Wednesday, June 30, 2010

Piecing Bee

As mentioned here, this afternoon a few people got together to piece the friendship star blocks together for the raffle quilt while enjoying cherry cake, chocolate biscuits, and lots of conversation.

First we laid out all the blocks, and worked out what extra bits were needed.

Then there was a bit of cutting and trimming, followed by some stitching and some more trimming.

Then all the pieces were spread out so we could check the layout, and move around blocks and bits to ensure a nice spread of the different intensities and shades of colour.

After a bit of swapping around, rows were sewn together, then joined to each other.

As each seam was completed, it was pressed into shape.

And finally, the quilt top was all together in one big piece!

Well done everyone who was able to be there today.

The borders will be added before the basting bee, which will be on 18th July. You are welcome to come and be part of the fun!

Monday, June 28, 2010

Quilters' Circle - 28th June, 2010

A few people were away, there were no photos taken, so nothing to blog. Sorry, but we will just have to take more photos at our next meeting, which will be on 12th July.

Friday, June 25, 2010

Thank You! and Invitation

It's been so exciting to see the Friendship Star blocks for the Sussex Raffle quilt come in. Each one is different and lovingly made. I now have box full, and it's time to go on to the next stage. You're invited to an impromptu quilting bee at Sussex Neighbourhood House next Wednesday afternoon. The North Studio will be available from 3.30pm. The task is to make the joining strips which will convert this set of blue Friendship Stars into a set of blue and yellow interlocking stars. It's all very casual, so please come any time after 3.30pm, bring a snack or some dinner to heat up in the microwave--oh, and your sewing machine and some appropriate threads. I will have rotary cutters, rulers and mats available.

We've set aside Sunday 18 July to do the basting, so that's the next date for your diary.

Monday, June 14, 2010

Quilters' Circle - 14th June, 2010

Because the Neighbourhood House was closed for the Queen's Birthday public holiday, Joy invited us to meet at her home. We enjoyed a lovely afternoon tea, served on a cloth Joy's grandmother made her for her 21st birthday.

Joy also provided us with a pile of patchwork magazines to look through, so between the magazines and the refreshments, not a lot of sewing was done.

A couple more of us have made our blocks for the raffle quilt.

Marie bought along this tiny cushion to show us. It goes with the doll quilt we saw at her place on ANZAC day.

Marie's new project involves appliquéd birds, leaves and flowers formed of simple shapes. This shot shows how it will go together:

During our time together Marie began to appliqué one of the birds. The design is called Holiday Morning, by Kathy Doughty, from the book Material Obsession, by Kathy Doughty and Sarah Fielke.

Marilyn brought along her finished cushion, complete with a very professional-looking zip in the back of the cover.

It looks lovely, and should be greatly appreciated by the person who is about to receive it as a house-warming gift.

Vireya has finished the last block of her Red Delicious quilt.

She is hoping to have the top assembled by our next meeting.

Our next meeting will be at 1:00pm on 28th June, at the Neighbourhood House. See you then!