Thursday, April 20, 2017

Easter has been and gone...

...and from all reports the Cottage Easter Fair was yet again, a huge success.

Sheila sent some pics from Wednesdays meeting for us to share. Thanks Sheila.

Stella sharing a beautiful 'Wedding Ring' quilt, a gift for someone special in her life

Lorraine shared her version of the Mystery Quilt run by Wendy last year. Some intricate and stunning quilting in the negative spaces, along with just a snippet of a lovely pink quilt, not sure who created this lovely but "well done you!", it's beautiful.

Wednesday, April 12, 2017

Easter just around the corner...

and all the talented Cottage members are busily getting ready for the Annual Easter Fair on Saturday April 15th. Details on the Buderim Cottage site here Pop along and grab yourself an Easter treat or something special for a loved one.
Patchwork girls have been beavering away and have lots of lovely quilts and gifts, pics and more on those later as the girls bring along their bundles of goodies for sale.

Last week new member Chris had a lovely Q.A.Y.G. charity quilt to share with the group. Inspired by a class at a Quilt Show Chris attended she has donated her lovely to the Oncology ward in Nambour Hospital.
Chris created a pieced backing for extra interest.

Wendy also had another one of her finished beauties to share.

I have been away from the Cottage and the blog for quite a number of months, missed everyone enormously but hopefully everything back on track now. Hope to catch up with you all at the Easter Fair.

Friday, October 7, 2016

Cottage was fair jumpin'...

last Wednesday, lots of excitement and planning of purchases at the Brisbane Craft and Quilt show, offers to 'pick up a few extras' for those not able to make it and some very sage advice from one who has been bitten...more than once...check your crafting supplies before you go, just so you don't come home with yet another 'amazing gizmo that you know you just cannot live without' to join the very same gizmo sitting in your cupboard, obviously, still in it's packaging!

The Potters (or more formally, the clay artists and potters Group were also scooting through and around, busy busy, mountains of beautiful pieces were being set on plinths and displays tweeked - their annual exhibition 'The Sculptured Garden' starts this weekend. Dates are Saturday 8th until Sunday 16th October from 9a.m. to 4p.m. daily
The display coincides with the Buderim Garden Festival on 15th and 16th Oct, so if you are planning a visit to the Sunshine Coast don't miss out, make it soon and snaffle yourself an amazing piece of clay art, or perhaps even win this fantastic piece.
Designed and generously donated by Deidre Phipps, tickets are $2 or 3 for $5.

Loraine had a stunning wip to share, the pattern is by Jeanne Harrison from the facebook group 'Sit Down Free Motion Quilters', a group Loraine finds very helpful.
Loraine tells us that there is a pic of Jeanne's quilt on the facebook page but as it is a closed group you will need to join to access the pic/pattern.
A couple of closer views of Loraine's work

Marlene shared her almost finished 'I Spy', created with her gifted pack of squares from the group. Marlene chose to go down the 'vibrant' path when planning her quilt, searching high and low to gather sashing and binding fabrics that would reflect all the colours featured in her border.

Fae had another finished charity quilt to share, cute and cuddly bears.
and is busily stitching the binding on another one, to be revealed next week.

Courtney busily working on her version of our mystery quilt, lots of lovely blues and purples.

Congratulations to new patchwork group member Gahey on her win at the Nundah Art Show Gahey is also a member of the Cottage group MMM (Mixed and Multi Media) and entered one of her pieces "The Portrait" winning a lovely 1st prize and $500.

Clay artist Heather was happy to share her beautiful piece with us, looking forward to visiting the potters and their always great exhibition.

Saturday, October 1, 2016

Mystery Quilt - Step 1

Here it is, Materials List and step 1 or our Mystery Quilt.

This will make a quilt 48inches square. If you would like to make it 48" x 72" you will need 2.5 metres of background fabric, plus borders and another 50% more of your 2.5" wide strips or jelly roll strips.

Assorted 2.5inch strips of scraps or part of a jelly roll (approx. 24 2.5" strips)
1.5mtr background fabric with another 40cm extra for the border.

Step 1 Instructions
From your 2.5" wide strips of scraps or jelly roll cut:-
32 4.5" long strips
32 6.5" long strips

From your background fabric cut 6 x 2.5" wide strips across the width of fabric.
Subcut the background fabric strips into 64 x 2.5" squares.

Draw a line diagonally on the wrong side of your 64 squares corner to corner.

With right sides together, place a background square on right hand end of the 4.5" strips, making sure your stitching line runs from the top right hand corner to the bottom left hand corner.
Stitch along the marked line as per diagram below to snowball the corner. Trim excess fabric a quarter inch for seam allowance and press open.

With the pile of 6.5" strips, place a 2.5" background square on the left hand end of the strip, making sure your stitching line runs from the top left to the bottom right corner. Stitch along the marked line. Check the diagram. The stitching angle is critical so keep one as a template and make sure all stitch lines are going in the right direction.
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