We had a few technical difficulties trying to show you the welcome message from Victoria Findlay Wolfe - but if you follow this link, you'll be able to watch the video.
We now have well over 40 financial members, which is absolutely amazing. I don't think any of the initial committee were expecting the response we have received - it is astonishing and we'd like to thank each and everyone of you for your support. It means the world to us that we have such a wonderful group of quilters from all around the state who've joined us on this quilty adventure.
To kick off the meeting, we had a free motion quilting demonstration by Jess Frost (a Bernina Textile Artist and obsessed modern quilter). If you'd like to see a bit of what Jess showed at the meeting, you can find her YouTube channel here - all of the designs that were demonstrated can be found there.
Next up was a presentation by Helen Stubbings demonstrating her fusible hexagon template technique, the jumping point for our Christmas hexagon challenge. If you couldn't make it to the meeting but would like to participate in the challenge, please contact Frangipani Fabrics to arrange a kit. Everyone who is taking part in the challenge will be sharing their creations at the December meeting, so it should be very exciting.
Next up we had a quilt block display from students who are doing a Block of the Month style class with Jess Frost at Frangipani Fabrics, making blocks from the wonderful book Vintage Modern Quilts. The string of blocks stretched across almost the whole meeting space (no mean feat - it's a pretty huge room!) and it was a great example of the variety that can be found in modern quilts. Some blocks are more modern than others, but they are all fantastic, and it was wonderful to see them all hanging together. A big thanks to all the Frangipani girls who helped hold up the blocks.
We had more of the name tags from the name tag swap shared as well - several of our northern members participated in the original swap so we were thrilled to hand them out to their new owners. We also had a second round of name tags that were swapped as well (but forgot to get a photo of them all together, sorry!)
Last but not least, we had a really great show and tell at the meeting - lots of people were brave enough to stand up and show their quilts and tell us a bit about them. We have asked that everyone think about what makes their quilt modern (something that was suggested by TMQG member Katherine Jones) and talk a bit about that during their show and tell. If you are too shy to stand up and talk about your quilt at future meetings (which is quite understandable, it's getting to be a big group to stand up in front of!), please don't hesitate to ask one of the committee members to hold it up and talk about it for you, we are all more than happy to help show off your beautiful work!