Saturday 28 February 2015

Towards Summer's End

Another busy day at HHQ. All seemed to be running smoothly this week in terms of doors, locks etc! What a relief.
A larger group this week, but I suspect there are still people away on various holidays or family commitments. 
Quite a bit of discussion was had regarding filling the position of 'Show Convenor' for the 2016 Show.
Opening this up to this chat has had a good result, and as I suspected, people have started to come forward volunteering themselves for all the show committee responsibilities. My guess is that a leader will emerge before we know it! Special thanks to Susan H, Suzie L, Penny, Hayley and Lindy for stepping up. Much appreciated by the group.

In the meantime these committee members can begin the work that needs to be started. The main ones are getting the raffle quilts underway. Both Judy and Robyn J have already done lots of planning and are ready to go! So a general committee meeting will be held next week to sign the plans off. After that you can expect to be presented fairly soon with the designs so we can all begin the task. Very exciting! I'll send out an email today to committee members concerned. 

A reminder was given on Thursday about membership fees. These are due by 31st March, and are $85 for the year. Please pass this on to Grace ( our new treasurer) as soon as you can. Thanks.


 More quilts to be seen this week! 

Penny has constructed this fabulous quilt from Kathy's 'Wandering Mind' fabric range. She has made it for herself (good on you Penny!) and it has turned out beautifully I think you'll agree! Having purchased a pack of this fabric myself at the last show, I might get some ideas from yours Penny! It's lovely!

Susan H made this lovely table cover quilt from a Quiltmania pattern. The fabric range is Moda from Quiltsmith. A very striking design. Well done.

Jenny S (with the assistance of Maree and June) has designed and constructed this top from some of the 2" strips cut from donated fabric. Plenty more in the cupboard I believe, and Jenny suggests you can use jelly roll ideas and designs with the strips. It's a very nice quilt top and will be finished off for the community collection. Well done girls!

Jess's latest is being prepared for the Guild Show later this year. It is a classic Jess! Out there, innovative, quizical and beautiful -all at once! Well done Jess. Your work is a refreshing delight!
It is inspired by the book "Under Milkwood"

A wonderful display of the amazing work this group produces each and every week! No wonder there are so many beautiful quilts on beds, tables and everywhere else around Australia. People would be surprised how far our quilts travel! It's such a privilege to be a part of this traditional art form.

Enjoy your weekend everyone. See you Thursday.
Cheers, Elva

Saturday 21 February 2015

AGM meeting day

Hi there all.
Elva here, back from holidays.
We had a smallish group at the hall this week. I hope it wasn't the fact that it was the AGM!
We now have a new committee, all the names of which have been emailed to members.

Thanks so much those who have put their hands up to fill positions. The group can't thrive the way it has without all these people taking on responsibilities. It's very much appreciated.
We still have one very vital position to fill, so we plan to do some work on that over the next few weeks.

We farewelled Audrey as treasurer and indeed as a member. Unfortunately she had left the hall before we could properly thank her. Audrey has done an amazing job, and we all wish to acknowledge her efforts and those of her husband in assisting the group. Many thanks!

Hoping for a bigger turn up next Thursday so that we can really start moving into the planning the year ahead. 

Below are the few 'Show and Tell' shots we were able to scrabble together on Thursday.

Robyn J made this gorgeous quilt for community, on a musical theme. She made it after clearing out her stash. The backing fabric is amazing as well. Nicely done Robyn!

Iris made this beauty " just for the fun of making it". It's a very sweet quilt Iris, with some lovely detaild work as well.

With a bit of luck we'll have lots more next week.
See you then.

Friday 13 February 2015

No news day ...

Elva is still enjoying her holiday returning next week, so Helena was in control and Iris again on the blog,  but I have very little to report.

Visitor: Helena welcomed Gil's friend Libby who was visiting for the day.

General housekeeping:  
  • Reminder of the AGM next week at 12noon,  when we show our appreciation for the work of the 2014 committee and welcome the 2015 committee.   A general meeting will be held prior to to the AGM at 11.30am.

  • Susan St.J. organized a new roll of wadding - bleached 80-20 and 108 inches wide, with a roll of Polydown to follow in a couple of weeks.,  

Show and Tell:

Beryl R and Margaret have made quilts using the same pattern - but each with their individual colour choice.  Grace quilted both of them, using different designs. It was interesting to see how the end results give two very different quilts.

Margaret's browns

Beryl's brights

 Margaret's 'wham' backing

Susan St.J. also showed us the table runners that she is making for another group and suggested we may like to consider the idea for our next quilt show.   (sorry, no picture)

Keep sewing until next week   ...   Cheers Iris 

Friday 6 February 2015

February Community Day

The noise of discussion and activity was everywhere on the first community day for the year.    Elva is on holidays so Audrey led the the 12 o'clock news and it is Iris here on the blog.

We welcomed a new member, Jenny B, who shared  her work in progress with us.   Looking forward to seeing the completed quilt - I love the colours.

Henny's husband is battling health issues,  so our thoughts are with Henny and all her family

Birthday girls are Robyn Jo. and Akiko - happy birthday to you both.

The 'thank you' award from the City of Sydney for  the quilt that we made for the Lord Mayor's Picnic,  is now hanging on our 'Award Wall' - which is fast running out of space !

Community Work in Progress - some of the activities of the day:

Doreen and Gil are having fun with hexagons,  2 inch squares and applique

Akiko, Ros, Narelle and Janet spent their day playing with these blocks:  later, after much discussion, approval was given to the addition of  lime green.

In another corner, 2 inch strips were everywhere, Jenny was the 'stripper' (sorry no picture), June the sorter and Marie the sewer. 

Community work - completed

Susan has organised the delivery of this quilt to the CWA for their annul fundraising.  The quilt was made by Helena and her team - even the backing showed off some hexagons

A finished quilt by June, Marie, Robyn S and Iris:  Flower Garden

And another one that wasn't shown,  but has just been completed:  the quilt was made by Narelle and the quilting was completed by Beryl B. and Judy G.   (Add a comment, if I got that wrong, please)
It deserves a proper 'show and tell' next week.

The Christmas Challenge Show and tell   ...

The Christmas Challenge produced lots of excellent contributions to our community activities.  The challenge has three options:  cot quilts, quilt bags and funky flower or star blocks.

First the cot quilts for the Grace Centre - 17 plus quilts were made :  I say 'plus' because I suspect that the counting went a little bit wrong and some quilts were added to the 'existing pile' instead of the 'challenge pile'  - so apologies to the quilters who were not properly applauded for their work,  I know that Marie K was one .

The challenge pile !

and all  'spread out'   ...

Quilt bags - we have five

and the display of flowers and stars blocks  ...  just need a few more, please

An excellent day!      Have a great week,      Cheers Iris