Thanks to Julia Shay for hosting this very enjoyable event.
14 members were welcomed into Julia’s cosy cottage which provided a fitting start to the festive season.
The morning raised £140.25 with £90.25 coming from the Bring and Buy, so well done everyone and especially the committee members, some of whom had travelled from ‘deepest Berkshire’
Christine Ellis and Linda Druce showed their Fidget Quilts hoping to inspire others to make one for the Abbey and Fitzharry’s Exhibition on Sat 9th and Sun10th April 2016.
Diana Brangwyn showed her work in progress based on an ancient Hindu mandala, which is a regular geometric pattern. This is traditionally produced in coloured sand, Julia Shay showed her City and Guilds Diploma pieceboth as a meditation and a devotional act, and then brushed away on completion. Based on the work of designer Sara Impey.
Charlotte Haenlein, showed one of her latest pieces, an embroidered cushion with a richly fabric painted design.
She told us of her plans to spend her bursary arising from her Quilters' Guild City & Guilds Award. This award is open to all students who have completed the C&G’s Level 3 or Diploma in Design and Craft-Patchwork and Quilting. Charlotte studied with Barbara Weeks at Missenden Abbey, Bucks. She spoke about the course and what winning the national award had meant to her.
She would like to travel to Iran and study Islamic Art, however in the present climate she is doubtful if this will be possible.
A book study of Persian Miniatures might be the way forward. We look forward to hearing her final decision.