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Devon Quilters' Day, Clyst St. Mary, Exeter

Presentation to Barbara Janssen

Quilters’ Guild Day in Exeter on 14 June 2014

A very enjoyable day organised by Barbara Janssen, our outgoing Region 4 Co-ordinator.  Following a cup of coffee we were welcomed by Barbara who introduced our new Co-ordinator, Diane Whitehead.  Diane brought a collection of her quilts, none of which had been seen locally. 

This was followed by Ellen Seward who gave us an explanation of the ‘Chinese Whispers’ Challenge which originated at Loch Lomond Quilters.  For the local challenge organised by the Contemporary Group, the first quilter was shown a photo which she looked at to get inspiration for a hanging, and then gave the photo back.  Ellen Seward started the challenge, inspired by a photo, with her hanging depicting the bridge and the Clyde with phantom ships from days gone by.  Sallie Waring saw this quilt, drew inspiration from it and produced her own hanging, and so on through the 11 quilts in this challenge, ending with the final hanging by Lynn Carr.  We were lucky enough to see all the 11 works displayed, most introduced by their makers, giving their inspirational ideas they had gleaned from the previous quiltmaker.

Maureen Rhodes produced an entry, Medusa, for the Green Challenge which will be exhibited with the other entries at Westpoint Showground, Exeter, 25-28th September 2014 on the Quilters’ Guild stand.

Our traders for the day were Jamie Malden from Colouricious, Sylvia from Beads for Beauty who provided lots of tempting goodies.

Diane Whitehead made a presentation to Barbara Janssen for all her hard work as the Region 4 Co-ordinator for the past three years.  Prior to that, Barbara stepped in when no-one else did to keep the Region running well.  Many members have good cause to say thank you to Barbara as she has always been very helpful answering members’ queries and inspirational in coming up with ideas and getting things done.

Our afternoon speaker was Jamie Malden from Colouricious, who specialises in block printing using unique hand carved wooden blocks which she has made for her in India.  It was fascinating to hear how she supports about 40 wood carvers and their families by sending all the money from the sale of these blocks back to India.  The fabric produced can be used for many projects in addition to quilts, I was sorry not to be able to attend her workshop the following day.

A very satisfying day, thank you Barbara for organising it.