Tuesday, April 10, 2018

Lorraine Hunter Quilt

Look what popped up on Facebook this morning!
Lorraine with her prize winning quilt, what a great smile she has. I'm sure we all miss her happy outlook, and sharing personality.

The pic was on one of the posts from Esther Aliu page, the full link is https://www.facebook.com/groups/EsthersQuiltBlogBOMGroup/?ref=nf_target&fref=nf You will have to scroll down to see the post and even to leave a congrats message for Lorraine. I know a few of you are following and stitching Esther's B.O.M and will have seen the post but for those who have not here are a couple more pics

Monday, April 9, 2018

We have news!...

...from Sheila and Pat who are having a wonderful time at the A.Q.C in Melb, sharing some lovely pics and words with us via Sheila's ipad.
Thank you Sheila.

a beautiful building

Super new Bernina

Julie Haddricks samples

The descriptions and pics in the second e-mail just don't seem to link up, so I give you Sheila's words and the pics following...no doubt Sheila will explain all when we next see her.

"Modern from USA"

"Lorraine Hunter. Best of Tas". Lorraine was a member of our group before she moved to Tassie.


"Possible workshop made from 2.5" strips"

Challenge "Bridges" by Neroli Henderson

"Exciting at dinner when our tutor Julie Haddrick was awarded Rajah award for 2018. I am exhausted after 2 day workshop. Won't be home till Wed night. Cheers, Sheila"

Saturday, March 31, 2018

Easter Fair 2018

Its a beautiful day here on the Sunshine Coast, just perfect for the Buderim Annual Easter Fair and the many visitors who will flock to this well loved event. The Buderim Craft Cottage has another 12 groups along with the Patchwork Group, they are Fabric Art, Needlework, Silversmiths, Yarns and Fibers, Creative Writing, Photography, Life Drawing, Mixed Media, Painting, Calligraphy, Machine Embroidery and Pottery Groups, so along with the co hosts, Buderim Library and the Buderim Lions Club you can imagine the wonderful array of crafts and great buys that will be available to you.

This year Patchwork Group has a small sampling table in the main room of the Cottage.
for goodness sake don't have a 'What?' moment, the rest of the patchwork goodies are on display in our usual room at the end of the Cottage, along with the talented Fiber Arts gals with their vibrant display of beautifully dyed silks and fibers turned into wonderful gifts.

So as you can see loads of eye candy and wonderful items for you to make your own.

Wednesday, February 28, 2018

February Finally Finished U.F.O's, and a promised finish

Jackie was just so close to a finally finished U.F.O. she reckoned she was definitely gonna be finished by meeting's end, so we have let her off the hook, mind you, someone did sidle up and whisper, "If she doesn't finish we will dob...."
Trouble is, Jackie gets distracted, a lot, as Librarian, if she isn't jumping up to put her hand on just the right book for someones project, (and I have to tell you, some of those quilt descriptions can be pretty vague) she will be laying her hand on a piece of equipment someone needs or the biggest distraction of all, chatting - well, isn't that what its all about? catching up and sharing?
Jackie started this cutie a l o n g w a y b a c k, but while searching for something else last week she unearthed the button cutie. Just the thing for the F.F.U.F.O. Challenge.
Jackie has her own challenge within our challenge, she plans on finishing one item every month, well that's the plan.
Some sets of buttons saved so many years ago from her little brothers rompers, how cute are the little rocking horses.
From her Grandma's button collection, including some that Jackies Mum had on the front of her 'Tennis Whites'

Karen Do. is also ploughing through the U.F.O. pile, she bought this pattern/kit a couple of years ago at a craft exhiition, for some unknown (even to Karen) reason, they sat there, unfinished by 'just this much'. One tinsy little bit of seam.
A bright and lively cat panel was given to Karen to turn into a quilt, Karen plans on donating this cutie to her local cat rescue center to use as a fund raising raffle quilt. Another U.F.O finished!
Using free motion quilting Karen outlined block elements, which showed up beautifully on her backing.

Chris and Karen Do. had a bit of a collaboration going on. Creating some lovely place mats for her Daughter Chris found a need for just a little more of this lovel V Dub fabric, which Karen was only too pleased to share from her stash. Not needing the remaining fabric, Chris stitched up this terrific oven Glove for Karen as a thank you.

Just checking that there were no missed U.F.O.'s, asked Inge if there were any hanging around, 'No' was the firm answer, but quick as a flash she shows this, with a laugh and a 'but almost'

Thursday, February 22, 2018

A Winter's Day in the Summertime...

We have been having some blisteringly hot and humid weather the past few weeks, today was just the opposite, dull, dreary and drizzling, had an impact on our meeting numbers but those who braved the rain had a great time, not to mention a super arvo tea.

Wendy had her own little sweat shop on the go, she and Karen were busily stitching down the binding on a quilt, looked a little like that old cartoon of Lady and the Tramp and the spaghetti string (yeah, I know, really showing my age here)
while across the table Marie was busily stitching away on one of Wendy's millefiori blocks.

Marion was also working on binding, on a place mat, a gift for a lucky Sydneysider, yes, Marion and her Darling are off to Sydney to catch up with family and friends.

Karen Da. has discovered applique, and is having a ball with a wonderful free B.O.M. from the talented Esther Aliu. Karen recently bought herself a new sewing machine and needed a project to take to machine lessons with Kim of Kimz Sewing and Patchwork. While sharing her blocks with us Karren laughingly told of how she was so caught up in the stitching that when she finally surfaced it was two hours after her lesson was supposed to finish, she was amazed that Kym didn't pull her up and say 'over'. Those who know how generous Kim is, just smiled.
Kim also put Karen onto using a stabiliser under her stitching, makes a world of difference, so much so, that Karen is considering redoing her first block as the stitching sits so much nicer on the stabilised block. Either that or Karen is just having too much fun with these blocks.

Marlene had a quilt to share, via phone pics, made for a lucky family member.
Our Librarian, Jackie challenged the group to all take home a book or two and to read them over the christmas break, mind you, some cheeky sausages said they would take but not read or even open, tch tch.
Marlene chose 'Jelly Roll Inspirations' by Pam Lintott and found a great pattern for a 'boy' quilt, perfect design to lay either across or lengthwise on a bed.

Jackie is working on another had pieced quilt that she drafted the pattern for, saw the design and just up and drafted it out.
We have a new addition to our Library, WALK, the Jacquie Gering book on Machine quilting with your walking foot.
Jackie is considering using one of the designs to quilt her new lovely.

As we all know, East Coast Fabrics are closing down on the Sunshine Coast. Perhaps this is the reason why.
Spotlight to open in Dalton Drive.

Friday, February 16, 2018

How to Beat the Heat...

...simple really, flick the switch and activate the Air Con. Boy are we ever so grateful that one room of our Cottage is airconditioned, its a smaller room but with a little organisation we can all fit!

Karen presented a tutorial to the group on making cute pouches, with a clear plastic front and a zippered opening, these cuties can be made at any size to fit your needs. Just the thing for stacking and carrying 'take along projects'. Karen has made a few of these for our various Fairs as well as accepting the odd commission for gifts

Cheryl shared her version of the pattern Wendy presented a couple of weeks back, using a different layout for another stunning quilt.

Di sent pics for us to share of some of her U.F.O.s, missing is a pic of a lovely blouse she finally finished.
First pic showing Di's Hexi cushions using a lovely soft pallet is courtesy of Penny of Patchwork Angel, thanks Penny.
Di's U.F.O. Show and Share was of a beautiful Shashiko wall quilt.
Using non traditional colours makes this a georgeous addition to Di's home.
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