Monday, April 28, 2014

Quilters' Circle - 28th April, 2014

Welcome to our sixth meeting of the year! We arrived to find this pile of fabrics on the table, a gift from the mixed-media teacher, Tess:
All found new homes, so thank you, Tess!

Several of us have been having sewing machine problems, and no-one had any "show and tell" for us today. But we still had plenty to keep us occupied. Debbie embroidered another saying for her "Truly Aussie" quilt (designed by Helen Stubbings):

Glennys did some embroidery on almost the last block of her "My Blue Heaven" quilt (designed by Therese Hylton):
Only one more block to construct before this long-term project is ready to put together.

Marie prepared hexagons for a new project:
She is using freezer paper templates, which she has ironed to the back of the fabric. The fabrics all feature sewing-related designs. By the end of our session Marie had ten scissor hexagons ready to be stitched together:

Vireya also worked with hexagons, but her templates are printed on thin card. Here's the group of templates she worked on today:
Later she showed us how they will look when attached to another flower she has already assembled:
Only twenty more flowers to make for the "Flower Ball" quilt (designed by Geta Grama).

Our next meeting will be in two weeks, on the 12th of May. See you again then!

Monday, April 14, 2014

Quilters' Circle - 14th April, 2014

Only a couple of quilters attended today's meeting. Maybe the beautiful weather outside was too tempting! There was lots of talk about the Australasian Quilt Convention (AQC) which was held over the weekend.

Knitter Dorothea showed us her haul from the AQC:
Most of these patterns and kits were from a Leesa Chandler show bag, but one special one Dorothea won by being able to name Nellie Melba's father!

For show and tell Marie had two quilt tops she has done for a children's charity:

And today she was quilting her green 1,000-pyramids quilt:
You can see a picture of the whole quilt in this blog post.

It was a bit of a green day, today. Vireya was also immersed in greens, sorting fabrics first into a rough light-to-dark arrangement:
Then into five categories:
These will form the leaves between the flowers in Vireya's next project:
Flower Ball, designed by Geta Grama. Here Vireya has used coloured pencils to roughly show the colour and shading she is planning in her quilt, but she has many more shades of fabric than she does of coloured pencils.

Knitter Mary showed us this article from The Age about the Apron Festival in Ballarat on 10-11th May:
She thought we might want to make patchwork aprons to enter into the competition. I don't know that anyone felt they had the time to do that (entries close next Friday), but the exhibition sounds like it could be a fun day out. Details on their website: Apron Festival.

Our next meeting will be on 28th April, two weeks from now. See you again then!