Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Quite a crowd in October

Last weekend Karen, Karen, Carol, Linda and new member Cathy and I had a great day together working very hard in my very messy patchwork studio space.

Once the pieced backing for our sampler quilt top was complete we sandwiched it and tacked the sandwich together. Unfortunately the backing is about an inch short on one side so I have to extend that before quilting it.

Much time was spent pondering placement of the Japanese strip quilt top and perhaps it is ready to sew together next time.

Linda attached the label to Elaine's Hexagon quilt and that one was won by Christine who has recently moved. I have yet to hear back from her about what she would like to do with it.

We also started putting Robyn's Retro blocks on the design wall and pondered borders for Karen's Windmill blocks which have now all been sewn together.

Yesterday I spent some time up in my studio cleaning and clearing all the mess that had accumulated over time. I now have a lot of bits and pieces to go to Crowle Foundation but I also have lots of patchwork magazines that I need to bin unless anyone expresses an interest in some of them. If you would like some please let me know.

Monday, September 11, 2017

A Productive Day

On Friday three of us (Karen, Elaine and I) worked well towards completion of the quilts we have underway.

Elaine's Hexagons are now joined and the quilt is completed. Thank you to Elaine and her sore fingers with a day of hand sewing. Only the label to attach now. It is small but could be a warm knee rug or a baby's play mat.

Karen spent a lot of her time sewing together the strips of Karen's Windmill quilt. We've decided that this needs a row of sashing and corner stones around the edge before we add any borders. These are already for our next quilting day.

I added corners to the quilt top of our sampler quilt then started on the backing piece. The fabric we had chosen was not large enough so we have added some large patchwork blocks to it and thus extended it enough. Next time we can tack the sandwich together and start the quilting.

We chose our next lucky dip fabric which we've called Robyn's Retro. It has been in the lucky dip basket for 2 or 3 years and Robyn was wondering when it was going to come out. The block she chose was a free one from Jinny Beyer but unfortunately it has been taken offline. Karen and I then chose another one online from Quiltville and I've saved this as a .pdf file so that if it is taken off we still have it to use. I like the Quiltville site as it has lots of ways to use scraps.

Until next time... happy quilting.

Sunday, August 13, 2017

July-August Quilting Days

Because I had to squeeze our July and August quilting weekends between holidays we had two quilting days on consecutive weekends. Although we were small in number we had Pernilla visiting from Sweden for one day and Geoff and family came home from house hunting on the Saturday.

Much activity produced near completion of two quilts. We still have a few seams on the hexagon quilt to hand sew but it is looking quite good, if a bit small. It will just be a knee rug.

Our sampler quilt is looking quit stunning and only needs some corners before it is sandwiched. So there is still plenty to do in September.

We started sewing the strips of the windmill blocks together but that still needs to be completed.

Arianne had a great time (ha ha!) sewing a traditional tutu. She ended up with aching fingers and eyes.

We did not have a fabric draw as we have quite a number of quilts on the go. We'll probably do so in September though.

Thursday, June 22, 2017

June quilting day

Last Saturday we were six quilters - Karen W, Linda, Carol, Stephanie, Elaine and Betty. We finished and raffled two quilts:

Heather's Purple Butterflies from way back in 2015 was won by Jenny. This was a disappearing nine patch block from back in 2015.

Starry Starry Night (a donated set of cut pieces) from 2016 was won by Gill. This one is backed with polar fleece.

Congratulations to our two winners.

We continued to create the quilt top for our sampler quilt and it is really looking stunning.

We have decided how we will create a quilt top from Karen's windmill blocks but are awaiting a few more blocks. Because I made a mistake with the original instructions (new instructions here) we are going to cover the corners with tiny cream triangles then add cream sashing with focus fabric cornerstones. It should work well. We just need some more blocks to come in.

The instructions for our next block, which will be similar to Linda's Rings quilts but larger blocks, are here. The fabric for these blocks has now been sent to everyone. I still have Christine and Karen G's still at my place to be collected. Gill, you have yours as you took it home when you came up last. The fabrics are from a collection Stephanie donated and you will need to add others to keep in the Japanese theme.

The hexagons will look great too but we have a few not back yet.

The two matching quilts from Linda's ring focus fabric will be donated to the Pacific Heights Nursing Home, Sylvania, where Linda's mother is now a resident.

During the last month I finished off one of my own quilts that I made the top for in Kennybunk Port, USA when I was at a workshop with Marion in 2011.

Things have changed at my place with Geoff, Jen, Ivy, Heather, Ponyo and Cat5 all staying so there are barriers everywhere and a continual collection of toys and stuff all over the place.

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.