June already and we are gearing up for our Arts and Craft Festival in July. The Quilt Show section is usually amazing!! Where has this year gone?
Today we enjoyed a workshop by Colleen Brighton. She demonstrated how to make interesting backgrounds for art quilts and also to cover journals etc. These crazy pieced backgrounds are great fun to make and play with. Anything goes and embellishments can abound. Many thanks Colleen we loved your demo.
We welcomed back our president, Linda, who has enjoyed a holiday in Canada and thank Claudette for holding the fort.
Two amazing quilts where up for Show and Tell. The first was by Bev Livingston and is for her son-in-law’s 40th birthday. The design and use of colour was beautiful. Another colourful quilt was made by Chris Philp. Chris used Kaffe Fassett fabrics and the disappearing nine patch to make this stunning quilt for her grand son Zachary and his wife. She had it quilted at Rainbow Patchwork in Lismore. Great job girls.
Next week we have our second art quilt reveal and we are also going to enjoy two days with Deborah Louie doing applique. Can’t wait!!! Keep stitching Elizabeth
Bev’s stunning quilt.
Chris’ colourful quilt.
Colleen interacting at her workshop.
Colleen enjoying herself at the workshop.
A chilly day today, winter is coming and some of our ladies ventured onto the veranda for morning tea and decided not to return indoors but to sew and chat in the sun.We had a visit from Wendy Laverty a former member who moved to the south coast to help care for grandchildren and she brought cake ,never say no to cake.
As it was the 5th Tuesday it was UFO day, Helen G had her oversized pin cushion, Liz had a backpack she finally lined and Wilga was hand sewing the binding on a sampler quilt, she has vowed never to hand sew the binding again it’s back to the machine and Janet H had a little paper pieced bag.
A really good turn out today for our May Bi-Monthly Meeting. Vice president Claudette took the chair as Linda is away enjoying herself in Canada. Everything is running smoothly with our raffle quilt selling well.
We were very pleased to see Marie back with us after the sad loss of her husband. She had some telling advice about things we need to arrange as we grow older that will make it easier for the one left behind.
Alison and friend were working hard on our new banner design which will be printed soon. It will feature our Clarence River scene which we have at the top of our newsletters and on our old banner which we all love.
Helen Mac. had a quilt for Show and Tell. She is a very busy quilter and her grand kids look up the blog to see what ‘Nanna’ is doing. Great quilt Helen.
Our other blogger Penne has had a shoulder replacement and we have given her a Zygocactus to cheer her up. Penne is doing very well by the way.
We all hope our two Robyn’s are feeling better soon.
Next week is the fifth Tuesday for May and that means – “Bring along a UFO to finish!!”
Alison and friend working on our banner design.
Helen has finished her diamonds quilt.
Sonia, Marcia, Fay and Judy all enjoying their stitching.
Lovely Zygocactus for Penne.
A lovely relaxing day of stitching enjoyed by our members.
Robyn Gilvear brought in her beautiful ‘broderie perse’ quilt for show and tell. This quilt is for a couple who are her friends. We are sure they will love this terrific quilt. To make things even more amazing, Robyn has had a fall recently and she broke her wrist. Heal quickly Robyn so you can make some more amazing and unique quilts.
Wilga and friends sorted out our Amish challenge blocks from last year. They are making a quilt to raffle on Daffodil Day. Wilga is the maker so it will look great.
A few ladies had their finished felt embroidery pieces and Mary was delighted to see how her workshop has inspired us.
We are also collecting ‘Heart Blocks’ for friendship. I took photos of a few to show off the lovely work of our members.
A big cheerio to Penne who is one of our bloggers. She had a shoulder replacement yesterday and we can’t wait to see her back stitching with us.
Next week is a General Meeting.
Happy stitching Elizabeth
Robyn’s lovely ‘Broderie Perse’ quilt.
Amish bocks set out for another raffle quilt.
Felt embroidery from Mary’s workshop.
Penne’s notebook cover.
Marcia’s heart block.
Barbara’s heart block.
Fay’s heart block.
Helen’s heart block.
Today we celebrated Mother’s Day with a special morning tea and as usual there was lots of yummy goodies to select from, we certainly have some fantastic cooks among our members, we also had a visit from Grace, a previous member and a long term (not allowed to say old) friend of Wilga’s, it was also good to see Liz back after her surgery .
It was mentoring day for the art quilters, lots of show and tell and ideas for the future .the next quilts are due 13th June
What a great turnout today. The sign on page was almost full. We were very fortunate today to enjoy a workshop presented by Mary Williams. It was felt applique inspired by Wendy Williams and Sue Spargo.
We had choices of flowers, leaves and animals as well as a variety of felt colours and special threads. Mary kindly supplied some felt and threads for the first timers. She also gave us a heap of handy hints to help us have a good outcome and demonstrated some useful stitches and cutting techniques. I’m sure we will be seeing lots of items featuring this intriguing applique style. Many thanks for sharing with us Mary. See our first efforts in the photo further down this post.
We also had ‘show and tell’ from Fay, one of our life members. Firstly she displayed her beautiful cream on cream quilt which was so special and had great quilting. Fay also had a ‘Dala’ horse in traditional red. This motif was featured in our April newsletter.
We were all saddened to hear of the passing of our dear Marie’s husband in Western Australia. Our kindest thoughts are with her and her family at this sad time.
Next week we are having a Mum’s Day morning tea and also a mentoring session with our art quilters. Don’t forget the final payment for the Deborah Louie workshop is due.
Members enjoying the workshop.
Members busy at the workshop.
More members at the workshop.
Flowers, leaves and birds. Our workshop stitching looking good!!!
Fay with her lovely cream quilt.
Fay’s “Dala’ horse applique.
Today was a beautiful sunny day in stitching paradise and even though we were a smallish group it was delightful to stitch with friends.
A Happy Day Stitching
Mary Williams passed around instructions on what to bring for her upcoming workshop on Tuesday May 2. This will be a hands-on workshop on “Combining Felt and Cotton” and sounds very interesting. No sewing machines needed. Please see Mary over the next couple of weeks if you are thinking of participating.
Our group is now a member of the Queensland Quilter’s Inc. There is a magazine floating around and if you get a chance to glance through it, it is full of information. One website or blogspot to look at is listed below.
Below is a photo of Janet Hall’s latest Boro project. Janet is in the process of creating a carry bag.
Janet’s Boro – a work in progress
Mary Williams was stitching one of her many beautiful art quilts. This one is of a spider’s web caught amongst a barbed-wire fence. If you look closely you may see part of the web glistening.
Mary’s Spider Web art quilt – a work in progress.
Next week is Anzac Day and we won’t be stitching.
Happy stitching ……… Penne