We celebrated Jane Austen’s 247th birthday at our December meeting, complete with a special pot-luck lunch, a birthday cake, the annual birthday toast and a fundraiser prize draw for some great gifts. JASNA-Vancouver member, and experienced quilter Carole Wylie presented: ‘So much more than a bedcover; deconstructing the Austen coverlet”, a talk based on her own knowledge of the traditional skills used to make the Austen’s family quilt; plus, she led us in a ‘hands-on’ craft activity.

On display was a full-size replica of the original Austen quilt that is held at Chawton Cottage. Some members brought their own handiwork to share as well.

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