Earlier this year I was invited to the Carletonville Country Quilters' Regional meeting. I was asked to show some of my quilts and to do a little demonstration on how I quilt on my home sewing machine. I was welcomed with warm smiles and friendly faces, which made speaking and doing the demo much easier.
|Some of the quilts I shown on the day|
I have to admit that I was a bit nervous to speak to people who has far more years experience in quilting than I have, but as I was showing some of my quilts, I quickly realised that even with my little knowledge I had something to teach. They where very interested in free motion quilting. A lot (most) of them send their quilts to be quilted by others.
I found that very surprising, but I was eager to show them what I have learnt. As I was doing the demo, I had quite a lot of questions about the tools I use and my machine set up, and I had quite a few requests to show different free motion quilting designs.
I was approached by many asking if I am at all willing to quilt their quilts, and I cant wait for the opportunity to do just that.
When we reached the end of the meeting, Alta Pothas mentioned that they had a quilt, made by a former Chairlady of the Golden West Quilters Guild, Charlotte van Schalkwyk who passed away. They where looking for a volunteer to quilt it for her husband. I immediately raised my hands and offered to help.
This is the quilt I am going to be working on for the next couple of weeks... hopefully I will have it finished sooner! I have not yet decided on what I am going to quilt, as that was left for me to decide. Its nice having free range in what to quilt, but it has left me a bit undecided.
At least I have finished pin basting the quilt, so now I can start playing around on paper deciding what to quilt...
I have to thank Alta for the opportunity to quilt this for them, for having me on the day of the 'show and tell' and I hope that this will be one of many more quilts I can quilt for others.
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