December, 3rd 2019

What a lovely , busy,  happy day to-day.  so much happening.

Janet and Sue were busy packing shoe boxes for the Ladies of the Land pamper pack project, a wonderful initiative , designed to give a little comfort and bring a smile to the faces of  rural ladies   who are usually the ones putting themselves last while ensuring their families needs are met.

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Some of the pamper packs, wrapped and ready to go

Elizabeth and Colleen conducted a mini workshop on Sashing and Borders in case any of the Block of the Month participants should like to forge ahead during the Christmas break.

010The 30th Anniversary display at Ferry Park,  was well received , it has been dismantled now and Janet Hall  was, to-day announced as the winner of the viewers choice award  for her pin cushion .

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How Cute is this little House? It’s no wonder it was the winner!

The Art Quilters had another reveal to-day, only two present , Penne took inspiration from Judith Wright’s poem “Pelicans” to produce her interpretaion of Summer013

While Elizabeth again used some vintage embroidery and many different techniques   to illustrate  Spring014

Everyone has been very busy and productive, there was lots of show and tell to-day.

Helen made this gorgeous quilt for her grand daughter’s Birthday and the Deb Louis inspired cushion is also for a grand daughter.

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Elizabeth’s very striking table centre

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Sue’s lovely Christmas quilt has echidnas in Santa hats on the back

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Gabby is one of our new members and she has completed this gorgeous baby quilt in time for Christmas. Well done Gabby

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Ursula brought in her beautiful English Paper Pieced Cushion to show us to-day, great work!

Our Christmas Party will be held next week, So deck yourselves out in your most Christmassy outfits and bring your Christmas spirit, remember, challenges  are due at the Christmas party .

Happy Stitching  Ladies,

Linda

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Bushfires Everywhere

Our area has been surrounded by bushfires now for 3 months but this last couple of weeks the fires have really come a bit too close for comfort. Some of our members have had to evacuate from their homes, at this time their homes are still safe. We hope this continues to be the case.  Our thoughts are with the many people in the Northern Rivers district who have been effected by the fires especially those who have lost  their homes and other possessions. We are eternally grateful for the efforts of the Rural Fire Service who are working day and night to keep us all safe.  Or group will be showing our appreciation in a  tangible way in the coming months.

Meantime, we have continued to meet , huddle in our hall away from the ever pervasive smoke to  enjoy each other’s company   and share ideas as usual

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Helen’s Tree of Life which she started in the Wendy Williams Workshop

Wilga brought along her Gordian Knot quilt and some examples of foundation piecing

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Deb has very cleverly produced this centre for her block of the month quilt

Gail brought in some more of Betty’s quilts which are waiting to be finished.

We all had a quick lesson in making Christmas Tree napkins  in readiness for our Christmas party, then it was many hands making light work to help Claudette sandwich a quilt for the Allowah Children’s Hospital.

 

Robyn was absent on “birthday cake day”, so it was left to Fay and Janet to cut the cake. Happy Birthday Ladies

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The next few weeks will be busy as we gear up to take a break over the Christmas period, our Christmas party will be held on 10th December and we have decided instead of swapping  gifts this year, we will donate to our local RFS .

Happy stitching  and stay safe

Linda

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29th October, 2019

Another busy morning for some.  Since our friend Liz has been ill the library has been sadly neglected, so,  Marlene and Judy spent the morning on library maintenance.

Some Ladies were busy organising our display at Ferry Park Gallery to celebrate our 30 Year anniversary, and there was a bit of birthday celebration going on.

Val, Janet and Linda had birhdays this month, Marie and Marcia had birthdays last month, but the very special celebration was for Beth who celebrated 80 wonderful years this month, Congratulations Beth we wish you many more happy years of stitching.

Wilga has been into the archives and has brought along a very extreme example of “Circle in a Square” to show us today….. something for us to aspire to?

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Wilga’s Circle in a Square

Back into our Archives for some birthday photos we missed , Robyne, Sharon Ali and Marcia celebrated in June, Penne and Wilga celebrated in July.

Over the next few weeks I will try to catch up on some of the photos I’ve missed posting over the last few months, till then

Happy Stitching everyone,

Cheers Linda

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Busy Times

Its been a very quilty kind of  time, Many of our  members travelled to Brisbane for the Brisbane Craft and Quilt Fair. There is nothing quite like a major Quilt Show and Fair to inspire and motivate (and to empty the bank account).

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Deb, Val, Dianne and Beth Comparing Purchases over lunch

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It’s not hard to find someone to chat with as Hellen, Sheryl and Deb discovered

The Quilts in the actual Quilt show were magnificent, but due to copyright issues we are not permitted to reproduce photos here, so you will just have to take my word for it. There is , however, as far as I know, no restriction on publishing the retail side of the event and there cerainly was plenty of that to see.014

We were no sooner back from Brisbane when some of us were lucky enough to take part in a 2 day workshop with  the wonderful Wendy Williams. Wendy popped in to share her skills with us on her way home to pack , she leaves on Sunday to attend the  International Quilt Festival in Houston where she will  be demonstrating next week. We enjoyed a relaxing, fun filled and inspiring couple of days, thank you so much to Mary, our worshop co-ordinator, who liaised with Wendy and  to Janet who popped in to organise morning tea for us on the first day.  A big thank you also to Robyne who organised all the practical nitty gritty details of the visit.  Most of all thank you to Wendy who inspired us and was so generous in sharing her  knowledge.

Happy stitchers with some of Wendy’s beautiful work.

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Wendy demonstrates for a very attentive audience

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Look what we did!

Those who did not participate in the workshop met in the Member’s room at Ferry Park where our 30th Birthday display will be mounted starting next week.  Don’t forget to finish off your pin cushions, they need to be in next week.

Happy Stitching

Linda

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October 15, 2019

Today was a lovely relaxing day of stiching and chatting, with lots of different projects on the go.

Each month of this year, one of our members has led an in-house workshop which will culminate in a “Block of the Month” quilt.

August was Celtic month with Marcia Rutledge instructing us on this really interesting  and fun technique.

September was a busy month with no workshop being held so we will have two this month to catch up.

Today Elizabeth Buzzell demonstrated Bachelor’s Puzzle block which entails a bit of tricky cutting and execution of a Y seam.

Thank you to Marcia and Elizabeth, these were both really interesting worshops given by very talented and concise instructors.

Lorraine had a beautiful quilt to show which was a joint  effort between Lorraine and her grand daughter.002

Robyne, Sharon and Marie worked on a joint project, which we hope will be a lovely surprise for someone, more about this later006

Next week we have the very talented Wendy Williams, visiting to conduct a workshop for 15 of our members, those of us who are lucky enough to be participating are very excited.

Before we get to that though, I’m off to the Brisbane Quilt Show. Hopefully, I’ll have some news from there for you next week.

Happy stitching,

Linda

 

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North Coast Zone Gathering 2019

On Saturday 21st September, Maclean Patchwork and Quilters hosted the North Coast Zone Gathering 2019 .

Only the week before the event, massive bushfires threatened the townships of Angourie, Wooloweyah, Yamba and Shark Creek with live embers falling on the playing fields across the road from our venue.

Thankfully, the RFS were here as usual to protect us and with the help of a late wind change were able to bring the fire undercontrol without any loss of life or homes. Where would we be without them, we are so grateful to these volunteers who give so generously of their time and energy.

Our Zone Gathering was able to go ahead  with over 170 quilters from Grafton to the Queensland border decending on The Raymond Laurie Sports Centre in Yamba for a day of friendship and sharing.

Lenore Parker, a local indigenous elder set the tone for the day with a very heartfelt Welcome to Country.

Our Guest speaker on the day was Chris Timmins, well known local quilter, Editor of the Quilt NSW, magazine, Template and winner of this year’s Lut-Da award at the Australasian Quilt Convention in Melbourne. Chris spoke of her quilting life, teaching, mentoring and how she became Editor of Template.

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Chris Timmins, our Guest speaker

The challenge put to groups attending was to produce a quilt  which will be carried on the Hospital Ship  to Papua New Guinea for distribution among the villagers there. Kerry Huxham, a nurse on the Hospital Ship, has taken delivery of 42 quilts and will deliver them to their new owners later this month.

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Maclean PQ Members with Kerrie Huxham (centre) and some of the 42 quilts which will provide comfort to villagers in PNG

Two great raffles helped to raise funds for Maclean Lower Clarence Hospital Auxiliary on the day. The first was a beautiful Blue and White Quilt which was won by the very lucky Ann Tosomeen of Evans head. Second prize in that raffle was a little brother of the large quilt which was won by Wendy Owen of Patch n Chat in South Grafton.

The second raffle on the day was a beautiful Bernina Sewing Machine, donated to us by Bernina Australia and Eastland Sewing Centre in Lismore. The lucky winner of this prize was Sue Woodward, also of Patch n Chat.

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Sue Woodward, Lucky winner of the Bernina Sewing Machine with Allan Smith representing Eastland Sewing Centre and Bernina

Several community  sewing groups mounted displays and contributed short talks during the day. The aim was to put together groups sewing for people in need with sewers who are looking for people in need. Days for Girls, Wrap with Love, Quilts 4 Kids, Aussie Hero Quilts, Allowah Children’s Hospital in Dundas and Maclean Hospital Auxiliary all were represented on the day and all reported lots of interest, some recruitments and some donations from our guests on the day.

Our charity of the day was Maclean, Lower Clarence Hospital Auxiliary, and we were very proud to be able to present them with a cheque for $5000 which will contribute to the purchase of an ultrasound machine for Maclean, Lower Clarence hospital.

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Our President, Val presents a Cheque for $5000 to Sandra and Rita of Maclean L C Hospital Auxiliary

An extra surprise for the Hospital Auxiliary was the presentation of a quilt which was made by our former member, the late Betty Harris.  When Betty passed away she left , as quilters do, some unfinished projects. Betty’s husband Charlie has kindly donated this quilt , which was then finished by Dianne Lyons  to be raffled by the hospital auxiliary to raise money for the hospital. The quilt can be seen in the picture above.

A side challenge we set ourselves was to host a zero waste event, with attendees being asked to refrain from bringing any single use items. We were very happy to find that after this very large gathering we produced only one very small bag of rubbish, which consisted mostly of milk bottles, which were able to be recycled.

It was my privilege to lead the team who organised the zone gathering this year. We had a mixed group of experienced people and some members who had barely even attended a zone day before, and I have to say that I am so proud of the way they all worked together to create a day which was both socially and finacially successful. I’d like to thank the quilters from other clubs and areas who have taken the time to let us know that they enjoyed the day, it does take a lot of work and organisation to stage a zone day and it is indeed heartening to know that we have achieved our number one goal, ie to ensure everyone has a great day.

Our very able MC for the day was Janet Pickup who did an amazing job under very difficult circumstances when our PA system failed to perform as expected.

These beautiful little thistle brooches were made by our very multi-talented treasurer, Deb, in order to identify the committee on Zone Day.

Now that Zone Day is over and I think?? I may have mastered the transfer of Photos between my devices I am hoping to service this blog a bit more often …..no promises, but lets see what happens.

Happy stitching ladies

Linda

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30th Anniversary Party

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.

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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.

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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 .

Happy stitching

Linda 

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