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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Tuesday 10th

Another lovely day, lots of chatter and stitching, Wilga brought in Murial’s stash mentioned in last weeks blog, we had a wonderful time searching through it all, some unfinished pieces will be made into charity and raffle quilts, we all went home with some goodies and $150 was raised going to the local hospital.

It was art quilt mentoring day, lots of discussions also as to next years challenges which will be decided on at a later date.

Bev had her beautifub cow wall hanging which is going to her sister, Nancy and Elizabeth had their chenille bags from Wilga’s workshop.

cheers Colleen


setting up Murial’s stash 


Bev’s beautiful cow


Nancy and her chenille bags


Elizabeth’s bag, yet to be brushed

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Spring in Tasmania

It seems that spring might have finally arrived in Tassie, it’s 16 degrees and it isn’t raining… don’t get me wrong, Tasmania is a beautiful place and we have lots of photos to prove it  which I will share when we get home, meantime I have visited a lovely patchwork shop in Ulverston on the central north coast,  Cranberry Crafts, has lots of great patchwork, embroidery and knitting supplies, a really great range of sewing notions, needless to say I found a few things  I couldn’t live without. I will try to upload some photos…. fingers crossed.

The happy news is that our friend has been given the all clear by her doctor to drive, so we will be making our way  north again on the Spirit of Tasmania on Tuesday next week.

I feel a little bit like Dorothy (Wilga)… “there’s no place like home”.

Looking forward to seeing you all again

Cheers, Linda20171006_10395920171006_10402320171006_104003

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Tuesday 3rd October

Finally some rain after many dry months. Not enough to keep members away from patchwork though. Sorry we have missed two weeks of posts but all three of us have been elsewhere.

Wilga gave us another lovely tutorial today, this time on Chenille work. As well as how to create chenille Wilga has also demonstrated a chenille bag for us to try. I will put the directions onto the Workshop Page.

The Zone Day bus has been ordered and the cost will be $15 added to the entry fee of $10. So would members please start bringing in your $25 ASAP.

Our dear old friend and former member, Muriel Bowler, is relocating with her daughter to Queensland. She has left behind nine boxes of stash which will be available to buy via donations next week as a Trash and Treasure Stall. Proceeds will go to the Hospital Auxillary.

Sounds like our president, Linda, has had a cold but lovely time in Tasmania. We look forward to seeing her back amongst us. There is a write up by Linda on our Travelling Members page and in the Newsletter.

Show and Tell:

Dianne has started a new quilt whilst in Bathurst. Helen had two table runner tops and Elizabeth has finished another Lucy Boston block.

Happy stitching Elizabeth


Wilga demonstrating on her trusty old Janome.


The chenille bag partly made.


Dianne’s latest quilt blocks.


Helen’s table runner top in lovely fresh greens.


Helen’s striking red and black table runner top.


Elizabeth’s latest Lucy Boston block.

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Tuesday 12th

Another beautiful spring day, everyone busy doing their own thing. It was art quilt day , more about that in the art quilt section of the blog.

Lorraine, Kay, Wilga,Helen Mac,Elizabeth and Janet P had their folded star table centres from Fay’s workshop, some not finished yet, it’s amazing the different colour combinations.

Wilga also had her beautiful fabric covered teapot to show us bought many years ago in  Hahndorf SouthAustralia.

Cheers Colleen



Stars from Fay’s workshop


Art quilts and Wilga’s beautiful teapot


Art quilt ladies

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