Tuesday 12th February

A good roll up today with thirty members present. We are certainly getting into a new year of stitching already. Another very hot day and our needles were almost melting.

There is a great variety of projects on the go with EPP still prominant but also a lot of needlework and some good people finishing UFO’s.

Date Presenter Activity
5/2/2019 Helen Granleese Information Day
5/3/2019 Linda Hollis Churn Dash Block
2/4/2019 Claudette Hough Ohio Star
7/5/2019 Mary Williams Foundation Piecing
4/6/2019 Fay Farnham Folded Flying Geese
2/7/2019 Marlene & Barbara Candlewicking
6/8/2019 Colleen Brighton Dresden Skirt
3/9/2019 Marcia Rutledge Celtic
1/10/2019 Elizabeth Buzzell Bachelors Puzzle

(Y Seam Block)

5/11/2019 Allison Merrin English Paper Piecing
2020   Putting quilt to-gether with

Joiner Strips


Maclean Patchwork In House Workshops 2019

Show and Tell:

Colleen has a beautiful bag made on her Embroidery Machine. Fay is finishing a nice little quilt made with left over blocks. And Narelle has a pile of lovely candlewicking blocks. Great work ladies!!


Colleen’s beautiful bag.


Fay’s quilt of lost blocks.


One of Narelle’s candlewicking blocks.

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Tuesday 5th February

Today we started our 2019 BOM with an interesting introductory talk by Helen G. Since some of our participants are new to quilt making Helen took us back to basics with some great tips that will be valuable even for experienced makers. Some points I particulary liked were:

  • When starting a new project clean out your machine and insert a new needle.
  • Buy the best fabric you can afford and wash before use.
  • Find a feature fabric to draw other colours from.
  • Use a tone on tone for your background.
  • Check your machine needle position to get an accurate quarter inch seam.
  • Press not iron.
  • Use fine glass head pins.
  • Match your thread to your fabric colour and try a 50 weight cotton.
  • Use the one ruler or mat to cut all your blocks with a new sharp blade.

Our first leader will be Linda showing us the wonderful old simple block ‘Churn Dash’. So girls be ready on the 5th of March.

Otherwise Bev had some wonderful modern Lucy Boston blocks to show us. Her version of this now famous quilt will be soft and colourful.


Bev’s modern Lucy Boston blocks.

Enjoy your sewing week from Elizabeth and Colleen.

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Tuesday January 29th

Today we had our first General Meeting for the new year and there was a very good turn out of members.

Some decisions made include hosting Zone Day on 21st September and holding a quilt show at Easter to be called “Airing Our Quilts” This will be over two days 19th and 20th of April. We will make things for a Trading Table and provide tea and cakes included in the entry of $5.

We also enjoyed another session of “Quilters and Their Quilts”. This happens if a month has five Tuesdays. This time we had the pleasure of viewing quilts from two of our Life Members who also happen to be Octogenarians. Wilga Bolton and Fay Farham dazzled us with some beautiful old and some newer quilts. See their stories on the Members and their quilts page soon.

It was also the last Tuesday of January so we celebrated a number of birthdays. Always a pleasure at our age!!!

This year we are starting a Block of the Month for members to participate in. This is to introduce piecing and other teacniques to our newer non quilters. We have a number of interesting blocks to explore and it all starts next week with Helen Granleese giving us an introductory talk. We hope lots of members sew along and have some fun.


Helen, Lorraine, Claudette, Beverly and Colleen all had birthdays in January.


Two lovely birthday cakes for morning tea.



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Tuesday 22nd


Another small group today, still too hot for some ladies.

It was lovely to see Nancy back today looking well, Mary had some lace pieces done on washaway in a workshop in Coffs Harbour  with Meredith Woolnough, Sue had 2 blocks done with aboriginal print bought while travelling, Val is making tissue box holders from recycled packaging plastic and Lorraine is stitching Japanese panels and also having a go at shashiko.

Next week is the 5th Tuesday and it’s going to be busy with members talking about their quilts, our bi monthly meeting and birthday girls for January.

Happy Stitching Elizabeth and Colleen


Welcome back Nancy


Mary’s pieces from Meredith Woolnough’s workshop


Sue’s aboriginal print blocks


Val’s recycled tissue box holders


Lorraine’s japanese block


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Tuesday 15th

Happy New Year everyone, nice to see so many smiling faces back sewing again, it was a bit hot although a breeze wafted through  to keep things pleasant.

The raffle quilt is back from the quilters and looking good the binding being sewn on during the morning.

Claudette brought in a quilt she has made for 18month old grandson, mum wanted bears but not teddies.

Cheers Elizabeth and Colleen


Claudette’s quilt for her grandson


Raffle quilt


binding the raffle quilt




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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.


Robyn, Janet and Fay our happy November Birthday girls.


Lorraine and her terrific Pony Panel quilt.

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Tuesday 20th November


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.


Debra’s wonderful mini braid hat.


Robyn’s latest large and lovely quilt.


Mary’s terrific applique quilt.


Rae’s strippy quilt.


Rae’s butterfly quilt.


Patchwork clothing parade.


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


Wilga in her jacket that folds into a bag.

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