Newsletter January 2017

NO. 86

The newsletter for quilters in and around the Jacaranda city / Die nuusbrief vir kwilters in en om die Jakarandastad

Photo: “My Small World Quilt”

Inside this issue:

  • News from the Chair
  • Block of the Meeting
  • JQG Committee 2017
  • Membership Fees and we welcome new members for 2017
  • Display Calendar
  • 2017 Workshops and Demonstrations
  • From the SAQG Desk
  • Home Group News

News from the Chair – Erla Cilliers

Dearest quilters,

In two weeks’ time we shall say goodbye to 2016 and welcome 2017. This year went by incredibly fast… I wonder if it is an age thing?

Anyway, you will obviously be reading this in early 2017, so I wish you a bumper year full of joy and creativity – may our passion for quilting be an inspiration for the younger generation who will take the baton from us and run. If I listen to the news, it seems like 2017 is going to be a challenging year, so I just switch off the news, and go to my sewing room…I am sure for a lot of us this is our happy place!

As hinted at in the Christmas edition of the newsletter, this year our theme will be the 3 P’s – Precision, Perspective, and Pigment. Our theme for the February meeting is Precision, and it will be linked to the colours red and white. Grace Nobili will be the speaker at our February meeting on the topic of accuracy when piecing. She will also be doing a very interesting and useful demo during the meeting, which you do not want to miss!

We are considering changing the format of our Friendship events so that the actual meeting takes place at 10:00 and is only an hour long. You will then continue shopping and socialising after the meeting, until about 12:30. We are awaiting comments from the vendors on this initiative, so will update you per newsflash closer to the Feb meeting ☺

Our charity drive this year will be to make small ‘fidget quilts’, which can be helpful in the treatment of Alzheimer’s and dementia, as well as for children on the autism spectrum and children with sensory or tactile disorders/sensitivity. We shall have an example at our Friendship meeting, but in the meantime, you can start collecting fabric with as many diverse textures as you can (e.g. corduroy, faux fur, velvet, etc). An informative article on the uses of fidget quilts is elsewhere in this edition, so enjoy the read!

Yours in quilting,


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