The February meeting was very well attended with 115 members and 10 visitors. The shop was provided by Teresa Hylton, who gave us the opportunity to purchase the remaining stock from Patchwork Pumpkin.  Many members appreciated the variety of items available and took the opportunity to improve their stash and other quilting resources.

PUPS for February was taken by Linda Burgdorf and focused on quilted postcards.  A number of members enjoyed producing a variety of great postcards: many plan to use their skills to create entries for the group quilts later in the year. The gallery below shows some of the samples displayed and members enjoying the session.  Thank you Linda.

A special feature of the meeting was the handover of the Dignity Quilt to representatives of Vasey House at Heidelberg.  Congratulations to all those members who contributed to this wonderful quilt. Check out the photos below - although they don't do the quilt justice they do give some indication of the variety of blocks and the quality of the finished quilt. Thank you to all the speakers, and also to Vasey House Care Team who provided us with a lovely afternoon tea.

Helen Comport, the Speaker at the February meeting, informed us about the Quilts of Valor created for Australian soldiers touched by war. Her outline of the reasons for and the history behind the development of Quilts of Valor was very interesting.  A few of the recently donated quilts were displayed and I have included photos of these in the gallery below.

The Summer Challenge was accepted by a number of members, who displayed an interesting variation in the quilt styles developed from the bag of fabrics provided. How did they find the time at such a busy period? As you can see, a number were completely finished! Thanks to Alison for organising the event.

Summer challenge

Unfortunately I was unable to stay to view the Show and Tell and Caring and Sharing Quilts - a highlight of each meeting.  Photos can be seen in the March Newsletter - thanks to Lynette who never lets us down.

Kerry Canty