Monday, July 30, 2012

Quilters' Circle - 30th July, 2012

After our small meeting last week, it was nice to have a few more quilters in attendance today.

We welcomed Lyn, who came along for the first time. She made this quilt top in the Patchwork class at the house last term, and today got it sandwiched and pin-basted with a little help:
We'll look forward to seeing it quilted at future meetings!

It was great to see Marilyn again. It is nice when she can time her trips to Melbourne to coincide with our meetings. Today she worked on this stitched motto, which is one of several which Marilyn will incorporate in a future quilt:
I don't know if this is part of a published pattern. I forgot to ask, so if anyone knows please tell me and I can put the details here.

Another welcome face from the past, the teacher of the class where Lyn made her quilt top, also dropped in for a while. She wasn't quilting though:
She was knitting socks!

Marie has been busy. She has put together this quilt top for a lucky young boy:
The pattern comes from the book Jelly Roll Quilts by Pam and Nicky Lintott and is called "Sparkling Gemstones". You don't need to use pre-cut strips; you can see here that it works very well as a scrap quilt. Marie has used lots of special fabrics chosen to appeal to the recipient.

As if that wasn't enough, Marie has also been quilting! She has completed free-motion quilting of this gorgeous quilt for the sister of the little boy mentioned above:
The pattern is "Story Time Stars" by Bonnie Hunter. Today Marie was stitching down the binding but here's a close-up of her free-motion hearts:
Doesn't it look great? Vireya thought she better get sewing, as she made a top from this pattern which inspired Marie to make it, but her own hasn't progressed beyond being a top yet.

Vireya made some pentagon shapes today, but didn't get them stitched together:
It is interesting to see how fabrics can take on a different look when they are cut apart and reassembled.

Our next meeting will be on the second Monday in August, the 13th. Hope you can join us then!

Monday, July 23, 2012

Quilters' Circle - 23rd July, 2012

Only two quilters were able to attend today's meeting.

Vireya showed us this star she has made since our last meeting, from this yummy-looking fabric:
Today she made another star from this quieter fabric:

Marie continued hand-quilting her green thousand-pyramids quilt:
Marie also brought along the latest edition of New Zealand Quilter magazine for us to enjoy:

Our next meeting is only a week away, as July has five Mondays this year. We hope a few more members can make it along next Monday. In the meantime we will be attending the Craft & Quilt Fair this weekend, to find goodies and inspiration.

Monday, July 9, 2012

Quilters' Circle - 9th July, 2012

Here it is, the second Monday in July; and here we are, quilting again at Sussex Neighbourhood House.

We missed Joy today. We hope she will be well enough to join us again soon!

Glennys is making appliquéd borders for a quilt featuring rose blossoms. Here's one of the buds:
She spread out the panels to show us how she had marked the position of the trailing stems to appliqué the buds and flowers to. Can you see the marking?
We couldn't, either. Unfortunately the vanishing marker she used has totally vanished before Glennys was ready for it to.

Marie brought along a collection of magazines and catalogues for us to read:
Meanwhile Marie added some hexagons to the edges of the green and red piece she has been working on in our last couple of meetings, to bring it closer to a square shape.
Almost done!

Vireya made another of the star shapes she has been doing lately. No photo, because it looks pretty much the same as the last ones. However, she only has one or two more of them to make, so we might see something different soon.  She did bring this for show-and-tell:
Undo that zip, and it becomes:
A shopping bag! The bag was designed by Nicole Mallalieu, but the pattern hasn't been released just yet. Vireya was one of the test sewers who tried it out before it is published.

That's it for our small group today. Join us again in two weeks, on 23rd July.