Sunday 17 December 2017

Christmas Party ! 14/12/17

A wonderful turnout for our final get-together at HHQ last week at the Christmas Party. As always there was a long table groaning with the weight of a splendid spread of delicious food. Plenty of liquid refreshments on a very hot day, with Christmas cheers and wishes to all.

Traditional Christmas flowers by Grace 

Some fun 'publicity' shots  ...

Thank you to June for holding yet another session of her famous game, and to Iris for providing prizes.
The two 2018 Show raffle quilts were mounted for display, and really added to the festive look of the Hall.
Members were overcome yet again at the beauty of the two quilts, and discussion always turned to the belief that this next show’s raffle is going to do very well indeed. Probably a record!

Admiration society ....

Traditional quilt 

Contemporary quilt

Iris told us that she had been contacted by Stepping Stone House requesting more quilts, and she showed six which will be delivered soon (see pictures below).

The stash delivered on Thursday afternoon :  four quilts and 2 waggas.   I suggest, if you haven't already,  it is time to check out the huntershillnsw Instagram page.   Alison has posted details of all these quilts

A reminder to everyone that we return on Thursday, 11th January 2018.
Have a wonderful holiday season and a very merry Christmas.
Enjoy every minute.
See you next year.
Cheers, Elva

Monday 11 December 2017

Last week of stitching 7/12/17

Yes, we had our last stitching day for 2017, and look forward to celebrating with a Christmas Party this week. We will start around 11.30 or 12pm, with those who are helping set up getting to work around 10.30am. Akiko will not open up the hall till then, so don’t get stranded outside waiting!
Bring a glass or help yourself to one of our plastic ones from the cupboard.
Bring a small plate of something yummy, but make sure it’s not too much.
We don’t want to be throwing away good food.

Thank you so much to Susie and Helen for the fabulous workshop devoted to Denim Waggas. We all learnt so much, and many will go ahead and try out the process themselves. Very do-able, and very portable to complete over time. Great to see our Aqucutter getting a workout also. It really does impress when we see it in action. Start collecting old jeans from family and friends to share.

The process ...

Speaking of sharing, a share and swap table will be set up at the Christmas Party with bits and pieces for Sensory Mats. Please help yourself and bring along anything you’ve found that is surplus to your requirements. It should be full of fun surprises!

Enjoy the Show and Tell pictures below courtesy of Iris!
See you all at the Party on Thursday.
Cheers, Elva

Grace  has been working on another wagga ...  simple and very stylish 

Helen has got the 'foxy' bug :   two quilts - a big one for mother fox and a little one for baby fox (sorry !) 

The prolific Carolyn has added another 3 cot quilts to the  Grace Centre stash

And in the spirit of Christmas,  Heather shared this fun garland of Christmas Trees

Party time on Thursday  ...   cheers Iris

Monday 4 December 2017

Last November Meeting 30/11/17

As the year quickly slips away, we continue to go about quilting business.
A very successful and stimulating Show Meeting started off the morning, with Meg ably leading her crew! Planning is all on schedule, and early next year things will really start to move. I hope everyone has their show quilt well underway, and I know some people have theirs finished already!
Don’t forget to start working on your sensory mats for the special challenge display at the show. We will have a share and swap table at the Christmas Party (our last meeting day) on December 14th. Bring along any extra braids, baubles, interesting pieces which you won’t need, but which someone else might find useful.

Latest examples on show on Thursday

This coming Thursday Susie M will be leading a workshop on ‘Denim Waggas’ for us. She showed part of one in progress to demonstrate what’s to come. It’s a ‘quilt as you go’ project, so very portable and fun. Bring along any spare denim you have lying around or old discarded jeans which can be chopped up! You might also have some corduroy or thick wool fabric which could be used for batting. Thank you so much for undertaking to do this for us  Susie. It certainly looks promising.

The Template magazine arrived, with a small article about the new retreat venue we are considering. Our previous place in Blackheath is operating no longer as a venue in the style we require sadly.
The Kurri Kurri one sounds very nice however.

We had feedback from Community Services that the quilt we donated to them to raffle at the local art show made $850. They were thrilled with that result.

We also heard from Hunters Hill Council that our Community Grant Application was successful to the tune of $400.

I’ll handover now to Iris who will cover the Show and Tell section of this blog
Enjoy the rest of the week, and see you Thursday.
Cheers, Elva

Show and Tell   ...

A community quilt from Marie G:  I've called it 'Marie's Blue Diamonds'. 
Hand pieced and quilted  using mostly fabrics from our stash cupboard.

Marie K just can't stop producing  ...   latest top is a 'Beryl inspired' design using black and white:  I understand that others are on their way using the cut out circles.

Marie K also finished  this cute baby cot  quilt to add to the growing stash for the next delivery to the  Grace Centre.

Walking round the room,  I spied this wagga in progress on Doreen's table ...

and just as we were packing up,  I saw this from Marie K ... a kitchen essential !

Enjoy your week, keep sewing,    Cheers Iris

Thursday 23 November 2017

Stitching and chatting

Elva was visiting family in South Australia,  so Judy was our leader for the day.   And she had lots of news:

  • Reminder of the Show Committee Meeting next week at the Baby Centre:  Kerry has distributed the agenda for the meeting.
  • After many years, Redleaf is no longer operating as a suitable location for our annual retreat, so our booking for the May retreat has been cancelled.   Judy is working on an alternative in Kurri Kurri and has 'penciled' in the last weekend in May.
  • Colleen has had to cancel her visit to our Christmas party.  However,  the celebrations will still include,  good food, glasses of bubbly, fun with 'June', and all the good cheer of the season with good friends.
  • Sue reminds us that the morning tea roster is ready for next year - don't forget to add your name.
  • Meg, her daughters and her granddaughters featured in an article in last week's Sunday Life magazine about girls' weekends:  'The Moodie Girls Weekend'.   Good reading.  I liked the bit where granddaughters had to wait until they were 21 before being allowed to join.

Show and Tell  ...   and there was lots:

Beryl's Circles:  worked on at our last retreat and now at quilting stage

Laurel showed us her latest finished top:  a scrappy Japanese design made for a friend.   Delighted to have a visit from Laurel after her move to the Southern Highlands.

Sheila had this beautiful quilt to show,:  check out the fabulous fabrics,  use of stripes and the detail in the quilting.

Lindy has just finished this cute 'Rocket to the Stars' design

Not a quilt 'show and tell',  but a fashion show:   Doreen rescued this cape from the wagga wools and decided that it was perfect for Akiko.    

and just as everyone was packing up, I spied this block by Narelle.   A simple way of making an eight pointed star without the dreaded multiple seams in the centre that never seem to line up properly.

Have a fun stitching week  ....  cheers Iris

Sunday 19 November 2017

Gorgeous Weather At Last - 16/11/17

What a lovely day to be together at the hall again, doing what we all enjoy.
There was an excellent turn up, and plenty of ‘Show And Tell’ items to share.
No new news really, just a reminder of dates for the rest of the year etc.
Show Meeeting - November 30th
Christmas Party - December 14th
Return 2018 date - January 11th
AGM 2018 - February 15th

I’m happy to report that the Hunters Hill/ Ryde Community Services raffle of our donated quilt at their art show went very well indeed. It was prominently displayed at the door, and therefore they sold many more tickets than expected. Stay tuned for news of the winner.

Enjoy the Show and Tell below.
Cheers, Elva

Show and Tell: 

Marie K. has been prolific - three fabulous quilts for our Community Stash - all hand quilted.

Gypsy Swirl

Snowball Flowers 

Snowball Family tree

Elva has finished this cute 'animal' quilt:  a present being delivered soon.  

'Over achiever' Grace finished this wagga ready for our show:  the picture does not do the hand quilting justice

and last, but not least  ...   the story of two quilts.   Sally has been working on her quilt for some time.  Sheila takes inspiration from Sally's work and in a weekend produces her 'Sally Inspired' quilt.  Both on display.  Sheila did explain that her quilt did not have all the authentic Japanese fabrics that Sally had.  

That's all the pictures for this week  ...   enjoy - Iris

Saturday 11 November 2017

A Quiet Start! 9/11/17

Yes, the day started with many empty seats for some reason, but as the day wore on people rolled in as usual.
Perhaps girls have started to get some Christmas shopping in before the rush. It’s hard to believe that we are into November already. Only five more Thursday meetings before we finish the year on December 14th. This of course will be our Christmas Party day, and a reminder to bring along a plate of party food to share, plus a glass for beverages. We are also suggesting anyone who has extra ‘bits and pieces’ for the sensory mat challenge, please bring them to the party to swap and share.
Colleen will be running her traditional shop at the Christmas Party for a change. The perfect time to get a few last-minute gifts for friends and family.

We had another table of Cheryl fabric to browse through, and many girls found gems they can use. This should be the last of it though, at least until next year I think.

I visited the Art Exhibition at the Gladesville Shopping Centre on the weekend, and once again the ladies from the Hunters Hill and Ryde Community Services were gushing with thanks for the donated quilt. In addition, many passers-by were showing interest and buying raffle tickets, so it looks as though it will be a huge fundraising success.

Grace, along with Gil and Doreen, have been invited to do a showcase for the Guild Quilt Study Group next May. The topic will be the history and making of Waggas , so these three girls will be a mine of information to share. Congrats to you all.

Six beautiful Community Quilts were chosen and prepared for donation to the Hornsby Ku-ring-gai Women’s Shelter. You can see the ones chosen below.

Cocktail Strings by Jenny

Hexi Garden by the Green Group ( Ellen. Lin and company)

Stained Glass by Narelle and Iris

Windows by Ros and Narelle

Paris in the Pink by Kerry and Helena 

Orange Crunch by Narelle and Ros and the Orange Group

Delighted to see a very lovely post on on our face book page from the Hornsby Shelter,  thanking our generosity.

Have a great weekend everyone and enjoy this perfect weather. See below some other items of Show and Tell.

Cheers till next Thursday, Elva.

Show and Tell:

We saw Grace's winning quilt 'in the flesh'  - even better than the pictures - and heard the story of the inspiration behind the design.

Susie showed the progress of her current project - great colours and fabrics

See you next week ...  Iris on pictures