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