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Notes from our Christmas Meeting - 2022

At our ‘Christmas’ meeting (held on 28th November) we enjoyed our AGM, with reports from our Treasurer, Brigitta, and our Chair, Jane. Thanks to them and the rest of the committee for their hard work in running the group and designing our meeting programme!

Notes from Jane are below. Her report was followed by a sharing meal, a fun quilting crossword, a game to identify different quilt blocks, another quiz sheet to match ‘underground railway’ signs and actions to be taken, and a game which involved trying to identify sewing related objects which were hung in socks across the hall! Then we enjoyed a raffle, and the giving out of the Secret Santa presents. Finally, Jane won the Sewing Star award for her tablemats and coasters. Well done Jane! It was a full evening much enjoyed by all.

Notes from the Chair

2022 Programme. We held 11 meetings, enjoying talks from Vicky on textiles at Richmond Museum and from Paula Doyle on her quilting story and techniques and also 7 workshops drawing on the wealth of talent amongst us: patchwork/ quilted clothing with Brigitta and Ursula; postcards with Sue; foundation piercing with Val, magic techniques with Plum and Benta – a very fun back to infant school evening!; and then second sessions with Plum on tissue holders; Sue with lavender hearts and Benta with Christmas folded napkins. We had a full day Saturday workshop with Paula on her Easy stack kaleidoscope technique, and smaller social sewing sessions at members’ homes.

We enjoyed a number of trips out - a group coach trip to Region 2’s Quilt show at Lullingstone Castle; and smaller trips offered by individual members to Farnham Maltings; Lady Sew and Sew, Farnborough Show, and the V&A African fashion exhibition.

We also crammed in 6 challenges, introducing a “Sewing Star” badge based on votes for our favourite of the anonymous entries. Kay achieved the first of these for her Caravan “Postcard” and then again for her Ukrainian block. Sue and Benta jointly wowed with their respective entries of a tactile Hedgehog and Windsor Great Park for the A3 nature badge; Sue also won for her Margate scene for the A3 Ocean; Benta for her patchwork jacket and

Jane for table settings from recycled denim.

Two group quilts were made, the Ukrainian block challenge entries became a much-appreciated quilt for refugee Lena; and the quilt from Benta’s mystery blocks were entered by Plum at the Kew Horticultural show where it gained 3rd place.

So, a very successful first full year back from lockdown.

Membership. We currently have 21 members, Vicky, Fiona and Linda having joined since lockdown and an average meeting attendance of 16. From January to July meetings were free to get us running after lockdown and then at the EGM in June we agreed new subscriptions and fees from September aiming to cover the group’s basic running costs with a reserve for a future exhibition. A joint subscription/ meeting fees running to end 2023 package was introduced and taken out by 10 of us with another 9 paying subscriptions up to end 2023.

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