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Thelma Davidson sadly died in early October. Thelma was a founder member of Mannin Quilters. She taught a hand stitched sampler quilt evening class at Castle Rushen High School, and as some of the group wanted to continue after the course finished, she offered her house in Castletown Square as a meeting place and so Mannin Quilters was born. This was in January 1990. Memories of those meetings were of a large quilting frame in her front room and helping each other to quilt even if it meant crawling underneath! There was always much fun and laughter. Thelma was the driving force behind Mannin Quilters, and if it wasn’t for her we wouldn’t exist! She had a wicked sense of humour and will be remembered for her kindness and helpfulness and her love of “a bit of glitter!” She organised the first exhibition, held at St Thomas’s Church in 1992, and our first off island trips – the American Quilt Museum in Bath and to the Malvern Quilt Show. Thelma was also a talented spinner. Latterly she collected, made and furnished doll’s houses – correct down to the last detail. Mannin Quilters has grown over the years from the first 10 in Thelma’s house to the British Legion Hall at Janet’s Corner, to the Scout and Guide hall in Castletown to Ballabeg and Port Erin today, and to 80 members! Thank you, Thelma!