Thursday, July 25, 2019

Gotta love the mojo...we have it in abundance

Before we get on to the mojo of this group of talented gals, a bit of a giggle from Pat, she snapped a pic in the tea room at the quilt exhibition, turned around and had to snap another pic.
As Pat shared, Twins
Then Triplets
Thanks for the giggle Pat. Gotta love input from members.

We are having a wee tad of a drive to stockpile some Charity - or Community - quilts.
Wendy had a couple to share
4 quilts! truly! 4 from Wendy, if someone is keeping tally, well guess who would probably win.

Sheila showed her version of a Chinese Coin scrappy quilt. Where she had some donated pieces that were not quite wide enough, she sashed 'em. Cool idea.
Second row, midway down.

Sheila also showed a W.I.P. from Marcia, scrappy squares with a difference.
Our group has purchased wadding for the charity quilts and Lorraine I, (who lashed out and snaffled herself a long arm quilting machine, yeah, a Gammill, and.....and she has the room in her quilting shed to set up and use it) has offered to quilt all of the charity quilts! WIN! WIN!, we can churn those suckers out and Lorraine will practice to her hearts content.

Karen made the most of the recent Craft Cottage Winter School with a class by renowned Sunshine Coast 'artist with a needle' Jenny Clouston, the master class was to create a "whimsical embroidered textile collage using snippets of lace,linnens and doilies" - Karen nailed it with her piece.

While at the winter school, Karen shared her current love with Margaret, another class member. Margaret was entranced and joined us at the Cottage for an impromptu lesson from Karen in what I'm convinced Karen described as 'Chicka Chicka'
Just read those lips...chicka chicka...yeah!?
well whatever its name is Margaret is having a ball creating what promises to be a lovely piece.

So back to this Chika Chicka thing, a net search to check the spelling coughed up lots of links to Chika Chika boom boom - wasn't going there I'm telling you, as well as lots of Chika Chika bum bum - links to baby nappies apparently.
Did unearth this great youtube video on a Japanes boro loop bag, looks like what Karen was creating.
Reckon a workshop needs to be on the horizon - if only for the spelling.

Yvonne tore in for a fast visit, just had to share this fantastic work book, each circle was fussy cut, Yvonne also has two folded semi-circular 'booklets' inside the front flap of her work book, one for pins, the other needles, fab little something to take along on a trip just to create tiny little things while relaxing, watching the scenery pass by and perhaps even enjoying a little glass of wine.

Last eye candy for the day, Marie shared her fabric collage bunny with butterflies. a total delight to look over, discover the little secrets hiding in the collage.
Marie shared that her original creation was on a cream background, which she decided she wasn't in love with, she snipped bunny from the quilted background and appliqued him along with some extra butterflies onto the much more acceptable striped background, the result is a bunny in relief.

Friday, July 19, 2019

Thursday night Gals

Marlene shot me off this delightful pic of the 3 Quilt Show winners, taken together at the Thursday night meeting. Thank you so much Marlene, its great to get some input from this arm of our patchwork group.
The three viewers choice winners of our 2019 Quilt Exhibition
as they stand, left to right.
Fiona, 2nd Prize winner with her intricately hand pieced 'Sally Park'
Pam, 1st Prize winner with her beautifull playful pinwheel beauty 'Black Opal'
Michelle, 3rd Prize winner with her medallion style quilt using a Gustav Klimt panel 'The Kiss'

Congratulations again gals, I'm sure you will all enjoy a trip to the Patchwork Angel to spend your vouchers, (if you haven't already), and just 'cause I know we are all short on that valuable thing, time, here once again for your enjoyment are the 3 beauties.

1st Prize winner, Pam's 'Black Opal'

2nd Prize winner, Fiona's 'Sally Park'

3rd Prize winner, Michelle's 'The Kiss'

Thank you once again Penny and Kim for your voucher donations, great prizes for quilters.

Wednesday, July 17, 2019

Quilt Exhibition Winners and our Lyn Ballinger Luncheon

Gosh, where to start?
It was an exciting gathering today, so many winners to be announced, so many gals to be awarded one of Sheilas 'gold star awards' and all that rather delish food to be fanged into!

Found this trio looking rather pleased with the way everything was unfolding, they claimed no knowledge of the luncheon set up, fibbers....
Mind you, they may be the 'overlords' but there were lots of helpers for all of the various jobs that make a self catered affair run like clockwork, Jan and Sherrye got an early morning call to set the tables, did a great job too as you can see, then of course there were the gals who cleared the tables and lastly, the bit no one likes doing, the big clean up!

So many happy faces, all chattering away and catching up... well meeting last week because of the Winter School, so... withdrawals...
and don't be worrying about those empty seats, late comers...still everyone made it in time to enjoy the feast.

The Lyn Ballinger Challenge this year was to make anything at all, 2 D or 3D, but no larger than 40cm using recycled denim, (courtesy of Sheila's op shop) and one other fabric, and by way of a change, we got to keep our creations instead of donating them.
What an amazing array of entries we had.

The Challenge winners, voted for by our quilt exhibition visitors are:

First Place Sandy King with her darling pearl wearing roo. # 14 in the pic.
Sandy was presented with her $50 voucher donated by Kim of Kimz Sewing and Patchwork Center

Second Place went to Lorraine Irvine for her rather snazzy handbag, #1 in the pic above. Lorraine was happy to receive her voucher donated by Kim of Kimz Sewing and Patchwork Center

Third Place went to Yolanda for her cathederal windows cushion. #4 in the pic above (bottom right). Yolanda also received a voucher donated to our group by Kim of Kimz Sewing and Patchwork Center.

As winner of the Lyn Ballinger Challenge Sandy also holds the perpetual trophy of a lovely quilt stand.

It was a difficult choice for visitors this year voting for the quilt of their choice. First Place winner is awarded the perpetual trophy of a quilting hoop, donated in honour of past member Janet Smith by a 'friends' group of members who gathered for some extra stitchin' time.

First Prize winner Pam Stewart with her amazing quilt, Black Opal
Pam, a recent member to our group was thrilled to win and receive her $50 voucher donated by Penny of Patchwork Angel

2nd Place winner is Fiona Bell with Sally Park. Fiona will receive a gift voucher donated by Penny of Patchwork Angel

3rd Place winner is Michelle McGrath with her golden quilt based on Gustave Klint's 'The Kiss'. Michell, who is busy doing all things 'new grandbaby' a.t.m. will no doubt be thrilled to zing on down to the Angel to spend her voucher, courtsey of Penny, when she finally drops back to Buderim Earth.

4th Place winner is Sandy King with her lovely needle turned quilt, 'Burst of Colour'

5th Place winner is Janice Souter with her quilt Lone Star

6th Place winner is Beryl Darby with her delightful assembly of doilies and pastel fabrics, 'Doily Memories'

While chatting to Sheila the dawn came with a bit of a clunk, those amazing and graceful young ladies who delt with counting out the votes of both the Lyn Ballinger Challenge and Best of Show Quilts have been doing the same job for us for years, since they were just primary schoolers, always visiting their Gran on Quilt Show weekend to help out, this year, Allison counted, Zoe cooked dinner for them all. Well done ladies.

And back on the home front....there was dessert...
and to top it off Coffee and Chocolates.
'cause, after dessert you have just gotta have chocolates...

And just before we all got too complacent, the Energiser Bunny (thanks Wendy, spot on description) and fellow overlords sprung a surprise on Sheila, not knowing if Sheila was a choccies or a flowers gal, they covered all bases and presented Sheila with both, with all of our thanks, for being such a tireless group leader and having guided us through one more Quilt Exhibition.

A heartfelt big Thank You to all the gals involved in making today run so smoothly and deliciously and those stalwalt souls who at the end of the day just dug in and did the cleanup.

Couple of things to finish off the post, first a wholehearted appology to Jackie Swan, she had a really terrific quilt in our quilt show, a hand stitched labour of love following a Jen Kingwell pattern. My first pic was well...unsatisfactory, so I decided to get another pic on my next little duty stint, you can see whats coming can't you? I forgot. No excuses, just forgot. So hoping Jackie can either send pic or bring quilt to cottage. Here's hoping...its a great quilt.

Jackie came through, here is her pic of her lovely quilt
Diamonds Forever
Jackie Swan
'This quilt is made from a Jen Kingwell pattern and who does not love Jen! The shapes are interesting. I hand Stitched the quilt. It was a real labour of love.
Quilted by Fiona - the Quilting Fairy

Now about those hard to win 'gold stars' from Sheila, they are usually a star on a fabric background, given to those who put in an extra effort, such as the extra effort for our Quilt Exhibiton.
Those who got a gold star today
The 'Set Up Team'
Sue (2) - created 2nd prize quilt as well as set up
Pat (2) - machine quilted a prize quit as well as set up

Others for various jobs
Karen Daniels
Marie Made 1st Prize quilt

Karen Doyle

Our Quilt exhibition was bady affected by the awful rainy weather, visitor numbers were down, however, our quilt sales were up...yeah a real up not a 'feels like' up, but a cold hard dollars up, our tea room takings were up, so frankly, we are all feeling pretty darned pleased. Hope you have enjoyed the journey through our quilts, our tea room and our celebratory Challenge Luncheon.

Next Post....
getting on to more of our push to create Charity Quilts for those in need..
There was a great start to our group charity quilt push a couple of weeks ago... just look at the concentration and busy-ness of these gals

Friday, July 5, 2019

Viewers Choice Winners to be announced...

Susan, from the lovely blog Susan's Sewing Space left us a comment raising a good point about the viewers choice winners. Sorry gals, should have made it clear earlier...

The 3 viewers choice Winners for the exhibition quilts and the 3 viewers choice winners for the Lyn Ballinger Challenge will be announced at our Lyn Ballinger Luncheon on 17th July.
As the winter school will be in full flight next week there will be no Patchwork meeting so our next post will be in a fortnight

Susan has a 'Useful Links' in her sidebar, found this very useful link to a fully machine binding that is neat, looks completely part of the quilt and most importantly, easy. Great for our charity quilts we are forging ahead with.

Thursday, July 4, 2019

2018 Quilt Exhibition - Post 6

Oh my giddy aunt, and blog poster if truth is to be told. This will be the last pics of amazing eye candy for you all and I cannot tell you just how proud I am to be associated with this talented and prolific group of quilters.

There is a fantastic lady who not only turns out amazingly intricate quilts, but shares the pattern as a freebie for 12 months. Quilters from all over the world join Esther Aliu for her free B.O.M. on Facebook each year.
3 of our group joined Esther for her 2018 B.O.M. quilt 'Queens Garden'

Queens Garden
Marie Weber
"This quilt was a block of the month.
The design was by Esther Aliu
It was a joy to do, but I ran out of the fabric that I used in the first few blocks.
The fabric I used in the next blocks worked in well.
Quilted by me."

The Queens Garden
Karen Daniel
"Titled, 'The Queens Garden', This was an online, Block of the Month (BOM), that I was encouraged to join by an old friend. A block a month was downloaded and sewn. This was my first attempt at a BOM, it was also my first Applique qult, and my first Quilt as You Go (QAYG) attempt. I have made a few small changes to the original BOM. It was an international BOM that was run in 2018 with over 3500 members world wide. I am just one of many that has attempted to do it justice.
Pattern by Esther Aliu
Quilted by me."

Queen's Garden
Wendy Tame
"This was a Block of the Month on Facebook. It was great seeing everyone's fabric choices.
The pattern is by Esther Aliu.
I quilted this myself."

So while we are on the subject of the same but different, the following are the finished quilts from the Mystery Quilt ran by Wendy for our group. The pattern is a '9 patch Bento Box' pattern.

Purple Delight For Sale $170
Wendy Tame
This was our mystery quilt for 2018. I set the blocks on pint.
I quilted this myself."

Mystery Quilt
Marion Dempsey
"This quilt is a mystery quilt that our group did. Wendy made up instructions that we received every couple of weeks
Quilted by me."

Pretty as a Picture For Sale $80
Sandy King
"This quilt is my version of the Patchwork Group's 2018 Mystery Quilt project. I was unsure if I would like the final design so used fabric from my not inconsiderable stash for the entire quilt. It turned out to be a very pretty qult and I tried a new idea of straight line quilting with the machine to make it look a bit different from the others."

Mystery Quilt
Beryl Darby
"This quilt was a "mystery" quilt we did as a group. We received the instructions every couple of weeks.
Quilted by me."

Mystery Quilt For Sale $130
Karen Daniel
"My mystery quilt. I started making this quilt week by week. It was a Cottage Patchwork project, I just didn't get mine finished to display in the 2017 quilt show. My first mtystery quilt and I used a Jelly Roll, I think I'm hooked. Initiated by the very talented patchwork member, Wendy Tame.
Quilted by Judy Davidson - Furball Farm Quilting."

My Stars
Marion Dempsy
"This table runner was my first attempt at paper piecing.
Quilted by me."

Tilted Trapeziods For Sale $180
Sue Andrew
"Planning on making a 'quilt as you go' quilt with a skewed block look, I decided the size of the quilt then used grid paper to sketch out a scaled plan of each block. The tricky part was getting the blocks to look wonky.
Machine quilted by me."

Di Stark
"I started making this quilt on a craft cruise to New Zealand two years ago. The material came from America as I could not, at the time, find bright enough fabrics in Australia. Now there are lots of bright colours available in Oz. The design is by Sue Daley and is titled Azure Rose. Sue had made it in blues and I have nothing blue in my house. It challenged my sewing skills - mainly paper piecing. We had a lot of fun on the ship with Sue who is the paper piecing queen! It has been profesionally quilted except for the centre. I hand quilted that as I wanted to emphasise the middle motif.
Pattern by Sue Daley
Outer quilted by Carmen's Quilting."

Before the Lights Went Out For Sale $340
Pat Reid
"From a tutorial by 'How to make your own checked fabric'.
An improvised quilt using various plain colured fabric. One and a quarter inch strips of two differnt coloured fabrics are sewn together. These strips are then cut into more strips that contain the small square. More one and quarter inch strips are then sewn to the 'Square strips" to form a block containing lots of squares. The block is trimmed before sewing it to the nex completed block.
The name of the quilt reflects cities with all the lighs on during the evening.
I decided to just straight line quilt using matching coloured thread on my domestic machine.
Approximately 440 hours to complete."

Striking For Sale $45
Ankie Boessenkool
"The use of colour was chosed from the main fabric which is an unusual fabric - but striking."

Sally Park
Fiona Bell
"English paper pieced using the 'coffin' shape and production fabrics from the 19th century.
Hand pieced and the total number of pieces is 4820
Quilted by me - Fiona the quilting Fairy

Diamond Tile Table Runner
Lorraine Irvine
"I am a big fan of Bonnie Hunter. She writes a column in Quiltmake magazine where she domonstates a different block each issue. This one called 'Diamond Tile' appealed to me. I decided to make it up and liked it so much I made a table runner and matching place mats for the back patio.
I quilted this myself."

Marlene Hogan
'Enjoyable workshop in house'
Quilted by Fiona - The Quilting Fairy

Ballantine's Path
Lyn Davis
"This quilt caught my attention as it beckoned me whilst displaying itself on the front cover of the March 2000 edition of the 'Australian Patchwork & Quilting' magazine. My decision to make it was reckless!!
I'd had a foot operation, so with some time on my hands I convinced myself that I needed another project!
I was drawn to the combination of needle turn and the variety of patchwork piecing. To my surprise, as I made progress, I realised that my magazine only contained Part 1 of the project. A girl in my quilting group in Geelong took it upon herself to put out a 'mayday' on my behalf to all of her sewing buddies on Facebook. I had Part 2 within a week.
The original pattern was in yellow and purple, but I've always loved greens so chose my fabrics accordingly. All the fabrics are cotton. I can thank this exhibition and the ladies for giving me the needed drive to complet it !!
Quilted by Fiona Bell - The Quilting Fairy."

Lastly we have 'Floral Garden' one of our 2007 raffle quilts which was won by Jackie Swan, who is now a patchwork group member and our librarian.
Of the many patchwork group members who created this lovely, 6 are still current members.
Sheila, our group leader, Lyn Solomon, Sue Webb, Lorraine Irvine, Sue Andrew and Marlene Hogan.

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