Friday 29 May 2015

Winter's on its way! 28/5/15

Quite a few of us are looking forward to the trip to Kiama on the weekend to see the Quilt Show. It should be a great day!
This was our last week of May, and next week we devote to community quilt projects. Some of these undertakings are on-going, as for example the baby quilts for the Grace Centre at Westmead Hospital. 
Below you will see two which were on display this week to add to the collection. The first is by Val and features cute animal fabrics front and back:


The next one is by Grace, and was made as part of the 'Jess Challenge'. Grace only had the yellow and black fabric from her lucky dip parcel. All other fabrics were added to make this cute quilt. The back is also interesting.



Our Traditional Raffle Quilt was finally ready for the design wall this week. Meticulous work on placement of all the squares has payed off, with a stunning display showing the circles and stars coming through. Congratulations to the team lead by Robyn, and well done to everyone who contributed squares to the project. It's going to look fabulous for the show!


In an unending effort to reduce the number of scraps in the big box from the cupboard, a galant group of ladies keep trying each week to use more and more in various projects. They are amazed that like the magic pudding, the pile just keeps growing and growing!


Although she promised faithfully not to have anything for show and tell this week, our resident over-achiever Jenny has DONE IT AGAIN! She tells us that she was sick this week, and therefore had plenty of time to quilt while grounded. Any excuse I say! Here is her offering - an old quilt top she didn't really like all that much, but it's looking pretty good now!


Below you can see Robyn J's quilt for the new baby of a friend. This is a pattern she has made many times for babies she says, and I can see why it's a favourite. Very cute with its Velcro bits to play with.



Susan SJ says her daughter requested the colours of this following quilt. It is a king size, and with beautiful quilting done by Susan. She explained the process of getting the quilting patterns from the computer, downloading and so on. Some of us had eyes glazing over at the technical talk. Quite amazing what can be done these days! The final product is stunning. Well done Susan!



And finally we come to a lovely scrappy quilt which Helen has made for a very ill friend. A lovely thought and a delightful quilt Helen.


Another productive week at Hunters Hill, and lots of fun and companionship into the bargain.
See you next time.

Saturday 23 May 2015

21st May - nearly the end of Autumn!

Yes the year is rocketing by.
But at HH Quilters it's a fantastic group effort as usual. You only need to look at how quickly support groups gather round any activity that's going. Everyone's always ready to help, either with advice or physical effort. Just look:


This quilt resulted from last Christmas's challenge. It's going to be a beauty, and see how help arrives to support the work.

First with four.......


Then six.......


And finally ten!



And then there's our Raffle Quilts to be put together. Decisions, decisions! No problem......

First the Contemporary Quilt is up on the wall with four deliborators three standing and one seated......


Then eight.......


And finally ten, plus many seated around the room out of shot! No shortage of advice and suggestions.


While quietly at the machine the Traditional Quilt is slowly coming together. Many changes and manipulating positions, but it is emerging like a beautiful butterfly.




What a team! Is it any wonder this is such a productive group, and so supportive of each other's projects. It's the fundamental element of our group.

Thanks to all those who contributed to the Guild's collection of red and white squares for the kids day at the coming show. Much appreciated.


Laurel has produced these two lovely baby quilts for the Grace Centre collection. Thanks so much Laurel. They want them to keep coming. Backs and fronts are shown because the backs are so cute too!





Jenny was being chided for not showing anything last week, so to make amends, she's has two beauties on display. The first is a gorgeous colour wash from a Gloria Loughman pattern.


Wow! And the second is a Sue Daley block of the month, which Jenny says she didn't really like, so it's been 'resting'. She's now much happier with it. So she should be......


Your reputation as an over-achiever is in tact Jenny, even though you vow there will be nothing next week. We'll see........

Finally a lovely and well-loved Wagga belonging to Gil. She told us that it was made for her by Doreen and Diana Drake some years ago, and keeps her warm in cold winters. Perfect!

 And so we come to the end of another fun and productive week at HHQ.
See you soon again all!

Sunday 17 May 2015

14th May 2015

Good to be back on Thursday. Lots of activity yet again. Both raffle quilts being finalised by their respective leaders and workers, with plenty of suggestions from onlookers! It really does create lots of excitement. Below you can see some possible arrangements for the contemporary, and some details of the various blocks included.





       I think you'll agree it's looking very promising indeed! Can't wait.

Quite a few shows coming up during the next few months or so. I hope everyone who has been at quilting has checked the notice board (on the food table!) which has all the details. You can also check our website and find them there.

The latest Template magazine has arrived from The NSW Guild, and it includes multiple copies of transport arrangements for this year's show, which is June 17 to 21. Please check these details for the best method of travel for you. Plenty of options, and cheaper parking this year I believe.

Robyn J has been busy as always producing new ideas and products for the stage sales at our next show. Never too early to start. I didn't get shots of the latest, but they are cute as cute, and practical as well! Ask Robyn when next you see her. She just might have one with her.


Janet has been working away on hexagons, and has produced this large and delightful quilt, for herself she says! Good for you Janet. It is beautifully quilted by Susan St J, so much so that it looks like a reversible.


Kerry has been working on a delightful quilt for her niece. It looks so delicate and soft. Lucky niece! I'm sure it will become a favourite.


Well, that's all for now. Happy stitching and see you next week.

Friday 8 May 2015

May Community Day

Elva wasn't able to be with us on Thursday, so Grace stepped in and gave the midday 'news' and Iris, here, with the Blog update.

Elva, our thoughts are with you.

Congratulations to our winning quilter:   Deb won both 1st and 3rd at the Eastwood Show last weekend.    Look at this fabulous quilt and you can see why she won 1 st Prize:

Judy and her team (with 'instructions' from many advisors) put  all the components of the 2016 Contemporary Raffle Quilt on the design wall ...  it is so striking !

Starting like this ....

And then like this ...

Grace told us about her workshop on Friday 22nd at Material Obsession:  as Grace explained, the workshop takes you on a journey using geometry, pattern and wool felt .  Talk to Grace for lots more detail.

Show and Tell  ...

This is Beryl B's latest quilt - a design from her grandson - challenging !

Penny shared this fabulous work in progress: 
Sorry,  I didn't get a picture of the full quilt, just the centre and the sashiko work in the corners.
Looking forward to seeing the finished quilt.

New Contributions to our Community 'stash'

From Helen - Card Tricks. 

From Jenny - Yellow Rainbow

Community Work in Progress ....

A top from Marie K - still to be quilting and general opinion is, that this should be a community hand quilting effort - perhaps at the Retreat ?

Look at this stunning work from Robyn S and her team  ...

and last but not least  ...   our Christmas Challenge Quilt - funky flowers and stars also still to be quilted.

One more thing  ...  the latest additions to Jess's 'Monstrosity' challenge:

Robyn S's cute cot quilt from her scrap of 'dolly' fabric

Iris's coathangers - not a scrap was wasted !

You can check out all the 'results' from this 'challenging' challenge on our Challenge Page.  

Have a good week, everyone, until next Thursday,  Cheers Iris