Monday, April 24, 2017

Three quilts finished in April

 Another great day on Saturday resulted in three quilts being completed.

Jenny's Bright Flowers was won by Elaine who has chosen
to keep her quilt and donate her money to charity

Linda's Rings #1 was won by Jeanette
Linda's Rings #2 was won by Helen
 We decided to draw another fabric and design from the lucky dip which resulted in Elaine's Japanese-style print. As there was no block design with it we had to choose one then draft the block and instructions. Luckily Elaine had some large hexagon templates which she had to drive home and get. I will email the instructions and post the fabric and cardboard template as soon as I can.

We were seven busy workers all concentrating on a different aspect of our outstanding projects. We are extremely pleased to have caught up on everything we had started up until December 2016. Some of our UFOs dated way back to 2015!!!

Our current PHDs are Stephanie's Sampler which now has half of the sashing on, Karen's Windmills (some of which I have not yet received), and Gill's Japanese Strips (no instructions done yet).

Thank you ladies for a great day and especially for our banquet at lunch and afternoon tea.

Saturday, March 25, 2017

On a wet Friday in March

Our appropriately named group had a lovely wet quilting day this month, this time on a Friday. Our membership and those who can attend regularly has changed this year a little with Jenny moving out of Sydney, Robyn leaving the group, Carol taking time off from attending, Valerie from Wales UK rejoining the group, and Gill (Melbourne) and Christine (Sydney) joining our group.

Welcome to Gill who was able to come up from Melbourne to join us in conjunction with other visits to friends and galleries.

Christine also joined us for the first time (far R) and Karen, Elaine and I made our group up to 5 for the day. Carol called in to say hello and collect fabric for the next block but was unable to stay. Let me know if you have not received your fabric for Karen's Windmill block.

Our achievements included:
  • completing the quilting of Linda's Rings pair of quilts and binding one (only the hand sewing to go on this one).
  • tacking Heather's Purple Flowers (above) and Jenny's Flowers to form their sandwiches. There is quilting on both of these to be done if anyone is willing. Finishing these will complete our 2015 fabric lucky dips.
  • arranging the Stephanie's Sampler blocks on the design wall and discussing options for creating the quilt top. There is still one of these blocks to come in and some of the blocks needed small adjustments to get them to the right size (thank you Elaine and Christine). Finishing this will complete our 2016 fabric lucky dips.
  • drawing the next lucky dip (Gill had the privilege of doing this as she will not be here every month). Gill then suggested a block and we have cut pieces ready for everyone. Don't panic that there is too much to do as it will take me some time to complete instructions for this.
  • bindings for remaining quilts have now been cut and pressed ready for attaching when quilting is complete.
In all it was a most productive day and we are now well on our way to having only our 2017 projects outstanding.

Our first gathering for 2017

This year we are trialling alternating Fridays and Saturdays each month for our gathering days. February was a Saturday gathering.

It was a small gathering but we certainly were most productive with lots of quilting. Karen W drew our next lucky dip and it turned out to be the fabric she had donated when she joined. You should all have that fabric by now and the instructions are here.

Sorry there are no photos for this entry.

Monday, December 5, 2016

Our December Gathering

Our brunch gathering at the Carss Park cafe for Christmas was a great time. All our Sydney members were able to attend.

Having finished Jenny's Twister quilt it was raffled and won by Karen W.

We filled our day with a very active time at home finishing off all sorts of bits and pieces.

There was lots of active discussion over block designs for our next quilt and two people actually finished their blocks to give me.

This is a photo of a sampler quilt we completed in about 2010.

Work was done on bordering the twin quilts that used Linda's Rings fabric.

Progress was made on Heather's Purple Butterflies quilt. Karen G started sewing the strips together on Friday and this was continued then I was able to attach the first border so that the quilt (all on the bias) does not stretch along the edges before we get back to it.

We now start 2017 with only 4 quilts on the go - Jenny's Churn Dash, Linda's Rings (twin quilts), and Heather's Purple Butterflies. Then there is our new sampler quilt to add to our list. Things slowed down a bit over the last two years as we received quite a few donated quilts to finish off. I think we are now back to choosing from our lucky dip basket when we need a new challenge.

Thanks for a great year.

Tuesday, October 25, 2016

Quilting in October

We had a small but very productive group this month. Two quilts were finished and raffled - Valerie's Liberty Lattice (won by Carol) and Jeanette's Beacon Lights (won by Stephanie).

Valerie's Liberty Lattice
Jeanette's Beacon Lights
Karen W, Robyn, Linda and Betty had lots of chatter and hard work to get a three more quilts almost done. Perhaps they'll be finished this year? If you'd like to book a day or half day to help me finish them or if you'd like to take home a binding to handsew then please let me know.

Robyn spent time on Jenny's Bright Flowers which now needs a border before sandwiching.

Betty completed the quilting on Jenny's Twister which now just needs the binding attached.

Karen, Robyn and Linda worked on cutting Heather's Purple Flower blocks to create the hidden nine-patch. Karen and Robyn also joined the second top of Linda's Rings quilts. These two quilts are the end of the backlog so by our next gathering we should be ready to draw another lucky dip.

Thank you to those who worked so hard and create a feeling of achievement for the group.

See you at the Christmas gathering.

Saturday, August 20, 2016

More quilting in August

Today some of us got together for an impromptu extra quilting day. Between us we have worked wonders.

Again we had a fabulous lunch together and a delicious afternoon tea.

Carol quilted and bound Jeanette's Beacon Lights. Only the hand hemming and the label to do now.

Elaine started attaching borders to Linda's Circle Quilt #1.

Betty joined all the strips together on the strippy quilt started in July. In the process the sewing machine inherited from Ruth is now up and running. So if you can use a knee lever machine it is up and ready.

Karen finished the borders on Jenny's Twister quilt then we all finished the day by sandwiching it and tacking ready for quilting next time.

Jenny would have been with us but called in sick, she has the flu. Get better soon Jenny.

At our October weekend we need to bind the twister quilt then label it and another one will be finished. Soon we'll have enough quilts finished to be able to draw another block.

Thanks for a wonderful day together.

Monday, August 15, 2016

Quilting in August

Just before I went away Elaine, Pernilla and I worked on some UFOs. Elaine put the label on the Machu Pitchu Stars quilt which then finished that one and Pernilla (who has been here from Sweden for a few of our gatherings) spent her time sizing some orphan blocks and putting them together. She is going to mount the mediallion onto some navy fabric she has been storing at my place for the last few years. I also used orphan blocks and strips to create a Strippy Quilt top. I've yet to finish it.

On Saturday we only had three of us (myself, Karen W and Linda). However we did achieve lots in our day together.

Our first task was to draw the Machu Pitchu stars quilt. It was won by Helen in Tin Can Bay. She is thrilled but has asked that it be donated to Aussie Heros. So here comes another one Stephanie.

Next we decided again how to create borders for Jenny's Twister quilt top and Karen worked on that for the day.

There were also times when she was able to mentor Linda in her task of joining some batting strips together.

My particular task for most of the day was to quilt Valerie's Liberty block quilt. I was also able to attach the binding so Karen has taken that one home to finish off.

Together we worked methodically and quickly to sandwich Jeanette's Beacon Lights quilt and perhaps next time we can get that one finished.

As we still have at least 6 quilts on the go we did not draw another lucky dip fabric and block.

On my recent trip I met another quilter keen to join our group. Welcome Gill (from Melbourne). Hope you can join us in Sydney sometime soon.

Friday, July 8, 2016

Just a few quick pics

The results from our last quilting day together.

One finished quilt.

Carol adding the finishing touches.
Stephanie and Karen experimenting with Linda's Rings blocks.

Valeries' Liberty blocks ready for quilting. This was one we did a very long time ago.

Wednesday, June 15, 2016

Baby Quilts for Linda

At last I have fund the twin quilts we completed for Linda and Mike's twins Jessica and Olivia.

The blocks are hidden nine-patch blocks.

Wednesday, December 16, 2015

Christmas High Tea

Last weekend we all enjoyed our Christmas High Tea and then returned to my place for an afternoon of quilting.

We completed putting two quilt tops together and I'll get on and back them after the chaos of Christmas subsides.

Karen brought along another batch of Artist Trading Card from her recent trip to Atherton so if you are so inclined to swap any then start making a few to swap next time we meet.

We have drawn our next fabric and block design and I will send out instructions after Christmas as well. Meanwhile I have sent out the pieces of fabric to make use of the 70c postage that is about to go up.

We certainly enjoyed our time together and I take this opportunity to wish you all a Merry Christmas.