Monday, July 26, 2010

Quilters' Circle - 26th July, 2010

Look how busy we all were this afternoon:

Lots of appliqué was happening. Joy worked on her blue Baltimore Album, but brought along this tiny (about 10cm across) mariner's compass to show us:

This is for a miniature quilt which will feature four of these compasses, surrounded by a saw-tooth border. All done by hand, of course!

Glennys did some stitching on a "work in progress" which she has restarted.

As you can see, this block is part of a quilt designed by Therese Hylton called My Blue Heaven. The basket and flowers are fused to the background, and today Glennys began blanket-stitching around them.

Carol was also appliquéing, working on a design by Robyn Falloon. Marie was appliquéing birds. Vireya worked on her pentagon-flower appliqués, and today she brought along all her completed blocks and laid them out for us to see:

She has done about a third of what she needs for the complete wall-hanging.

Ching Ching showed us her first quilt, which tells the story of how she and her husband Richard met:

This large quilt (it's about 2 metres tall) tells the story of a fateful journey on the No 86 tram 7 years ago. Ching Ching used many types of fabrics, and various embellishment techniques — including felting, appliqué, and dye-discharge — in this very personal work of art.

Now Richard, who is a painter, is inspired to make quilts, too. He showed us the design for his first quilt:

Wow! Today he was preparing some of those shapes. He and Ching Ching brought along their own irons and were ironing-on vliesofix to the shapes. Isn't this the cutest iron ever?

As well as all that sewing, we looked through lots of books and magazines, and looked at the progress on the the raffle quilt. It was passed on to the next person who will do some more of the quilting on it. What a busy afternoon!

Our next meeting will be 9th August. Hope to see you then!


  1. This post has made me so envious! That first picture of all the sewing notions, books and cups of tea just make me realise (again) how much I would love to join your group. Maybe next year i'll be lucky enough to have one child in kinder and another in childcare to be able to spend soem time in your sewing circle.

  2. We hope you can make it sometime, too, Sofie!