Today was our national-Belgian-quilters-members’ day: long word to describe a fun, joyful day with a lots of babbling moments, talking to people I see only once or twice a year, chatting about kids and most of all quilts and projects ongoing or counting our UFO’s and WIP’s (for the leeks: unfinished objects & works in progress) and all this among more than 300 women and one man. All with one same hobby: QUILTING.
Look at the hall before & after opening … impressive isn’t it?
I said yesterday that I didn’t unpack yet my quilting stuff : lucky me, because I didn’t find one minute free to sew or quilt … why ?
Well, first of all I was the one who received the blocks that quilters could make today: we had a common project: a little ecru square (we gave the fabric) and constructed as a log-cabin, a colored border to sew round it to make a bigger square (their own fabrics). With every block finished and delivered (to me), they got a chance to win several blocks at the end of the day.
I think we had about 500 blocks finished, and assembling them in a beautiful color combination, that made 9 packs. So 9 quilters –by lottery- left this evening with enough blocks to make a quilt.
They looked happy with it! Next year we’ll see the results.
In the morning we organized ten demonstrations of different techniques, of special tricks, of group projects … very interesting stuff to learn, to hear, to know.
The library of our association was also in place, and every member could rent a book (or more than one) of the huge collection that was offered.
Meanwhile everyone could work on the block-project or on her (his) own works with a cup of coffee, tea, cola or other refreshing drinks; and at noon there was the sandwich-lunch.
Afternoon members could sell their unwanted surplus stuff at bargain prizes. As soon as the room opened, there was a rush to the little stands, if you never saw a ‘gold rush’, than it was the chance to watch it! Incredible! In a few seconds time, the whole main hall was half empty… and the ladies spent their money to find that little fabric they missed, that old book they didn’t have.
We of course had our dessert made by our chairwoman Ann L. . Look at my selection and Liliane’s choice. Mmmmm!!! Believe it or not, but Ann made for each of us minimum three pieces. I say minimum, because there was leftover, and I got two more, as well as many others (after the one I had from Marleen who was on diet). I’m such a “sweetie-stuff-lover”.
At 3 pm we had the tombola (lottery) of many beautiful prizes: two participants can go to the midweek-retreat of March 2012, a lot of Prym material, and many pieces of fabric.
Not to forget of course, as in any quilters reunion, the show and tell.
I don’t have any picture to show you, because I was one of the persons who helped them showing on the stage. So my feet and fingers, and sometimes my head will be seen on lots of others pic’s, but not here in this blog!
Anyway I can show you some pic’s of quilts: Monique Gilbert (clic) had launched a project of small quilts in a geometrical design. 36 quilts were exhibited on the walls, and here are my favorites
Anny Celis(clic), AnneMie Janssen, Ann Lambregts
Gerda Janssens, Annick Dieltjens
Lutgard Gerber (clic), Ann Graus
Rita Bos, Duffy Indeherberg, Arlette America
I can also show you an example of the ‘home-made-quilt bags’.
Big bags, that let us travel with lots of stuff inside
And even a painful wrist, doesn’t stop quilters from quilting! So passionate are we …
If you want to be part of this yearly event ... very easy!!
Only one thing to do: become a member of our national guild (clic)!
For a little 25,00€ yearly (in Belgium) you’ll get a stunning magazine (lots of pic’s, ideas, information, patterns) in March, June, September and December, the possibility to borrow books from our library, participate on competitions and exhibitions without charges, and take part at such national and provincial reunions as I described here.
Just go for it!