Sunday 26 January 2020

Our Temporary Move

Hi Everyone,

You are all aware of our temporary move to the Scout Hall. The council is quoting a time of three weeks before we can get back to Fairland Hall. I am keeping my fingers crossed.

It is difficult for many of you to come to the Scout Hall. It does not have airconditioning which is unpleasant in the hot weather we are experiencing,
Elva's group has decided to meet together at her house for a morning of stitching. This is a good idea for those members who cannot easily get to the hall.

22  brave members gathered this week. We had three fans between us but the 40 degree heat saw us all beginning to wilt so we called it a day just after 1pm.
We did make the best of the morning and as always, it was good to catch up for a stitch and chat.

Wadding: Grace has taken the wadding to her house. If you need any, please contact Grace and she will cut it and bring it for you.
Also Jenny has the baby quilt wadding.

We received more of the black and white blocks.  Keep them coming!
Olga brought her finished Wagga and we had a number of baby quilts for Show and Tell.

Good news from Meg. She is on the road to recovery, is getting stronger every day and her pain has gone.

Show and Tell:

Olga's finished Wagga ready for the show.

Two baby quilts from Carolyn

Two Baby quilts from Sheila

Another one from Carolyn

Until next week .....

Friday 17 January 2020

A New Year

Hullo everyone,

Welcome back to our quilting year. As it is our Show Year, we expect to be very busy.

It was wonderful to see so many of you this week. We all had lots of news to catch up on, what we did over the break and various stories to share.

Unfortunately Meg is unable to join us for a while as she is still suffering from her pelvic fracture. We send our best wishes, Meg. We miss you.

Kathy was able to join us this week, which is always a pleasure,.
Kathy has totally reorganised her shop, Material Obsession. Haberdashery items are easier to find. Fabrics are all together along the walls, etc. I am excited to go see it. The photos look great.
If you are over that way, do call in and have a look. I am sure you will find something you can't live without.

Our Contemporary Show Raffle Quilt:

Unfortunately we have had a copyright issue with 4 of the blocks we used in our Contemporary quilt we expected to raffle for our show this year.
We have decided to not show it but instead we will fast track the Christmas Challenge quilt to replace it.
If you haven't picked up a package from Iris for your block, please do so.
Many of us used the holiday to make the block. Iris put them out on a table for all to see.
I must say they were pretty fantastic. I am always amazed at how innovative and clever our ladies are.
The quilt is going to be spectacular!

Annual General Meeting:

Our AGM will be held on February 13, 2020 at 12 noon. Jenny will be emailing the Agenda to everyone in the next few days.

Show and Tell:

A baby quilt from June. My favourite Sunbonnet Sue block.

Pretty baby quilt from Beryl R. with a peacock in the centre.

A wonky star with ready-made owl panel baby quilt from Jenny.

This beautiful bag has been made by Susan H. The embroidery on it is amazing. I have photographed the side with the silk embroidery. This will be Susan's work bag for meetings. It is almost too lovely to use.

Community quilt from Jenny. Jenny has used a Holly Hunter Chunky Churn Dash pattern.

One of our "Orphan" quilts for Charity. Quilted by Iris.

Wagga from Susan H. ready for our show in August.

Until next week .....

Sunday 15 December 2019

Happy Holidays

Hi Everyone,

As we reach the end of our quilting year, I would like to wish you all a happy and safe holiday period over the Christmas break.
I look forward to seeing you all in January. We restart on 16 January.

Our Christmas party was a lot of fun. We had lots of delicious food to eat. The table was decorated with beautiful flowers from Grace's garden. Due to popular demand, we played 'June's game' again.
Every year, June says 'this is the last time', but nobody seems to listen!
There was lots of laughter as we competed for the prizes by rushing forward if, for example, we were the tallest member, or the smallest member and even did anyone have a tattoo!

Meg and Christie unfortunately were unable to join us and Doreen was not well enough. We were pleased with a surprise visit from Betty, a former member, and Margaret came from the north coast.

Christmas Challenge:

Iris has made up the kits for our Christmas Challenge which is also the 2020 Quilt Show Challenge.
Kits will be available in January for those who missed out.

Design: A favourite block using black and white fabrics - patterned or plain - with the inclusion of a small 'dash' of the enclosed coloured fabric.

Rule:  avoid creamy white or grey black.

Block Size: Choose 4", 6", 8", or 10" finished size.

Due: 6 March 2020 (first Thursday in March)

A group of happy quilters.

The beautiful Christmas flowers.

Until next year .....

Saturday 7 December 2019

Lots of Baby Quilts

Hullo Everyone,

Christmas Party next week. Bring a glass and a small plate of food to share. You are welcome to arrive at the usual time or come at 11 or 11:30.

Return date - 16 January.

Our AGM is held in February.

Lin is home from hospital after her hip operation which went well.

"Housekeeping" reminders:

* Donations of wool, fabric, cottons etc. are welcome.
These items should be taken for Community use first and foremost - then to be
 shared with everyone.

* Morning teas: Some members are daunted by the thought of bringing morning tea. These don't have to be elaborate. Just biscuits are OK.
Please bring whatever you feel comfortable with. Some of us like to bake, some like to make sandwiches.
It is lovely to try the various goodies but please make it easy for yourselves.
Simple is fine.

* Quilts to Sunshine Homes:

Iris will take 6 quilts to Sunshine Homes this week.  All were displayed during our meeting.

* Robyn has received letters of thanks and a lovely photo from Trundle school. One little boy wrote a special note to Robyn's husband to say that he has always dreamt of having his very own soccer ball. He was thrilled with his gift.

Show and Tell:

Four baby quilts from Carolyn.

Two from Jackie made from Liberty prints. 

One from Sheila.

Three from Sue D.

Until next time .....

Friday 29 November 2019

One Meeting and a Party to go

Hi Everyone,

It is hard to believe that we are almost at the end of our 2019 quilting year.
Our Christmas Party will be on December 12 from 11 a.m.  Bring a glass and a plate of something yummy to share. We always have a lot of fun.

News items from this week:

* The Sewing Basket (Achieve) that has been open in Balmain for some time, has closed. Apparently they are looking for new premises in the area.

* The 2020 Morning Tea Roster is in the cupboard. Please add your name to the list if you haven't already done so.

* Robyn and her husband have returned from their visit to Trundle School. They were warmly welcomed and all our gifts were well received.
While they were there the last shop in the town closed.
It is heartbreaking to hear children say that all they want for Christmas is rain.

* We have 54 Baby quilts in the cupboard. Robyn S. will take 50 of them to the hospital next week.
 Thank you to everyone who has added to the stash his year.

Show and Tell:

Two baby quilts from Marie K.

Beryl R. paper pieced this quilt top. Her husband helped remove the papers with his old scalpel!
The name "Rainbow Windows" immediately sprang to mind when I saw it.

We are donating the "Lantern" quilt below to the Sydney Community Services to be raffled. The lucky winner will be one of their many volunteers. It was made by Jenny.

 My neighbour surprised me on Wednesday morning with this lovely bunch of hydrangeas from her garden.
Hydrangeas, Agapanthus, Shasta Daisies and Christmas Bush mean Christmas to me.

Until next week ......

Saturday 23 November 2019

A Quiet Day

Hullo Everyone,

A number of members did not attend this week. It may have been due to the poor quality of the air in Sydney from the bush fires. The city was shrouded in smoke.

We did however enjoy a lovely morning tea from Bev and Olga. Olga treated us to a taste of Russian herbal tea which I liked very much. Some herbs are hard for Olga to buy here so it was a special treat for us.

Lin is in hospital at the moment after a hip operation. I have sent a card from us all hoping for a speedy recovery.

The Cherrybrook Quilt show will be held on Friday 29 and Saturday 30 from 9 am to 4 pm. The address is:

Uniting Church Hall
134 New Line Rd

Melinda Smith from Quiltsmith, will have a stall at the show. She is launching her Liberty Fabric Inspiration Packs.

Show and Tell:

A bright and free motion quilted baby quilt from Bev.

A wagga from Susan H. I love the sheep. So warm and cosy on a cold Winter's evening.

A lovely embroidered cushion from Olga.

A wagga from Olga. The birds made by Grace and one by Olga. Beautiful fabrics. When I saw the quilt it made me smile. The birds make it a happy quilt.
Grace, Olga and Sheila tied the quilt together with grey wool.

Until next week .....

Saturday 16 November 2019

Happy Stitching

Hi Everyone,

We had another happy and busy Thursday this week.

Ellen was thrilled that Adrienne's quilt, which is finished, will be going to Adrienne's daughter and  then her grandchildren. It will be a lovely family heirloom.

Kerry showed photos of her brand new granddaughter. Such a happy time.

Suzie has the morning tea roster for everyone to fill in for next year.

Grace will be giving a talk on Waggas at the NSWQuilt Friday Showcase sometime in May next year. Grace would like to take as many finished Waggas along to show the group.

Suzie has requested that we save any plain brown paper bags, 8'' x 10", for the show next year. We will have lots of small items for sale, so we need the smaller bags.

Iris and my group had a busy day unpicking a donated quilt that needs to be remade. There are a lot of very nice Japanese fabrics for us to use. We think we will get two quilts from all the pieces.
It took us the whole day but it was fun to work together for a good result.

Show and Tell:

A cushion from Sandy who also embroidered the centre. Pretty colours.

A pretty pink quilt for a little girl made by my group. The backing has a number of pink pears on it so we called it "Pink Pears".

A sample of the Wagga that Sue St made and Grace quilted.

A baby quilt from Lindy.

A tiny block from a special quilt we make each year for a children's party.

Until next week ....