Beartown P’s and Q’s met on 7th November for a talk by Lis Binns who entertained us with her Tips, Tricks and Tools talk. The group were given many useful sewing tips based on her experience and expertise of making many quilts over the years. Her talk was humorous and informative, including what to do when things go wrong or don’t go to plan. She concluded that the ultimate tool was usually a glass of wine. After the talk she showed quilts made post pandemic from hand dyed fabrics, bargello designs, quilts constructed using the “disappearing nine patch “ method and some colourful flying geese triangle quilts.

On 21st November, Christmas Makes were demonstrated by Mary Turner and Pam Price.
Members were encouraged to construct Angels with Candy Canes and clothes pegs and the results were fun and festive!

The Christmas party took place on 5th December. Members brought along buffet food to share and this was washed down by a festive non alcoholic punch! Humour was introduced by a short production of “Cinderella” by the committee and a quiz from Pam Price. Some Members had taken up the challenge to make a secret Santa gift from a square of Christmas fabric . These gifts were put into a sack then redistributed to all participants!

The group AGM with Sales Table took place on 9th January. Members were asked to bring along a five inch square of red fabric. They were shown how to sew these together with some cream coloured fabric to make half square triangles. Christine Davison took the triangle blocks away to be used for a quilt for the groups annual charity raffle. (Click here to see the end result)

On 23rd January, Carolyn Gibbs provided a zoom presentation entitled Colour and Contrast. She gave advice on how to make the best of fabric to make quilts “pop”. She showed how different colour combinations can distinctly change the appearance of a quilt. She discussed colour mood groups to give quilts a more coherent feel, how size of print on fabric can affect and how contrast and balance of colour is important.

The next meeting on 8th February is a workshop ”Disappearing Blocks”. Members of the group will share tips and skills on how to make a nine patch block. There will also be a PAT testing session to enable group members to get their sewing machines and any other sewing equipment PAT tested. £1 per item.

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