Sunday, September 26, 2010

Exhibition 2010 - Finale

 The visitors kept coming, and the final day of our exhibition was busy right up until closing.  A very successful event and a fabulous venue.  We hope to be able to secure the same venue for next year - Salo Centre, Rome Street, Toowoomba.  See you all in September 2011.
Here are some glimpses of what was happening throughout the week and some of the wonderful quilts and items we had on display.
Here is our industrious exhibition convenor, Angela.  Angela did an admirable job in pulling the team together and getting this wonderful exhibition together.  She spent her time at the exhibition showing some strip piecing techniques.  String quilts are one of Angela's passions and she is also a competent machine quilter and tutor.
This is just some of what Angela achieved during the week.  Visitors were very interested in this quick and easy way of putting together a quilt top.

 Busy lady!!

Now for some more small items  which were on display at the exhibition.  Sashiko is very popular in our club at the moment and Diana R has set the ball in motion with her wonderful sashiko placements.  Beautifully sewn.

A lovely basket by Pam G using strips of fabric around cotton twine.  The photo doesn't show the lovely detail on the front but it is a beaut big basket, very useful for taking your sewing projects to class or club.
Our youngest member, Isaac, is just 10 years old.  He has made this chenille place mat with help from his Nan, Toni (also a member).  This is his first effort at sewing and he says it taught him how to sew a straight line.  He did a very fine effort of it, and he is now excited to start on his next project.  By the way, our oldest member is Phyllis who is 90 - and a half.

This is the most exquisite cross stitch, done by our member, Val P.  "Mighty Samari" was from a Dimensions, Fox Magazine and Val made this for her son and wife.  The work in this is very fine and a credit to her.

"Boonah Dreaming" by Dorothy C.  Dorothy began this wall quilt in a workshop with Robyn Christofel.  She has used overlays and fibres which create depth.  Good work Dorothy!

Thursday, September 23, 2010

Merchant Mall - A first for our Exhibition

This year we have  a merchant mall set up for added interest for our visitors.

Nikki Tervo Designs Presents:
Brandy Gully Patchwork

 Nikki's daughter, Miranda is pictured here manning the beautiful stall from Nikki Tervo Designs.  Miranda is a friendly, happy and cheerful girl, always willing to help you out and select the ideal button for your project. They also stock a lovely range of fabrics, patterns and lots more. 

There are all types of hand painted ceramic buttons in these little boxes, and Nikki also has a large range of other craft buttons.  She has over 800 different designs and some can come in up to 25 different colours.  Thank you for participating in our exhibtion Nikki and Miranda.


Precious Time


Local patchwork shop, Precious Time, have set up a wonderful stall with lots of yummy fabrics for visitors to purchase.  The lovely Georgia is looking after you here and offering a wide variety of fabrics including many colourful Kaffe Fassett designs and glorious batiks.  Come and check it out.  Lisa and Precious Time may be found at Cnr Holberton & David Streets, Toowoomba.

 The Quilters Angel

 The Quilters Angel from Highfields has set up a lovely stall full of goodies for you to purchase.  Steph is there to help you with your selections.  They have a large range of beautiful fabrics, all sorts of unique gift wares, patterns and kits.  They also offer classes.


Kool Kat Quilting

Kathy and Geoff offer a professional quilting service, quilt patterns and kits online.  They are locals, and Kathy is a well respected member of Toowoomba Quilters Club.  


Kathy has designed some wonderful quilts and has kits for sale as well as fabrics and notions.  Come in and see Kathy or Geoff and see how they can help you with your quilting needs.  It is great to have them at the show.

 Indigo Niche

Two delightful ladies, Sue and Colleen from Indigo Niche have joined us.  This shop specializes in Japanese and Aboriginal design.  We welcome them to our exhibition and also to our club and look forward to a long association.


 Indigo Niche has a sumptuous range of indigos and other Japanese fabrics and the ladies have set up a wonderful display of their goods.

They also have a large range of sashiko threads and pre-printed sashiko designs, patterns and notions.
There is certainly ' Sashiko fever' amongst club members at the moment.

If you are in Toowoomba tomorrow (it is the final day of our show) make sure you come along and say hello to our traders and see our spectacular quilts  we have on display.  

The coffee shop is open 10.00am to 2.00pm for morning teas and light luncheons.  See you there!!! 

Exhibition 2010 - Fine Art Items

Day 5

We set a section aside at our exhibition to display members' smaller items and fine art items.

Apart from patchwork and quilting many of our members are proficient in other areas of art and craft.  On display this year, we have cross stitch, embroidery, felting, knitting, lace making, machine embroidery and collage, and more.  The talent in the club is amazing.

(L - R) Herald of Joy - Jan G, Bailed Up (Cross Stich - yes it is) by Alys, Australian Wildflowers Bouquet by Angela, Table Centre by Fay, Lines of a Palm Throng by Yvonne.
(L-R) Cross Stitch by Diana, Machine embroidered doiley by Patricia, Filet by Patricia, Hardanger by Patricia, Basket of Flowers by Val, Pansy Pouch by Linda W, Hand Embroidered doiley by Joan (done while she was at boarding school!), Retirement Dreams (cross stitch)  by Diana, Low Tide Sunset (cross stitch) by Diana

"Nemesis" by Sue M - Hand and machine applique, hand and machine embroidery.  Silk screen painting and hand painting.  A comment on evolution and environment.
"Kimberley Beach" by Linda W - Linda's first go at using her embellishing machine. Kit from Dale Rolleson.  Hand beaded and embroidered.
 This is an amazing work by our member Dorothy C.  She has used the 'confetti' method to build up this collage of her cute pet.  All tiny pieces of fabric cut up and then sewn down.  Well done Dorothy.

Tuesday, September 21, 2010

Exhibition 2010 - Demonstrations and Works in Progress

Day 4:
Showing us some foundation piecing on her little baby machine is Lyn Crump of Busy Quilting.  Lyn is a member, our workshop convenor,  and she also tutors workshops at our club from time to time.

 She has a Bargello workshop coming up soon for our members to participate in.
Here is some precision piecing Lyn has been able to do using the foundation paper piecing.

Vicky is showing us how she puts her hexagon paper piecing together. Janet is keeping her company. 

  This is how she has her project set up to go - very organized.

This is her progress so far.

Genell is busy sewing up a Moda Jelly Roll.  She loves jelly roll quilts and has done some lovely projects with them.

This is what she has been  up to.  It is going to be a beauty!

 Even the sales table ladies, Joan and Marleen are showing their sewing skills.  Marleen working on a sashiko project and Joan working on her latest applique quilt.
Busy hands happy hearts!
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Monday, September 20, 2010

Exhibition 2010 - Day 3

Day 3 brought us a foggy, rainy day.  It also brought loads of people through the door who otherwise would have probably gone to see the gardens.  We have some lovely floral displays put together by our members to remind them we ARE the garden city after all.

The following quilts are on display and have been designed by two of our very talented members.  The work on display is outstanding and visitors are amazed at the variety and the quality of the show.

"Frilly" designed and quilted by Linda Wrench

"The Sky is blue, the Sea is blue" designed and quilted by Kathy Adams of Kool Kat Quilting.

Exhibition 2010 Opening Night and New Venue


It was a grand opening night on Saturday night.  Guest speaker, narrative textile artist, Morley Grainger, kept the crowd of around 70 visitors entertained. (L-R Angela Langdon, Morley Grainger, Marilyn C (President Toowoomba Quilters Club Inc.) and Margie C.

Following Morley's talk, a delicious supper was served and the visitors were able to mingle and view the exhibition. 
A special thank you to our band of workers who delivered a wonderful opening night.

Our new venue has a coffee shop set up in the foyer where visitors to the exhibition may partake of delicious cakes and slices, sandwiches, rolls etc, coffee and tea and other drinks.  It is a great meeting place for members and visitors alike.  Prices are extremely reasonable. (L-R Marion, Ann, Fay, Shirley (visitor) and Angela). 
Here is another corner of our exhibition - Fay Suley's Stack and Whack corner.  Fay loves the technique and has given workshops at the club.  It is fascinating how the technique can use one single fabric and yet make so many different kaleidoscope patterns.  Come along and visit Fay and see how she uses quick and easy ways to achieve the look. 
We have other demonstrations and displays running during the week. 

Sunday, September 19, 2010

Exhibition 2010 Opening Day

The meet and greet table first morning of the exhibition. (L-R)  Judy F, Sue M, President Marilyn and busy worker bee Lola.  In this photo they are sewing and demonstrating skills, but most of the day, they were busy with a steady flow of people through the door. 

Treasurer, Dot and our Exhibition Convenor, Angela at our magnificent sales table.  The ladies have been very busy this year hand crafting all sorts of articles for people to purchase at the exhibition.  Sales on the first day were brisk.

The items on display are under various headings - Christmas, Baby, Needlework, Fashion Accessories etc.  We managed to cover 6 tables!!

The members have raided their gardens and we have wonderful floral arrangements around the exhibition hall.

The body of the new venue, Salo Centre, Rome Street.  The centre gives us much space for people to step back and view the quilts and move around easily.
Beginners Corner - Angela Langdon (Club member & Exhibition Convenor) showcases the beginners class she offers to members of Toowoomba Quilters.  Newcomers to the club find the lessons invaluable and the quilt top on the right was done by a new member to the club in 2010, Libby, who did the lessons at the start of the year.
Here is Yvonne having some fun, and showing us her beanie creation she made for the beanie festival in Alice Springs N.T. this year.  The beanie was entitled 'Divine Love' and features crocheted lemon cupcakes.  She carries it off beautifully!!

More photos tomorrow!