Tuesday 20th February

Busy busy busy today with many hands helping create our raffle quilt. This is quite an undertaking each year but we always seem to finish a beautiful quilt to raffle for our Quilt Show.

The Art Quilters had a quick get together to see how we are progressing with our first piece due in March. Everyone has some good ideas and some light bulb moments!!!

Linda showed us the finished Signature Quilt started by our old member Muriel so long ago. It is now off to her and will no doubt bring back lots of happy memories. Muriel shared the last of her stash with us last year.

Marcia Hunter has been busy creating a bag out of recycled plastic bags. You never know what a member will surprise us with. They are a very creative bunch.

The hottest part of the year has passed so now we can get into some seruois sewing. Don’t forget to replenish your section of the Heart Block folder. Elizabeth

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Helen and Linda busy with the Raffle Quilt.

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Some of our members making shopping bags.

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Muriel’s Signature Quilt

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Marcia’s Recycled Bag.

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Tuesday 6th February

My first post for the year and it is nice to be back doing the things we love.

The fabric for the raffle quilt has been purchased and Helen Granleese is the organiser. We need sewing machines next week girls to make the pieced blocks. The turquoise and grey colour scheme looks very inviting.

Lots of English Paper Piecing still going on and some quilts also emerging. Marie has put her friendship hearts blocks together into a very lovely quilt top.

Linda has finished a quilt made with blocks from our old friend Muriel. They have come together in a splash of colour. Sonia has finished a beautiful cushion made with applique onto a background. It also has some reverse applique.

Art Quilters will be meeting on the third Tuesday of the month this year so that Mary can still join us.

So friends of this blog and members Happy New Year and let’s enjoy some stitching!!!

Regards Elizabeth

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Raffle Quilt fabric and pattern.

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Marie with her friendship quilt top.

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Muriel’s blocks quilted by Linda.

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Sonia’s Cushion.

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Tuesday 30th January

Happy New Year to everyone, only a small group today, the weather is still humid and hot, nice to be back though. As I’ve been away for 3 months I’m unsure of whats going on so this is only a short blog  but we will be back in the swing of things very soon.

cheers Colleen

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January birthday girls

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Kay and Penne sharing a joke

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Sonia’s table runner done in aussie fabrics

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Helen G, Marie and Janet P cutting out boomerang bags

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The Wilga Bolton Award 5th December

“Keeping the Quilting Traditions Alive”

Today saw the unveiling of the “WILGA BOLTON AWARD” honour board. The inaugural winner was Dianne Lyons with her large quilt “Up the Garden Path”.

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The Wilga Bolton Award Honour Board

There was a large gathering of MPQ members at LCACA with the guest of honour of course being Wilga. Two of her daughters, Christine and Lisa, were with her and the president of LCACA, Allan King, was in attendance.

Wilga with Christine and Lisa

Wilga with he daughters Christine and Lisa.

Linda, MPQ president, gave a heartfelt introductory speech thanking Wilga for her generosity in sharing her knowledge and skills and her ongoing contribution to the growth of our patchwork group.

Unveiling the honour board

Wilga unveiling her honour b

Elizabeth Buzzell, along with her planning committee, Colleen and Christine, designed the certificate, planned and organised the honour board and created an album dedicated to Wilga’s sewing history and future winners of the award.

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Wilga with the planning group; Elizabeth, Colleen and Chris.

After a number of short speeches there was a delightful morning tea to enjoy.

A few members later adjourned to the hall for discussions on the MPQ 2018 raffle quilt; a decision has subsequently been made as to which design will be used for the quilt.

Next Tuesday 12th, will our last stitching day for 2017. Please bring a luncheon plate to share and a Christmas joke if you have one. We will reconvene on January 16th, 2018.

Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.

Cheers………..Penne

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Tuesday 28th November

A lovely end of Spring day and a good turn out for our last General Meeting of the year.

There was some disappointment with the quality of our Christmas lunch but everyone agreed that the organisers had done a good job. Elizabeth, Beth and Dianne have volunteered to be the quilt stewards at the festival next year. There was plenty to look through on the Trading Table and some of us got great bargains.

I’m sure our committee are looking forward to a break as it has been, as always, a busy year for them.

Lovley to see Marcia back with us and Colleen is also home and doing well.

Our birthday girls this month were Fay, Robyn and Janet who cut the delicious chocolate and strawberry cake.

Next week we have a special morning tea at Ferry Park Galley for the unveiling of the plaque for the Wilga Bolton Award. Please be at Ferry Park by 9:30am and bring a small plate of goodies if you can. We will go to the hall afterwards for our usual stitching and a discussion re the raffle quilt.

Have a peaceful week – Elizabeth

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The well laden Trading Table for November.

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Fay, Robyn and Janet enjoying a birthday joke.

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Christmas Party Tuesday 21st November

It was a lovely sunny day for our Christmas Party which was held at the local RSL club.

We had a number of different quizzes to test our memory, lucky door prizes and a lucky fat quarter dip as well. Thumbs up to the organising committee.

The number of entries in our two Christmas Challenges was pleasing with Wilga winning the 3D Christmas tree section and Nancy winning the fabric jewellery section.

Wilga's winning 3D tree

Wilga’s 3D Christmas Tree is beautiful.

Nancy's fabric jewellery

Nancy’s Fabric Jewellery necklace was stunning.

 

Robyne Plater was the 2017 winner of the Betty Harris Award which is awarded for thoughtfulness, friendship, helpfulness during the year. Well done Robyne.

Lina, President with Robyne Plater, Betty Harris award winner

Linda, our President, with Robyne who was our Betty Harris Award winner for 2017.

We said ‘farewell’ to Denise Moss who is leaving us next week and moving to the Lismore area. Sad to see you go Denise, please visit when you can.

At the end of the festivities we inveigled a member of staff to take a group photo.

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Maclean Patchwork and Quilters Members Photo for 2017.

Don’t forget next week is our last General Meeting for the year. Please bring along items for the Trading Table.

Happy Stitching……………Penne

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Tuesday 14th November

A good roll out today with everyone in a jovial mood. Next week is our Christmas party so don’t forget your Fat Quarters and Christmas gift.

Today we caught up with friends and are pleased to hear that our mate Colleen is doing better.Our Art Quilt group had their final display for the year and you can see their work on the Art Quilt page. They had a chat re ideas for next year and made a few tentative decisions.

I also found some really nice items for Show and Tell.

Helen had a very pretty small quilt in greys and gold.

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Great fabric choices Helen – a big stash helps!!!!

 

Elizabeth (me) showed her “Seascape Illusion” art quilt made in a workshop in Dorrigo with Liz Scobie.

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This just shows what some great tutoring can do!!!!

Val had a beautiful Teacup Pin Cushion.

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What a lovely idea Val.

And Alison had a bunch of soft bunnies which sell well at Ferry Park our gallery.

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Kiddies love these soft bunnies.

Don’t forget our party next week and have a jolly good time stitching until then. We also need to refill our Heart Block folder. Elizabeth

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