Saturday 21 January 2017

A quiet day - Thursday 19/1/2017

Elva was enjoying  a 'Grandma' day,  so Grace was in charge of news and this is Iris on blog!

First the housekeeping news:

  • No quilting next Thursday - enjoy your Australia Day
  • Kerry will email/distribute the AGM notice and agenda in the coming week.  Our AGM will be on Thursday 16/2/2017.    Several positions are vacant.
  • Raffle quilt blocks:
    • Ensure that your completed traditional blocks are given to Robyn asap.  Just a few missing.

    • Completed contemporary blocks to be given to Grace by the 16/2/2017.   The circles are looking so dramatic and I can't believe that I didn't get pictures.

Show and tell ... 

Top of the 'whoa'  list, was a huge quilt top from Marie K.  A present for her daughter.  Lots of 'scraps' together with Kathy Doughty's latest fabric range, Folk Art Revolution.

A community quilt - aptly named 'Stained Glass'    Top by Narelle and quilted by Iris.

Grace shared a Memory Quilt that she had just finished:  make for a young girl from her outgrown clothes

Have a fun Australia Day and see you on February 2nd - first community day for 2017.      Iris  ..

Saturday 14 January 2017


Welcome back everyone!
We started the year with a good size group, and it was clear that people had been pretty busy with quilting work over the break.
Traditional blocks and contemporary ones were emerging from all directions, and being handed to Grace and Robyn. For those who still have blocks being done, just bring them along when you can so that putting our 2018 Show raffle quilts together can begin. 

In addition to these, it wasn't long into the day before a wonderful array of quilt tops appeared on the floor! Amazing amount of work by first Jenny S,

and also Iris....

and finally Karen.

From what I gather, all three girls have been completing these as part of a '365 day block' challenge of some sort. All the rest of us could say was 'WOW!'

Grace displayed some of the Contemporary Quilt blocks which have been handed in, and it certainly looks spectacular enough just lying on the table. Imagine what the finished quilt will be like! Very exciting.....

Iris also showed the quilt top which many of us participated in during the 2016 Show. It made pleasant for work in the new Stitching Lounge section of the event. Definitely an innovation to repeat next show I'd say! And the quilt is looking wonderful. Iris is looking for suggestion as to the quilting, and quite a few of us like the idea of stipple. Let her know what you think. 

Grace displayed six little baby quilts which she has been working on over the break. She said she was trying desperately to reduce her stash, but for some strange reason, it still seems to keep growing?!
I think we all know that phenomenon don't we?
They're gorgeous anyway Grace. 

And finally we had another baby quilt from Val. She said she deliberately kept the border fairly plain because there was so much colour and interest in the main fabric itself. A lovely result.

Phew! I hope these girls enjoyed their 'break' and got out and about as well!
Talk about starting with a bang!
At this rate, it looks like a really prolific year of quilt production.
Bring it on!

Thanks to Alison for taking responsibility for production of the 2016 Quilt Show book. If anyone who hasn't ordered one would like to after seeing it, Alison can tell you how to go about it.

We had thanks from Stepping Stone House and Giant Steps for our support of them both, and a response from the Hunters Hill Council about our application for 'Australia Day Event of the Year'. Unfortunate this time we were not successful. There were many applications we gather. 

Well, a great start to the year, and we're off again! 

Sunday 11 December 2016

Small correction! 11/12/16

Sorry, I was going to come back and put the correct restart date in. Too many Christmas parties! I think my brain has exploded!
Happy holidays and happy Christmas all.


A wonderful, happy Christmas party in the hall this week, to round off yet another great year at Hunter Hill Quilters. Lots of party games, fabulous food, laughs and companionship. 
Thanks so much Helena for being camera person this week. You really captured the flavour of the day.
Have a wonderful break everyone, and come back refreshed and with a finished traditional block and a finished contemporary one! See you all again on Thursday, 














Sunday 4 December 2016


Yes, it was a final push for community work this week, with Grace presenting small repeating workshops throughout the day. These were devoted to demonstrating the techniques we will all need to complete the blocks for the 2018 Comtemporary Quilt. Thanks so much Grace. It was fascinating, and quite new to most of us, but something many had been wanting to try. Below are a few round-the-room shots of the workshops and of girls practicing the art. Looking very promising for another spectacular raffle quilt!





The other delight this week was that Colleen set up her 'Christmas Shop', and many girls went shopping for gifts to both give or keep! Some gorgeous items as always. Many thanks Colleen. Some of the Christmas shopping is done!


We congratulated Susan D and Laurel on getting the all-clear from their docs! What a year it's been, but you've both nailed it! Well done. Here's to 2017.....

Iris reported on two letters of thanks from happy recipients of our community quilts. One was from the Grace Centre for their 'Race for Grace' project and the other was from The Brain and Mind Institute for the cheque after the 2016 show. Always good to get this feedback and know our efforts are appreciated.

A group of six quilts being donated to Stepping Stone House was presented.
The first was by Robyn S.......


The second by Grace...


The third by Lindy...


The fourth by Grace...


And finally the fifth by a combination of girls..


The sixth was by Iris...


And the back...


Then at official Show and Tell time, we saw yet another baby quilt from Lindy...


A group effort from June, Robyn S, Maree, Iris and Jenny - started at the last retreat and called "Tumbles". It will be donated to the community collection.



Well done girls!

Finally we got to see Grace's award winning (3rd place) prize quilt from the recent Modern Quilt Show, held in Glebe.
It's a fabulous piece based on the ideas of an 'artist' Grace has been inspired by. The Quilt is called "Square Dance".




Congratulations Grace!

Well, don't forget it's our last Thursday for the year coming up. See you on Thursday with a glass, a plate of food and your glad-rags on! Get ready to party....!
We start setting up at 11am, and the fun starts at 12pm.

Cheers everyone.