Monday, June 29, 2015

Quilters' Circle - 29th June, 2015

Today was our bonus 5th Monday meeting. We also had a special bonus of a new quilter.

Cathie joined us for the first time, and worked on this block:
It is part of a pansy quilt Cathie started in a class at Patchworks Unlimited in Pascoe Vale in 1996! The pattern is "Quilted Pansy Sampler Quilt" from the book Pansy Designs for Traditional Crafts by Deborah Brearley. Amazingly, Debbie did the same class back then, and next time will bring her completed pansy quilt to show us.

Today Debbie showed us her completed Truly Aussie quilt (designed by Helen Stubbings). It is a double-sided quilt, featuring hand-embroidered and hand-pieced blocks. It is truly amazing!

Click those photos to enlarge them and see some of the detail. Or scroll back though previous posts where you will find some close-ups of blocks as Debbie was working on them.

Debbie also showed us this cute little purse she made from the hexagons she was working on at our last meeting. It closes with a flex frame.
Very sweet! Today she had more hexagons happening, stitching another hexagon flower to a tea-towel for sale at a craft market next month:

Today Glennys was embroidering butterflies on panels she has pieced which will be made into a drawstring bag like the one Debbie showed us in April.

Marie showed us some blocks she has made for another baby quilt:
and today she too worked on stitching hexagon flowers to tea-towels:

Vireya hadn't brought anything with her today, but fortunately Marie had some extra hexagon shapes and fabrics with her for more tea-towels, so Vireya spent the meeting covering hexagons for her:
The cardboard hexagon shapes were very interesting, as they had been cut from a calendar, and a couple of them included years. This well-used hexagon has January 1971 on it, and one of the others had 1968.

Our next meeting will be in two weeks, on 13th of July. See you again then!

Monday, June 22, 2015

Quilters' Circle - 22nd June, 2015

It was the shortest day of the year, and very cold outside, but there was lots of lovely work to look at today. People have been busy in the month since our last meeting!

Marie was appliqueing the last side of her hexagon panel to the background:
She gave us a sneak peek at how the rest of this lovely baby quilt will go together:
It is beautiful!

Vireya showed us this gift she received in a present exchange at a "Christmas in June" event at another quilting group:
It can be used as a decoration, or as a book-mark. It is beautifully made.

Today Vireya was removing tiny bits of paper from the back of her most recent Zoo Animals block:
Some of those tiny pieces were a bit tricky to remove. A pair of tweezers came in handy! Here's all six completed blocks:
There are three more blocks in the quilt, then it will be time to start putting them together.

Debbie has been doing some EPP with hexagons, trying out different methods to see which she likes best:
She also showed us a fund-raising project she is working on for another group. Some donated linen tea-towels and donated prepared hexagons go together to make embellished tea-towels which should sell well at their market stall:
It is hard to find linen tea-towels these days. These ones are from Poland, and are a beautiful quality.

Glennys is making a wall-hanging for a granddaughter:
Each block has a little pocket for a toy or other precious item. The fabrics are scraps from the quilt Glennys made for this lucky girl. The pattern is designed by Amanda Lefebure, and appears in this magazine from Spotlight:

Today Glennys continued with her EPP project, which is coming together well:

Our next meeting will be in only one week, on 29th June. It's our 5th-Monday bonus meeting. See you again then!