Saturday 24 May 2014

Hi everyone. Elva here. At last I'm able to contribute to the blog. Hooray!
Once again a special thanks and congratulations to Kerry for all her hard preparatory work
and her caring attention to everyone's comfort during the retreat last weekend.
An extremely successful and enjoyable few days.
The display of work achieved through the retreat was much admired last Thursday. That
just goes to show we didn't spend the whole three days eating and drinking!

Don't forget to look up 'Cotton Factory' (Ballarat Vic) on the internet. They just opened last week.
Lots of lovely things and fabric to see.

I will send a card thanking C Clarke for the six boxes of fabric donated last week. Wow, it
disappeared so fast! Just like a plague of locusts!
Enjoy you weekend all.

Monday 19 May 2014

Blue Mountains Retreat

We had a great weekend up in the Mountains this weekend with 20 of the HHQ
This is to get a bit of an impression.

Afternoon drinks at Evans look out

 Sorry Narelle, spelling went wrong, can't change it!
Thank you Elva for again a great outdoor Tai Chi lesson

Some play out side with fabric paint, leaves and stamps!
Thank you Jessica.

The work done over the weekend!
Lot of progress made.
Not only machine work, but also hand work has been done!

We had a great game on Saturday night with fat quarters and cotton reels.
Lots of excitement  throwing the dice.
Robyn S and Helena where the winners of the game.

Thank you's go to Kerry, she did an amazing job to organise again a fabulous weekend.

Happy Stitching,

Thursday 15 May 2014

Thursday 15th May

Not too big a crowd today.
But those present are buzzing as always.
Although Elva thinks we are quiet today!

Elva went to a community event of Hunters Hill
Our Community quilt donation was used as a lucky door price.
Mr Wong won the price, he was very happy with it!

Tomorrow is the start of our retreat.
Don't forget to bring,
3 fat quarters and/or reels.

New Book in  the library:
Wendy Williams, Wild Blooms& Colourful Creatures

For those on morning tea duty.
You need a key to lock the door properly.
The lock doesn't work too well

3 more playing cards where handed in!

Our charity for the show will be:
Giant Steps

Show and Tell:

Sorry Jenny didn't listen too well to the story behind it

See you up in the mountains,
Happy stitching,

Friday 9 May 2014

Mother's Day Thursday

What a special day it was today!
It was our due date for the Playing Cards.
Almost the whole deck of cards was hanging around the hall.
Jenny is very positive that todays missing cards will be present at our show.
So I will only give you a very small peek into this challenge.
If you want to see them all come to our show, 

The 2014 Hunters Hill Quilt Show 
Hunters Hill Town Hall, 
Alexandra Street, Hunters Hill 

Friday 8th to Sunday 10th, August 2014:   10am to 4.30pm    $6 entry fee
Opening night, Thursday 7th, August 2014:    7.30pm to 9.30pm   $20 entry ticket

Next week we will have our retreat up in the Blue Mountains.
We are pretty excited about that.
In case you want to have a bit of a play.
Jessica will bring her collections of stamps, if you can bring some fabric paint and some fabrics to print on! We can have some fun.

Last week we worked on Made Fabric.
This photo shows our collaborated work.

Today we had a visitor from Queensland.
She has been a longtime member, before she move to Queensland in 2006.
Cate rejoined us today. She even brought a quilt to show.
It was great to see you. 

Then we had some baby quilts.
For those keen on making some and going to the retreat.
Robyn prepared some kits ready to go, only need sewing and quilting!


Next to show is another collaboration.
Laurel bought a nice piece of fabric at swap day at MO.
Grace fought of a nice T-block and together with the girls of the orange group they put together this lovely quilt.

This beautiful starry quilt is made by Marie K.

Deborah treated herself with a great workshop with Helen Godden over the ANZAC weekend.
It's all about painting and quilting!
Isn't it amazing.

Happy Mother's Day

Friday 2 May 2014

First of May, Labour Day

We had a real working bee going on this Labour Day!
Jessica is in charge to organise workshops.
This community day was used to do a workshop on" Made Fabric" inspired by Victoria Findlay Wolfe. Helena did Victoria"s workshop last year, organised by Material Obsession.
Helena gave a brief talk about what she had learned at that workshop.

Ready to go

everybody buzzing

Thanks to the work Jessica did up front at home, we have managed to make enough blocks for a "blokey" quilt.
Thank you Jessica and Susan.

Finished blocks

Furthermore there was more going on!
There was the show meeting.
A lot of progress has been made.
Charity is looking good.

Show and Tell

A beautiful quilt top by Margaret Driscoll.


Two cod quilts by June Pryor.

"Mother's Day" next week

That will bring us the show and tell off the PLAYING CARDS.
So far there are 38 cards ready, hoping the whole deck will be complete to show!

Happy Stitching

Saturday 26 April 2014

Thursday 24th April

Now that school holidays are almost over,  it will be good to have everyone back sewing next week for Community Day (1st May) and a 'fabric making' workshop organised by Jessica, Helena and Susan.    All 'fabric' made will be used for community quilts. The only thing we each need to bring is a small cutting mat and a small rule.

And another reminder  - playing cards to be finished and ready for display on May 8th: just before Mother's Day.   Jenny already has 27 - so 27 more to go to have 'The full Deck with two Jokers'.

Interesting up-coming event:  The Quilt Study Group are holding their 20th Anniversary Seminar on 6th and 7th July 2014 at the Australian National Maritime Museum, Darling Harbour.   Check out their website - it is a very interesting program,  including our own Jessica as one of the guest speakers.   Monday 7th, is 'Quilt Uncovering' with interesting quilts and their stories from four well known quilters.

Only one quilt was shown at 'Show and Tell',  but my camera found a couple of extra 'not quite finished' special quilts ...

This is a community quilt, made by Jessica and quilted by Gil ... 'Avalon 1'

Check out what Elva is making for her granddaughter  .....Magic Faraway Tree ?

And while the rest of us have 4 or 5 blocks stashed away somewhere safe  ...   look what Grace has done with her NY Beauty blocks !

What else can I say  ... keep sewing 'till next week.     Cheers Iris

Friday 18 April 2014

Easter Thursday

Business first,  and then some great 'show and tell' pictures.   The key 'business' discussion was focused on Jessica's research and plans for Workshops during this year.

  • First a community workshop next community day - 1st May:  Jessica, Susan and Grace will take us through the Victoria Findlay Wolfe's fabric making process from her book '15 minutes of play'.  The aim is to make 'fabric' in 'masculine' colours, so we an add some 'men and boy' quilts to our community stash.  Sewing machines will be needed.
  • Later in the year, probably 3rd quarter,  we can look forward to a presentation from Bridget Giblin to share her collection of old quilts.  
  • Jessica is also looking at workshops sharing our in house skills:  needle turn applique and machine quilting were both mentioned.  

Any other requests/suggestions - let Jessica know and I'm sure she will make it happen!

Other stuff:

  • Last opportunity to participate in the May retreat:  see Kerry soon/i.e. immediately
  • Don't forget, May 8th for your Playing Card 

Show and Tell
Check out this 'modern Australian crazy patchwork'  from Betty.  

and the detail ... including the selvages

Marie G. contributed four cot quilts for the Grace Centre

To add to our community 'stash' -  a quilt from Narelle and quilted by Gil.

And Janet had a story on this one .. the left overs from another quilt and she made quite a few blocks with no bobbin in the machine !  

Have a great Easter  ...   Cheers Iris