Thursday, February 2, 2012

A day of sadness, memories, and a story of quilters helping their dear friend.

Our first day back at the Cottage was one of strong and mixed emotions, a day to greet quilting mates, get a big 'Welcome Back' from leader Sheila and catch up on the goss.
Sadly, it was also a time to remember Janet, our dearly loved and talented member who passed away on Tuesday morning.
Janet was a member of our group for nigh on 10 years and was always available to help with a quilting question, a chat, a smile and a positive outlook, she was our Workshop Co-ordinator for quite a few of those years, introducing us all to many new techniques and tutors.  Janet was also the winner of our latest Lyn Ballinger Challenge.
Orchids, Janet's favourite flower

As we all know, Janet was a great supporter and volunteer of STEMM, and her family sent us the suggestion that, if you were intending to send flowers you might like to consider making a donation to STEMM in Janet's memory instead. Our group will be sending a donation and if you would also like to, please send the donation marked 'In Memory of Janet Smith,  STEMM,  Burnside High School, Box 5247 SCMC,  Nambour 4560'
Our love and thoughts go to John, Daughter Alison and Janet's other family members at this sad time.

Janet was creating a lovely quilt for her granddaughter Jenna, bit it wasn't quite finished, so with the help of some good friends - Di, who did the final piecing, Marlene who added the border, Fiona who used her longarm quilting skills to quilt Jenna's quilt and Gwen who bound and finished the quilt, it was finished.  We got to see this lovely quilt for a special lass at Show and Tell yesterday.

As a gift for us all at our Christmas Luncheon, Sheila and Lorraine worked to collect a pile of 'Orphan' Blocks, visiting the hallowed halls of the local op shops, and form all accounts, really getting stuck into Lorraine's little orphan stash - well, it's a little stash now! so that we would all have something to challenge us and for us to work on over the break.....and guess what?...some folks did!
Val pulled open her bottom draw and found a full orphanage! she used some of them to create this colourful kiddies quilt, here she shows us her Christmas Orphan, thanks to Lorraine, the blocks along the bottom of the quilt are all Lynette Anderson stitcheries, and although Val had a story for each block she has no idea where the middle row pin wheel type blocks came from! all in all, a great use of orphans.

Another two orphans turned into goodies, Sue created a cute black, white and red cushion and Julie created a tote.  Both blocks from Lorraine's little stash.

Julie also created this cute little stuffed toy, and some inventive lass created two toiletries bags for our Women's refuge charity.
Another creation from Julie (boy she was a busy little Bunyip over the hols), this lovely coffee table runner, Bronwyn Hayes from Red Brolly stitcheries and lovely fabrics, Julie uses the runner when serving afternoon tea to her stitching friends.
Val was also trimming the stash over the hols, she passed these blocks and fabrics onto Betty who turned them into this terrific quilt.  Another one for Val's charity.

Innes bought along two quilts to share with us, her first quilt and her latest quilt.
The sampler was started a wee while ago in 1992, patterns drafted, fabric cut with scissors, hand pieced and hand quilted.  Innes finished this beauty in 1998.
and her latest quilt, all machine pieced and machine quilted, using Bali Pops and a wide backed Bali Print fabric.

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