Thursday, May 20, 2010

Show and Tell on a Tuesday

We have been having some fabulous show and tells on a Tuesday lately. The group on a Tuesday continues to grow and we are averaging around 30 - 35 quilters.  Because of this we seem to be getting heaps of quilts and other items along for impromptu show and tell.

This is Linda above (right) who did this lovely 'wagga' for a contest in Chinchilla.  Linda won with this quilt and received a $50 cash injection.  She made the quilt from old woolen pieces she had to hand, even part of a dress her husband had bought her many years ago.  Lois is helping her display for the photo.

The back of the wagga was an old sheet.'   

This is one HUGE quilt!  Jan made this large oriental quilt and has done a superb job.  She even machine quilted it herself on her domestic machine.  This quilt was so big, it was difficult to get it all into a photograph.  It is spectacular, Jan, well done!

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Sunday, May 16, 2010

Qld Quilter's Picnic at Gatton

Last Tuesday, a few car loads of our members visited the Gatton Historical site to attend the Queensland Quilters annual picnic.  Our club hosted the event in May last year, so it was good to see so many of our members supporting the Gatton picnic. 

 L - R  Diana, Marleen, Joan and Vicky
 Here are some of our ladies in front of one of the shops attending the picnic.  It was set up on the verandah of an old slab hut which was full of old furniture and bric a brac. (you could enter the hut from the rear to check out all the old stuff).

Here is the attempt at the Worlds Largest Quilt.  It is made up of many of thousands of hexagons which have been sent in from all over Australia and from around the world.  You can read more about the quilt and it's construction at the Sew Creative website.   It was hard to capture the enormity of the quilt on our little digital cameras.

Judy and Hazel admiring the quilt and looking for their hexagons?

The driving force behind the whole day, Gail Chalker from Sew Creative Gatton addressing the hundreds of quilters gathered around.

Found on the bed in the slab hut, a very old hexagon quilt covering an antique iron bed

Sheltering from the sun, Carol (L) and Barb (R).  Later on they would have needed the umbrella for the other reason.  No sooner had the crowd dispersed and the huge quilt was packed into a van, the clouds opened up.

Just one of the very quaint buidings on the historical site.  Contained in the blacksmith shop were all sorts of tools of the trade as well as an original forge,anvil and a very old bellows.

A fascinating journey into Australia's past and a great day out enjoyed by all.

Tuesday, May 11, 2010

Tuesday Beginners Group

Here are the happy Tuesday beginners.  They are happy because they have their sampler quilt tops all finished in time for show and tell.
L - R  (back) Janice, Janet, Vicky, Angela (Tutor), Dot.  (front) Moira, Lyle and Lola.

Moira's quilt has some delightful vintage fabrics included and is very pretty.  Lovely work.
The photo has washed the colour out a bit, so apologies for that .... but... our meeting room has just the best light and in this case was a little too strong for the photography.

Janet's quilt is striking and all so neatly done.  Something to be proud of. 

Janice has done this bright and cheery quilt with the most beautiful block selections. 

Dot produced this wonderful sampler quilt in quite traditional colours.  A stunning quilt.

This is Lyle's quilt 'in progress' and it looks like being a beauty!.  She certainly didn't need a lesson in applique and the blocks she completed in class are really complimenting the centre.  Well done Lyle.

Here is Lola peeking around at her gorgeous quilt.  She has completed all the blocks with precision and has also used traditional colours.  Nice all round!

Three cheers to all the beginner quilts and their marvellous tutor Angela Langdon.
We are very fortunate to be able to offer new comers this wonderful beginner's course.

Tuesday, May 4, 2010

Beginners Quilts

The following quilts are all beginners' quilts done in this year's Saturday classes with our Toowoomba Quilters tutor, Angela Langdon.  We are very fortunate to have members of our club who are also excellent tutors.  The Saturday ladies did an outstanding job on their sampler quilts.  Congratulations.

Come along to our Exhibition in September and see a full display of our beginners' quilts and, if it spurs you on to learn, put your name down for beginner's workshops next year.   
During the year, we also conduct various workshops which may interest the more experienced quilter.

In between workshops, we have a lot of fun on our meeting days and at special events organized by club members.

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The quilt top below is done by tutor, Angela Langdon, and Angela, being a wonderful domestic machine quilter, has shown how the beginners may quilt their quilts with a simple grid pattern.

Monday, May 3, 2010

Show and Tell and Raffle Winner

Lucky quilter, Heather, won our Mothers Day raffle wall hanging. Loretta presented Heather with the quilt which she had donated to the club some months ago as a UFO. Many of our quilters worked on it to bring the quilt to it's lovely finish.


This beautiful log cabin quilt was made by Lyn R to send to a young couple in England as a wedding quilt. They wanted grays and Lyn has done a beautiful job adding the seagulls for interest.

Joan R did this wonderful circular bargello in a workshop with one of Toowoomba Quilters' tutors, Lyn Crump.  The colours are much more vibrant than the photo shows. It's quite a large single bed quilt, beautifully executed.

Here is Teresa proudly displaying her lovely embroidered wall hanging which has taken her a few years to complete, but worth the wait.  It is a Bareroots pattern and Teresa has done a lovely job with this one..
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Vicki showed us this quilt which is a different design using various shaped strips of fabrics cut and rearranged.  Good work Vicki!
Teresa is working on this star quilt top which was put together by her sewing friends and herself.  It was meant to be a surprise but Teresa 'sprung' them working on it. It was for Teresa's recent 'significant' birthday.  We look forward to seeing it finished.

Our next meeting is Saturday, 5 June - so see you there with more show and tell.