Thursday, June 19, 2014

Viewers Choice, Lyn Ballinger Challenge and some exciting news!

Well, today was the day, the votes have been counted from the weekend and amongst much excitement, the lucky winner  was announced!
Viewers Choice of the 2014 Lyn Ballinger Challenge is.............. Pat Reid,
Congratulations Pat!

Pat was presented with her certificate and $50 voucher to spend at  Kimz Sewing and Patchwork Center.
Thank you Kim for your generosity. 
Pat's take on 'Circles of Communication'

Here is the pic, the original pic, that I couldn't show you last week, of the Judged winning pieces.
Pat with her winning entry (3rd Place) Judge Bev holding Yola's 2nd Place winner, and Sue with her 1st place Judged winning entry.
A closer view of Yola's 'Circle of Communication'    and Sue's 'Circle of Communication'
1st Prize Judged was a $50 voucher to Maleny Magic Patchwork.  Sue has lost no time at all in zipping up the ranges to visit Maleny Magic, so many fabrics to choose from, but finally she chose a Bali Pop of greens and purples, not unlike what she is wearing......
Both Yola and Pat won $25 Vouchers to Patchwork Angel.   We are yet to see what they splurge on.
Thank you Bev for judging our show and for your generous donations, thank you also to Kim and Penny for their generous donations.

Lorraine was busily searching for inspiration on using the lovely box of fabrics she won as the lucky door prize, donated by Bev

Sheila has completed another of the Charity Quilts that will be presented to Najidah next Wednesday (25th June).  There is quite a nice selection of designs to be presented, just in time for the winter cool weather.

Winter months always see us with visitors from 'down south', they come to visit for the warmth and sunshine, while we are all rugged up in the 23 degree winter weather, they are lolling around in shorts and tees, fanning themselves.....yeah...true!
Anyway, two lovely ladies visited with us this week, Dawn who is visiting her friend  Julie and Marjorie who took the opportunity to house sit.
Marjorie has a lovely wall hanging of the view from her Gippsland home, and has decided to turn that wall hanging into a triptych of the view, she is well along on the extra two hangings and bought them along yesterday to share and to work on.
Marjorie (center) had help displaying the three pieces of work, Marguerite on the left, well you can barely see one set of did she do that? and Jackie to the right.
What a glorious view to have from your window.

It's the time of year for winning, what with all the quilt shows coming up and the rural agricultural shows.  
Our local show was held last week and although none of our group put in a quilt we did have winners in other areas.
Lainey, her Darling and her honey were winners, winning Reserve Champion (2nd Place) for the liquid honey entry and 1st Place for the Candied Honey entry.
Congratulations on two great wins!

Now for a little floral eye candy....
Marie's Darling Les, remember the blooms for our luncheon last week? was also a big winner in the 'flower' section.
Of 18 entries, there were 15 wins!!
Congratulations Les
The two most thrilling wins were for 'Champion Rose' with his rose 'Dianna Princess of Wales'
 and 'Champion Cut Flower' with one of his magnificent Hibiscus blooms 'New Idea Hibiscus'

Les, being the president of the Sunshine Coast Hibiscus Society was also one of the participants in the amazing display of Hibiscus blooms put on at the show by the society.
 These talented folks had put on a display at Woombye that was viewed by Jenny McKay, one of our local councilors and also the President of the Sunshine Coast Agricultural Show.

One look at the fab display and Jenny asked the Hibiscus gals and guys to create a display for 'the show'.  Well, that sounds easy enough, but take into account that Hibiscus, being the fussy little sleepers that they are, close up each night, which meant that the display had to be assembled each morning for the 3 days of the show.  
A dedicated extra from some lovely and dedicated folks.
Now a little birdie has made mention that Les has a big 0 birthday around about now, if its been, hope you had a blast Les, if it is still to come.  A very happy Birthday from all the gals at Patchwork and thanks again for the lovely flowers you brighten our shows and luncheons with.

Our group has been asked to submit a name for the 2015 Winter School, and we have chosen Neroli Henderson, a very talented fabric and quilting artist from Melbourne.
Neroli has a piece in the currently touring 'Living Colour' International Juried exhibition that we will see at the Brisbane quilt show.  The show will be held early this year, on October 8th to 12th, because of the G20.
Neroli has quite a few sites that you can visit to see not only her work, but the work of other artists that inspire her.
There are two links to 'Eiloren', one is Neroli's blog and the other link is to her 'almost completed but slightly under construction' website also named 'Eiloren',  where there is a very interesting story of Neroli's journey to becoming a quilter and fabric artist along with a list of her interviews and judged work.
Neroli's Facebook page currently has a great video tutorial on how to use a heat gun on quilted synthetic fabrics.
Lots of tutorials are to be found on all sites. 

Monday, June 16, 2014

Thursday night - Oh WOW

It was good to see Shelia again...................

We were all very happy when she told us that Gwen was joining us too.............It was perfect timing, as Fiona had TWO wonderful quilt tops to show us..................this glorious hexagon quilt.

So wonderful it deserved another photo.

And then Fiona produced another beautiful quilt...........

It was all too much for some of us..............

Yola was had a few poppies on the go.

Sue's millions of hexagons.

Jane's millions of hexagons.

Sheila's hexagons.

Jane B's collection of pretty tins.

Till next week.

Sunday, June 15, 2014

Free bag pattern and Tutorials

 Lainey, who claims that she is not the only bag lady of the group.....and she's not....sent us this heads up from It's Sew Easy blog, more bag patterns than you could stitch in a lifetime.

 It's Sew Easy
 32 free bag patterns
The above link gives you 32 of the best of the patterns from Sew la vie! blog, but just in case 32 patterns aren't enough, here are the other links to Sew la vie!

Sew la vie!
Ten Great free bag tutorials
Sew la vie!
more free bag patterns

Thank you Lainey.

Sorry, gals, no pics, requires e-mails and time to get permission, but there are pics aplenty on the blog sites.

Wednesday, June 11, 2014

An exciting weekend is promised....

...yes, finally!!   it is here!, well almost, only 2 days to go to the opening of the 'Moody Hues-Emotions in Colour' Textile and Art Exhibition, where you lovely folks will be able to 'soak up the ambiance' of the amazing pieces on display and for sale and also be invited to vote on our Lyn Ballinger Challenge.

 Lyn C. was busily getting things organised for the show, but took time out to model some scarves for us, no, she isn't chayacking around, modeling is what is going on here...yeah...really.

For anyone who isn't in the know, Lyn Ballinger was one of our Group's members, an extraordinarily talented needle woman and quilter, who believed that there was no such thing as 'unworthy' quilts or needlework, everyone has to start somewhere.  Lyn also believed that there were many craftspeople who did not know the value of their own work, and as such she put the idea to our group of an anonymous challenge, where the group is given a brief, and as they then submit their work to 'she who does not judge', the organiser for that year, their work is given a number which is not revealed until the day of judging.

We hold the Challenge every year, and it is a big part of our Biennial Quilt Show, on the alternate years, the ever so accommodating gals from the Fabric Arts Group incorporate our Challenge into their show to allow for the Viewers Choice voting by members of the public, for which we are rather grateful.

 Now our Sue, who is also a Fabric Art member and Lyn  from the Fabric Art Group, were busily setting out their floor plan, and while they worked on that, someone who will remain nameless snuck into the back room for a sticky,...........ooooh,......I  that sneaky person, can tell you there are some amazing and delicious pieces already on site, nope, can't share....the owners weren't there for permission, but Sue and Lyn were, so her are a few peeks of their work for you.

My fave....this silk piece, discovered under wraps and resting up against the office wall, it is stretched over a frame, like a painting canvas....for wont of a better description, wow, the possibilities.

Now the gals have a visual feast of goodies for your enjoyment but they also have some very interesting props to give the exhibition pizazz, lots of eye candy will be there for you to rest your eyes on, but really, what are Sue and Lyn up to here????
I guess we will all have to wait for the opening to find out...
Hope to see you at the Exhibition.  Take a peek at the side bar for details.

It is amazing just how many charity quilts Patchwork Group have created for Najidah. There will be a presentation of quilts on the 25th June, so gals, if you need to put some finishing touches to a quilt - fly along, get it done- but if life gets in the way, don't despair, there is always the Christmas presentation.

Lainey, 'Queen of all fabric Purple' decided on reflection that this quilt was just too purple, so she appliqued a lovely sunny potted flower to it,
 Karen came up with this design, beautifully machine quilted on her new D.S.M.

Courtney has been working on a lovely piece of embroidery, the kit was a gift from her Grandma, Courtney has lovingly stitched this piece and is nearing completion, However, when Val was admiring Courtney's work, she mentioned that the piece now had to have a crochet border, that is the reason for all those tinsy little 'holes' around the border....I think Val has a new job in the near future!

Another 2 quilts have surfaced from our Jelly Roll race from some weeks back.
Lainey, had trouble with her fabric selection, she used a half Jelly roll that she is not sure how she came to own and supplemented it with some black and white strips from her stash, sadly she found the jelly roll strips just didn't want to play happily and kept distorting, so working on the theory that 6" strips wouldn't have too much opportunity to distort, she did a bit of slicing and dicing and re-arranging and came up with this winner.  It is for a very lucky little 8yr old lad.
Marcia, who for some reason or other (I have heard her Darling is involved) has un-stitched and restitched her flimsey 3 - your read right! 3 times! bought it along to sandwich today but for one reason or another, didn't get around to doing it.  Does that mean she has to have another two goes at sandwiching??

Some weeks ago, Marcia with the blessing of pattern maker Leanne Beasley of Leanne's House donated all the patterns for this wonderful quilt to our Library. 

Marie V. had this really darling baby quilt to share with us, it is for her...wait for it.....
Great, Great, Great Grandniece..............
dunno about you but but we were all impressed!
 Some close ups of the fussy cut bears with the ever so neat blanket stitch

The final pic of Wendy's 'Ocean Voyage Quilt', the last stitches have been done, who will call this beautiful quilt theirs I wonder...

Sunday, June 8, 2014

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

Oh wow, Leanne's scrap quilt is gorgeous and HUGE!!

Jane's beautiful Dresden quilt was machine quilted by Fiona.

Jane's colour choice is so lovely..........

Jules had a crochet rug on the go................

Jane B's hexagons.........................

Letitia's teeny tiny ruler.....................

Letitia is taking part in a "friendship" swap on Instagram

Blocks are coming in from all round the world...............

Sheila popped in bearing some good news and managed to get some binding stitched down.

She had this pretty flower attached to he bag.

Marlene was working on her hand piecing block - I think she mentioned Gwen - so this could be part of a workshop??

Leanne and Debs......

Another shot of Leanne's HUGE quilt made up of TINY squares................

Sue had a bag of sewing stuff but I don't think she got any stitching done.

Unlike Fiona who completed her binding of this quilt.

Yola's GTASBQ - looking soooooooooooooooooooooooooo good.

Jane A had some really interesting knitting on the go.

AND, drum role please!! Yola won second place in the Lyn Ballinger Challenge. Wooo hoo!!! The $30 voucher from the Patchwork Angel will come in very handy.

Till next Thursday night.

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