Our meeting in February started with Kat opening the meeting with a few announcements in the absence of Frances.
The executive is working on a programme of exhibitions, mostly focusing on our anniversary year of 2021. It is hoped there will be exhibitions in all parts of the country. Details of upcoming calls can be found in the latest IPS Newsletter.
Our own Southern Branch committee is starting to look towards our branch AGM which is taking place in April, and we are looking for a couple of new committee members since some of us will be stepping down. Committee members contribute to the organising of the meetings, and keep the branch working. We meet about once a month to discuss whatever needs doing (speakers, meeting dates, issues from the executive, etc.) and to chat, drink tea/coffee, eat cake… We are a friendly bunch, really!
If you feel that this year you may be able to help us, either in the committee or in any other way, please have a chat with any of our committee members. It is really not as much of a commitment as many seem to think.
Remember, without a committee there will be no branch and no meetings. This has recently happened to two branches, don’t let it happen to us…!
After Kat’s introduction it was time for our speaker, Ethelda Ellis Erasmus. Ethelda is a doctor and quilter from the Midlands, and she told us of her journey in quilt making, her inspirations, and she showed us an absolutely stunning selection of her quilts.
The photos below really don’t do her quilts justice, but it shows you a flavour of them, and you may get an impression of her passion for her quilt making, and her style of quilts. She often takes part in challenges and exhibitions, so look out for her work.
If you want to find out more about Ethelda Ellis, and see more of her work, she can be found on Facebook and she has her own website, too.
Show and tell was low in numbers, but great quilts were shown:
We hope to see you all at our next meeting, which will be on the 14th of March.
Lastly, proof that digital cameras are not foolproof! This was found between my photos of Ethelda’s talk…