Author and quilter Jane Brocket shares her passion for colour and pattern with us
When I heard that Jane Brocket was our guest speaker for February I was thrilled because I love her quilts and having seen them in the two quilting books of hers that I own, I was looking forward to seeing the real thing.
I was certainly not disappointed. They were so colourful and vibrant, and reflected the joy she gets from working with a variety of different fabrics.
She has a fantastic eye for colour and balance, and her relaxed attitude to making quilts she likes and not worrying too much about perfecting them produced some stunning quilts.
I found her gung-ho approach really inspirational, and thought her quilts made from vintage embroidery and tapestry were really original and beautiful. In fact, when I first saw her "crinoline ladies" quilt in her book last year, it triggered a frenzied episode of me bidding on Ebay for vintage tablecloths with crinoline ladies on, and I now have several dozen crinoline ladies lying in a plastic box in my spare room waiting for me to do something with them. I think Jane's visit to Guildford quilters may have just rescued my crinoline ladies from their banal existence in a plastic box, so inspired am I by her quilts.
Other Business - the Library will have an injection of new books - any suggestions please put to Catherine. Please continue making items for the Boutique Table and hand to Rosemary at the next meeting. We have had an urgent request for more Baby Quilts and will therefore be looking at having a day to make more in the summer. There are patterns in the Library and on this website.
Exhibition - Quilts will need to be handed in at the April meeting with £3 entry fee. At the March meeting we will need the details of the Quilt - Name, Inspiration etc. All Quilts will need to be collected after the exhibition on 27th April.
There were some wonderful Show and Tell items Show & tell 1.jpg and thanks to the ladies for the lovely refreshments.