A couple of general items to start this week.
Felicity is still in hospital after having a fall there. The fall has broken a part of her lower back unfortunately. She has asked Suzie L. to let you all know. I will send her a card and some news to hopefully cheer her up a little.
Iris and Meg attended an evening for the Hornsby Kuring-gai Womens Shelter last week. This is one of the Charities we are supporting this year. They were able to talk to people about our group and our show.
One of the quilts entered in the Northbridge Quilt Show last weekend was made by Pam Clifford. Pam is a former member of our group. Pam proudly had attached her first place ribbon from an earlier Hunters Hill Quilt Show to it. Many of our members remember Pam.
Our Retreat this weekend:
22 of our members drove to Kurri Kurri near Maitland this weekend for our annual retreat. We all had a great time. The venue is excellent and the staff were very obliging and helpful.
It was a treat to have Hayley and Helen's daughter Suzie M. join us. It was an extremely productive sewing weekend.
Iris asked us to bring our orphan blocks - and there were a lot of them! Iris proceeded to turn them into a quilt for Community. I don't know how she does it but the result is amazing. I have a photo of it partly finished below.
Some worked on their Show quilts, others on Community quilts and items we will sell at the Show.
We had a lot of fun too. Heather suggested a Lucky Door prize and provided the gift. Grace won.
We had a game of Finska. A very noisy game and I think Akiko and I won that thanks to Akiko's winning shot!
There was a Trivia quiz too. There was much mumbling about the questions but I think it was fun.
Show and Tell:
A few of you have seen Elva working on this Panda quilt. Elva will be giving the quilt to a teacher friend of hers on Thursday. Hence she won't be joining us this week. I just love the way the pandas pop up and look at you. It is so cute. What a special gift for your friend Elva.
Helen finished this quilt at the retreat. Helen used old jeans and bits of denim to make this. A wonderful achievement Helen.
This wagga was made from scratch at the retreat. Grace had Kerry and I working like maniacs to keep up with her. Helena stitched the blocks together and was our time keeper. Kerry and I complained but secretly enjoyed doing it!
This is part of Iris's masterpiece from some of the orphan blocks. Amazing!
Here we have a peek at some of the items Suzie L. has made to sell at our show. These are chicken doorstops - all with extremely clever names. You will have to be early to pick one up at the show. They are just gorgeous.
A view of our very large sewing room at Kurri Kurri. We each had a lot of space and the light was perfect.
Apologies for this not very good photo, but this is part of Suzie M.'s Carnival quilt for her daughter. The details and colours really stand out. Suzie's daughter is very lucky.
The Kurri Kurri campus has about 200 kangaroos that roam the site. I caught a photo of this Mum with her joey that popped its head out to look at me. So cute. The Mum gave me a wary look though.
Last but not least, a quilt from Hayley. All the pieces are in place ready for applique. A daunting task! The colours do look very good.
Until next week .....