Monday, October 28, 2013

Quilters' Circle - 28th October, 2013

The end of the year is fast approaching. Even though it feels like winter, the calendar says otherwise. We have only a few meetings left for the year.

It was lovely to see Joy again today! She is making a second version of a wall-hanging quilt she has made once before for another family member:
Today she traced many small pieces of the pattern to make fusible appliqué pieces.

Marie told us about the December Made in Thornbury market. Her quilting class are going to have a have a small quilt show in conjunction with the market:
It should be worth a visit if you are in the area on 7th December.

Marie's quilt class are working on a mystery quilt, and today Marie showed us the next stage of hers:
She has four different sets of blocks assembled, although the ones in the photo are all of type "2". The quilt looks a bit like a "Hidden Wells" design, but it will be interesting to see how they all go together in the end.

Marie also showed us this place-mat top she has assembled since our last meeting:

Glennys brought along these cute aprons she made from some of the pieces of fabric Marie donated at our last meeting:
They led to a few shared reminiscences about having to wear aprons as children.

Today Glennys did some stitching on these Christmas blocks:
Yes, it nearly is that time of year. One of the houses across the road from the Neighbourhood House has their Christmas decorations up already.

Vireya made these pieces:
Then laid out her sunflower quilt to see how they worked in one of the corners to be filled in:
But she wasn't happy with the colour of the green diamonds. They had looked better at home, so it may be the fluorescent lights influencing the colours. Rather than start stitching them into place she decided to take them home and look at them again in daylight. Perhaps she will need to go back to her fabric stash to find an alternative.

Our next meeting will be in two weeks, on Remembrance Day, 11th November. See you again then!

Monday, October 14, 2013

Quilters' Circle - 14th October, 2013

Today we were back in our old meeting room, which has a fresh coat of paint and new carpet. It looks much nicer! As well as the "new" surroundings, we were delighted to have Marilyn visiting us.

Dorothea showed us a beautiful quilt featuring family photographs. She printed the photos using the "Bubble Jet Set" system, and got excellent results by manipulating the colours on the computer before printing them. She found that increasing the colour saturation and contrast so that the pictures looked very garish on the screen, she got natural-looking colours on the fabric. That's a great hint for anyone who wants to print photos on fabric. We didn't photograph the quilt, as it has names and pictures of family members, but we all admired it greatly.

Marie and another friend have been doing some de-stashing, so Marie brought along some fabrics for anyone who wanted to take them:
She managed to find takers for a few of those pieces.

The Neighbourhood House is selling 2014 diaries featuring pictures of various creative groups. Today we had the opportunity to view samples of the hard cover and paperback versions:
If you are interested, you can contact the house at:

When Glennys took out her purse to pay the meeting charge, she found an interesting coin none of us had ever seen before:
It is a 2013 commemorative $2 coin marking 60 years since the Queen's coronation. It has purple stripes! Apparently only 2 million of these have been made, so Glennys was very lucky to have found one in her change. Unsurprisingly, she did not use it to pay for the meeting, but hung on to it.

Today Glennys added hair to one of her Raggedy Ann and Andy dolls:
She brought them along in this cute little bag:
Closed above, and open below:
The bag is a design by Rosalie Quinlan, called "Nellie's Sewing Bag". There are internal pockets on each side, and it closes with a rather ingenious set of handles and loops. Glennys was given the pattern and the fabric a number of years ago, but she has found it useful for carrying more than just sewing. It held four drink bottles and snacks for her grandchildren on a recent outing.

Glennys's grandson has made this quilt with some help from her:
Doesn't it look fantastic? We all think he should be very proud of his quilt. Now Glennys needs to finish hand-stitching down the strips covering the joins on the back, then bind the edges so that he can use it.

Glennys showed us this baby toy she has made from scraps of polar fleece:
It has a tinkly bell in it and is very squishable. Blogger is responsible for the orientation.

Marie has finished the placemats she was working on last time. Here they are, all quilted and bound:
Blogger has tipped them on their side,too!

Today Marie was hand-quilting this piece:
We've seen parts of this before, including a few pictures of the dots being appliquéd in place, but this is the first time we've seen it all assembled. It is such a happy top!

Marilyn attended a workshop with her Bendigo quilt guild, Strathdale Quilters, where she made this "jelly-roll race" quilt:
The bright orange squares added to the end of each strip add extra zing to the lovely batiks Marilyn used in this quilt. Today she stitched down some of the binding.

Vireya made this star shape:
Then started stitching it into place on her sunflowers quilt:

That's it for this week! Our next meeting will be in two weeks, on 28th October. See you again then.