Monday, April 11, 2011

Quilters' Circle - 11th April, 2011

Back again, for our first meeting for April. Unfortunately the Anzac day public holiday means that this is also our last April meeting!

Six of us got together today, and while we sewed we discussed fountain pens, treadle sewing machines, and other ancient technology. Jenny showed us how her Clover needle-threader works, and Marie showed us this leaflet that Marilyn passed on to her:

So maybe some of us will be making a trip north on the Easter weekend.

Vireya showed us this quilt she has assembled:
The blocks were made by staff from the Moreland City Council at a couple of working bees organised for International Women's Day. Vireya showed people how to make the blocks, then she assembled the quilt and did the binding. Now the quilt is going back to the council to be shown off a bit, then it will return to Sussex by Easter to be sent with our QAYG blocks to the Oz Comfort Quilts appeal. That means that if you have any blocks at home that you are still working on, please get them to the House by Thursday 21st April, so that they can be sent off.

Jenny today was appliquéing leaves on her lovely Robyn Falloon design "Tea and Scones". Here's one of the large flowers on the quilt:

Carol was appliquéing her tulips, but she brought this wonderful waratah to show us:
The design is "Australian Wildflowers" by Helen White.  Carol made this piece at a workshop she attended in Altona earlier this month.

Glennys brought along her machine and did some piecing, then she too did some appliqué.

Joy recently redesigned her Baltimore album quilt, deciding not to make all the intricate borders she had been planning.  But the new layout meant she needed another block (or two?) to complete the quilt.  She has made a lot of progress on this extra block already:

Marie was quilting the autumn leaves quilt we saw last time.  But she has started another project as well. This is the first part of a wall hanging which will include several long quilt-as-you-go sections:
The project is based on a design by Rosemary Penfold, "Quilt for a Hot Night".

Round about here I should make some really outrageous comment, just to test if anyone is reading this. But I probably won't. (Several people today mentioned that they hadn't looked at the blog for a while.)

Our next meeting will be on the 9th May. The year is rushing by, isn't it? See you in four weeks.