Tuesday 27th November

Today we held our last General Meeting for 2018. Our committee has been very busy all year keeping us organised and the bills paid. A big thank you from the members.

We are sending flowers to our Life Member and great friend Nancy Towell who has been through some hospital treatment but is home again. It’s quite an undertaking for an octogenarian and we wish her well.

Morning tea saw us with chocolate and cheese cakes for the November birthdays.

Today Helen Granleese showed us how to clean fabric after a dye run!!!

We also had our last display of Art Quilts. Helen with leaves, Penne with cloche hats and Elizabeth with fabric scrapbooking. See pictures on our Art Quilt Page. We also discussed our direction for next year with ‘Seasons’ being a popular theme choice.

And Lorraine had a terrific panel quilt for show and tell. The horses panel and the way it was cut and the layout were really creative. Great work Lorraine.

And now it’s PARTY TIME!!! See you all next week at the Harwwood Hilton by the mighty Clarence River for our Christmas Party. Don’t forget your Fat Quarter and thread and your Christmas Challenge.

Keep safe Elizabeth and Colleen.

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Robyn, Janet and Fay our happy November Birthday girls.

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Lorraine and her terrific Pony Panel quilt.

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Tuesday 20th November

“FRIENDSHIP DAY”

Today we welcomed quilters from Lawrence, Tucabia and Yamba to a friendship day. After a delicious morning tea the fun started. Firstly we had a chance to shop from Robyne’s Pop Up Shop with all things embroidery and beautiful.

Next we had a ‘fashion’ parade of patchwork articles of clothing made over the years. These included jackets and vests and even a two piece suit. We had quite a laugh at what was once considered wearable patchwork.

Then it was time for ‘show and tell’ with Robyn Gilvear displaying her latest lovely quilt using the broiderie perse technique. Liz Imrie had a smashing grey bag that was really very chic. Mary from Yamba showed us her beautiful quilt and Rae from Lawrence also had two great quilts to show. Debra had a fab hat made with mini braid from Wilga’s workshop. So clever everyone!!

It was also the day for the reveal of our ‘tea bag’ challenge. The finished art quilts and objects were really very creative and most interesting. See Art Quilt page for pictures.

After lunch Linda had a puzzle for us to unscramble quilt block names. This proved a bit difficult for some of us but one group got 9 out of 10.

We finished up with a lucky door prize won by Janet Pickup.

I had a lovely day and I’m sure everyone else did too.

Next week is our last General Meeting for 2018 and also our last Art Quilt reveals.

Happy stitching Elizabeth and Colleen.

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Debra’s wonderful mini braid hat.

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Robyn’s latest large and lovely quilt.

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Mary’s terrific applique quilt.

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Rae’s strippy quilt.

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Rae’s butterfly quilt.

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Patchwork clothing parade.

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Helen modelling a two piece suit belonging to Penne’s mother.

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Wilga in her jacket that folds into a bag.

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Tuesday 13th

Busy day today, lots of show and tell and arranging food for next weeks visitors, Liz told us we will need a fat quarter for the Christmas swap as well as some sort of embroidery thread to match, there will be a pop up shop next week and you will be able to purchase threads then if you would like.

We had show and tell from both Marie and Lorraine with their knitted rugs made from folded fabric strips, Judy’s flying geese made the easy way ,Debra’s small braid and snails trail foundation piecedĀ  also Marlene’s hexagon Christmas table runner.

Happy stitching Elizabeth and Colleen

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Lorraine’s knitted rug

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Marie’s knitted rug

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Judy’s flying geese

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Debra’s small braid and snails trail

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Marlene’s table runner

 

 

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Tuesday 6th November

Melbourne Cup Day which is an iconic event for us Aussies. The weather has become quite hot suddenly and we may be in for a hot hot summer.

Today we were lucky enough to have a ‘vintage workshop’ by our beloved Wilga. Now in her eighties, Wilga is still sharing and demonstrating her fabulous techniques for perfect patchwork the easy way – or so she says.

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Here is Wilga with her trusty old Janome.

Firstly we had Fast Flying Geese. This quick techniques makes four blocks at a time.

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Fast Flying Geese sample

Secondly Wilga showed us her great method for Quilt As You Go Flying Geese. She has all the measurements done and has numerous tips such as using a patterned backing to hide any mistakes such as when your machine stitches one stitch too many. Also check your pressure knob so you sew through thicknesses more easily.

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Flying Geese Quilt as you Go with sashing between rows.

Next Wilga showed us how to do Minature French Braiding. This she does with the pattern marked on ‘Paper Trace’ which is a very fine stabiliser. Wilga loves to do these using scrap fabrics.

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Minature French Braid sample.

Lastly Wilga demonstrated what she calls Snails Trail Minature. This is done by foundation piecing and makes a narrow fan of scrappy fabrics. The curved pieces are added and the little blocks can be arranged as you wish.

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Snail Trail mini blocks.

So how lucky are we to have a tutor such as Wilga for so many years.

Our president, Linda, also had a baby quilt with Australian animals to show and tell. It is a lovely quilt.

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Linda’s bright and happy quilt.

Quilters and their Quilts is up and running if you wish to check that page.

Happy stitching Elizabeth and Colleen.

 

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Tuesday30th October

Today we had a fifth Tuesday for the month which means we had two more quilters displaying their quilts. This time it was Marie and Helen and very lovley the quilts were too. See them and their stories on the quilters page soon.

Ursula returned to us from a trip to WA and she had a most interesting panel of fabric by Hoffman. It featured a colour chart and we were all quilte envious!!!

Sue joined us today and hopefully will become a member. She has done a lot of quilting as she travelled the byways in a caravan. Sue very kindly showed us two of her quilts. One was an applique quilt with baskets and the other a black and white and grey Dresdan Plate quilt. Beautiful work Sue.

So a happy day was had by all and next week we can look forward to a workshop by Wilga on quilt as you go flying geese and other interesting techniques. Speaking of techniques – don’t forget the Christmas Challenge!!!

Happy stitching Elizabeth and Colleen

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WOW! Ursula with her colour chart panel.

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Sue’s basket quilt done in needleturn applique.

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Sue’s fabulous Dresdan Plate quilt.

 

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Tuesday 23rd October

Hello quilters, I’m sorry to have missed a few weeks with other special events taking me away. It has apparently been a quiet time as we work slowly on our projects as the year nears its end and summer is around the corner.

This week we celebrated the October birthdays with only Val present to cut the cakes. Cheesecake and chocolate cake yum! yum!

The raffle quilt pattern has been decided and some fabrics donated. Helen Granleese is driving this project. The blue and white colour scheme should appeal to many.

We are also hoping to have a Friendship Day soon and we are looking for wearable patchwork and quilting items for a parade. So look out those remnants from long ago.

Next week Janet Pickup and Helen McNamara will be showing a couple of their favourite quilts. This is a nice way for members to get to know others better. Oh ans don’t forget the ‘Tea Bag’ challenge due on November13th.

Happy stitching everyone and be kind. Elizabeth and Colleen

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Pattern for our next raffle quilt.

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Assortment of blue and white fabrics.

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Val cutting the cakes for the October birthday girls.

 

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Tuesday 11th September

A good turnout today and Janet and Claudette, who were on morning tea duty, brought in some yummy treats.

Show and tell:

Lorraine brought in two lovely bags she has just finished. The use of Japanese florals made them very colourful.

Beth has a new wall hanging of a Kookaburra done very artfully and two pieces from our Textile Adventure – Reginald and a wonderful Vase of Flowers. We also had a peek at Penne’s third Cloche hat and Elizabeth’s fabric family concertina book done in vintage style.

The Art Quilters have a “teabag” challenge for November.

Don’t forget the Christmas Challenge and also to look for a suitable raffle quilt pattern.

Happy stitching Elizabeth and Colleen

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A lovely shoulder bag by Lorraine.

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Lorranie’s second bag is a beaut shopping bag.

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Beth’s beautiful Vase of Flowers.

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And this is Reginald by Beth.

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Penne’s wonderful Cloche Hat Three.

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