Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Quilter’s Retreat 2011

The weekend of 8 – 9 October saw a group of Toowoomba Quilters’ members, their friends, and visitors, enjoy some quality sewing time at Perseverance Dam retreat.

This is a yearly event, and is supported well by club members and subsidised by the sales table at the annual exhibition.

This weekend was enjoyed by all who attended and there was a lot of laughter, sharing, chatting and indulgence (at the goodies table!!).

The surrounds at Perseverance Dam are the quintessential Aussie bushland, and this year it was particularly greened up after recent rains.

Bushland setting


This group photo is showing the happy smiley faces of our members enjoying the weekend together.

Group Photo

Thank you to Marilyn C who organized this weekend away for us.  Good job Marilyn!!

Friday, October 7, 2011

Raffle Winners

Last Saturday at the General Meeting we drew the lucky numbers for the raffles.

18.9 Raffles

The goodies baskets and iced cake were very popular raffles at the Exhibition.

1st Prize – Large Basket of Goodies  - Winner – Davina  M of Murwillumbah Qld.

2nd Prize – Bundle of Goodies – Winner – Linda W of Highfields.

3rd Prize – Iced Cake – Winner – Heather G of Beenleigh

Congratulations to the lucky winners.

Raffle Quilt 2011

Our beautiful raffle quilt was won by one of our members, Vicky D.

Congratulations Vicky and hope you enjoy this wonderful hand worked and hand quilted quilt.

Wednesday, October 5, 2011

Winners–Viewer’s Choice

Our quilt show winners are selected by viewer’s choice.

This year, this magnificent quilt by Jennifer Fenner took out the award.

Oh My

“Oh My” by Jennifer Fenner.

Congratulations, Jennifer.


Jennifer must truly be the master of hexagons!!  This quilt is really, really big.  So big in fact, it was too large to hang from our stands without lapping the floor.  So we displayed it on the carpet stairs at the side of the arena. 

Congratulations to our second place Viewer’s Choice winner, Robyn Ginn. 

Robyn Ginn Irish Cream Hexagon Tree

“Irish Cream Hexagon Tree” by Robyn Ginn


Robyn is a master in the field of hand applique, hand piecing and hand quilting.  A true masterpiece and a fine example of her work.

We would like to express our gratitude to Queensland Quilters Inc. for their generous sponsorship towards our Viewer’s Choice prizes.

Sunday, October 2, 2011

Traders & Members

At our quilt show we have members doing demonstrations and trader’s stalls where you can purchase all sorts of goodies.

Joining us for the first time this year was local lady,  Marilyn Kirstenfeldt,  from MK’s Sewable which is situated in Prescott Street, right opposite Pillow Talk.

Marilyn is the distributor for Pfaff and Singer machines and can arrange servicing on all machines.  She stocks sewing and embroidery machines, overlockers, accessories, software, haberdashery, craft fabric, classes, magazine library and gift lines.

MK's Marilyn

It was lovely to have Kathy Adams, from Kool Kat Quilting join us again.  Kathy is an expert long arm quilter and also has some wonderful patterns (some she designs herself), fabrics (gorgeous balis), tools etc. for sale.  Pop onto her website to see more

Kathy of Kool KatKool Kat

Indigo Niche ladies, Sue Howie and Colleen Shepherd, were there once again and had lots of Japanese inspiration for us.  The most delectable Japanese fabrics, sashiko kits, bags and patterns, threads and notions.  Also some lovely Kitty Pippen patterns and kits.

Colleen & Sue Indigo Niche

We were delighted to have the folk from Patchwork with Busy Fingers join us this year.  They specialize in hand paper piecing and have everything you could possibly need for your paper piecing projects.  Some wonderful patterns for sale and manning and womaning the stall was Greg (who can wield a mean needle) and Shannon.  We hope you enjoyed your stay with us in Toowoomba.

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Shannon and Greg Pwork busy fingersPaper Pieceing

Fun loving Nikki, from Nikki Tervo Designs was there to delight us with her fantastic handmade buttons.  There were many to choose from and Nikki also had some other cute gift lines and notions to tempt us.  She also stocks fabrics, patterns and kits.  Great to catch up with you Nikki.

Nikki Tervo w Jill and Marilyn

Nikki is pictured here with two of our members, Jill ( L ) and Marilyn G. ( R )

During the week some of our members displayed and worked on various  projects.

Ally, Carol F and Heather

Heather on the right is working on some small hexagon paper piecing and is watched on by Allie ( L) and Carol (R ).

Ann J

Ann working on some machine piecing.

Fay w demonstrations

Fay was showing all the myriad of quilts and blocks one can make with fabric strips.  A wonderful display and one very knowledgeable lady.

Lyn C with her featherweight singer

Lyn Crump was showing how to do her foundation piecing and was using her very cute Singer featherweight.

Robyn G

Robyn Ginn is a very talented member and is shown here demonstrating some hand piecing.  She also has on show her hand qpplique and hand quilting.

Joye with hexagons

Joye was there every day working on her hexagons, large and small (really, really small).

Yvonne & Joan Sales Table

Yvonne and Joan at the sales table.  It was magnificent this year.

Teresa and Marilyn front door

Teresa & Marilyn at the front door and raffle table. 

It was a most enjoyable week for both members and traders.