The photograph above was taken at the Motorway Chapel at Baden Baden last year and is there because I don't like to post without a pic.
I just had to tell you how excited I am! I've been wanting to get involved in a sewing/quilting group for some time but have not been able to find one that either operated during the day time or that was close to home. Westgate Crafts , where I take classes, have set up a Quilters Academy which has been meeting at the shop in the evenings but, from today, they are meeting on the edge of town in a village hall. Now, don't ask me why, probably because I am just plain awkward, it seemed more do-able for me to go to the village hall on the edge of town than to venture into town at night. I tend not to do much in the evenings as I am usually too tired by then to go out but I am pleased I made the effort tonight.~
The group meets once a month and we have a great programme for the coming year. The ladies are lovely and I already know one or two of them from the shop. It looks as though there will be a theme or lesson each meeting so it should be an interesting year. Tonight we learned how to make half-square-triangles for patchwork. I didn't get very far as I was hand sewing but at least I now understand the principle. I took some book pages with me that I am making and the ladies were very interested in the techniques I have been using so it seems that we can all learn from each other. I will have to wait until tomorrow to take some photos so I'll show you later.
One of the ladies at the group told me about a quilt exhibition held last year at a village called Aslackby (pronounced Aze-ul-be), not far from here. If you check out this link you will see quilt number 40 which she particularly wanted me to see. I think it's a fantastic quilt; the background is intriguing as I am not sure whether it is made of felt and I don't know what the swirls of colour are. I shall see if I can find any more out next time I go to the meeting. The quilt exhibition is amazing, so many beautiful and varied quilts. I shall definitely be looking out for this year's festival.