Meander Quilters' Guild

Situated in Howick in the Midlands of KwaZulu Natal, South Africa, we meet in St Luke's Church Hall, Harvard Street on the last Thursday of each month at 14h00

02 September, 2006

August 2006 Guild Meeting

Our meeting on the last day of August was really well attended and we also had three visitors with us. We had arranged for Carolyn Coe, a founder member of the Meander Guild, to speak to us but unfortunately she was attacked by a "lurgy" and wasn't able to be there. Soo.... we improvised and had a really interesting meeting. The pictures below, tell the story...

Oncology Charity Project

At the beginning of the year, Lindy challenged everyone to use a fat quarter provided by the Guild, to make cushions and/or quilts for the new Oncology Unit at Grey's Hospital in Pietermaritzburg. We have had some great contributions and look forward to the full complement at the end of September. Shirley and Mary Ann are discussing the quilt which Mary Ann has made for the unit.

August Speakers

As Carolyn was ill, we combined four short presentations for the afternoon. Peggy showed us her Work in Progress - a beautiful fabric "book" which she is creating for one of her granddaughter's 21st Birthday. There were many oohs and aahs and lots of inspiration!

Lindy then did a short dem of making continuous bias. The formula for calculating how long your bias will be is : multiply the length of your square by itself e.g. 6" square = 36.
Now divide this number by the width of your bias e.g. if your bias is 1" wide you will then get 36" of bias binding!

Next, Karin showed us how she has used scrapbooking techniques to illustrate her quilt record book. She has included paper, pieces of fabric from the quilt, pictures of the finished quilt and other decorative notions to make this a work of art in itself.

Finally, Nicky who has recently come back from a visit to Zambia, told us about meeting local women there who were enthralled with the idea of patchwork and quilting. Being Nicky, she arranged to spend a day with them and gave them a crash course in patchwork! She also found some gorgeous "African" cotton fabrics in local markets which had several of us drooling!

Tea Time

Our two Polly's were responsible for providing delicious eats for tea. Could we resist asking Polly to put the kettle on...?


Tea time is always an opportunity to chat to others, to see what our vendor has brought to tempt us and generally to share in the true spirit of quilting. Our vendor for August was The Pin Cushion, represented by Sue and Bee. Their shop is in Howick and they've recently re-stocked on quilting fabrics and notions with well known designer names waiting to leap into your stash!
Myrtle and Bee discuss fabrics for Myrtle's latest quilt which we hope to see soon.

Visitors study the range of fabrics available from The Pin Cushion - all far too good looking to be able to ignore!