Grace opened the meeting by welcoming all members and visitors. With a special welcome back to Els Cleet.
The ladies were reminded that cell phones should be switched off or turned to silent.
Several apologies were given.
Choc is still in need of socks. Jean’s mom has undertaken to help fill this need.
The members were reminded to please wear their name tags.
Members were encouraged to bring items for sale at the craft table, to make it more interesting.
Bridget has gone to a lot of trouble with the notice board; members were encouraged to keep themselves updated with what is available.
A Round Robin exercise was explained – the ladies worked in groups of 6. Each initially made a block and passed it on to the next person, who adds a border to this block. This is repeated until after 6 months you get your original quilt back. The ladies found it to have been a great learning curve.
The Heathway Quilt Exhibition was reported on in the Randburg Sun.
From the Heart
Thank you so much from….
The Venda Ladies. for the embroidery cotton received, and especially for the generous donations of Dawn Body Lotion.
The SPCA has sent out a big thank you to all who so generously donated cushions throughout the year. All the love quilts have been returned and a special letter of thanks was received from Annette Grobler
2011 Charity Drive
The main charity chosen for 2011 is the Bronkhorstspruit Orphanage.
Suzan Bornman has identified this orphanage as being is need of some extra sunshine to bring that extra bit of love to the children.
It was decided to make a quilt for every child in the orphanage.
Suzan will report back on the ages of the children and their sex and perhaps any special request they might have.
Quadrille members are encourage to do what they do best, and make a child feel special by giving them a quilt made especially for them.
Quilts are please to be for a single bed and not be smaller than 190x150.
Work parties at Quiltec 25th ,26th, 27th Jan
9am to 1pm
The History of the Christmas Stocking.
There are several stories as to the origin of the Christmas Stocking. One theory maintains that once upon a time a poor man and his three daughters lived in a peasant’s cottage. There was no money for the girls to get married and the man worried about what would happen to his daughters after his death. St Nicholas was passing through the village when he heard about the girls and wanted to help, he also knew the old man would not accept charity. So he waited until night fall and crept in through the chimney. He had three bags of gold and was looking for a place to keep the bags. All he could find was the stockings of the girls hanging over the mantel piece to dry. He placed the gold coins in the stockings and girls could get married and lived happily ever after.
The story changes in regions and the gold coins are actually replaced with gold balls.
Hence the tradition evolved of children placing their stockings over the mantle piece or at the ends of their beds in the hope that St Nicholas/Santa Clause will reward their good behavior with presents in their stockings.
At times the stocking gifts are the only gifts the children would receive; while at other times the stocking contains only small gifts which are now called Stocking fillers.
Today the Christmas stocking is no longer the child’s everyday socks, but elaborate stockings especially created for this purpose.
A second theory originating from Germany – is that children would place their straw, carrot or sugar filled boots near the chimney for Odin’s flying horse, Sleipnir, their effort would be rewarded with boots filled with candy or gifts.
Another theory claims the tradition was started in Holland where children filled their clogs with straw and place it near the hearth for the reindeer. Sintaclaas (Santa Clause) would reward their kindness with gifts. With time the clogs were replaced with stockings and Sintaclaas with Santa Clause.
Another tradition claims that the tradition goes back to the XIX Century to an illustrator Thomas Nast, who illustrated a story by George Webster about a visit from Santa Clause. In his poem “The Night Before Christmas” Clement Clark Moore the Christmas Stocking is mentioned twice – once in the beginning and again towards the end.
“Merry Christmas” in different languages
Australia – Happy Christmas Spain – Feliz Navidad
Germany – Frohe Weihnachten Thailand – Ewadee Pe-e Mai
QQ Meeting Dates and Talks 2011
10 January – Ansie Reyerse - Medallion Quilts.
Talk: Wendy Burtenshaw – Scrap Quilts
2 February – Diana Perrerson – Machine Embroidery
2 March – Jenny Svvensson – Maths and Quilting
6 April – Tertia Duvenhage – Felt Applique
4 May – Leslie Pahl-Stain Glass Window
1 June – Jeanette Botha – Bargello
13 July – All the girls – Festival Report Back
3 August – Marina Sigalas – Quilt Manipulation
7 September – Wendy and Suzan – Surprise!
5 October – Rose Espach – To be announced
2 November – Bridget Ferguson - All Appliqué
7 December – Ina Keyter - Art is Good
GRG Dates for 2011
The Golden Rand Quilting Guild is the umbrella body for the PWV area. They meet 4 times a year at the Alberton City Hall.
19 February, 21 May, 20 August and 19 November.
Jakaranda Dates 2011
The Jacaranda Quilting Group meets in Pretoria 3 times a year on 12 February, 11 June and 8 October.
Quiltec Open Day
Saturday 5 February 9am to 2pm
National Quilt Festival Stellenbosch
1 to 7 July 2011
…Classes……Courses…….“out of the Box”
This is a new group which will be held on the last Thursday of each month at Quiltec from 9am to 12pm unless otherwise stated. Please contact Grace for details o11 679 4386
24 February 24 March 28 April
26 May 23 June 25 August
29 September 27 October 24 November
Block of the Month
Piece makers Times and Seasons 2011
28 January 25 February 25 March
29 April 27 May 24 June
29 July 26 August 30 September
28 October 25 November
Share and Care Dates for 2011
Share and Care is our Masibambani School held at the Methodist Church in Linden for our African Ladies.
22 January 12 February 12 March
9 April 14 May 11 June
9th July 13 August
10 September 8 October 12 November
Mayflower Meeting Dates
10 January 14 February 13 March
11 April 9 May 12 June
11 July 15 August 12 September
10 October 14 November 28 November
Websites to visit
http://www.artfabrik.com/ Laura Wasilowski
Joyce Becker can be checked out on uTube
Hobby X is advertising exciting courses on
Quilt Festival 2011
The 2011 National Quilt Festival will be held from the 1 - 7 July at the Bloemhof Girls’ School in
Stellenbosch, in the heart of the Cape Wine lands. The Exhibition will be from the 1 – 6 July and the quilts will be taken down on the last day of the Festival to give quilters an opportunity to collect them.
The theme for the 2011 Festival is “Alive with Colour”, which should inspire all traditional, innovative and art quilters to make amazing quilts for the exhibition. Our logo depicts Table Mountain, all dressed up and colourful to suite our theme.
We trust you are all working industriously on the quilts you would like to enter for the 2011 National Festival. The Exhibition hall is large and we therefore need lots of quilts to make the Cape Town event as successful as previous Festivals.
The winning rosettes for each of the quilt categories have been designed and made by Mari Claase, with the help of the Langeberg Laslap Guild, who have generously sponsored the rosettes.
We chose Stellenbosch for our Festival so that quilters can escape from the rat race of the city and come to the country to relax and enjoy the historic town and its beautiful surroundings, such as the lovely wine estates that can be found on the outskirts of the town!
The Bloemhof School has excellent hostel facilities that can accommodate up to 160 delegates. There are 2 big lounges (with DSTV) where delegates can socialize and relax during the Cape winter evenings. The hostel is in close proximity and within walking distance to the school.
For those who prefer a different type of accommodation, there are many B&B’s in the vicinity of the school. Related B&B information is available on our website.
Our challenge packs have been sent to guilds all over South Africa, but we still have a few left and they are available from Jenny Hermans: firstname.lastname@example.org There are fantastic cash prizes to be won!
Some time ago invitations were sent to a number of overseas teachers and three were selected to teach at the Festival. The Committee is in the process of finalising the local teachers and workshops. This is an enormous task and is being done with great care and consideration as we want to ensure that there is a good mix of quilting techniques and workshops. This process should be completed by the end of June 2010.
We were impressed with the high standard and quality of workshops offered by our overseas and local teachers. Besides the planned workshops, there will be demonstrations for beginner quilters, “Kids can Quilt” - workshops for the younger generation of quilters
Rules for Quilt Shows
By Krista Sheehan ,
I want to do this! What's This?
Quilting is a hobby shared and enjoyed by many people. In fact, quilting has become such a popular craft that a wide variety of quilt shows are now held across the country. If you are thinking about entering one of your quilts in a quilt show, it is extremely important that you review the show's rules and regulations. Although each show varies, the rules for quilt shows are often quite strict and unwavering.
1. To be entered into a quilt show, all entries must be free of dirt, smoke and animal hair. Quilts must be completed and ready to hang with a stitched-down sleeve of a specific size.
2. Many quilt shows maintain that they will not hang incomplete, dirty or torn quilts, and these quilts will not qualify for entry into the show. Typically, quilts also will need to have a label sewn in a specific place on the back of the quilt. This label will need to detail the name of the quilt along with the name and address of the quilter.
Size and Construction
3. To be considered a "quilt," most shows insist on a work with three layers: a backing, filler and top. These three layers must be held together with stitching through each layer. Each show has its own determinants regarding the size of the quilt, too. Most quilt shows judge several different categories of quilts based on size. For example, some shows simply categorize quilts into large, small and miniature groups. Other shows, however, have more extensive categories: bed quilts, crib quilts, wall quilts and fabric art, among others. Refer to your specific show's rules for size regulations.
4. All shows require that the quilt is the work of the person who enters it into the show. If you received help, inspiration or guidance from another source, most shows require you to name those sources on your entry form. Some shows do not allow you to use kits, while others will accept this as long as you have disclosed the kit information. Check with your local show for its rules on presentation; some will require you to submit specific pictures of your quilt before judging. Also, most shows have time restrictions on all entries. For example, they may require that your quilt was completed during a certain period of time, or they may require that your quilt has never been shown in a previous quilt show.