Newsletter October 2015

NO. 82

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

Quilt Photo: “Hide and Seek” by Claire Wallace : Best Machine Quilting NQF 2015, SA and Best of Country 2015 WORLD QUILT COMPETITION XIX, USA
Inside this issue:

  • News from the Chair
  • SAQG
  • Youth Block Challenge 2015/2016
  • Memoirs from National Quilt Festival
  • Raffle Quilt
  • Exhibition of Quilts at Meetings
  • Library News
  • Oor Kwiltguru’s en kursusse
  • Block of the meeting
  • Home Group News
  • Community Projects & Christmas Gifts
  • White Elephant, Tips, Tricks & Links
  • Copyright Guidelines
  • Advertisers, Nomination form
  • Meeting details, agenda and dates

News from the Chair – Claire Wallace

To all our lovely quilters!

Can you believe it’s Spring?! What has happened to the year so far? Spring is one of my favourite times of the year. New leaves, green grass, the swallows returning and wonderful warm weather. I may hale from the UK but I don’t miss cold and wet weather one little bit!

Jacaranda NQF prizewinners
Jacaranda NQF prizewinners:
Not pictured: Linda Oerlemans, Ethelda Erasmus, Jenny Svennson.
→From Left to Right: Shanida Arnoldi, Laetitia Cilliers, Claire Wallace, Ina Meyer, Alet Davy, Lynette du Toit
Firstly, congratulations to all our brave members who sent quilts to the National Quilt Festival. We can proudly boast 9 winning quilters which I think is a fantastic achievement. Their quilts will be on display for you to see at the October meeting, well, those quilts that are not travelling at this point. Please be sure to make a point of going to admire them.

Our theme for the October meeting is “Spring Clean” and we are asking you to indulge in a little of this activity over the next few weeks. If you have any fabrics/wool etc. that you are able to let go of, we’d like to put together a donation for Shiela van Dyk of Quiltmania. She runs many fantastic charity initiatives, including trying to break the World Record for the biggest quilt, so please support her. Sheila will be our guest speaker at the meeting and will tell us more about her wonderful efforts.
Through Sheila we have also recognised the need to assist some of our elderly citizens. Many of you will have heard of the Shoeboxes for Santa project which puts together gifts for children. We would like to provide a similar Christmas surprise for elderly people living in homes in and around our city and ask that you bring along some items as an entry fee to the October meeting. Later in the newsletter you will get more details and examples of appropriate items. I know the Jacaranda ladies well and am confident you will do us proud with both these charity initiatives.

Lastly, we are looking for more ladies to assist us on the committee. We have a lot of fun working together but would like to lighten the load carried by some members by adding more faces to our team. If you are interested, please consider volunteering, or nominate someone who you know is interested. There will be nominations forms in the newsletter for you to use.

Well Ladies, I have a lot to do before I see you in October, but as always it will be a highlight in the year to see you all again!

Happy quilting until then!


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