Newsletter October 2016

NO. 85

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

Photo: An African-inspired Christmas tree made and decorated by Lorraine Gordon.

Inside this issue:

  • JQG Committee 2016
  • Exhibition of quilts at Friendship Meetings
  • Members
  • News from the Chair
  • Editor’s note
  • From the SAQG Desk
  • Home Group News
  • UFO Day
  • Library News /Biblioteeknuus
  • 2016 Workshops and Demonstrations
  • Block of the meeting
  • Quilt Gardens: Northern Indiana, USA
  • The Colours of Christmas
  • Freida Warther – The Button Collector
  • Did you know?

News from the Chair – Claire Wallace

Dear Quilters

I’m sitting at my Dad’s home in England finishing off a great holiday with family. It was my mum’s 70th Birthday and then my Dad’s wedding reception party so it’s been fantastic to be here, reinforcing the importance of family and friends. I also had a quilt entered into the competition at the Birmingham Festival of Quilts. Unfortunately, our schedule didn’t allow me to visit but the crit I received was very encouraging so I’m happy with how it did. We spent a few days in London and were fortunate enough to go through the Staterooms at Buckingham Palace! What an amazing place. I so wish you were allowed to take pictures! There was a lovely exhibition of clothing worn by the Queen over the years including her wedding dress and Coronation dress…the embroidery was breath taking! The Palace itself also didn’t disappoint. There was one ceiling in particular that was crying out to be interpreted into a quilt!…I just hope my memory will last long enough to try it out!

Can you believe the theme of our next meeting is “Christmas in Africa”?! Christmas?! How did that happen? I seem to be repeating myself, but where has the year gone? In July Marianne and Alet held a very successful course to make a modern quilt top that was well attended. From the reports I’ve heard, everyone thoroughly enjoyed the day and I’m really looking forward to seeing some finished quilts and unfinished quilt tops in Show and Tell at the October meeting. Thank you Marianne and Alet for always being willing to share your experience and knowledge! Wilna also put together a great UFO day for Women’s Day in August. I missed it because I was in England but it was a lot of fun…thanks Wilna for all your efforts and to the ladies who attended. What is quilting about if it’s not having fun with friends? I hope more of you will be inspired to attend the next fun Jacaranda Day.

On the subject of time flying, I can’t believe that this is my last letter as Chairlady. My two years at the helm of the Jacaranda Quilters’ Guild have been fabulous. I’ve learned a lot, had a lot of fun and made some lifelong friends. I want to say a big thank you to all the Guild members and the committee for helping me through and making our organisation one of the strongest and most supportive in South Africa. Thank you ladies. I will be stepping away from the microphone and committee but definitely not disappearing altogether! Quilting is an integral part of my life and I can’t imagine what it would be like without all my quilty friends. I’m going to look forward to enjoying the guild in a different light and hopefully I’ll have more time at Friendship meetings to chat and hear all your news!

Until October then!


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