Friday, March 28, 2014

Thursday night...................................

Nine intrepid (or insane) quilters braved the weather and headed off to Buderim...........
Jane is nearing the end of her 1/2" hexie quilt - oh, happy days!!

Sue's 1/2" hexies

Yola was working on her GTSBQ - yup, rights right - more hexies!!

AND Debs 1/2" hexies..................

Letitia was squaring off some HST...........

Marlene is still "kiting".................

..................and so is Jules, with a little help from her "friends"...........

Jenny attached her crazy panel to the sewing caddy.

Sue was on supper duty!!!!! I think that was the reason many of us braved the weather.........

Till next week.

Friday, March 21, 2014

Atrium Glimpses, Steep Learning Curve and busy fingers make light work...

Some renovations being done at the Cottage at the moment, pics to follow as it's a bit behind closed doors - not secret squirrel behind closed doors, closed doors to stop anyone forgetting and tramping footprints over the newly sealed floor, and of course with a newly sealed floor comes fumes.

It was decided to make use of the patio, shaded very nicely by its new fixed awning.  A lot of work from a lot of people, including members of our Management Committee went into getting this awning not to mention the financial help from Councilor Christian Dickson, to whom we are very grateful.
While you sit outside, you can glance into the Atrium for a view of the many inspirational items for sale by the members of the 12 groups that make up the Cottage
Of course, couldn't resist wandering around and taking a few pics of Patchwork Groups offerings.

Hexagon Bouquet by Pat

Assorted Table Runners, bags, place mats and pot mitts from different members.

Rocking chair loaded with lovelies.
 How lucky we are to have this amazing facility to sell our creations.

First order of business for the day was a workshop organised by Sue to thread drawstrings through the many Toiletry Bags made for Najidah, the emergency accommodation service for families affected by Domestic Violence, as you can see, all heads down and busy, busy!

Christine bought along her Scotty Dog, who will shortly be winging his way to a special little Grandie up North.

Marie shared her vibrant new table mat with us, made using the binding tool.  It will be a workshop for after Easter- Thanks Marie...
Another piece from the talented Marie, Machine Trapunto,  this square was going to be the center of a large quilt but sanity prevailed, it would be enormously heavy to quilt on a D.S.M.
This beautiful piece would also make a very nice workshop, or perhaps a smaller version??

Fae, one of our more long term members, who has never even had, or used, a computer, got a little entranced by the rash of Ipads floating around our group, gals sharing quilting ideas, books, family pics, on and on, it all just sounded to delish to miss out on.  Some talk took place, some advice was given, and a Darling was pressed into service to help on the shopping expedition.  Fae is over the moon, and so pleased with her new toy.
Now of course, it's all a bit of a challenge but after just 2 weeks she is emailing friends, taking pics  and generally having a ball.
Her tutor, Marie V reckons next stop, learn to e-mail those piccies!
Just know that if when I miss a meeting, Fae will be another willing helper to zoom off some pics for the blog.

Our Easter Fair is fast approaching, members are dropping flyers into our local fabric stores.  Popped into Johno's where the lovely Robin was only too happy to help out and look what I spotted.
A shipment of the cutest flannels had just arrived, this is just some of the selection and all very  reasonably priced.

This is not a quilt story, but a quilters story.
 Lorraine's new puppy, little Bea (little no more)  had to have that ever so necessary operation, and of course has one of those plastic collars to keep the stitches intact, -as quilters you would know how important that is.
Now Lainey and her darling found on arising each morning that there was a bit of a problem, anything left on the couch over night, stitching, reading material, whatever, was always on the floor, thinking Bea was just being inquisitive they didn't worry too much.
Hoo-evah, the Darling, waking at the crack of Sparrows one morning took the opportunity to sneak up to the doorway and sneak a peek around the corner.
This is what was found.
Not allowed on the couch??  don't think so.
Lainey has given up and put a throw over the couch, bit slack I reckon, she should run up a couple of doggie quilts for Bea, you know, one on, one in the wash. What do you reckon??

If you have got this far down the post, keep scrolling down, just a couple of hours ago Sew,So Crazy posted what the Thursday night gals have been up to and you don't want to miss out now do you?!

Thursday night..............

Busy, busy, busy
Jules was making good progress on her friendship braid quilt.

Letitia's scrappy, spider web, strip quilt is looking really good!

Letitia and her "stuff"

Oh wow, Leanne's colours are great...........

Getting up to no good!!

Kites, kites, kites for Marlene........................ and think she still has thousands to make!!!

Hmmm, Fiona's hand piecing project looks interesting..........

Debs is STILL working on hexagons - isn't her mug bag sweet??

Clamshells on the agenda for Jane.................moved on from the hexies have we???

Jenny's 1930's hand piecing

Jane was on supper duty - a mixture of good and bad - all delicious!!

See you next week!!

Saturday, March 15, 2014

Thursday night

Denise has been busy............... a little birdhouse wall hanging.....

A jelly roll quilt - on the home straight - binding time!

Another jelly roll quilt - I cannot remember who made this one - apologies to the maker!

Elaine had some knitting on the go............

While a few of us made cute little mug bags.............

Just buttons to ne stitched on and they are good to go!!

Wednesday, March 12, 2014

Luscious Quilts, snazzy flimsies and a simple quilt construction.

Every year for International Women's Day Bev from Maleney Magic quilt shop hosts a Luncheon, featuring a well know quilter as guest speaker, speakers have been Dianne Johnston, Jan Mullen, Margaret Rolfe, Barbara Travis and Susane Briscoe among others, many others.  This year it was the turn of Judy Hooworth.
Judy, along with Margaret Rolfe are the authors of that amazing book 'Spectacular Scraps'
Beryl bought along a quilt to share that she had made in a Judy Hooworth workshop back in 2001 at an S.C.&C. Quilters Workshops.
A closer view of that stunning center.
Log Cabin construction with an H.S.T 'Heart'
Did you see that little photo on Beryl's Quilt?, managed to get a snap of it to show you the other quilts made at the S.C.&C. Workshop.
Dont'ch just lurve technology. These are all stunning quilts.

Jackie was one of the many girls from our Patchwork Group who attended the luncheon, and bought this rather special note along to share with us, from our current Govenor-General Quentin Bryce to Bev Perel, the luncheon organiser and owner of Maleny Magic.
A wonderful time was had by all who attended, the food was fab, the entertainment terrific and the speaker was very entertaining.  Great idea to pencil the date into your diary for next year.  Just pop over to  to read the online newsletter and to book for future I.W.D. Functions.

That Jelly Roll Race, gosh what fun was had by all.  Mary, knowing she wouldn't be at this weeks meeting got her rush on and finished her flimsey before leaving last week.

Wendy, has totally finished her quilt.  Of course one of the negatives of a Jelly Roll Quilt is....yep, you have used your entire roll and there is nothing left for a border.  Of course you could purchase a second Jelly roll to make a border, and then of course you need to be thinking and planning how to use up those leftovers. - or not.
Wendy cleverly solved her problem by using a mauve fabric and tying the border to the quilt by appliqueing a mauve flower on the quilt surface.
The perfect fit, Wendy already had some mauve floral in her stash for the backing.

Jackie is off on a rather lovely sounding holiday soon, so decided to bring along two items for show and tell, firstly this stunningly vibrant Hexie quilt.  Larger hexies to make the most of the vibrant Kaffe Fassett fabric
A closer view of some lovely fabrics.
Jackie hand pieced the hexies, just look at those sharp points!
She then had that talented quilter Judy from Furball Farm Quilting quilt her beauty with this lovely allover design.
Every time I pop over there, to Furball Farm, to drool, to copy the link address, whatever, I am blown away by the stunning work Judy does.............Just gonna steal this pic from her site to share with you, sometimes you just gotta do what you just gotta do.
 Now isn't that just magical?, don't you just want to go visit with this quilt and pat?!
Of course I will use my manners and shoot Judy off an e-mail requesting the use of her pic....
Addendum THANK YOU so much for permission Judy.

Jackie also had her Jelly Roll Race flimsey, all Christmassy in flavour
and it was amazing to watch Jackie talk about ideas, options and what she may do with this flimsy.
Can't wait for Christmas when this potential stunner comes into the spotlight.....oh and that digit? the one offside?- well that was Christine telling Val a snippet about her flimsey, which she repeated later on.

And here it is, Christine's wonderfully muted flimsy. 
What could be a better design than to use this great flimsey as a background for an underwater scene?  Yep, not only is it the plan, her newly retired Darling has unearthed his inner artist, and has drawn up the design details, something about dolphins, coral, etc, etc....
Another quilt I can't wait to see finished!.

Karen's Jelly Roll proved to be a Junior Jelly Roll, that is, only 20 strips, but not to be outdone, Karen rummaged around in her stash and found extra, 
then just because she wanted to, she cut her flimsey 2 ways, creating 4 pieces that she flipped and scooted to form this totally stunning flimsey, with the addition of a 1" gold border and then a wider dark blue border she has an amazing take on the Jelly Roll Quilt.  Karen is a newish member to our group and I hope to catch her with her next creation to introduce her to you.  Welcome to our group of friendly quilters Karen.

Today was 'The Day' for Val to show us the amazingly simple quilt layout.  Sashed 4 patch blocks, so simple to assemble and with Val's layout so simple to create a flimsey with the minimum of points to match.
Val had a slab of 10 blocks already joined to start us off.

She then demonstrated the twist and turn method of laying the blocks against each other to minimise matching seam joins.  This added block has a long side sashing running across a short sashing bordered on each side with long sashings.  - following? really?
Oh just follow the pics peeps, its all there for you.
Adding the second block along, its all reversed, see?, simple really.
As Val points out, there are very few seams to match with this method.
and of course those little 4 patches in the center. 'portant to get them matching, whole design hinges on those points coming together nicely.
Val was asked how she created the 4 patches, cut individually or strip pieced and crosscut.
With a big deep sigh, Val fessed up, she has been making scrappy quilts for a few months now, so when she worked out she need x number of red squares and x number of blue squares for her four patches................she just went ahead and cut them~!!! it was when she sat down to stitch that the dawn - well dawned.  
Being the trouper she is she just went ahead and stitched them altogether.
No one asked if any special words were muttered......I mean really, would you ask?
This is going to be another loving and lovely Charity Quilt.
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