Friday, 31 January 2014

Raffle quilt for MNDA

Motor Neurone Disease Association - Raffle Quilt

Last year I had my Thursday group in my village make me some beautiful blocks for an Art Nouveau Garden quilt. I have done the borders and will be doing the quilting any day soon. The design is from a book of the same name (see the link) but we have used different colours. It shold look stunning when it is finished.

One of my closest friends has developed MND - it is the most dreadful disease with no cure. Because of this, our quilt is to be raffled for the MND Association just before Christmas. Tickets will be available later this year at £1 per ticket. I do want to raise over £1000 but it will take a lot of hard work! Do contact me if you want to purchase a ticket. Here is a picture of some of the blocks I have begun to put together to make the whole top.

Mimram Quilters Exhibition

Mimram Quilters Exhibition

I have been busy in the past few weeks publicising this exhibition in March (22-23). We shall be open from 10-5 (10-4 on Sunday) and there are two lovely quilts for the raffle. We normally get over 100 items for the exhibition from our members so the show looks fabulous. We also have enormous sales tables with quilts, books, small items etc., and this is very popular. Also try our great cakes - Mimram is renowned for the choice. Husbands/non-quilters can come in for free and sit and have a coffee while their partners look and spend! 

We have three traders: Home Workshop Books (made famous by the father of the young couple who now run it - he is always in red braces); Secret Garden Quilting run by Lucy - she often has pop-up shops in our area (Herts); and Threads and Patches (who have their shop in Fenny Stratford south of Milton Keynes - loads of workshops run from there). We shall also be running a 3D raffle - bags/cushions etc. Choose the one you want and put your raffle ticket in it. 

Finally we have three competitions running for our members - a journal quilt (A4 size) entitled 'War' commemorating the outbreak of WWI; a wallhanging entitled 'Memories' - I have done one illustrating my parents' garden with its two plum trees which I can remember from being a toddler; and also a Traditional Quilt (this has to be a handquilted bed quilt).  The pictures below show some of the winners from 2011.

Do come and visit if you can. Details of where and when are on my sideline on the Home page of