2019 sees our club celebrating 30 wonderful years of friendship, sharing and caring.
In recognition of this amazing milestone we all enjoyed a “Birthday Party” at home in our hall where we have been meeting for many years. We decided to self- cater because, well, lets face it, as well as some very clever stitchers our group also has some pretty amazing cooks. The result was a beautiful relaxed day with lots of fun and some delicious soups and deserts.
We are fortunate to have , still active in the group, three of the original members who came along on the very first day. Wilga Bolton, who put out the call for like minded women to form a group, and Nancy Towell and Carol Shannon who answered the call. We owe a debt of gratitude to these ladies whose legacy we now all enjoy.
Wilga cuts the Birthday Cake assisted by Carol and Nancy and watched by Life Member Fay
We had a lot of fun showing off some of our oldest quilts, along with some of our oldest UFO’s
We’d like to say a big thank you to Elizabeth and her band of helpers who carried out the wishes of our founding members to organize the day, also to Alison and Marie and their helpers who organised the kitchen and made sure no-one was hungry.
Here we all are wearing our Pearls
May I just add my personal thanks to Wilga, Carol and Nancy and all those who have gone before us for the strong foundations they have laid and the nurturing culture they have developed in our club.
May this wonderful group that is Maclean Patchwork and Quilters continue to provide a place of friendship, love, support and creative sharing for many many more years to come. We are so lucky to belong .
Winter is here
A really cold morning saw a group of our members adjourn to the sunny veranda today to soak up the sunshine while they stitched and chatted.
Liz’s husband, Ian called in this morning to give us an update on Liz’s progress, we sent him off with our best wishes to Liz.
Our Group’s upcoming 30th birthday celebration has everyone very excited and some of the ladies on the veranda enjoyed reminiscing with some photo albums from days gone by. Some of the ladies have been busy organizing a special day, with everyone pitching in to help, I know its going to be a memorable occasion.
Enjoying the sun and Reminiscing over Photos from days gone by
Beth’s colourful blocks which will become a large cushion
Wonderful news to-day, our member Helen Granleese has won 1st prize in her division, (entrants quilt top, quilted by another)at the Sydney Quilt Show with her stunning Lucy Boston Quilt. Well done Helen and congratulations! We are so proud of you.
We had a busy day to-day with our block of the month workshop, this time led by Marlene and Barbara who instructed us on Candlewick embroidery. Everyone was very interested and busy mastering the Colonial Knot which is the basis of candlewick.
Some of Marlene’s work
Marlene gave great instructions
Some lovely Show and Tell to-day:
Sue’s very beautiful and enormous quilt in Black and White
Gail’s gorgeous quilt for her step-daughter
Our friend Liz is in our thoughts as she works hard at her recovery and rehabilitation.
Get Well Soon Liz, We miss you.
I think I will eventually get around to posting weekly, but for now…. June has been a busy month and with the weather being “so cold” attendances at meetings have been up and down. Clearly, though, when not at meetings our members are very busy because some lovely work has been produced and presented for show and tell. Last week was the last Tuesday in the month so we celebrated all the ladies who had birthdays in June.
Birthday girls for June
Claudette and friends have completed some quilts to be donated to Araluen Children’s Hospital at Dundas
Claudette’s quilts for Araluen Children’s Hospital
Theresa finished this beautiful wallhanging
Theresa’s beautiful Wall Hanging
Bev brought in her Labyrinth Walk
I’m sorry I’ve been so tardy in posting to the blog.
The first thing to do is to say a huge thank you to Elizabeth and Colleen who have maintained the blog so faithfully since it’s inception.They have left such big shoes to fill that I have to admit I have been quite intimidated at the prospect of carrying on their work. However the time has come to stop procrastinating and just DO IT!
We were all shocked last week to hear that our friend Liz has suffered a medical incident and is not well, we wish Liz a speedy recovery.
Plans are well underway for our 30th Anniversary celebration which we will hold in July.
Last week was Art Quilt reveal day, only two participants had items to show
Penne’s art quilt is another in her series of hexagons
Elizabeth’s art quilt theme is Trees and includes segments of some old tapestries she has inherited
Penne’s art quilt is another in her Hexagon series while Elizabeth’s features Trees and includes segments of old tapestries she has inherited
- We’ve had some great show and tell in the last few weeks, I’ll just show a couple per week till we catch up
This is Deb’s Labyrinth Walk which she has made for her daughter Hanna
Wilga’s quilt which is made using a collection of tea towels from her travelling days
I started this post with an apology and I will finish with another, this one for the terrible photography, I hope that will improve very quickly
Happy Stitching Ladies
Maclean Patchwork and Quilters Airing of the Quilts
Welcome everyone. This is a new event for us as there will be no exhibition this year. Members brought in their favourite quilts and articles which we hung on Thursday afternoon.
Friday morning saw the doors open and for $5 visitors were treated to a show of lovely quilts and a morning or afternoon tea with yummy cakes and slices. We had a busy morning with lots of quilting friends and visitors to our region coming through the door.
Saturday again had a good flow of people and the trading table did some brisk fund raising.
Well done ladies we have made some money for the Maclean Hospital Auxilliary.
View of the Airing of the Quilts
A dreary rainy day today but a pleasant roll up, Claudette had her workshop on the Ohio Star block and several were finished and looking good. Nel (from the now closed Sew Excited patchwork shop) came for a visit and will be joining us after her holiday in Bali.
Cheers Colleen and Elizabeth
some of the ladies busy sewing
Claudette and her Ohio Star blocks
Liz and Nel having a chat
a few of the finished blocks
another block from Gail