The Teddy Bears Picnic was a great success and I thank all that participated.
Combined usual and Teddy Bear Show and Tell was excellent! A vast array of different bears and the stories were heartfelt and interesting. Thanks to all.
Show & Tell
Bronwyn: Continuing Bronwyn’s pursuit of the Bicentennial banners she has compiled an album to be part of the history of CQI. A marvellous effort in discovering the missing banner and documenting the complete process. It is available for members to look at next meeting or anytime by notifying her to bring the album. Bronwyn will continue to consult with BCC. She also finished
Lyalls’ painted letter and made a little sewing compendium. She had a trio of very tiny teddies, too small to believe possible!
Also, another lovely donation from Pamela Ross, a complete quilt for the Women’s Refuge. A thank you card will be sent.
Jill: no teddy here, but a much-loved Tasmanian Devil!
Helen: A traditional teddy belonging to her sister. This was in excellent condition considering it is over 60 years old. The secret was that it was wrapped in plastic most of its life to protect it!
Jeanette: Finished her “Roses Quilt.” Every strip was rose fabric. Just lovely.
Dawn: The Teddy Bear Queen brought along three friends. One was a fur bear, second was a navy velvet bear embroidered with pink grub roses and the third a traditional mohair fur bear.
Annie: Also had three bears. One was a bear with a bee on his sleeve, sitting in a preserved baby shoe. Number two was a white bear that hangs and is full of “shot” to weight it. Number three is her very own teddy from birth and she dressed him in the school uniform from the school where Annie works.
Cheridan: Brought along a giraffe she completed in a day, and her flat traditional bears from childhood. So interesting…
Viive: Brought along two bears, one was a brightly coloured bear made from her own dress and blouse remnants and embellished with embroidery. The second was a “liberty” bear that was a button bear as opposed to a jointed
Christine: she usually makes dolls, but she did join the 1990’s craze and made a bear. She showed us how she followed the rule “It’s not a real bear if it can’t stand on its head”! She demonstrated this was true on Dawns bear!
Kim: Had her original “Raggedy Andy” made and signed by her grandmother- incredibly special! Kim also showed a quilt she made from beginning to end over the Easter break. It had large simple appliqued roses sewn on the long arm to the quilt, then put in washer and dryer to shrink and fluff to create a chenille and antique effect. It worked! Also a gorgeous Christmas quilt top of felt and embroidery is ready for quilting!
Lastly Sue had two bears, one for each daughter. One was pink and one blue in a similar style but made with different fabric, lace, and embellishments. They have each passed the bears down to a granddaughter now.