Friday 24 July 2015

A day without Elva

Life just got in the way of Elva's quilting this week,  so Grace gave us our weekly update and Iris on the blog.

We received a lovely letter of thanks from Sarah Potter at the Dept. of Pain Medicine and Palliative Care at the Westmead Children's hospital.   You may remember we donated a quilt for their fund raising.  The raffle raised over $1600 which will go towards their palliative care equipment pool.     This is the quilt that we gave them:

Flower Garden

Because of a lovely show and tell quilt from Grace, discussion led to 'persuading' Grace to give an impromptu workshop next week on how to make the quick and easy Counterchange block.   So if you would like to participate you can bring your own fabrics - 20cm. strips of two contrasting fabrics - or help yourself from the cupboard.

The Counterchange block

This is how Grace showcased panels in her quilt top with Counterchange Blocks

and more 'Show and Tell  ..

A quilt by Susan St.J, who used a blanket as wadding

another Grace original ... made 'this morning' we were told !  A colourful cover for her new tablet.

Strips and Stripes by Jenny: all finished and given to Community 

and the completed Christmas Challenge quilt:   thank you to Helena for the quilting - perfect.

Stars in our garden

and finally  ...  in case you haven't checked out the other pages of the blog recently:  both the Challenges and Community pages are all up to date.

Have a good week  ...  See you Thursday,  Cheers Iris

Sunday 19 July 2015

16th July 2015

Greètings again!

It was a freezing and wet Thursday last, but nevertheless much was achieved. 
The Show committee had a very fruitful meeting before coming over to the main group. Lots of aspects of our 2016 show were nutted out and decided upon, many based on the results of our feedback survey of the previous weeks. Thanks everyone for your efforts in giving so many great ideas and useful information. Progress is definitely being made. And thanks to those who have stepped forward to pledge support with all the work and specific jobs that will come up. Looking good!

Many thanks to Jacky Smith for volunteering to fill the Librarian role now that Janet is moving north! We will only have Janet's company for a few more weeks, and Jacky has quickly stepped in for us. Much appreciated. Being close table buddies and friends, the briefing and hand-over should go very smoothly. Thanks ladies.

We had a veritable 'flood' of baby quilts this week. Many had been produced ready for last week's binding workshop, so that may explain it. Whatever, the Grace Centre benefits, and so do the little ones and their mums. One of our show decisions was that the mini-challenge be a display of Grace Centre quilts, so we can showcase the particular cause and explain the background. Feel free to work on some particularly spectacular ones if you wish. It will be an extra surprise corner of the show. Another winner with the viewers I suspect.
Here are today's group for delivery soon:













And the clever quilters of all these were (with a bit of luck in this order!) Helen, Jess and Maddie, Helena, Robyn S, Narelle and Ros, and finally Hayley! Well done. What a pile for the babies!

The next quilt is being made by Susan H for a silent auction at her grand daughter's school. Let's hope it makes them lots of money! Well done. Very good of grandma to go to all this effort.......


Joy showed us her tiny "Jess Challenge" result. Very cute. I'm impressed that these are still coming in. I'm sure Jess is also. Maybe a pot-holder?


The final two quilts were done by Helen (as if she hasn't had enough to do!) and she hasn't decided on where they will end up and with whom. Some lucky recipient. Grandchild I'd bet...........
I think both were done by the 'quilt as you go' method. Hope I've got all this right Helen. Feel free to scold me if I'm wrong. Tricky to admire the quilts, take photos and scribble notes at the same time, (whinge, whinge.......)



Well, another Thursday passes. How quickly this year is flying! Wait, I think I say that every year.......
Remember how slowly time went when you were a kid waiting for the next birthday or Christmas? Seemed to creep by for ever. Can't be our age can it? Naaaaaaah........
See you next time!

Sunday 12 July 2015


Thank you to Helen and Susie for holding a wonderful binding workshop for all comers! Very generous of you, and extremely useful to many who dropped in at various stages. I think everyone who attended learned quite a few new tricks. Here are some shots of the gathering:






Congratulations to Joy on her 11th grandchild, and welcome to Olga who came to check out the group this week.

Deb reminded us that it is only six weeks now till our retreat at Blackheath. Places still available, but let Deb know ASAP.


Kerry showed a very cute quilt just finished for her 4 year old grandson. It will be given to him on the arrival of his new baby, expected very soon. Both quilts have matching star backs! No sibling rivalry there then!


Margaret D showed a lovely counter-change quilt in gorgeous brown and beige. A timeless design that always comes off so well!


Beryl B showed this spectacular quilt in black and white, with a hint of brown. Designed she says, by her grandson and his girlfriend! Very nice design indeed! Needless to say the quilt is for them.


Jess and her daughter Maddie showed a lovely blue toned baby quilt which will be for The Grace Centre. Beautifully done Maddie! It helps to have such a talented mum to give you a hand too!


And finally Robyn J made this following quilt for the community collection. It was quilted by Helena. Cute use of doggie fabric. Very nice !


Well done everyone. Another fine collection of work. 
See you all next week.
Keep warm and out of the wind if you can.

Monday 6 July 2015

Machine binding workshop

Hello Everyone, Alison here.
Here are the instructions for Susie's workshop next Thursday.
Machine binding tutorial
Equipment needed

You may be interested in this YouTube video on Symmetry by Marcus du Sautoy
I think that it explains some of the maths behind what we do.

Sunday 5 July 2015

Community day

Wow! The hall was packed today! Very busy and active.
Fortunately Dave from the council had organised for the heating to be fixed, so we didn't freeze in the cold weather.  Good old Dave. Always there to rescue us!

Next week Suzie and Helen will run a little binding workshop for those interested. You can bring along a quilt ready for binding, or just watch and learn a new technique being demonstrated. Suzie said instructions for what to bring will be coming via email before the day, so watch out for that. 

Narelle and I visited the Figtree Playgroup last Wednesday with a fabric craft activity ready to go. The kids had a ball and made a suitable amount of chaos, noise and mess! Just as kids will do when they're really enjoying themselves! Thanks Narelle for helping out, and thanks to Robyn H for giving me a hand with the tacking stitching on Thursday. I've been stitching away at it whenever I have had time over the last few days, so progress is being made. We hope it will make a cute wall-hanging for their little group. They are already very proud of their efforts, and may start another one on their own next time! Here it is before stitching began (thank heavens for glue sticks!).


Iris filled us in on a possible choice for a recipient from our next show in 2016. Sounds very interesting, and thanks Iris for the very worthy suggestion. Show preparation is well under way, but plenty more to do and still a few committee positions to be filled. Thanks to those who have put their hands up. We're nearly there. I'll set a show committee meeting date as soon as I get a few more bits and pieces  organised. Stay tuned.

It's less than 7 weeks till our retreat. We have a good number attending, and it's building to a really fun affair this year. Still not too late to join us if you are suddenly free that weekend (21st-23rd August). The more the merrier!

The War-Time Quilts exhibition has started this weekend at Manly, and will continue till near the end of November. Jess is going to take up an offer by Annette Gero to give us a guided tour, so if this is of interest to you let Jess know so that she can plan dates and numbers. Thanks for your efforts on this Jess.


The baby quilt of the week was presented by June P. Very sweet it is too, and again gorgeous backing fabric. It's so nice for when these little quilts are turned over for the mums to get another lovely surprise! Thanks June.



Grace showed us a community quilt made from a Kathy D design ' Big Fluffy Love' (I hope I got that right Grace). It's delightful.......


Karen showed an amazing piece of work which is finally finished after an interrupted time when it needed to rest. It was done as part of a Keepsake Quilting Challenge, and the fine work leaves you speechless! Definitely needs to be seen 'in person' and close up. I hope my photography gives some idea of the excellence of the work. Outstanding Karen, as always!


           Joy has made yet another fine quilt for her grandchildren, this one for a grandson I believe. What an industrious grandma! They are very lucky children indeed. He will absolutely love this!


And look at the backing fabric! Cute!


I took a shot of a community quilt Grace and group are working on. It went up on the design wall and looks fantastic! Lots of deliberation, but I think it's going to be a real beauty! 



As I said at the start, very busy and industrious. What else would you expect from the girls in this fabulous group? Can't wait till next week and we'll do it all again!

Cheers, keep warm!

Sunday 28 June 2015

Special birthday day

Thursday, 25th June

We celebrated a special occasion, with birthday girl Norma, 90 years young! Thanks to the ladies who organised the cake, and made sure Norma got to group this week so that we could surprise her. HAPPY BIRTHDAY NORMA from us all.



Two of us are visiting the local playgroup next Wednesday to help the kids in a fabric craft activity. With a bit of luck we will help to stimulate a new generation of little quilters! Thanks Narelle for helping out.
It could end up being a lot of fun. The playgroup delivered a lovely certificate of appreciation for the quilt we donated, which helped them raise nearly $600 for the playgroup! This is a fantastic sum for a little group that operates on a shoe string! Well done. 

A survey/brainstorm sheet on planning for the next show will be prepared and distributed as soon as I get a moment to do it. Start thinking about any ideas you may have had about previous shows and any changes, improvements or essential favourites that you would love to keep. Stay tuned........


Jill made this week's baby quilt, and it's a beauty! The backing fabric is gorgeous as well. Thanks Jill.



Robyn S showed us a quilt she won in a raffle. Lucky girl!


She went on to show us a quilt which has 'rested' for quite a while, but has finally been finished. Well worth the effort I'd say! Beautiful design, beautifully done AND all hand quilted by Robyn. Well done. Lucky daughter, who will be the owner of this gem.


Gil showed us a lovely knitted lap-warmer which she has done from some gorgeous Bendigo wool, given to her by Norma. It will now return to Norma in a snuggly, usable form. Perfect. 


Below is my little cot quilt done very quickly from a jelly roll that's been in the cupboard for years! The very quick 'tube' piecing technique had the quilt top done in less than 4 hours! Love the speed of it! 


That's the lot for this week. See you all next Thursday! Cheers.

Sunday 21 June 2015

June 18th 2015

Nice quiet and cosy day at HHQ today. Lots of discussion about the Guild Show which has been on this week and probably accounts for our diminished numbers today!  Congratulations to our members Grace and Karen who were prize winners in the show. Very high quality competition they were up against, so an excellent result. I managed to get hold of a shot of Grace beside her award winning original design " Silky Travels". Karen's quilt was the one we featured two blogs back - the amazing "Firestar", so check back to see it.


Well done girls. 

Jess has alerted me to an offer of a workshop by Helen and Susie on a new approach to machine binding. You can bring along a small quilt, maybe a baby one, to try out the method if you wish. At the moment we are looking at Thursday 16th July, but I'll keep you posted if this changes. Thanks Helen and Susie, and we all hope Susie gets well soon.

Don't forget that Susan H has a standing quilting hoop available if anyone is looking for such a thing. Contact Susan if you're interested. 

The quilting on the Traditional raffle quilt is looking great! Plenty to do, so see Robyn if you're keen to take over the task for a while.

Maree K showed this lovely quilt which Robyn J is taking to Alice Springs.


And the backing fabric is fabulous too!


Gil showed a very nice little quilt made from a jelly roll given to her. I gather it's an early attempt at using jelly rolls (if not her first) and it's a triumph. A little extra fabric added to the jelly roll, which is entirely normal I gather. Well done Gil.


Hayley has made this sweet baby quilt for the Grace Centre. Thanks and well done Hayley.


Kerry showed us an almost finished quilt for her new grand child. Looking good Kerry. Very cute fabric!


So there we have it. I hope everyone who wanted to was able to make it to the BIG show! It was great this year. The red and white challenge was outstanding in quality and interest I thought, and the 'True Blue' display was outstanding as well. The location seems to get better and better. I think they learn a thing or two each time. They'll have it all perfected just in time to go back to Darling Harbour!
Cheers, and enjoy your week ahead. Better weather on the way!