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
A lovely shoulder bag by Lorraine.
Lorranie’s second bag is a beaut shopping bag.
Beth’s beautiful Vase of Flowers.
And this is Reginald by Beth.
Penne’s wonderful Cloche Hat Three.
Here we are in Spring at last although the weather is wet and cool. Lots of Spring Quilt Shows have been on and we have enjoyed them all.
Today we had a mini workshop by Claudette on ‘Seminole Piecing’. This attractive and interesting method of piecing creates some terrific patterns. Created by sewing fabric strips of various colours together and then cross-cutting in various directions to make rectangle and diamonds to name two.
Robyne brought in her machine to have a go and produced a very nice sample in no time. A very interesting technique to add to our repertoire. See Wilga’s tips page for a tip about cutting pieced strips.
With only a small number of members it seemed to be a very friendly day.
Penne Carr was presented with a small prize for winning Viewer’s Choice at our recent Textiles Adventure exhibition at Ferry Park. We received some very nice comments. The winning item was a ‘Boro’ cushion.
Next week we will have art quilts. Happy stitching Elizabeth
Claudette leading her Seminole workshop.
Robyne with her seminole sample.
Penne’s boro and applique cushion which won Viewer’s Choice.
Hello Readers, I’m sorry to be so late but have been doing some reconstruction to our site.
Being the last Tuesday of the month we enjoyed a yummy birthday cake for the August girls.
Linda, our president, has been very busy with plans for our Zone Day next year. This is quite an undertaking so an early start is sensible. We have also decided to have our Christmas party at Harwood on December 4th.
Last week we had two lovely quilts for show and tell.
Joan brought in her just quilted Row by Row quilt which is very pretty and we are always plesed to see one of these quilts finished.
Marcia brought in a quilt for a friend which was all in cream, lace and other lovely things.
See our new page “Members and their Quilts” for two stories.
We have also been busy with quilt shows at Gundarimbah South and Lawrence. These country shows are so lovely to visit and feature some great quilts old and new. There is always an idea to gather and delicious treats to eat.
Happy sewing everyone. Elizabeth and Colleen
Joan’s Row By Row quilt is pretty in pink.
Debra, Nancy, Liz and Bard cutting their August cake.
Today Helen Granleese gave us a very informative talk about choosing colours for our quilts. She endorsed the belief that quilters choose colours as carefully as artists choose paint.
The talk concentrated on the printed fabrics most commonly used by quilt makers. How these printed fabrics have changed through the 1930’s, 40’s 50’s and 60’s.
Some choice hints included choosing shades from dark to light. Using a deep dark and an accent colour in a lighter version.
How backgrounds have changed from the traditional white and cream to include greys, taupes and pastel colours.
Question to ask yourself – Are you going to make a light or dark quilt?
How prints should range from small, medium to large. How spots, checks and stripes can be regular or irregular. How florals give us soft lines and geometrics give us hard lines.
And don’t forget the “hero fabric”. Use it to choose your deepest and lightest fabrics to match.
Helen showed us her own lovely quilts as examples and even included an antique quilt she rescued for a small sum of money in the USA.
Thank you very much Helen, I hope my breakdown does your talk justice.
On Saturday many of us are off to our annual Zone Day. This is a gathering of quilters from all over the North East of NSW. Have fun and wear your pearls!!!
Helen with an early quilt showing colours from light to dark and prints in small to large.
A mainly hand pieced quilt showing the use of deepest dark.
This quilt shows how to mix and match prints for an interesting scrappy look with plain borders setting off the colours perfectly.
What a busy month we have had with our Quilt Show and lots more going on. In the next few weeks we are going to do a bit of restructuring of our blog to better reflect our group at this time.
We welcome the new members who have recently joined us. New members are so important in growing our club for the future.
Today was a fifth Tuesday of the month and we started a new idea of featuring two quilters and their favourite quilts. Colleen was first with a quilt called “Lovers Garden”. Colleen made this quilt many years ago and has it on her bed so it has been washed many times but still looks amazing.
Then we had Barbara with an applique quilt made the early 90’s. The Rose of Sharon design has stood the test of time. Barb’s second quilt was made as a Round Robin and features a lovely centre and gorgeous borders.
See both of these quilts and their makers and the full story on our new page soon.
We also celebrated the birthday’s of our July girls – Helen, Sonia, Penne and Judy. The cheesecake and cream sponge were delicious.
Many thanks to the members who contributed items for our Textile Adventure Two exhibition at Ferry park Gallery during August. Keep quilting Elizabeth and Colleen
Colleen and her quilt “Lovers Garden”
Barb and her “Rose of Sharon” quilt.
Barb’s Round Robin quilt.
Helen , Sonia, Judy and Penne enjoying their birthday cake for July.
A few more ladies than last week, I think the cold weather is keeping them home by the fire, those who did come enjoyed the yummy biscuits Judy baked for morning tea.
We wished Helen Mac a Happy Birthday, Fay had her quilt called “Fay’s Folly”, it was a kit that comprised of some of her least favourite fabrics , Helen G is making an appliqued quilt for a baby boy and Colleen had her machine embroidered placemats.
Happy Stitching – Elizabeth and Colleen
Helen G appliqued suare
Not very much happening today, quite a few members were at Maclean High School setting up for the Lower Clarence Arts and Crafts Association annual Exhibition which starts this Friday through to Sunday,those of us who were at our meeting decided not to sit inside and sew but out in the lovely sunshine on this beautiful winter’s day.
Sorry, there aren’t any photos this week, my camera decided to die on me.
cheers Colleen and Elizabeth.