Tuesday 28th March

Today was the first General Meeting day after our AGM last week. There were spirited discussions about many and varied fund raising ideas. The suggestion of biannual visits from other quilting and patchwork groups was accepted enthusiastically. A great many ideas were forthcoming.

The Christmas challenge has been set and this year it’s a choice between two challenges. Eager members may even like to attempt both. Choice #1 is to create a piece of wearable fabric jewellery. Choice #2 is to construct a 3D Christmas tree from any type of material – wood, cardboard, fabric etcetera. Happy creating!

Next Tuesday 4th April, Wilga is giving a “Back to Basics” workshop. Anyone is welcome to attend — Wilga’s workshops are always fun and informative.

We have three bloggers now and this week Penne has written her first post.

Helen Granleese was discovered sorting out her colourful machine- pieced quilt for her eldest granddaughter.

Helen G's colourful pieced squares

Helen’s very colourful appliqued quilt.

Denise Moss displayed her completed appliqued bag made for her 7 year old granddaughter.

Denise's finished bag for her granddaughter

This bag is so cute!

Please remember to read our monthly newsletter which appears on the first Tuesday in each month. It is always full of exciting news, stories and necessary information.

Marcia, Marlene & Barbara were busy sewing down the binding on our raffle quilt which is a huge job.

Marcia, Marlene and Barabara sewing down the binding on our raffle quilt

The girls having a laugh as they bind.

Heather & Gail were our March birthday girls and shared a delicious gluten free tart. The rest of us ate up the cake from last week.

March birthday girls - Heather and Gail

Heather and Gail cutting their tart!!!

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Tuesday 21st March 2017

Today we held our Annual General Meeting. There was a fair turnout of members and we got unerway at 9:30am sharp.

Our outgoing president, Claudette Hough presented a comprehensive report of our accomplishments over the past year. We all thank Claudette for her two years of service to our club. Linda Hollis our treasurer gave a very concise report of our financial affairs and we thank her for the job well done. Robyne Plater our outgoing secretary has also done a terrific job.

The new committee was duly elected with Linda Hollis taking on the presidency, Bev Livingstone becoming the treasurer and the secretary position remaining unfilled at this time. There is certainly a positive vibe in the air and we look forward to an exciting year of patchwork and quilting. A delicious morning tea was then consumed!!!

The raffle quilt top is almost done and another week should see it to completion. Tickets are available at Ferry Park Gallery in Maclean.

We welcomed back Glad Henery who was a member many years ago. We hope she enjoys some old and new friendships with us.

Show and Tell: Linda had a very bright and cheerful chicken table runner made for a friend. Marcia had three table runners in a great leafy applique pattern. These are to be sold at Ferry Park Gallery.

Next week will be a General Meeting with lots to discuss I’m sure.


An informal photo of some of the new committee. Linda is second from the left.


Glad Henery second from the left with life members Wilga, Fay and Nancy.


Almost finished Raffle Quilt.


Linda’s bright and clucky table runner.


Marcia’s lovely appliqued table runners.

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Tuesday 14th February

A very wet morning but most of us still managed to get to Maclean for our weekly stitch together.

Today we had the first Art Quilts ‘Show n’ Tell’. Some great pieces on show and everyone has a theme in mind and ideas to go forward. Please see the art quilts and comments on the Art Quilt page. The discussion was very supportive.

The raffle quilt is almost together and is looking beautiful. I’m certainly going to buy lots of tickets. These raffle quilts take a lot of time and effort to make and are very valuable. The winner will be drawn at the LCACA Festival and Quilt Show in early July.

Our thoughts are with much loved member Chris Philp, and her husband Bill, who had a car accident on Monday. We hope you are soon back to your sunny selves and back with us at Maclean Patchwork and Stitching.

Diane had a terrific dinosaur quilt to show us. It is from a kit she has had for awhile. Diane makes great quilts and always for other people.

Next week is our AGM which will start at 9:30am.


A terrific dinosaur quilt by Diane.


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Tuesday 7th March 2017

A big turn out today for Helen Granleese’s last workshop for the Row by Row quilts. Today she demonstrated how to quilt and join sections for ‘Quilt as you Go’. We all wish to thank Helen for her year long guidance while making our Row by Row quilts designed by her late friend Christine Book.

Elizabeth had her finished version called ‘Elizabeth in Pieces’ to show. It is a very colourful quilt using Tula Pink fabric for the English Paper Piecing.

Colleen had her lovely quilt made for her grandson’s wedding. It is in batiks and will no doubt be well loved and used. Great job Colleen.

Janet brought in her latest pieced stars. She has become an expert in these and has the patience to match. These two are for her grand daughter Charlie.

We enjoyed a yummy cake for morning tea made by Ursula. This was a very nice treat.

Don’t forget that the AGM is coming up on the 22nd. We will need a new committee as the present girls have served their two years. Think about putting your hand up so our club keeps running smoothly.

Next week we have the first show and tell for the Art Quilts. Can’t wait to see the creations.


Helen demonstrating her method of Quilt as you Go.


Nancy, Heather, Sheryl, Janet and Marlene enjoying the workshop.

Very colourful 'Row by Row' quilt by Elizabeth Buzzell

Elizabeth with her Row by Row quilt.


Colleen’s lovely batik quilt.


Janet’s star.


Janet’s other beaut star.

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Tuesday 28th

Pouring rain this morning but lots of members braved the elements to share a day of stitching.

It was time for the February birthdays celebration with a lovely rainbow cake. Kay and Ursula did the cutting and we hope their wishes come true.

The blocks for the raffle quilt are finished and look very pretty. Next week some machinists will attach the sashing and it will almost be finished.

The Deborah Louie workshop now includes “Glam Clamshells” which she will teach along side the flower applique. The technique is very similiar. I for one have now signed up!!!

Next week we have Helen’s workshop on ‘Quilt as You Go’ for the Row by Row quilts. Don’t forget your machines.

Date saver: The Lawrence Quilt Show will be held on September 9th.


Ursula and Kay our February birthday girls.


Members around the raffle quilt blocks.

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Tuesday 21st February

A nice quiet day of stitching together with a few laughs. The Raffle Quilt girls are getting the large blocks finished and they are very pretty. It will be a traditional quilt and will hopefully appeal to all.

Last week I mentioned a “Challenge” and today Claudette outlined her idea which was enthusiastically embraced by the members. It will be a small item by designer Christine Book from her many books in our library. Christine paid us a visit early last year and we had a lovely day together. Sadly Christine has passed away but this will be a really nice way to pay tribute to her memory. Items need to be ready for the LCACA Festival in July.

Some Show and Tell from Wilga and Helen. Wilga’s quilt is a fantasy of The Wizard of Oz. When she was a young girl Wilga saw the movie and dreamed of a pair of red shoes. Many years later she knew she had to have this fabric and the quilt has been a labour of love.

Helen has made a quilt for her daughter in law Kylie. It is a pattern called ‘Diamond Squares’ and is lovely and fresh. We are sure Kylie will love it.

Next week our first payment of $30 is due for the Deborah Louie workshop.


Raffle quilt block


Another raffle quilt block.


Wizard of Oz quilt by Wilga.


Close up of Wilga’s quilt.


A quilt for Kylie by Helen.

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Tuesday 14th February

A Happy Valentine’s Day to all!!

We had chocolates and heart shaped biscuits as a treat for morning tea. Thank you Janet for the biscuits and Bob for two boxes of chocolates.

Some lovely Show and Tell today. Linda has finished a scrap quilt she has named ‘Bubble and Squeak’ which uses the Light in a Window block. The colours just sparkle and the back is pieced too. Beautiful job Linda.

Chris brought in her lovely William Morris quilt top she has made as a BOM. The applique is just perfect and the border looks wonderful. Great work Chris.

Wilga also had a nearly finished quilt to show us. This is her second version of the Sampler Quilt she taught us a few years ago. The original was blue and white and starred at the Sydney Quilt Show. This one is bolder in colour but just as lovely. Amazing work Wilga.

The art quilters enjoyed a show and tell session with Mary Williams. Mary has been art quilting since 2001 and has done heaps of workshops. Her knowledge is extensive and it was great to hear her explanations of each piece and the techniques she employed. We are all enthused and will have some amazing creations for March. Some more pictures on the Art Quilt page.

Claudette tells us that the $2000 main prize at the LCACA  Arts and Crafts Festival will this year include art quilts, photography and fine art. What are the chances????

Claudette also has an inspiring challenge idea but I will leave that to her to tell us about it. Watch this space!!!


“Bubble and Squeak” by Linda.


Back of Linda’s quilt.


William Morris quilt by Chris.


Sampler Quilt by Wilga.


Mary explaining her art quilts.

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