Coordinators Letter - September 2018
Hello, and a very warm welcome to any new members who have joined us recently.
The Festival of Quilts is now over for another year, and as the dates for 2019 have moved forward slightly to 1-4 August 2019, we now have 51 weeks to get busy and sewing and make boxes for the tombola. We had a few made for our Berkshire Regional Day in March and boxes will be a focus for the Oxfordshire Day workshop on 6 October, after a talk with Linda Seward. Please come and join in and help us reach a target total of 2000! There are some simple tutorial links on the website. Anything goes, so please don’t be daunted.
Did you go to Festival? It was very busy. There was a fantastic array of quilts on display, both competition quilts and in galleries. Personally, I loved the Best in Show, which was, refreshingly, made by an amateur. Congratulations must go to Annelize Littlefair for her 2nd place in the Traditional Category and to Sandra Newton for her Miniature Quilt, also placed 2nd. However, not all quilts win awards, but they are nonetheless important, for without them we would have no show, and I know that other members in our Region were also exhibiting their creations. Congratulations to you all. Well done also to the girls who work with Gill Towell at GillyMac Designs and were able to contribute to the “In the Spotlight Exhibition” to represent our Region. It was great to see some of your more recent pieces on display and not just in a photo.
We are still looking for committee members. It is possible for these roles to be shared and you will be fully supported to come on board and take over. Please help. Stay safe and well, and Happy Sewing!
Obituary - Una Rowson
It is with great sadness that we report the passing of Una Rowson, who many of you will have known and loved. Una took up quilting in the 1990’s, and undertook a City&Guilds course in Patchwork and Quilting. She was a founder member of the Round Robin Quilters, and attended many Quilt Shows, Quilters’ Guild functions and Hexagon Quilters meetings. An avid fabric collector and quilt maker, Una specialised in hand appliqué. Famous for her amazing Baltimore quilts, she was inspiring, and always very supportive and helpful to new quilters. Una was always stylishly turned out and despite her failing health she was always cheerful. Our condolences go to her daughter, Kirstie Howell, and all their family. A wonderful lady, she will be sorely missed.
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