Sunday 6 December 2020

Penultimate Blog for 2020

 Hi Everyone,

We are almost at the end of our very strange year. Thankfully we have been very lucky overall but it has been a very mixed year.

We had a group of 24 this week. Joy arrived with 4 huge bags full of quilts and bits and pieces from Norma McMorran who died recently. A lot of the quilts are finished and ready for Community. A number of the other quilting items were sorted through and taken by those who could use them. Narelle kindly took the crocheted wool rug to wash and give to a charity.

Bev met a lady at Kathy's shop who asked if we had any quilts to donate. Bev gave the details to Sandy who has contacted her. She works at a Palliative Care facility in Greenwich and will be very happy to receive quilts for the patients. Sandy will follow up early next year.

The Christmas Challenge:

We have started to hand out the Christmas challenge with more to come next week for those who have not received one.

There is an error with the instructions. Just sew a coloured rectangle to each of the grey ones as the photo below shows. Do not try to sew them into a block as they won't fit.

Christmas Party next week. 

Some of the groups who sit together each week want to keep the two table arrangement and share their food. Every group will have a table to access. It is fun to mix around though and get to know others in the group who you don't normally speak to. There will also be a looser arrangement with some of the tables and chairs to allow more freedom. I am still not keen on sharing food eg dips etc. so be sensible. I will bring my own lunch and something else as well. 

Still observe the correct distance between people. Narelle will serve the drinks to those sitting.

Don't forget to bring a glass!

Also Iris is going to hang the Show Raffle Quilts so she can take a publicity photo of us all in front of them.

Show and Tell:

I finished one of Rhonda Taylor's quilt tops with backing, wadding and binding. It looks very Christmasy. This is for Community.

Heather made this wonderful Christmas stocking for a new little baby on its way. It is very detailed and a good size ready for all the goodies.

Christmas Challenge: Only join each grey piece to a coloured piece and leave them like that. They will be sorted and arranged into blocks later.

Until next week with my Christmas greetings .........

Tuesday 1 December 2020

A Little Late

 Hi Everyone,

My apologies for the late blog this week. We have had our 2 young grandchildren stay over for the last 4 nights. I had forgotten how full on young people are!

I hope you all managed to cope with the heatwave conditions over the weekend.  The relief yesterday was a pleasant change.

Sandy handed out the Christmas Challenge on Thursday for those who were at the meeting. She will bring more this coming week and also to the Christmas Party on December 10.

Robyn Jnst told me that we have achieved our quota of quilts both for Sylvanvale and for the Womens' Refuge. Robyn had also received a very nice letter of thanks for the trauma bears and rabbits that she and Ros have made. Iris has filed the letter in our 'brag' book.

Ros had word from Akiko. She has finished her quarantine in Japan and is with her Mother. I guess it is getting pretty cold there too. 

Christmas Party:

With the easing of restrictions, I am confident that it is safe to hold our Christmas Party while still observing a 2 square metre distance rather then the 4 square metres that has been in place.

The chairs will be set up in semi circles with easy access to a table for your lunch. It will be best if you are sitting when Narelle offers you a drink. Feel free to move around so you get to speak to others who you normally don't sit with, remembering always to stand or sit a little apart. No crowding allowed!

I will send an email out about the party so we manage to reach everyone.

Show and Tell:

Ros has handstitched a beautiful star quilt. She started it 13 years ago! The backing, quilting and binding are yet to be done. 

Carolyn brought in another 10 baby quilts. She made 50 during our lockdown in March. Overall she has made 300 . Carolyn insists that her stash has not reduced!

Ann has finished a quilt top from Val Duncan. A very pretty 'sample' quilt.

Marie K. bought these fabrics many years ago in Houston. Another lovely quilt from Marie who always hand sews her blocks.

Until next week ....

Sunday 22 November 2020

Surprise Visit

 Hi Everyone,

Robyn J and Jonquil popped in for a visit this week. It was very good to see them. Both are looking the picture of health. They will join us from now on. We haven't seen them since the lockdown in March.

Sandy has assured me that we have the required number of quilts for Sylvanvale. Thank you to all who contributed.

As some members will not be coming to the end of year Christmas party, Sandy will bring in some of the Christmas Challenge instructions next week . Please take one for anyone you know who won't be at the Christmas lunch on December 10.

I received a copy of the Guild Template this week. You may not know that Grace is contributing the "Block of the Quarter" for this year. Any member who wants to make a block does so, and sends it in. Another group puts them together for a Charity Quilt.

There is also a listing of Proposed Shows for 2021. These include Avalon Quilters (March), Snowy Mountains Group (April), Eastwood Quilters (April), and Caroline Bay Quilters (May).

The Sydney Craft and Quilt Fair is scheduled for June 23-27, 2021. 

Show and Tell:

Sue D made a rabbit without stuffing. Her husband immediately called it Road Kill. Sue also made a couple of Road Kill throws for her grandchildren. Such fun! 

A baby quilt from Marie G.

A pretty blue and white quilt from Sheila. It is a gift for her friend.

Marie G. made this quilt for charity from bits and pieces. Unfortunately the photo is a bit wonky.
Everyone loved it.

Until next week ......

Sunday 15 November 2020

No News

 Hi Everyone,

I had no news to report this week. We were a group of 22.  I noticed there was a lot of collaboration between members. Alison helped Beryl with a serpentine quilting pattern. Robyn Jnst has finished adding eyes and noses to the 40 knitted rabbits from Ros. Others sought advice on quilts they were making. And of course lots of laughter and chatting - good for the soul.

However we had lots of Show and Tell:

Baby quilts from Carolyn. Carolyn is bringing 10 in each week as she made so many during lockdown.

Baby quilt from Judy. I made two almost the same from leftover 2 1/2" squares I had, using my favourite 9 patch block.

Sue D.'s granddaughter sewed the strips together for this baby quilt. Sue did the binding. A quilter in the making. She is only 9 years old.

Community quilt from Robyn S.

Alison made this using a pattern from Treehouse Textiles, for her grandson.

An Arkansas Crossroads pattern quilt from Alison. This is for Sylvanvale.

Another baby quilt from Sue's granddaughter.

A cot quilt from Jenny for the Womens' Refuge.

Ann made this pretty quilt for her new granddaughter. 

Bev has finished her knitted shawl. It is an intricate pattern that required over 50 stitch markers. It is so soft and warm. Bev and Helena are wonderful knitters, as is Ann.

Another cot quilt from Jenny from the Womens' Refuge.

A very special bear made by Kerry for her granddaughter. It is so soft with a lovely face. We have such clever ladies in our group. 

Until next week .......

Friday 6 November 2020

Busy Meeting

 Hi Everyone,

We had a busy day this week despite the sudden cold weather and heavy rain. The hall was a good place to be.

Our last day to meet this year will be Thursday 10 December. We will then resume on January 14 2021 to allow the appropriate time for announcement of our AGM to be held in February.

Sylvanvale Christmas quilts: We have filled the required number of 7 quilts for Women and 6 quilts for men. More quilts are underway and these will be for general Community.

Quilt NSW has announced their Special Themed category for their 2021 show - Blue and White, no cream, any blue, if patterned fabric it must read as blue, and no minimum size.

Their Sydney office is still closed. They are hoping to open again at the end of January.

I will send an email to everyone with details for our Christmas party next month. We are permitted a maximum of 34 people in the hall at the moment, with appropriate social distancing. I will be happier if we can manage to do this. We can open the side doors into the playground area if it is fine to give us more space.

If you do not intend to come to the Christmas party I would be grateful if you would let me know.

It was a treat to have a visit from Kathy this week. She and Helena had been hosting an online workshop earlier in the day. Kathy said that the whole world has opened up to us with virtual/zoom workshops. Anyone can join in and learn new techniques, find inspiration from others etc. Kathy urged us to try a virtual workshop.

Akiko is away now until next year. She is visiting her Mum in Japan. Ros has kindly agreed to step in to open the hall each week. Please see me if payment for any expenses is required.

Show and Tell:

Pretty baby quilt from Beryl R.

June's long time friend, Bronwyn, has made and donated 4 quilts. Some have been finished off by June and Iris. Apparently there are many more to come. Bronwyn's work is exquisite. She just loves making them. We are very lucky to receive so many.

Sue D. made this lovely pink quilt for Community.

Until next week ....

Sunday 1 November 2020

Lockdown Projects Completed

 Hi Everyone,

Val Nelson called in with her daughter again this week. We received rotary cutter blades, a large box of basting pins and clamps, and scissors from Val's stash. We were able to show her the baby quilt and the other quilt that had been made from her donated fabric.

Val was pleased to catch up with Robyn, Marie and June.

Grace has finished sewing the Street project from our lockdown blocks as well as the Star blocks. You will agree that the quilt really looks good. We will hang the Street quilt in the hall for us all to admire.

After quilting on Thursday, five of us walked over to check out one of the HH Council's initiatives - The Yarn Space. We had been booked from 2 pm but on arrival, meetings were being held and we weren't able to stay. We were however given a brief talk about the facility. It is a space that can be booked by the community for yoga, storytime, baby bounce sessions, and upcoming village talks and workshops. 

Council has an agreement with Lane Cove library for a click and collect system for books to borrow.

One handy addition for locals is items such as used printer cartridges, plastic, batteries,and various items for recycling can be dropped into the bins in the space. 

I don't think it is particularly suitable for our needs but it was interesting.

Show and Tell:

Ros has made 40 knitted rabbits. Here are three waiting for their noses and eyes to be sewn on.

Three baby quilts from Jenny

Baby quilt from June

Two from Grace 

Cot quilt from June for the Womens Refuge

Community quilt from Ros

Cutest little Halloween pin cushion made by Helen's daughter, Susie.

 Our Lockdown Street quilt. Terrific! Thank you Grace.

The Lockdown Star quilt. This will be for Community. It always amazes me that our blocks, all worked on independently and with few instructions, always come together and look great. Thanks you Grace and Sandy for finishing this one.

Until next week ......

Sunday 25 October 2020

Meeting with Council

 Hi Everyone,

Under normal circumstances we would have been in the Hunter Valley this weekend for our retreat. Sadly not to be.

Meeting with Council:

Alison, Deb and I had a meeting last Wednesday with Hunters Hill Council. The invitation was from their new General Manager, Lisa Miscamble.

The meeting gave us a chance to explain what we do, and the many years we have been associated with the Hunters Hill Community. It allowed us to mention our show, the charities we donate to, the wall hanging for the HH Public School 150 anniversary, sensory mats for St Josephs etc. etc.

I also mentioned that we hadn't received an invoice for rent this year. We were surprised and grateful to hear that Council has waived fees for all their community halls this year.

This helps a great deal. If our show still doesn't eventuate next year we will remain financial.

Changes to the Town Hall:

There have been many changes to the Town Hall set up. There is now an access ramp to the front door which has been a requirement for many years. The hall is basically the same but with the "Wagga" room blocked off. That room will be the Councils' Chambers again but with a larger capacity and without the upper stage level and modernised.

The kitchen that we use for the Show is now for visitors to the Hall. In fact the Council is hoping that the Hall and Kitchen will be used for weddings and other functions.

The staff now has a separate lunch room and kitchen area. There is a new disabled/unisex toilet to the right of the entrance and the other two toilets on the left have been updated.

There is now an easier way to contact Council by email. They assured us that these emails will be answered!

They have many initiatives in the pipeline. Council is obviously trying to do more for their Community. One such endeavour is a space called 'The Yarn' behind the HH Pub. They would like this to be used for craft groups and holding workshops. Alison, Deb and I will go there next week after quilting to check it out. I am not sure that it is something for us but you never know.

Show and Tell:

Carolyn brought in 10 of her baby Quilts. 

Sheila used pieces of fabric from Val's stash. It is a very soft and pretty mauve blue colour for a baby quilt.

Two baby quilts from Beryl B.

Bev finished a partly made quilt from Val for Community.

A bright quilt from Bev. The pattern is from 'Modern Quilts Studio'.

A Japanese wall hanging from Carolyn.

Until next week .....