Friday, December 12, 2014

food, brainteasers, quilts and fun...........................Thursday night

The Thursday night group ended the year with a bang.....................and food!

The were reindeers, elves..........

and a Christmas fairy.................

One of the reindeers played teacher and had a few brain teasers on hand.....

She was tough..............

All very festive..........................

very festive!

After the games we had a show and tell...... Fiona .................

had some beauties to show................

big ones...............

Another of Fiona's.

We were impressed.

The reindeer loved them too.

Poppies by Marlene.

Jackie looked very small behind her lovely quilt.

Jane, the secret sewer - I apologise for the poor quality of the photos - the lighting outside was not great.

Jane -the fussy cutter.

Debbie had some crazy to show............

and a very cute yo-yo elephant.

Leanne's 1" square quilt.

Letitia's "inchy" quilt.

Letitia had a lot to share but unfortunately the lighting affected the photos. 

 On behalf off all the Thursday nighters - A HUGE thank you to Marlene for all she does for the group. xxx
Happy Christmas!
We meet in the New Year on the third Thursday in January.

Thursday, December 11, 2014

Farewell 2014 Patchwork year

Yep, the last meeting for the year, but lots of 'homework' for us to all to carry on with over the hols, (can't be having withdrawals now can we?)
Our biennial quilt show is just a few months away now, and we all know how time just whishes by, it will be July before you can turn around.
The Lyn Ballinger challenge has been issued for us to work on over the break, lots of fun there and a few er... well... challenges, along with lots of play with the colour wheel.
Rather like this variation of the wheel Sue found in one of our library books, shows the relationship between colour families

although, some gals were very taken with this variation of the wheel from Online Design Teacher.
Lots of info on colour theory and schemes on the Online Design Teacher site.

We also have the Winter School to look forward to just before the quilt show, lots of excitement I can tell you, terrific tutors all lined up but Patchwork gals are extra excited to have well known Melbourne tutor and quilt artist Neroli Henderson coming to us for 4 days, yes, believe it, 4 days with 3 different classes, Art Basics, Aurora and the Churning.  So start popping those gold coins into a jam jar and come join us for what promises to be an amazing learning journey, for all the info check out the Winter School page on the Buderim Craft Cottage site

If you are unfamiliar with Neroli's work, wander through these sites - best grab a drink first though, so much to see and drool over.

Eiloren, lots of info and also the workshops lists, including the three Neroli will be presenting to us.

Eiloren facebook link, great pics of Neroli's work and works in progress, as well as links to exhibitions showing Neroli's work such as the Living Colour exhibition, currently on show at the Grenfell Art Gallery

Jackie bought along 3 quilts to share with us, a W.I.P. baby quilt, destined for STEMM, the charity of choice for the Thursday night gals
Jackie had planned on burying the threads in preparation to adding the binding, but, as our librarian she was kept busy logging out piles of books for our holiday reading.

This cutie is for a very spoilt little pup, 
she sleeps on the bed with her 'Mum', so Jackie has fond hopes of the little furball curling up on her very own quilt and not on Mums new quilt.
Jackie mentioned to her niece that she would make her a new quilt for her new bed last Australia Day, so a bit of a rush to get it delivered before a year has passed and Australia Day rolls around once more.
Quilting was done by Judy from Furball Farm Quilting,
pop over to Judy's site, she has a hot tip on removing Frixion pen lines.

Marie who is a bit of a William Morris fan, got a lovely surprise gift from Karen, this William Morris printed bag,
The smile says it all, thrilled, thrilled, thrilled.  So can you imagine the consternation when the ever so  mischievous Sue W quietly slid the bag to the other side of the table and sat back to watch the fun? didn't matter how many times Marie stood up and looked around her chair, that bag just wouldn't pop back into sight.....yeah, I know, we're a cruel bunch, but heck it was funny!

Marcia had some exciting news to share, her daughter Leanne is off to the Modern Quilt Guilds Quilt.Con in Texas in Feb 2015, of course, there is no shortage of offers to carry your port Leanne, oh and to help you shop of course.  
Leanne does beautiful work, you can check it out on her blog 'daisy and jack'
Have a wonderful trip Leanne, looking forward to hearing all about it.

Friday, December 5, 2014

Fun Times and Great Food...

were had at out Christmas Lunch on Wednesday.
After the great success Sue and Marie made of our Challenge luncheon, it was decided to ask them to cater our Christmas Lunch at the cottage, it was a great decision.
The food was plentiful, fresh, and more importantly, very very yummy.

Wendy and Stella set the tables with  floating candles in Mason jars that Wendy had decorated, along with plaid table runners and silver themed decorations with treats for all.  A very festive look.
It was a happy day and a great time was had by all, Lorraine kept the group entertained with games etc, she even had everyone singing Christmas carols.
After that delicious lunch, and all the fun, it was time to thank Sheila for all her hard work and guidance throughout the year.

Sue had come up with what we all thought was a brilliant idea, awarding Sheila her very own 'Star of the Month' for being such a great leader.  Sheila was pretty pleased with the award, especially as it is a blue star.
  but then Sue presented our great leader with a pressie. 
and stopped her in her tracks,
Yep, Sheila speechless! never seen it before.

Definitely worth all the scurrying around, conversations that suddenly had to change tack as Sheila approached, clandestine gathering of envelopes containing signature fabrics, sneak peeks of the quilts progress, back room discussions on layout and quilting designs...a great group effort.
The quilt was stitched by Sue, Wendy machine embroidered all the individual names and Pat quilted it.
and I reckon Sheila loves it!!

Friday, November 28, 2014

Christmas Fair, off and running today

Wow, that word is an understatement of the work that has been put into creating some really great goodies for sale at our annual Christmas Fair.

It starts today - Friday 28th November 2014 at 2p.m......and as it's raining up here on the Sunshine Coast,what a great way to fill in some hours this arvo.
Our members swing into Christmas stitchin' mode after the Lyn Ballinger Challenge mid year, creating just about everything you can think of quilting wise, lots of the old favourites as well as some of the new and innovative.

 Kiddies Quilts are in abundance.

From Australian Fauna, I Spy,
Fun Monsters to African Animals
Modern designs and the traditional Sunbonnet Sue
Baby quilts and '1st big bed quilts'
 Bed quilts for every decor
Walls of them to choose from:
for every age group
 Large wall hangings, pictorial
and geometric
small and vibrant...
 With loads of Christmas themed goodies in between
And toys, the cutest stuffed toys, and balls for Bub, but you will have to visit to see those...(v-b-g)
Of course none of this would be possible without the behind the scenes workers who set up such a wonderful visual feast, starting with the intake of goodies.
Ailsa and Michelle were our intake gals who beavered away marking off sheets and making sure all was tickey boo
 this is just one pile of quilts they dealt with
and where was Michelle I hear you ask?   out grabbing them a coffee, thirsty work signing in!

Then comes the setting up, Sue was our Artistic Director (not sure if that meant she was in charge of all things artistic or was a reflection on the way she ordered directed her little band of helpers) and was the last to leave the post, checking the last details

Sadly, by the time we patchworkers had finished setting up our section, so had everyone else, funny that ehe? so no-one to ask permission to take pics.  However, got some from the Fabric Art gals next door, they always have such brilliant work and a wonderful range, of stocking stuffers and beautiful gifts, either for another....
or for yourself....
something for your home...
a gift for one of the younger set...check out the wonderful green frog.
and how about this little fella, I think I'm in lurve!
 Now, just in case you haven't yet heard about the many folks who make up the 12 different groups of our Cottage, make yourself a drink of choice, something cool and refreshing or a warm and comforting hot chocolate, whatever...and pop on over to the  Buderim Craft Cottage website and have a browse, and then imagine the myriad of wonderful things you can buy for Christmas pressies, from little stocking stuffers up to a special quilt, a piece of jewelery for a loved one, a one off piece of pottery for the patio or garden....the list goes on and on.
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