that travel was no longer possible Penny decided that the 'travel' had to come to her!

On re-joining the Mimram Quilters Penny was given the opportunity to attend a Korean Patchwork & Quilting course and the rest was history!

Penny explained that the material is marked with a Hero Marker and that the stitches are all on the 'right' side of the material. Penny went through all the different stitches that are used and showed us lots of examples  of blocks worked with these stitches. We were shown pincushions filled with human hair broaches, thimbles made from left over fabric scraps, a 100 day baby belt, purses, good luck charms, small bags and a baby sock.

We are looking forward to Penny's next talk as her next 'journey' is to the Tent Makers of Cairo!  

Anne Francis

July Meeting 2017

Our July meeting was well attended by members eager for strawberries and cream washed down with Theresa's famous fruit punch. Sue told those assembled that they would be allowed to eat after they had listened to the notices!!! Final arrangements were made for our display at Caldecote Church on July 22nd and 23rd and Sue thanked everyone for the quilts that have been loaned to show, Penny Chattey had some very exciting news. Following her talk last month  about Korean Patchwork, she is going to run some workshops and she has been approached by Grosvenor Shows for Icknield Quilters to exhibit the work produced at their Spring Shows. Stephanie North produced a slide presentation about our forthcoming exhibition so that members could have an idea of what help will be needed during the exhibition weekend. Staging an exhibition every 4 years is a mammoth task and we need 'all hands on deck'. 

Once the strawberries had been eaten we brought out the Show and tell Items. As usual there was much to 'oo and ahh' over. Rose had been to a workshop run by the 'Teabag lady' and had made 2 fabulous bags from a pair of jeans and an old overall. The only cost was the zips. Anne Styles showed us a quilt that she was making to be raffled by the Romantic Novelists Group in memory of an agent who has sadly died. It took the form of bookshelves stacked with books, jewellery, handbags, a doll's house and Venetian souvenirs, all items important to the lady being remembered. What a lovely tribute to someone.

After this we enjoyed chatting, sewing and pouring over the fabrics and cards that needed rehoming. Sue drew the raffle before everyone went home.

Sue Rainbow

November Meeting 2017

Pastime to Profession - Janice Gunner

Our talk from Janice Gunner was absolutely absorbing. As the saying goes “if you do what you love you’ll never work a day in your life” then this sums up Janice’s current situation. From very humble beginnings in 1974 of making her first “quilt “ from pre-cut squares of fabric to today with her own studio and long-arm quilting machine, she certainly doing just that!  

But what struck me most about her journey was how Janice was able to recall events and significant achievements from the dates on the back of her quilts. “This one was made for my son out of maternity clothes, this one I entered into the National Patchwork Championships in 1988, oh and this one was part of my City and Guilds”…..and so the list went on.   

Isn’t it such a great part of our craft that we have these quilts and labels to bring back such lovely memories? Where we made it, why we made it, who we were with, who helped us, what inspired us?  I feel so lucky to have this as my  pastime and I suspect that Janice has inspired many more to come into the fold.

Thank you Janice!

Stephanie North

Below is a selection of some of the quilts that Janice shared with us on the evening:.