Back to our normal sewing days with everyone busy on their projects.
The committee and some helpers were constructing a very colourful quilt for donating on Zone Day. Zone Day is when all the quilting groups from Grafton to Tweed Heads get together for a fun filled day. This year the donation quilts will go to the Mental Health Unit. We are also swapping ‘mug bags’ so we are having a preview of our bags the week before. See Zone Day page for more information.
There is still lots of EPP going on and quite a few embroidery projects popping up.
Although the numbers were down, our Daffodil Day still raised in excess of $1500 and was said to be a very pleasant day for all in attendance. Well done girls!!
This Friday, 23rd August, will be Nancy Towell’s birthday. She is an original founding member and is now in her early eighties. Nancy loves all things patchwork and is still making beautiful quilts and other items. She loves her two sewing group days per week one with us and the other with Bluff Point Quilters. Nancy loves interacting with her slightly younger friends and sharing in the latest things we are buying. She also loves jewellery and always colour coordinates her clothes. A picture of Nancy is featured below. Happy Birthday To You!!!!
Guest blogger Colleen will be with you for the next two weeks.
A quiet day, not as many visitors as previous years but an enjoyable one never the less , the total amount raised will be available at a later date.
There was as usual lots of goodies to eat , the usual stalls and a display from the NSW Quilt Guild the theme being “Colour Collision”
A busy day today and warmer than last week.
Helen Granleese took us through the techniques for our next English Paper Piecing row. This time it is a row called Rounded Thimble Swags. The rounded tops may prove tricky!!!
Liz Imrie and Alison had the finished Daffodil Day Raffle Quilt. It is very pretty with celtic work as a feature. All hands on deck next week for Daffodil Day when we raise money for breast cancer research. This cause is close to our hearts.
Alison was also starting to give out her friendship blocks to those participating. They look very interesting.
Our thoughts are with those who are unwell or have family members unwell.
Our beautiful Daffodil Day raffle quilt made by Liz Imrie and quilted by Alison Merrin.
Row by Row quilt girls enjoying the sunny verandha.
More “Rowers” discussing the next row.
Judy had this very colourful Irish Chain quilt to show. Great job Judy.
Weather is a funny thing. Only a few months ago we were melting and today we were freezing!!! Well not literally but the hall was chily.
A special day today when Wilga gave us one of her mini workshops. It is wonderful to see a real patchworker on the job. Today Wilga was demonstrating some templates that give you a star border. See workshops page for some details of the process.
The templates were kindly donated to our resource cupboard by Janet Hall. We have such fun with Wilga as she works away. By the by she has promised us her recipe for spray starch.
We also received our monthly newsletter which shows us how busy we will be over the next two months. So get those machine running as we need items for our trading table at Daffodil Day.
Some show and tell from Janet and Bev as well as a lot of chatter re our Row by Row quilts.
Wilga at the demonstration table.
The star border before stitching.
A Boro purse made by Janet Hall.
Two English Paper Piecing pin cushions made by Janet.
Janet also covered these rocks with crochet.
Bev is making a cushion cover from this Cathedral Window pattern.
Today we held our Bi-Monthly Meeting and a lot of business was discussed. A washup of the quilt show with everyone agreeing it was a great exhibition of quilts with very favourable comments from the judges.
We also talked about plans for our Daffodil Day to be held next month with lots of ideas floated and it should be a successful fund raiser. Also motioned was a Wilga Bolton award for a quilt that keeps the traditions alive. A small group will be developing this idea for next year’s festival. We also agreed to bring in our Zone Day “Mug Bags” for a show and tell the week prior.
Six ladies were celebrating birthdays and two cakes were cut to mark their special month.
Not too much on show with most ladies working on projects in progress. Don’t forget to add a couple of ‘Heart’ blocks to the folder.
Next week our mini workshop will be led by Wilga showing us how to make a star border.
Three birthday girls. From the left Chis and Judy and our president Claudette and on the right Wilga.
Sonia, Judy and Wilga cutting the cakes.
Today we had a special visitor by the name of Lee Cleland. Lee taught many of us quilting and also wrote some valuable books on the subject. Now Lee’s passion is photography so she is letting go of her stash. She bought bolts and bolts down for us at only $5metre. It was mayhem for a while but eventually those who wanted fabric got some great metres.
In her honour the committee provided a very nice lunch.
Others with Show and Tell were Robyn Gilvear with a fabulous quilt made from pink jumpers. The quilt was even reversible.
Helen Granleese with a beautiful quilt for her father which reflected the colours of the Clarence River in flood.
And Bev had a super kiddy quilt in great bright colours.
Next week is our bi-monthly meeting.
Lee cutting metres of great fabric.
Sharon helping with the cutting.
Robyn with her beaut woolly jumper quilt.
Back of Robyn’s quilt.
Helen with her great sampler quilt for her father.
Back of Helen’s quilt showing her neat quilting.
Bev’s lovely bright quilt.
Today we enjoyed another session of English Paper Piecing with Helen G. She kindly demonstrated reverse applique and how to make perfect paper pieced circles. This month’s row features many elements and should be challenging.
We are all feeling a little weary after the excitment of our annual quilt show. This is held as part of the Clarence Valley Arts and Crafts Festival. There were some beautiful quilts on display showing a wide variety of techniques. Members were amongst the prize winners. Please look on our Quilt Show page for winners and quilt pictures of the members.
Next week Lee Cleland is coming down with some fabric stash to sell.
Helen G. explaining the finer points of this month’s row.
Some of the girls busy mastering reverse applique.
Diane and Heather enjoying the workshop.