Thursday, February 23, 2012

Bag of Stuff

The Toowoomba Quilter’s Art Quilt Group meets on the 3rd Saturday of each month.  It has turned into a very proactive lively group.

This past Saturday some members of the group exchanged a “Bag of Stuff”.

The bags were numbered and then each person drew out a number and received the corresponding bag.

Now the member will make a small art quilt no bigger than 20 inches on each side and the resulting quilt will go back to the original owner of the bag.

There were some very interesting contents!!

No. 1No. 2No. 3No. 4

No. 6No. 7No. 8No 5

No. 9No. 10

Next month the group will be playing with some washable solvy and trapping threads.  Other workshops are being organized for the rest of the year.

Wednesday, February 15, 2012

Community Quilting–Full Steam Ahead

There have been some finishes on the community quilts and the ladies have been busy working on getting some stock together.

Our friends west of us may be in need of some quilts in the coming winter months after the devastating floods they have experienced in the past couple of weeks.

14.02.12 log cabin comm.

Some cute little motifs put together in a log cabin style.  This would be perfect for a little girl.  One of the members will now put the layers together and quilt it.

14.02.12 mauve Fay comm

All of the fabrics in this quilt have been kindly donated by members and it has been beautifully quilted by Fay.  Dianne C is finishing the binding off on it.

14.02.12 rabbit quilt comm.

This gorgeous little bunny quilt will be ideal for a little tot.

14.02.12 sewing comm Fay Helen

Fay and Helen busily working on the charity quilts.

Thank you to all the members who are giving their time and material so generously to the community quilts.

14.02.12 June raffle quilt

June is happily working on the paper pieced Reflections quilt for our 2012 raffle quilt.

14.02.12 Joan w tumbling block

Here is Joan R with her magnificent hand pieced Tumbling Blocks quilt.  It took Joan some 3 –4 years to complete this quilt.

She had beautifully machine quilted it herself (see below)

14.02.12 close up baby blocks

14.02.12 Tumbling block joan

Bravo Joan!!!

Heather R also had some show and tell for us..

Firstly, this sweet stitchery quilt.  The stitcheries are from Julie Lovell’s “Sweet Inspiration” designs.

14.02.12 stitchery q Heather

14.02.12 heather beauty14.02.12 heather bliss14.02.12 heather friendship14.02.12 heather happiness14.02.12 heather love14.02.12 heather sunshine

Very cute designs!

The second quilt was a Lady Bug quilt.  Heather did this quilt from one of our books or magazines out of our library but can’t remember which one??

14.02.12 Lady bug Heather R

Lovely work, Heather.

14.02.12 Lyn with Lady Jolene14.02.12 Lady Jolene close up

This is “Lady Jolene” with her maker, Lyn L.  Lyn does some very cute dolls and this one is from a design by Jill Maas.

Looks like 2012 is going to be the year of mass production at TQ. 

Happy quilting……..

Saturday, February 11, 2012

2012 Raffle Quilt Started

On our regular Tuesday meet on 7th February some of our members (under the tuition and guidance of member, Lyn Crump from Busy Quilting) began our 2012 raffle quilt.

It is going to be a stunning quilt constructed from batiks.  The pattern is one designed by Judy Niemeyer called “Reflections”.  07.02 Piecing raffle quilt

Under construction

07.02 Raffle quilt workshop

Foreground – Lyn L, Middle – Genell, Back – Vicky working on the quilt which is constructed using the foundation piecing technique.

There were some more finishes on Tuesday.

07.02 Sheila teal & choc

This lovely vibrant quilt from Sheila D is all finished now and was beautifully quilted by Lyn Crump from ‘Busy Quilting’.

07.02 Shy Sheila

The very shy Sheila holding up her quilt.

Hexagon I Spy Cheryl G

This bright and cheerful hand pieced hexagon quilt was put together by Cheryl G for her little grand daughter, Kara. Beautiful, Cheryl.

Sewphie Lyn L

“Sewphie” was hand made by our expert doll maker in the group, Lyn L.  “Sewphie” is made from a pattern by Julie McCullough and if you look closely she has many sewing requisites used in her making.  Even a cotton reel hairdo.

07.02. Lyn L with Sewphie

Lyn and a back view of her doll “Sewphie”.

It was lovely to see Helen B back at quilting after a forced hiatus. Helen was affected severely by our 2010 flash flooding.  She has been the recipient of some wonderful generosity in the past year, and now she is giving some herself. Helen is working on a project for Linus and has been making and giving these wonderful tactile quilts.  Other members may wish to get in on the act, and that would be most welcomed, just have a talk to Helen and she will advise you.

07.02 Helens tactile quilt

Close up of quilt.                  

07.02 June & Helen w linus quilt

June (foreground) and Helen showing the tactile quilt for Linus.

Some more show and tell from our most recent member, Robbie.  Thanks for bringing along your quilts and sharing them with us, Robbie.

04.02 I Spy heart Robbie

“Young at Heart”.  Robbie has collected over 600 “I Spy” fabrics over the past 10 years and using 169 squares has  made at least 70 of these quilts – selling many but also giving them to charities such as Red Cross, Breast Cancer Research.  This  “I Spy “ quilt is great for a beginner.  Robbie also sell parcels of 169 squares to offset her costs if Club members are interested.

04.02 UK Memories Robbie

“UK Memories”.  In April 2011 Robbie had her first ever, yes, first ever holiday.  She was in England and Wales for a month and collected teatowels and fabrics, of course.  A real hotch potch.  This stack and slash pattern provided the solution.  Robbie free motioned the names of the places and things that she enjoyed.

07.02.12 star quilt

Community quilt finished by Angela Langdon.

This quilt-top was donated by a local lady during the floods.  Angela beautifully quilted the large colourful star in a random star design using a variegated thread.

Friday, February 3, 2012

A busy Tuesday

We had a large gathering this past Tuesday with 30 plus members coming together to stitch and enjoy each other’s  company.

There was some show and tell quilts hanging up which brightened up our club room.

31.01.12Hungry caterpiller

‘The Hungry Caterpillar’ quilt made by Lyn H (one of our newer members).  Made for her grand-son, Jacob, for his second birthday. The Hungry Caterpillar is Jacob’s favourite bedtime story.  Beautiful job, Lyn.  Lyn has also made the quilt reversible with an embroidered version on the back.

31.01.12 Friends Quilt Angela

Angela has made this beautiful charm quilt from charms received from friends here and overseas.  She has machine quilted the charms in her own quilting design.  Lovely work, Angela.

31.01.12 Vicky quilting

Vicky (our Vice President) enjoying her day at quilt group working on her white on white hand quilting project.

Our general meeting will be held this Saturday 4 February 2012

  Quilting begins at 9.30 so if you are interested in joining us please feel free to come along and see what we get up to!