Tuesday 13th

Busy day today, lots of show and tell and arranging food for next weeks visitors, Liz told us we will need a fat quarter for the Christmas swap as well as some sort of embroidery thread to match, there will be a pop up shop next week and you will be able to purchase threads then if you would like.

We had show and tell from both Marie and Lorraine with their knitted rugs made from folded fabric strips, Judy’s flying geese made the easy way ,Debra’s small braid and snails trail foundation pieced¬† also Marlene’s hexagon Christmas table runner.

Happy stitching Elizabeth and Colleen

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Lorraine’s knitted rug

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Marie’s knitted rug

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Judy’s flying geese

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Debra’s small braid and snails trail

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Marlene’s table runner

 

 

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Tuesday 6th November

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.

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Here is Wilga with her trusty old Janome.

Firstly we had Fast Flying Geese. This quick techniques makes four blocks at a time.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Linda’s bright and happy quilt.

Quilters and their Quilts is up and running if you wish to check that page.

Happy stitching Elizabeth and Colleen.

 

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Tuesday30th October

Today we had a fifth Tuesday for the month which means we had two more quilters displaying their quilts. This time it was Marie and Helen and very lovley the quilts were too. See them and their stories on the quilters page soon.

Ursula returned to us from a trip to WA and she had a most interesting panel of fabric by Hoffman. It featured a colour chart and we were all quilte envious!!!

Sue joined us today and hopefully will become a member. She has done a lot of quilting as she travelled the byways in a caravan. Sue very kindly showed us two of her quilts. One was an applique quilt with baskets and the other a black and white and grey Dresdan Plate quilt. Beautiful work Sue.

So a happy day was had by all and next week we can look forward to a workshop by Wilga on quilt as you go flying geese and other interesting techniques. Speaking of techniques – don’t forget the Christmas Challenge!!!

Happy stitching Elizabeth and Colleen

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WOW! Ursula with her colour chart panel.

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Sue’s basket quilt done in needleturn applique.

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Sue’s fabulous Dresdan Plate quilt.

 

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Tuesday 23rd October

Hello quilters, I’m sorry to have missed a few weeks with other special events taking me away. It has apparently been a quiet time as we work slowly on our projects as the year nears its end and summer is around the corner.

This week we celebrated the October birthdays with only Val present to cut the cakes. Cheesecake and chocolate cake yum! yum!

The raffle quilt pattern has been decided and some fabrics donated. Helen Granleese is driving this project. The blue and white colour scheme should appeal to many.

We are also hoping to have a Friendship Day soon and we are looking for wearable patchwork and quilting items for a parade. So look out those remnants from long ago.

Next week Janet Pickup and Helen McNamara will be showing a couple of their favourite quilts. This is a nice way for members to get to know others better. Oh ans don’t forget the ‘Tea Bag’ challenge due on November13th.

Happy stitching everyone and be kind. Elizabeth and Colleen

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Pattern for our next raffle quilt.

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Assortment of blue and white fabrics.

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Val cutting the cakes for the October birthday girls.

 

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Tuesday 11th September

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

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A lovely shoulder bag by Lorraine.

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Lorranie’s second bag is a beaut shopping bag.

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Beth’s beautiful Vase of Flowers.

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And this is Reginald by Beth.

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Penne’s wonderful Cloche Hat Three.

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Tuesday 4th September

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

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Claudette leading her Seminole workshop.

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Seminole Samples

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Robyne with her seminole sample.

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Penne’s boro and applique cushion which won Viewer’s Choice.

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Tuesday 28th August

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

Joan’s Row By Row quilt is pretty in pink.

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Debra, Nancy, Liz and Bard cutting their August cake.

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