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”.

WBA Honour Board

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.

WBA - planning committee

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.


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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


The well laden Trading Table for November.


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.

MPQ Ladies 2017

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.


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.


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

Val had a beautiful Teacup Pin Cushion.


What a lovely idea Val.

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


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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Tuesday 7th November

It was a sunny though windy day at patchwork today. The wind was taken out of our sails though with the news that one of our regular bloggers, Colleen, is unwell and in hospital. We all wish her well and a speedy recovery.

Last Saturday, November 4th, a bus load of intrepid quilters from Maclean and surrounding areas, travelled to Alstonville for the annual Zone Day get-together. A pleasant day with numerous, colourful quilts being shown for ‘show and tell’. It was good to meet other enthusiasts and catch up with old friends. The next Zone Day will be held in Murwillumbah.

Maclean Patchwork and Bluff Point Quilters at Zone Day.

Maclean Patchwork and Bluff Point Quilters at Zone Day.

Today we had our last in-house mini workshop for the year with Elizabeth showing us two different ways to bind a quilt or art quilt. The first method was a rather intriguing 2-toned binding with the two colours changing at the corners. The second was a fusible binding with raw edges used for art quilts; a quick and easy method for these small quilts that aren’t washed.

Elizabeth's sample of 2-tone binding

Example of 2-tone binding

Example of the raw edged fusible binding

Example of raw edged fusible binding.


Dianne has nearly finished her huge green quilt and spread it out for everyone to envy. Sorry the whole quilt photo won’t open so this is a peek from a few weeks ago.


This lovely green quilt is now finished. Well done Diane.

Next week we share the fourth and last of our art quilts for 2017. We are also looking for ideas for next year’s raffle quilt. Til then have a lovely sewing week. Penne

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Tuesday 24th October

A good turn out today on a lovely spring morning. Linda, our President, is back in full swing with some interesting suggestions re Zone Day next year. Watch this space!

The annual Betty Harris award is open for nominations so think about who has been kind and helpful this year and nominate them for consideration.

Quite a few things to think about for the Christmas Party on November 21st at the RSL Club in Maclean. Please bring a Fat Quarter to swap and a Christmas gift to also swap. This could be baked, sewn or purchased but not expensive. And don’t forget the Christmas Challenge – Fabric Jewellery or a 3D Christmas Tree.

Lots of interesting projects on the go with members following their own paths in patchwork. All very skilled and in beautiful colours.

Show and Tell:

Lorraine has finished her Chenille bag and has done a super job.

Lorraine's chenilled bag

Lorraine’s beaut Cheneille bag.

Marie has made a fascinating Shrink Magic bag with multi coloured quilting.

Marie's beautiful 'Magic Shrink' evening bag

Marie’s lovely Shrink Magic evening bag.

Beth has finished the cushion she has been working on. It features felt applique and embroidery.

Felted floral cushion from Beth

Beautiful floral felt applique and embroidery by Beth.

Helen keeps busy with her sewing as usual. This time she showed us a bag featuring buttons and another purple table runner. Great work Helen.

Helen Mac's button bage

A lovely co-ordinated button embellished bag by Helen.

Another of Helen Mac's colourful table runners

A fabulous table runner by Helen in her favourite purple.

Also one from times gone by. Barb had a terrific bag with her that Fay made some years ago. It looks like an interesting pattern.

Blue tote bag owned by Barbara, created by Fay

An interesting blue bag made created by Fay.

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Tuesday 17th October

It was back to cooler weather today with the welcome rain making its presence felt. Those people in attendance enjoyed the morning with a lot of talk and various stitching projects.

The good news of the day was that Marcia R is back home from hospital, is having home help and doing well.

Welcome back to our president, Linda, after 6 weeks in Tasmania. Below are a few items that she created whilst away.

Thread holder; hexagon ball; sewing folder and a hexagon caddy

Thread Holder, Hexagon Ball, Sewing Kit and a Hexagon Caddy by Linda.

A number of friendship blocks for Muriel Bowler were on show – it has been decided to make Muriel a lap quilt for her move to Queensland.

Just some of the friendship blocks for Muriel Bowler's lap quilt

Some Friendship blocks for Muriel Bowler.

Janet Pickup and Lorraine Kelly brought along their “Shrink Magic” bags which were created during a workshop in Grafton during the week. These bags were made with black material and bleached after shrinking to get the various colours.

Janet Pickup

Janet’s Version

Lorraine Kelly

Lorraine’s version.

Helen Granleese has started another “Broderie Perse” quilt and Robyne Plater has almost finished her Christmas Star block.

Another 'Broderie Perse' quilt in progress by Helen Granleese

Helen’s latest block looking beautiful.

Robyne Plater's star placemat - in progress

Robyne’s Sommerset Star.

Happy Stitching……………Penne

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