Wednesday, December 18, 2013

Final notes for 2013

There has been much frivolity of late but there has also been a lot of serious and charitable work accomplished by members of Toowoomba Quilters Club over the same period.

Gabrielle returned last week from a holiday in NSW. Somehow she and her husband managed to fit fourteen quilts into their car to take to the Blue Mountains for victims of the bushfires there during late October. Twelve of these quilts were made by our Community Quilting Group and two others were donated by members.

Gabrielle (TQs) and Tracey Greenaway

Tracey Greenaway was delighted to accept these quilts on behalf of the Salvation Army and will ensure that they are distributed as needed.

Closer to home, five quilts were recently given to Lifeline for a Toowoomba family experiencing tragic circumstances. Lyle, who does a tremendous job coordinating the making of quilts for those in need in our community, and Fay, our club President, were able to present these personally to Derek Tuffield, General Manager of Lifeline Darling Downs and South West Queensland.
Lyle (TQs), Fay (TQs) and Derek Tuffield (Lifeline)  
An earlier post (3 Oct) provided details of the Viewers' Choice winners relating to our 2013 Exhibition.  We were finally able to get them together for a celebratory morning tea and formal presentation of prizes.  The Royal Bulls Head Inn, Toowoomba Branch of the Queensland National Trust, was the recipient of the proceeds from our 2013 Art Union and representatives, Stephanie and Debbie, also attended the function and were thrilled to accept a donation that will help to keep this heritage-listed building open for the community to enjoy.

Penny, Robyn, Christine, Stephanie and Debbie
There will be no more sewing day meetings until Tuesday 7 January 2014. We wish all members, readers and their families a safe, peaceful and Happy Christmas.

Friday, December 13, 2013

Christmas 2013

The bloggers for Toowoomba Quilters have been a bit slack lately.  However the quilters have been active and productive. On Tuesday several members brought in quilts that they have completed as Christmas gifts for family &/or friends.

Tranquility by Dot C

Dot C made this stunning quilt for her grandson and partner as a house-warming / Christmas present.

As often happens, the photo does not do it justice. (If you click on the photo, it will enlarge on your screen.)

 This is not a quilt - but what a work of art!?!
Pavlova made by Val M

This was Val's contribution to our shared Christmas lunch. What a feast it was with the sharing of so many special culinary delights!
But there was more . . . Ineke organised the entertainment and called upon the quickly-assembled Toowoomba Quilters' Choir to lead the singing and that later became the Toowoomba Quilters' Actors for a unique performance of the 12 Days of Christmas.
TQs Christmas Choir 2013
8 maids a-milking
10 lords a-leaping
  See the beautiful Christmas quilts that adorned the walls of our meeting rooms! 

"random group" of diners

 Sixty-three people enjoyed the day! Many thanks to all who participated!

A report on other recent activities will appear soon.