Monday, July 25, 2011

Quilters' Circle - 25th July, 2011

It's the 4th Monday of July, which means the Quilters' Circle met again. We missed a few people. Carol, we especially hope all is well with you!

Richard and Ching Ching didn't forget the date this time. They both brought along their latest projects, and took the chance to spread out and fuse some larger sections. Richard machined some pieces into place on his latest project. The stitching will be covered later with thin bias strips, to give a stained-glass effect.
His machine is so quiet that his slow-and-steady free-motion work was a soothing background noise.

Ching Ching cut out some intricate pieces for her latest project:
Then she contemplated using this lovely batik from Malaysia, which she has had for a while but hasn't wanted to cut in to:
Will she cut it up? Will she put it away again? We'll have to wait and see...

Marie finished hand-quilting her autumn leaves piece, then started pulling out all the basting threads:
And here's how it looked when they were all gone:
Hooray! Now for the binding...

We had a bit of a discussion about thimbles at one stage, so here are some heirlooms and some newer thimbles owned and/or used by some of us:

Joy worked on this lovely appliqué panel:

We welcomed Julie, who came along for the first time. But what was she doing?
Sshh! Don't tell the knitters!

Marie found this wonderful book at the Darebin library.  It was the companion volume to a special exhibition of quilts at the Victoria and Albert Museum last year.
The book is full of information and superb pictures. A quick flick through didn't do it justice.

Next weekend is the Melbourne Craft and Quilt Fair, so a few of us will be going along to be inspired and look for supplies. But the next time we will be back at the Neighbourhood House will be the 8th August. Happy sewing until then!

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