Saturday 24 June 2017

Thursday 22nd June

First day of the QuiltNSW Show at their new location in Darling Harbour,  so the number of quilters in Fairland Hall was greatly reduced.    Elva was visiting the show,  so Judy headed up 'News time' and Iris on Blog.

First, congratulations to Grace - 2nd prize in the Modern Quilt Section of the QuiltNSW show,  and also to all our other entrants - Helena, Kathy D, Karen M, Carolyn and Jessica.

Judy had a few housekeeping updates:
  • If you are going to the Retreat in September,  remember to call Blackheath and book your room
  • Still need quilting volunteers for the traditional raffle quilt
  • Don't forget to ensure that your name is on the Morning Tea List -  twice a year each.
  • Committee meeting next Thursday morning at 9.30am
Then,  lots for 'Show and tell'

Robyn S and I have finally finished the blocks in Adrienne's William Morris quilt.  I was just the 'cutter-outer',  but Robyn did all the stitching.   Robyn and Adrienne both have enviable skills with machine applique - bring your magnifying glasses.      It looked fabulous on the design wall.

Robyn Jo was just finishing the binding on this quilt:  mostly if not all Japanese fabrics, with lots of clever hand quilting.  Quote, 'Just something to do in the caravan ... '

Gill was pinning this fun children's quilt ...

the camel is fun ....

and I spotted this work by Judy G.     Judy is working on a Megan Manwaring quilt at Material Obsession and this is just one very small part of a quilt-full of clever fussy cutting and applique.

Another good day ...    have a fun sewing week,    Cheers Iris

Friday 16 June 2017

Thursday, June 15th

Iris on blog as Elva battles the dreaded winter head cold.

The May issue of the Template was shared and read in detail as we recognized that so many of our members were highlighted.

  • The 2017 QuiltNSW Raffle quilt was designed and made by the team from Material Obsession: congratulations to our members, Kathy, Carolyn, Helena and Grace who all participated.   It is a stunning quilt with lots of string piecing and Kaffe Fasset shot cottons.  Grace did all the hand quilting. 

  • Jessica was one of the key speakers at the QuiltNSW country meeting to Tamworth, so she was also featured in the magazine with one of her quilts: 

It was agreed that this issue of the Template was an excellent read.  And of course, don't forget the 'back to Darling Harbour'  QuiltNSW Show next weekend.

August 2018 may seem a long time away,  but Meg is ramping up the preparation for our show.   Chat with Meg about your involvement.   Check out Susie's latest hand crafted item, a cute door stop, for the Stage Shop: she would love some cute buttons.

Community:  Although we don't know how much our quilt contributed,  we have been told that the Giant Steps fund raising ball raised a record $500,000.    They were extremely delighted with the result and sent a thank you to all their supporters.

Show and Tell  ...

A bright fun cot quilt from Grace:  hand quilted of course !

For everyone who is going to the show next Thursday,  I hope you have an inspirational and fun day.   I expect to bump into many of you when I get there on Friday.    Enjoy your week,  Iris

Sunday 11 June 2017

8/6/17 LIGHTS OUT!

We found ourselves in darkness in the kitchen and bathrooms this week. A quick call to HH Council resulted in the problem being fixed forthwith (in your dreams!). Nevertheless we soldiered on.
We really are lucky to have the space we do in spite of the few glitches we experience.

A good roll-up of members working on an amazing variety of quilting projects.
The gentleman who comissioned that gorgeous grey Wagga we showed last week, turned up to collect it. It resulted in the first $ we have been able to bank for next years show! Already! It was much more than anticipated also, so well done ladies. He obviously loved it and rewarded you generously.

Both the Traditional and the Contemporary Show Quilts are still looking for hand-quilting volunteers to complete them. Put your name down on the list, or simply mention your readiness to Grace or Robyn J.

It's now time for all of us who are planning to go to this year's retreat in September to ring the Redleaf Resort and book your rooms. The dates are Friday 15, Saturday 16 and Sunday 17 of September.


Only two items this week. This first one is a long unfinished quilt which Lindy has been making for her mum. Sounds like it's been 'resting' for some time! I think mum is going to be delighted !

And this little gem is by Susan H. It's the beginnings of one of her many spectacular bags. The ubiquitous hexagons strike again! And looking just delightful Susan. Can't wait to see the finished product.

Well, we are all looking forward to the Guild Show in a couple of weeks. Always some surprises and new things to enjoy.
See you next Thursday as always.
Cheers, Elva

Saturday 3 June 2017


We had a great roll up today, with most members working hard at various community projects.
We were visited by members of two of our recipient groups, and there were plenty of lovely quilts piled up to donate.

These two delighted and very grateful recipients left with 11 quilts all up!
A very worthy cause with lots of information and questions from the group.
Well done to all the girls who have worked so tirelessly making this amazing collection!

We would also like to extend our thanks to Iris who has overseen the community program for quite a while now. You have done an outstanding job on this Iris, and I know the groups who receive the quilts appreciate them and value them tremendously. Keep driving us on.......It's a great use of our skills.


The baby quilts I forgot to photograph last week are below. Thanks and congrats to Beryl R and Susan H for these chalmers.

Three extra baby quilts this week were done by Carolyn D. Lovely fabrics as always. Thanks Carolyn

Just another shot of a couple of waggas from the community collection. So many to choose from, but plenty of needy groups waiting for them. Keep up the great work girls. The community really appreciate our efforts.

So another fabulous day. We'll do it all again on the first Thursday of July.
See you all next Thursday working on your own projects again.
Cheers and keep warm! Perfect quilting weather now!