During the business part of the evening, all the officers’ reports highlighted the very positive development of the society over the last year. Committee, volunteers and all society members were thanked for their continued support and we are pleased to welcome two new members onto the committee for next year. We were also delighted to present a cheque to Doreen Boyles for £500 for the Bedford Daycare Hospice.
Following the formal aspects of the AGM we welcomed Janet Cook who spoke on ‘From Floral Art to Fabric Art’; it was good also to welcome several visitors who joined us after the AGM.
Janet was originally a member of our society but her passion is now textile art. She started making quilts in 1988, after being captivated by Mennonite quilts in Canada. She has exhibited quilts at many international shows and has won several major awards, including two Championships at national level. Her quilts have been chosen to represent the British Isles in exhibitions in Canada and America.
Janet’s love of and enthusiasm for her craft shone through as she showed and talked us through many of her exquisite designs. She has gained inspiration for her work from so many places and situations: the local North Bedfordshire countryside, her family pets, mosaics in Westminster Abbey to buildings, people and the culture of many different countries to name just a few. Together with humorous anecdotes, we had a very enjoyable evening – thank you Janet.