Tuesday 18th April

Today was a beautiful sunny day in stitching paradise and even though we were a smallish group it was delightful to stitch with friends.

A happy day stitching

A Happy Day Stitching

Mary Williams passed around instructions on what to bring for her upcoming workshop on Tuesday May 2. This will be a hands-on workshop on “Combining Felt and Cotton” and sounds very interesting. No sewing machines needed. Please see Mary over the next couple of weeks if you are thinking of participating.

Our group is now a member of the Queensland Quilter’s Inc.  There is a magazine floating around and if you get a chance to glance through it, it is full of information. One website or blogspot to look at is listed below.

http://aussieheroquilts.blogspot.com.au/

Below is a photo of Janet Hall’s latest Boro project. Janet is in the process of creating a carry bag.

Janet's Boro carry bag in creams and red

Janet’s Boro – a work in progress

Mary Williams was stitching one of her many beautiful art quilts. This one is of a spider’s web caught amongst a barbed-wire fence. If you look closely you may see part of the web glistening.

In progress - Mary's spider web art quilt

Mary’s Spider Web art quilt – a work in progress.

Next week is Anzac Day and we won’t be stitching.

Happy stitching ……… Penne

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Tuesday 11th April

A special treat today with our first Easter Raffle. Our members had donated an amazing number of gifts so the major prize was supported by four other prizes. Marlene was the winner of the large basket with other prizes going to Janet, Elizabeth and Robyne and a family member. It was a great success.

Fay has started a ‘Dala’ horse applique from our April newsletter and many other interesting projects are under way. We have sent off Friendship Blocks to our former member Maxine who now lives in Queensland. Maxine reads our blog so a very Happy Easter to you Maxine from your friends at MP&Q and we look forward to seeing a picture of your quilt.

The raffle Quilt is finished!!! What a lovely quilt it is and congratulations to all who had a hand in its making. It is to be called “Victoria Rose” a lovely name for a lovely quilt. Tickets are available from Ferry Park Gallery in Maclean and from members.

As a blast from the past, Wilga showed us some samples for a block called ‘Hidden Wells’. I know a lot of us are going to try this intriguing pattern. Thanks Wilga we love your old patterns.

Next week is just a usual get together so I will sign off by saying Happy Easter to all. Elizabeth

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Our wonderful Easter Raffle

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Winners of the Easter Raffle

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Hidden Wells Blocks

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‘Victoria Rose’ our 2017 Raffle Quilt

 

 

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Tuesday 4th April

Rain,rain go away, had enough for the time being, great to see lots of smiling faces.

Today was Wilga’s hints and tips workshop as well as her demonstration on her scrappy quilts, (a wonderful way to use up all those leftover strips of fabric and batting )some of her tips included joining stripes and checks,mitred corners,2 colour binding and many more, all the information will be in a folder in the cupboard.

Congratulations to Elizabeth on being awarded 2nd place in the 8×8 competition, all the entries are on display in the gallery at Ferry Park so pop down and have a look.

For show and tell we had Bev’s quilt she has  made for her grandaughter’s 18thbirthday, Elizabeth’s hare and Gail’s shell quilt.

Next week is our Easter raffle, lots of yummy chocolates and goodies in the basket.

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Tuesday 28th March

Today was the first General Meeting day after our AGM last week. There were spirited discussions about many and varied fund raising ideas. The suggestion of biannual visits from other quilting and patchwork groups was accepted enthusiastically. A great many ideas were forthcoming.

The Christmas challenge has been set and this year it’s a choice between two challenges. Eager members may even like to attempt both. Choice #1 is to create a piece of wearable fabric jewellery. Choice #2 is to construct a 3D Christmas tree from any type of material – wood, cardboard, fabric etcetera. Happy creating!

Next Tuesday 4th April, Wilga is giving a “Back to Basics” workshop. Anyone is welcome to attend — Wilga’s workshops are always fun and informative.

We have three bloggers now and this week Penne has written her first post.

Helen Granleese was discovered sorting out her colourful machine- pieced quilt for her eldest granddaughter.

Helen G's colourful pieced squares

Helen’s very colourful appliqued quilt.

Denise Moss displayed her completed appliqued bag made for her 7 year old granddaughter.

Denise's finished bag for her granddaughter

This bag is so cute!

Please remember to read our monthly newsletter which appears on the first Tuesday in each month. It is always full of exciting news, stories and necessary information.

Marcia, Marlene & Barbara were busy sewing down the binding on our raffle quilt which is a huge job.

Marcia, Marlene and Barabara sewing down the binding on our raffle quilt

The girls having a laugh as they bind.

Heather & Gail were our March birthday girls and shared a delicious gluten free tart. The rest of us ate up the cake from last week.

March birthday girls - Heather and Gail

Heather and Gail cutting their tart!!!

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Tuesday 21st March 2017

Today we held our Annual General Meeting. There was a fair turnout of members and we got unerway at 9:30am sharp.

Our outgoing president, Claudette Hough presented a comprehensive report of our accomplishments over the past year. We all thank Claudette for her two years of service to our club. Linda Hollis our treasurer gave a very concise report of our financial affairs and we thank her for the job well done. Robyne Plater our outgoing secretary has also done a terrific job.

The new committee was duly elected with Linda Hollis taking on the presidency, Bev Livingstone becoming the treasurer and the secretary position remaining unfilled at this time. There is certainly a positive vibe in the air and we look forward to an exciting year of patchwork and quilting. A delicious morning tea was then consumed!!!

The raffle quilt top is almost done and another week should see it to completion. Tickets are available at Ferry Park Gallery in Maclean.

We welcomed back Glad Henery who was a member many years ago. We hope she enjoys some old and new friendships with us.

Show and Tell: Linda had a very bright and cheerful chicken table runner made for a friend. Marcia had three table runners in a great leafy applique pattern. These are to be sold at Ferry Park Gallery.

Next week will be a General Meeting with lots to discuss I’m sure.

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An informal photo of some of the new committee. Linda is second from the left.

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Glad Henery second from the left with life members Wilga, Fay and Nancy.

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Almost finished Raffle Quilt.

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Linda’s bright and clucky table runner.

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Marcia’s lovely appliqued table runners.

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Tuesday 14th February

A very wet morning but most of us still managed to get to Maclean for our weekly stitch together.

Today we had the first Art Quilts ‘Show n’ Tell’. Some great pieces on show and everyone has a theme in mind and ideas to go forward. Please see the art quilts and comments on the Art Quilt page. The discussion was very supportive.

The raffle quilt is almost together and is looking beautiful. I’m certainly going to buy lots of tickets. These raffle quilts take a lot of time and effort to make and are very valuable. The winner will be drawn at the LCACA Festival and Quilt Show in early July.

Our thoughts are with much loved member Chris Philp, and her husband Bill, who had a car accident on Monday. We hope you are soon back to your sunny selves and back with us at Maclean Patchwork and Stitching.

Diane had a terrific dinosaur quilt to show us. It is from a kit she has had for awhile. Diane makes great quilts and always for other people.

Next week is our AGM which will start at 9:30am.

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A terrific dinosaur quilt by Diane.

 

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Tuesday 7th March 2017

A big turn out today for Helen Granleese’s last workshop for the Row by Row quilts. Today she demonstrated how to quilt and join sections for ‘Quilt as you Go’. We all wish to thank Helen for her year long guidance while making our Row by Row quilts designed by her late friend Christine Book.

Elizabeth had her finished version called ‘Elizabeth in Pieces’ to show. It is a very colourful quilt using Tula Pink fabric for the English Paper Piecing.

Colleen had her lovely quilt made for her grandson’s wedding. It is in batiks and will no doubt be well loved and used. Great job Colleen.

Janet brought in her latest pieced stars. She has become an expert in these and has the patience to match. These two are for her grand daughter Charlie.

We enjoyed a yummy cake for morning tea made by Ursula. This was a very nice treat.

Don’t forget that the AGM is coming up on the 22nd. We will need a new committee as the present girls have served their two years. Think about putting your hand up so our club keeps running smoothly.

Next week we have the first show and tell for the Art Quilts. Can’t wait to see the creations.

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Helen demonstrating her method of Quilt as you Go.

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Nancy, Heather, Sheryl, Janet and Marlene enjoying the workshop.

Very colourful 'Row by Row' quilt by Elizabeth Buzzell

Elizabeth with her Row by Row quilt.

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Colleen’s lovely batik quilt.

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Janet’s star.

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Janet’s other beaut star.

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