Friday, December 10, 2010

Christmas Party 2010

 
WE WISH ALL OUR MEMBERS AND READERS A VERY MERRY CHRISTMAS AND A HAPPY NEW YEAR


















The lucky winner of our 2010 raffle quilt, Val Squair arrived to collect her lovely prize.
Photographed here (L-R) Exhibition Co-ordinator, Angela Langdon, Winner, Val Squair, Secretary and Co-ordinator of the quilt, Fay Suley and President, Marilyn Cooper.

 
At around 11.30 am Marilyn presented the President of the Toowoomba and District MS Group, Darryl Connor with a cheque.  Darryl was thrilled and the money is going to go towards "Young Care". A wonderful initiative to build specific housing for young sufferers of MS, so that they may not have to go into aged care. 
 
 Do you see the weather outside?  It was a strange December day with fog and mist and later in the day, full on rain.  Festive spirits weren't dampened though.  There was a basket full of Secret Santa parcels and another basket of colourful fat quarter bon-bons.   Lyle explained to us that the fat quarter we received in the swap has to be brought back at the next Christmas function made up into something.  Yikes!!
 
Santa, aka Sheila, was very thankful for the cooler December weather.  It gets jolly hot under that suit!!  Santa was kept hopping giving out the gifts.

Judy F. (on the right) made us a lovely Christmas cake finely decorated in marzipan fruit.  Thank you Judy, the cake was delicious too.  Cutting the cake is Diana R and looking on blissfully is our Events co-ordinator, Lyle.  Lyle and her helpers did a fabulous job in making the day a fun filled one and everything running like clockwork.

Ladies in red enjoying the day, (L-R) Marleen, Vicky and Dot.  As you can see the room was beautifully decked out in quilts and other decorations.
 
Lovely to see husband and wife quilters enjoying the club Christmas, Diane and Alton.
 
Lola is tucking into her delicious lunch all of which was provided by the members.  One group of members was asked to bring salads, another group meats, and another group dessert.  It all depended what your surname started with.  It all worked out very well.
 
Maureen and Lorelle with the backdrop of Denise's gorgeous medallion quilt. 
 
Smiling happily for the camera, (L-R) Janice K, Jan G, and Barb W.  Sorry to interrupt your meal for the photo Jan (who had to quickly swallow a mouthful so she could smile).
 
Another happy table of quilters (L-R) Patricia, Cheryl, Joan R and Joy P. 
 
Colourful Kerrie enjoying looking at the quilts and standing in front of a marvellous bargello made by Joan R.
 
Visiting us for the first time was Jane, who brought along her very first quilt made for a granchild.  Thank you for bringing it along Jane, it is very, very, cute, and well done for your first quilt too.

If you would like to join us next year we would love to see you.  Our meeting days are every Tuesday and every 1st and 3rd Saturday starting around 9.30 am.  27 Jellicoe Street, Toowoomba.  Just pop in and our Welcomer, Marleen will show you around and you can see what we are all about.

Thursday, December 2, 2010

Tuesdays and Announcing Christmas break up

Tuesdays continue to grow and bring interesting quilts and items for us all to look at.  We now have over 130 members in our club and can get anywhere between 25-40 quilters on a Tuesday.  It is exciting to see what everyone is up to.   We meet every Tuesday and every 1st and 3rd Saturdays.

This Saturday 4 December is the day we are having our Christmas break up party.  It is always a fun-filled day with Secret Santa, Fat quarter swap,  a scrumptious lunch , fun and games etc..  Should be a great day, and hope the weather stays cool for us.
















This is a stunning quilt by Lyn L and she has used Kaffe Fassett fabrics in his Jane's diamonds design.  The surround on the diamonds is the most beautiful vibrant batik print.  Lyn has made this for a friend - lucky friend.

















 Stunning Kaffe Fassett backing fabric!!!!



 
Marilyn C (our illustrious President) has put together her bargello top from Lyn Crump's workshop.  Marilyn designed the bargello patterning herself  which is part of what Lyn outlined in the workshop.  Great colours and good work Marilyn.
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Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Tuesday Show and Tell

 
Yvonne has made this bright, cheerful, funky quilt for her Neice's 21st birthday.  She was tieing it on Tuesday with some gorgeous multi-coloured sashiko thread.
Five of the blocks are the big beautiful blue flower print. Nice work Yvonne.
 
 
WOW.  Jan  G has completed her scattered tile quilt which she started in Robyn Ginn's workshop.  Sure is bright and beautiful, Jan.
 
Fabulous Medallion quilt put together by Denise.  Denise has had this professionally quilted by Kathy Adams of Kool Kat Quilting, Toowoomba.
Here is a close up of the centre medallion.  Denise has used a quirky strip in the centre piece (not showing up well in the photo).  It works really well.  A lovely quilt, Denise.
 
Here is a bit of a twist on the sashiko - black and white - by Wendy.  Wendy has combined her sashiko pieces with some cute black and white blocks.  Lovely.



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Monday, November 22, 2010

Announcements

 The 2010 Toowoomba Quilters Club Inc. quilt raffle (shown above)  was drawn on Saturday 6 November.

Our lucky winner with ticket No 0848 was Val Squair of Toowoomba.  Congratulations Val, and we hope your quilt brings you much warmth over the years.
Val will be presented with the quilt at our next meeting on Saturday December 4th.  The Multiple Sclerosis Group will also be presented with a cheque. Our Christmas luncheon will be held on that day too, so it is going to be an exciting fun day.

Winner of the big basket of quilty goodness was Leanne Wilson of Toowoomba with lucky ticket No A85.
Leanne came straight up to our meeting rooms to collect her prize.  Congratulations to Leanne, and we hope you are enjoying your winnings.

2011 looks like being another busy year for Toowoomba Quilters.  We have many workshops coming up including a beginners workshop with Angela Langdon.  So if you have ever thought of 'taking the plunge' into the world of patchwork and quilting, do consider becoming a members and taking advantage of these wonderful workshops.

Sunday, October 24, 2010

Toowoomba Quilters Win at Queensland Quilt Show

Congratulations to two very talented members of Toowoomba Quilters Club Inc.  who have won prizes at the Queensland Quilt show .

Robyn Ginn took out best of show from over 600 entries, with her stunning quilt which we showed you after it was exhibited at our show.  It is called "Silk Purses and Crazy Bags".  This quilt shines like a jewel and it is not surprising it won best of show. The hand embroidery on the edge is spectacular. ( This quilt won viewer's choice at our show). Congratulations, Robyn.
Kathy Adams of KoolKat Quilting won First Prize - Machine System Quilter with her wonderful quilt, The Sky is Blue the Sea is Blue.  Well done Kathy.  We know how much work went into this quilt and it is very deserving of first prize.  
(This quilt won 2nd place Viewer's Choice at our show).Kathy was also honoured in that her pattern, "Gather Ye Rosebuds" was utitlised by Audrey Foletta of Brisbane who won first place in Category 4 - First Time Entrant. This pattern was also used by another quilter who won third place in the Commercially Quilted section of Canberra Quilt Show which was held earlier this year


Hop over to Queensland Quilters website to see more of the winning quilts.


Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Quilting Retreat - Perseverance Dam 2010 - Fun Days

 
There is always a lot of fun and frivolity at the retreat.  Laughter is always in the air.
This year we had a lucky dip swap and lucky Ena received a beautifully made casserole carrier.  She found another use for it (briefly)!!

 
Shaaron crafted this cute little stitchery which put a smile on everyone's face.
 
They don't know about this shot!  The mysterious three are holding up Diana's wonderful candlewick quilt she is making in the 'quilt as you go' style.  She made a lot of progress on it over the duration of the weekend.  The photograph of the front did not do it justice so we will put some photos up when next Diana brings it to quilting.
 
Is Daphne scratching her head asking "Am I Crazy??".  She did well and got this top put together.  Her blocks are embellished with different yarns etc. and mostly done on the machine.  Looking good Daphne!
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Sunday, October 17, 2010

Quilting Retreat - Perseverance Dam 2010 Show and Tell

 
Ena Brown with her lovely Hydrangea quilt.  Hope you got home safely, Ena.  Ena comes from a town west of Toowoomba and some of the road was cut due to flood rain. 
 
Linda W with her beautiful blue and white 'Duck Pond' blocks.  Linda has put the blocks together so expertly with precision piecing.  Look forward to seeing the finished quilt Linda.
 
Diane embarked on this new quilt using batiks.  She changed the measurements up a bit so she didn't have a lot of fiddly cutting.  It is going to look superb.
 
Some years ago, Lyn R-S won the 'Block of the Month' at a Saturday quilt meeting.  She has put together this wonderful quilt - (love the quilting hoop still attached Lyn).  She has done some grid hand quilting on it and it is looking good.  Well done Lyn, there is hope for all our UFO's.

Margaret, sister of our member, Denise, was visiting from Sydney.  Lovely to have you along, Margaret.  She worked on a Cathedral Window project on the weekend and it is going to be wonderful when put together!

Trish has started putting together this Japanese style quilt.  Her fabrics are lovely indigo's and reds.  Trish is a regular participant at our retreat, and she puts her head down and gets lots done.

 
New member and new to our retreat, Shaaron showing us her just-finished table runner using some Christmas Moda Fabrics.  Very nice Shaaron.
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Yvonne did a 'happy dance' when she finished the hand quilting on this quilt on Sunday.  It is all hand quilted and has taken a couple of years to get this slash and stack style quilt done.  A great achievement.

Dianne C began hand quilting this scrap quilt at the retreat.  She is doing echo quilting around each flower.  Every piece of fabric came from her scrap box apart from the red and cream borders which she had on hand in the stash.
 
Lyle showed us her Autumn Leaf quilt she finished a little time back.  She got her inspiration from a gardening magazine.  Well done, Lyle.
 
Joan worked on this 20" block on the weekend.  It is hand appliqued and embroidered and is going to be part of a friendship quilt for a quilting friend who is turning 70.  The theme was hearts, and Joan has chosen to do heart shaped gum leaves.  The blossoms will be added next.  Beautiful, Joan.
 
Regular visitor to our retreat, Vanessa, started a quilt for her daughter in these wonderfully bright fabrics.  See you next year, Vanessa, where you may be able to show us the finished product!
 
This beautiful pattern has been put together by Marilyn G.  Lovely autumnal shades and perfect piecing.
Marilyn C worked on putting these blocks together over the weekend.  She starts with a nine patch piecing and uses a special ruler to cut them 'wonky'.  It is going to be a quilt with a lot of interesting secondary patterns and movement.  Look forward to seeing it put together, Marilyn.
 
Hiding behind her latest Bali fabric creation is our long arm quilter extraordinaire, Kathy Adams of Kool Kat Quilting.  She is not really shy, we just had to photograph her quilt top in a confined space!  Kathy, as usual, put her head down and achieved much over the course of the weekend.

Our annual retreat to Perseverance will be held in October in 2011, so if you have never been before, do consider joining us for this fun weekend on the Toowoomba Quilters Club calendar.