Tuesday 21st February

A nice quiet day of stitching together with a few laughs. The Raffle Quilt girls are getting the large blocks finished and they are very pretty. It will be a traditional quilt and will hopefully appeal to all.

Last week I mentioned a “Challenge” and today Claudette outlined her idea which was enthusiastically embraced by the members. It will be a small item by designer Christine Book from her many books in our library. Christine paid us a visit early last year and we had a lovely day together. Sadly Christine has passed away but this will be a really nice way to pay tribute to her memory. Items need to be ready for the LCACA Festival in July.

Some Show and Tell from Wilga and Helen. Wilga’s quilt is a fantasy of The Wizard of Oz. When she was a young girl Wilga saw the movie and dreamed of a pair of red shoes. Many years later she knew she had to have this fabric and the quilt has been a labour of love.

Helen has made a quilt for her daughter in law Kylie. It is a pattern called ‘Diamond Squares’ and is lovely and fresh. We are sure Kylie will love it.

Next week our first payment of $30 is due for the Deborah Louie workshop.

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Raffle quilt block

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Another raffle quilt block.

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Wizard of Oz quilt by Wilga.

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Close up of Wilga’s quilt.

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A quilt for Kylie by Helen.

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Tuesday 14th February

A Happy Valentine’s Day to all!!

We had chocolates and heart shaped biscuits as a treat for morning tea. Thank you Janet for the biscuits and Bob for two boxes of chocolates.

Some lovely Show and Tell today. Linda has finished a scrap quilt she has named ‘Bubble and Squeak’ which uses the Light in a Window block. The colours just sparkle and the back is pieced too. Beautiful job Linda.

Chris brought in her lovely William Morris quilt top she has made as a BOM. The applique is just perfect and the border looks wonderful. Great work Chris.

Wilga also had a nearly finished quilt to show us. This is her second version of the Sampler Quilt she taught us a few years ago. The original was blue and white and starred at the Sydney Quilt Show. This one is bolder in colour but just as lovely. Amazing work Wilga.

The art quilters enjoyed a show and tell session with Mary Williams. Mary has been art quilting since 2001 and has done heaps of workshops. Her knowledge is extensive and it was great to hear her explanations of each piece and the techniques she employed. We are all enthused and will have some amazing creations for March. Some more pictures on the Art Quilt page.

Claudette tells us that the $2000 main prize at the LCACA  Arts and Crafts Festival will this year include art quilts, photography and fine art. What are the chances????

Claudette also has an inspiring challenge idea but I will leave that to her to tell us about it. Watch this space!!!

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“Bubble and Squeak” by Linda.

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Back of Linda’s quilt.

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William Morris quilt by Chris.

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Sampler Quilt by Wilga.

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Mary explaining her art quilts.

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Tuesday 31st January

Whew!!! Another hot day. Our summer has been extreme.

A good turn out with many interesting projects in hand. The raffle quilt is coming along well with members sewing down the appliques. There will be more to come!! Wilga has done a great job crosshatch quilting all the very large blocks.

Art Quilters met today to discuss what we would like to do this year. It has been decided to do an image study over four projects. This year we are also adding some mentoring days to our calendar.

Show and Tell:

Claudette has finished a lovely bright quilt for her grandson. Marlene has shown us her stunning blue and white quilt. Helen MacNamara has two pieces for friends.

Happy birthday to Helen, Claudette, Bev, Lorraine and Colleen our January birthday girls.

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Helen, Lorraine, Bev and Claudettte.

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A beautiful blue and white quilt by Marlene.

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Claudette made this fabulous quilt for her grandson.

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Train quilt by Helen Mac for friends in Junee.

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Another great quilt top by Helen MacNamara.

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Tuesday 17th January 2017

Happy New Year quilters!

Our first day back and the weather is rather hot, in fact it is our third heatwave of this summer. Never mind we are determined to stitch and enjoy the friendship we share at MP&Q.

Some new members and some with show and tell. New member Gail had a lovely tumbling blocks quilt to show in vibrant colours. Ursula had a great quilt which is a show stopper on both sides. Marie had a collection of small Zakka items including a purse and two mug rugs. Well done girls.

The raffle quilt makers have been busy during the break and there will be sewing for everyone next week. The quilt is looking very nice in subtle colours.

Everyone else is busy with a their own projects with a lot of EPP still going on although I am doing some ‘boro’ and Helen is finishing another table runner!!

Next week is our first General Meeting for 2017 so come along and have your say. There will also be a trading table so toss out some stash and grab a bargain!!

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New member Gail with her tumbling blocks quilt.

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Marie’s lovely items.

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The front of Ursula’s quilt.

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The back of Ursula’s quilt.

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Tuesday 13th December

This is our last post for 2016. I’m sorry to have missed last week but I was unwell but am now on the mend. Today we had a lovely friendly time as we ran down the clock on our stitching for the year. Wilga and Elizabeth had show and tell.

A birthday cake was cut for the December girls of whom only Marlene and Elizabeth were present.

We had another Row By Row session with Helen Granleese getting our last two rows, a diamond heart and a picket fence. Some hardy souls also took the finishing pack with hopes of completing their quilts over the break. Many thanks to Helen who has been very patient with us dealing with the fast finishers and the slow pokes and all in between!!!

The raffle quilt girls are applying fabric to the paper templates and soon members will have some hand work to do. This lovely quilt will be quite traditional and the colours are soft and yummy.

A small working party has met to decide on the criteria for the Wilga Bolton Award. This will become part of the exhibition each year and will go to a bed quilt that is “keeping the traditions alive”. I’m sure this award will become a great honour to win. Wilga is the founder of our group.

Our thoughts are with Joan Farlow whose youngest son Anthony was killed in a road accident.

So farewell from all our stitching friends who have featured in this blog over 2016 and we will meet again on January 17th 2017. Merry Christmas

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A beautiful blue and white quilt made by Diane Lyons.

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A three way shopping bag made by Elizabeth Buzzell

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A Christmas tree skirt made by Wilga Bolton.

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A Christmas table runner made by Wilga Bolton.

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Fay Farnham cutting shapes for the raffle quilt.

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Busy cutting templates for the raffle quilt.

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Marlene and Elizabeth cutting the birthday cake for the December girls.

 

 

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Christmas Party 2016

Today we held our Christmas Party at the Maclean RSL Club in their picturesque River Room. Congratulations to the organisers Bev and Marie with the help of Robyne.

We had a lovely time with a very nice lunch and some mind blowing games. Everyone was in a party mood and dressed in an array of bright outfits. Just relaxing together and enjoying the day was a great way to finish our year together. See ‘Candid Camera’ photos at the end of this post and I’m sorry about the quality.

Elizabeth organised the Christmas Challenge which was any item featuring the Betty’s Delight block. All the entries were lovely and beautifully crafted. The Viewer’s Choice winner was Marcia Rutledge with a very cute bird house. The Most Creative use of Betty’s Delight block went to Penne Carr with her deconstructed version on a wall hanging. The Most Unusual item went to Sheryl Reed for her stuffed reindeer. And the Most Thoughtful item went to Diane Lyons for her sewing mat with lovely writing on the back. Rest in peace Betty Harris you have inspired us.

The Inaugural presentation of the Betty Harris Award for caring and compassion went to our president Claudette Hough who has led us through what has been a difficult year at times.

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Claudette Hough recipient of the Betty Harris Award.

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Christmas Challenge items.

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More Christmas Challenge items.

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And more Christmas Challenge items.

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And even more Christmas Challenge items.

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Helen McNarmara set up this terrific centre piece.

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Here is Marlene, Barbara, Sonia and Fay.

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Marcia, Carol, Ursula and Heather.

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Linda, Marcia, Judy and Helen.

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Nancy, Helen and Diane.

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Mary, Sheryl, Chris, Janet and Penne.

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Marie, Robyn, Kay, Colleen and Wilga.

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Tuesday November 22nd

today was our bimonthly meeting, brought foreward a week as next week is our Christmas luncheon , a lot of subjects were discussed and voted on.

Our thoughts are with  Joan and Linda who both lost family members during the week.

Still many Christmas stars being assembled,hopefully they will be displayed at our luncheon next week so get sewing girls (me included).

Our November birthday girls were Robin,Fay and Janet P.

We welcomed our newest member Gail who is making pot holders out of her scraps,Fay had a Christmas table runner made from a panel and Chris was working on one of her many hexagon quilts, this one in very soft colours.

 

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