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.
Here is Wilga with her trusty old Janome.
Firstly we had Fast Flying Geese. This quick techniques makes four blocks at a time.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Linda’s bright and happy quilt.
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Happy stitching Elizabeth and Colleen.