Sunday, May 25, 2014

A Cuppa for a Good Cause

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For several years now our club has supported the Cuppa for Cancer initiative.  This year, the theme was blue (as you will see by the display of quilts) and we enjoyed a wonderful morning tea supplied by members and some raffles and retail therapy.

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Many thanks to Margie and Loretta and their helpers and all the kitchen workers who pulled this event together. Almost all attendees dressed in blue.

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L – R Sally Gardner, Danielle Crismani and President Janice.

Our special guests this year were Danielle Crismani from Brisbane founder of an organization called ‘Baked Relief’, and Sally Gardner from Meals on Wheels Queensland.  Both ladies gave an informative talk and we learned from Danielle that ‘Baked Relief’ was born out of the 2011 flood crisis in Brisbane.  Both ladies do wonderful work for the community.

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Vicky & Mel

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Janice B (President)

We had a large table full of donated fabrics  with all proceeds going to Cancer Research.  Thank you to all the eager ladies who purchased fabric for their stash and helped the cause.

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Our table of goodies ready to be raffled.

Blue Show and Tell:

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Recycled denim quilt by Judy C

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Maker unknown

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Maker unknown

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Beautiful sashiko quilt by Lyn V.

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Abstract art quilt by Leslie E done in a workshop with Cheryl Denny.

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Some serious funds were raised for Cancer research.  Thank you to our members for your generous support.

Friday, May 23, 2014

Excursions and Shows

Thank you to Christine H who organised a bus trip to the Queensland Quilters Picnic that was held this year at the Sleeman Sports Complex at Chandler. It was a great day and we even had some time for extra retail therapy on the way home!


Queensland Quilters Inc is celebrating its 30th birthday this year, as is our club.















These are some of the beautiful 12 inch 30th birthday quilts that were on display at the Picnic.


This year a number of members entered their quilts into the Royal Toowoomba Show for the first time. Buddy Johnson worked hard to reorganise and to find sponsors for prizes to encourage greater interest in this section of the Show. Vicki D was out of town at the time but the quilt entered on her behalf by a friend won a prize. Fay S also won a prize. Congratulations to both them! It was the reorganisation as much as the prizes that generated interest this year so it's likely that there will be more entries next year.
Marlene and Vicki D with her prize-winning quilt

Betty's quilt - pattern from Kids' Quilts NZ




Betty F brought along this quilt for Show and Tell recently. It was destined for her grandson's bed.  However, she was heard to say that she enjoyed making it so much that she might make another one that she would display at our Exhibition in September.








Readers may remember our 2013 Art Union quilt that was on display at last year's Exhibition.  Proceeds from that Art Union were donated to the Toowoomba Branch of the National Trust to support the Royal Bull's Head Inn (http://www.nationaltrust.org.au/qld/RoyalBullsHeadInn) at Drayton. (Sorry - still can't get links to work.) 
Helen Moloney,volunteer at Bull's Head Inn, with Verna H and Gail J
Earlier this month the lovely volunteers at the Inn invited our club members to visit for morning tea and a tour of the Inn to view some of their achievements.  For some members it was their first visit.  Everyone enjoyed themselves and appreciated the opportunity to experience a little of Toowoomba's unique history, prompting discussion over morning tea about "the (good?) old days."