Sunday 13 October 2013

A Thank you day:

Thursday was a day of ' thank yous':  we received a  thank you card for our quilt donation to the Annual Fair at Inala and a thank you email for our donation to the Relay for life Fund Raiser.      Betty was back from her holiday,  so she brought in the thank you parcel which had been sent to her from Sunshine Homes: we shared the chocolates and the other 'goodies' in the box will be used as a  'lucky door' prize at our end of year Christmas lunch on Thursday 12th December.

Reminder from Robyn S:  the need for cot quilts for the Grace Centre continues.  So if you need a quick quilt gratification - whip up a cute 26 inch square, all cotton baby cot quilt.    It would be good to have a new supply ready for delivery before Christmas.   Robyn has the cotton wadding that ready for use.

Community donation:   this is from an over-achiever !!   Remember last week - 7 days ago -  I showed a picture of work in progress:

This is it on Thursday  ...  Grace works wonders !  It is finished - even the hand quilting and binding !  Great quilting with variegated crochet cotton - there is some in the cupboard for everyone to use.   The fabric was a gift to Laurel from an 'old'  HHQ girl,  now at HobbySew ( I hope I've got those facts right, Grace - if not correct me in a comment, please !)

Show and Tell ...  a wagga, started by Gil and Doreen at the 'working with wool felt' workshop, and then picked up and finished by Grace.   The hand quilting lines add order to the random shapes of the wool felt. Illustrates what you can do with 'just little bits' and a creative imagination!

And a 2nd  'exhibition' quilt in two weeks by our other prolific quilter, Jessica.   The theme is 'Water, Warp and Weft'.

Thank you to Alison for being this week's photographer - I forgot my camera.

Have a productive sewing week,  Cheers Iris

Monday 7 October 2013

Textile Exhibition

The  Metropolitan museum of Art has a marvellous exhibition of textiles.

Interwoven Globe -The Worldwide Textile Trade, 1500–1800

Saturday 5 October 2013

Community Day Thursday

It was noted that Fairland Hall seemed to be quieter than normal, not sure why,  but I can only assume it was because there was lots of community activity going on.   These are some of the pictures that I captured:

Robyn S, June and Jenny working on this 'leafy' design

Hexagons in progress: Meg, Josie and Lin

Kerry, Grace and team working out how many ways to play with half-square triangles

and a snap-shot of some secret community work, by the community team  ...

It was a birthday bonanza with Alison, Janet, Marie G and me all celebrating birthdays  this long weekend.

We had an email from Betty to tell us about a 'thank you' parcel that she received  from Sunshine homes. They had a very successful raffle of the 'Blue Quilt' made by Marie K. which we donated earlier in the year.

After enjoying the 'good shopping' from Material Obsession during September,  we can now benefit from good shopping at Quiltsmith:  25% of fabric from Tuesday 8th October through to the end of October.

Show and Tell:    two new quilts have been donated to our community stash ...

Another donation from Pamela R:  this one is velvet 

And from Ros  ...  brights !

(sorry - you need to turn on your side to see it !)

but the detail is OK ....

 Have a great weekend - enjoy the ships and see you Thursday.   Cheers Iris

Friday 27 September 2013

Thursday, 26/9/2013 Update

New Member:  On Thursday we welcomed Sheila who is now an official HHQ member.   Sheila,  we hope you enjoy our group.

Birthday updates:  as I mentioned before, September is a busy birthday month, this week Helena, Ros, Susan D and Deb L all celebrated.

Events coming up ...
This weekend, 28th and 29th September, Cherrybrook Quilters Inc.,  2013 Exhibition at Cherrybrook Uniting Church, New Line Road Cherrybook (opposite Cherrybrook Public School).  10am to 4pm both days.

Campbelltown Quilt Show on 9th and 10 November:  mark the date and I will give a reminder and details closer to the time.

2013 Playing Card Challenge:  all cards have been drawn.  Great response,  though it was mentioned that there wasn't much option !    If you didn't get a card - Jenny has some other special challenges available!

2014 Quilt Show Contemporary raffle quilt is all finished.    It looks fabulous.  Congratulations to Grace and Jessica for the design and to everyone who contributed.

The traditional quilt is now being hand quilted:   Robyn will be happy to hear from the hand quilters in the group.   There is a lot of quilting to be done.

Thanks to Deb L, we had a donation of fabrics and tools:  one of these was a special ruler.  Kathy D. gave us a demo on how best to use the ruler for 1/2 triangles an 1/4 triangles to make sure the bias edges are suitable enclosed and not causing 'wobbly edge' problems.

Show and tell:   lots of interesting work.

Jessica entered her 'Jewels in the Pond' quilt in the Berry competition, One Red Thread, and won second prize.  The detail needs to be seen !

A community donation by Alison and Jessica:   this quilt was put together by Jessica from fabric won by Alison at a previous show - 2008, show I think.

 And Margaret D. had fun putting this together at a retreat, using fabrics from her friend in Fremantle's stash.

I had to add the detail - isn't it a cute block.

Silk from Beryl J.   Mostly from old kimonos.   I've included detail here, as well.

And finally,  but certainly not least,  Kathy D's latest quilt featuring a new range of fabrics by Marcia Derse.

Remember that next week is Community Day.  Meanwhile, have a good week and see you then.   Cheers Iris

Sunday 22 September 2013

Happy 31st Birthday

Thursday was birthday celebration day with champagne and chocolate cake, so thank you to Betty and Narelle for making it happen.     The lucky door prize went to 'Little' Beryl,  who very generously donated it to Doreen and Gil for wagga inspiration.

And I would like to say thank you to everyone who 'took care of things' while I was away, including Ailsa and Alison for updating the blog.   I was able to 'check in' from far afield.

We received a fun message from Robyn J,  who is having a great trip across the country.    But we also heard that Adrienne is having a tough time health wise.

2013 Birthday Challenge - preparation for a 'Deck of Cards' display at our 2014 Quilt Show. On Thursday there was lots of laughs and moans as card selections were drawn: remember, if you haven't yet drawn your card, do so soon.   There are only a few rules, just have fun.  Any questions just ask Jenny and have a look at Jenny's book for inspiration.

Birthday quilt show and tell:   Our 30th Birthday quilt is now finished.    Haven't fabrics and styles changed since the 20th birthday quilt and this quilt ?

Bargain time at Material Obsession:  Kathy has lots of $10 fabrics from now to the end of the month - so check them out. And on Saturday MO had their Spring Fair with the shop expanding into the spring sunshine. I wasn't able to get there, but I hope lots of HHQ people were able to take advantage of the 20% off that Kathy was offering us.

Show and Tell:      Janet was our only 'show and tell' contributor this week .. its bright and it is pink - just what every 3-year old granddaughter wants!

 Have a good week everyone,  Thanks Iris

Saturday 14 September 2013

News from Thursday 12/9/2013

News from Ailsa:
Some spectacular `show and tell’ this week.  Caroline produced her `Sunflowers’, inspired by a course she did during her travels to the United States, but much modified through her own artistry.

Beryl’s hexagons are nearly complete

and Grace showed a very different way of using felted wool in her contemporary Wagga.

Don’t forget it's our birthday next Thursday!
Our regular correspondent also returns next week.

Saturday 7 September 2013

News from Thursday 5/8/2013

Community Day today and, although there is nothing yet completed, several lovely quilts are in preparation.  
Some of the Star blocks for the Lord Mayor's Picnic in December.
 Duck blocks by Helena and her team.

Beryl J. also showed a kimono, probably from the 1970s, which she acquired in Japan. The fabric includes beautiful brocade inserts in black and silver which are, Beryl understands, made from thread woven from thistle. We look forward to her creations from this material.