Friday, March 25, 2011

Tuesday Show and Tell Flood Quilts

There was a huge crowd at quilting on Tuesday.  Many ladies were working on their Sashiko from the sashiko workshops.  Some of the ladies were busy sorting out donations and the flood quilts.  Altogether, it was a busy, busy day.

Lyle with MaryLyle is seen here with Mary who lives in the badly affected flood area of Grantham.  Mary and Lyle were sorting through some needlework bags which may make their way to the various crafts people in Mary’s area. 

Some of these beautiful needlework bags and their contents were a surprise donation from the wonderful ladies at Bateman’s Bay Needlework Group.  Thank you ladies from the bottom of our hearts.  We know fellow needleworkers in our region who have been flooded will enjoy receiving these very much.

Ladies sewing Tues

Here are our ladies busy at work.

Green and goldGreen and gold 2i sPYPink and BluePink QuiltPretty flood quiltStrippyYello Purple

Thank you to all our members who have given so generously of their time and material to make these quilts.

Monday, March 21, 2011

Art Quilt Group

Late last year a group of Toowoomba Quilters’ members got together and formed an Art Quilt Group.  It began with 5 members and we now get about 12 members to a group get together.
This past Saturday the AQ group worked on a technique using lutradur and acrylic paints to create a landscape.  The idea for this came from an article by Ineke Berlyn in a Stitch magazine. 
All the individual quilts (A4 size) are going to be very different. 
Here is Ann J, Linda W and Robyn M beginning work on their landscapes.
Ann Robyn Linda
and Wendy starting on hers.
The ladies did a show and tell at the end of the day showing what they had achieved so far.

We look forward to seeing them finished.
TQ Art Quilters

Tuesday, March 8, 2011

A Special Visit

Helen joined us for lunch today.  Helen was a victim of the January floods and we were so pleased to have her back amongst the ranks.  She is currently living in Brisbane but hopes to be able to visit us from time to time until they eventually move back to our region.

Machine to HelenHelen Lyle Sewing bags

Helen was overcome with emotion when we presented her with some gifts.  The club presented Helen with 2 bags stuffed with sewing goodies.  Everything she needs to get her fired up to start back into sewing.

Clare from NSW very kindly donated a sewing machine.  YES a sewing machine.  Thank you very much Clare, and the picture below speaks a thousand words.  Helen is so very appreciative.

Helen machine and bags

Judy, from Michigan USA, sent some gifts to Helen via Dianne C. Thank you so much Judy.  As you can tell by the photos Helen was so very excited to receive them.  Judy made a  needlework case with lots of little odds and ends in it especially for Helen.  There were other lovely gifts included in the parcels too.

Di presenting to HelenHelen with needlework case

The flood quilting is still going on and some more quilts and quilt tops adorned the walls again at quilting today.

Close up Noahs arkJoan R Noahs ark

Quilt top for flood100_4763100_4764100_4766

Our ladies are still working on flood quilts and we hope to start distributing some of those quilts in the coming weeks.

The weather is starting to turn cooler now, so our recipients are going to love receiving a quilt to snuggle up with.

Sunday, March 6, 2011

More flood quilts

Yesterday we held our AGM and details of our new office bearers will be posted soon. It's been a busy year so far and we've also started our regular planning meetings for our 2011 exhibition.

Work continues on quilts to be donated to assist flood victims. Some readers may have donated fabrics that they can recognise in completed quilts. We are really appreciative of everyone's contributions.

Some members work on flood quilts on our meeting days and others turn up to meetings with completed quilts. The backing and labels on many of our quilts are also worthy of attention; look at this one!
It seems that many of our members are "toppers" and tend to have their quilt tops professionally quilted. Those club members who are happy to quilt tops have extended themselves and are making a wonderful effort to assist with the completion process.  Here are a few more of our completed "flood quilts".