Having spent yesterday recovering from my exertions in Nottingham I went along to my first Quilters Guild Regional Day meeting today. I belong to Region 10 of the Quilters Guild which covers the counties of Derbyshire, Leicestershire, Lincolnshire, Nottinghamshire and Rutland, quite a large area. The monthly meetings move round the counties and this month it came to Nottinghamshire and quite close to where I live so off I went.
I knew a few of the members before the meeting but found that there were also a couple of people there that I've known for a long time but didn't realise they were members. This apart, the ladies were all very friendly and made me feel very welcome. It's sometimes quite hard going to a new place and meeting new people so I was really impressed with my welcome. Then again, quilters in my experience are all very friendly people!
As you might expect part of the meeting was taken up with 'Show & Tell' and the Union Jack quilts above had been made for the patients at Headley Court.
The Speaker of the day was Barbara Weeks who had brought some of her quilts and journal quilts with her along with sketchbooks and samples.
(Apologies for the quality of the photographs, my camera doesn't cope well indoors at a distance).
This large quilt inspired by Barcelona fairly zinged with colour. The mosaic detail was fused onto the surface. Much of Barbara's talk centred on her sources of inspiration and on some of the techniques she uses in her work. I've seen Barbara Weeks' work at Festival of Quilts but it was good to be able to see things close to and to handle the quilts.
I have to admit to a little retail therapy. What can I say? I had to support the Guild.! And the traders who had given up their Saturday to be there. I didn't take any photos of my sins but I did get 4 metres of a very nice cotton backing fabric for only £8. A bargain!
Ooh! By the Way, didn't we have a lovely day in the UK today. Lovely to see the sunshine at last!