Monday, October 26, 2015

Quilters' Circle - 26th October, 2015

In the last report, I suggested that there might not be one of this meeting, but as you can see, I was wrong!

Four quilters attended our meeting. Debbie worked on her lovely applique project:
and showed us the start she has made on quilting her Christmas quilt:
She is hand-quilting, using a "Thimble Lady" quilting hoop:

Glennys is able to walk around and drive again, which she is very happy about. But she is still working on hand-sewing projects, including this embroidered Christmas bunting:
Here's a couple of close-ups:

The pennants will be stung together with strips of Christmas fabric. Lovely!

Marie has finished constructing the top of the mystery quilt she showed us the beginnings of last time:
It's very striking! I forgot to ask if others doing the mystery have already got the final instructions, so I hope this photo didn't spoil anyone's surprise.

Today Marie continued sewing down the binding on her baby quilt:

And she wasn't alone, because Vireya was also sewing down binding:
She has to get hers finished by Thursday, as she has entered this quilt in the Ballaarat Quilters' Exhibition next weekend:
(The pattern is Story-Time Stars, designed by Bonnie Hunter.) Based on how far Vireya got round the quilt today, she estimates another 7 hours of binding sewing, and then an hour or so of sewing on a hanging sleeve. Looks like a busy few days ahead!

Our next meeting is in two weeks, on the 9th November. Perhaps we will see you again then!

Monday, October 12, 2015

Quilters' Circle - 12th October, 2015

It is October already! The year is nearly over.

Debbie is appliqueing the stems, with beautiful tiny stitches:
on the lovely block we saw last time:
She started the block in a class with Irene Blanck. It looks like it will keep her busy for a while.

You may remember that last time Glennys couldn't join us. Today she came along and showed us all the hand-piecing she has been doing while recuperating:
Lots of blocks finished!
She has plans to make a few more before she is done. Here's the current one under construction:
Hexagons looking good! We enjoyed seeing all this work, but we do hope your ankle will be 100% again soon, Glennys.

Glennys' grand-daughter Matilda joined us again. Today she worked on a present for her father's birthday. She carefully stitched his initial over the line:
And when she was finished stitching, Glennys put her work into a frame:
Matilda has also been doing some machine stitching, trying out some of the stitches on Glennys' machine. She brought this piece along for show-and-tell:
She is a clever girl. We all enjoy seeing a young person interested in handcrafts. And after all her work, she relaxed with some colouring-in:

Marie brought along a new project for her show-and-tell:
It is a mystery quilt being run in another group she attends. This is one block, and below are a whole bunch of them:
It isn't a mystery to Marie, as her teacher gave her all the instructions. But we won't say what they become in case one of her classmates is reading this.

Today Marie stitched down the binding on her lovely baby quilt we saw quilted last time:
She is about half-way round, so it won't be long before the quilt is given to the baby she made it for.

Vireya made it to the meeting, but didn't have any sewing with her. She talked about her new house. She now lives about 120kms away, so may not be able to attend meetings very often. If no-one else takes up the job of writing these reports, future updates may be sparse.

The next meeting will be in two weeks, on the 26th of October. You might have to come along if you want to see what everyone has been doing!