The group news is that the next date for making refuge quilts is confirmed as July 23rd — at Chalford Village Hall, 11 to 3pm as usual. There will be opportunities for hand and machine sewing, whichever you prefer.
My personal news is that I have just got back from a very interesting quilt festival in the north of Holland. The festival takes place every two years, with small exhibitions in a range of churches and other venues set in small towns and villages about 15 miles north of Groningen in the north of Holland. We stayed in a hotel and visited those of the venues we could get to by train and on foot. (An alternative for another year would be to find a B&B in one of the villages and hire electric bikes, which is what some Dutch visitors do.)
We managed to visit 8 of the 24 venues, which showed many different styles of quilt, hanging and textile art. I was particularly interested in the landscape quilts, influenced by the subtle skies, fields and water of the area. One quilter, Dirke van der Horst-Beetsma, used fabric so that it almost looked like oil paint, a style which I fell in love with.
All in all the festival was very enjoyable and inspiring. Now I just need to find some time to get sewing myself…