Friday, October 21, 2016

Workshop frolics

It is hard to believe that nearly a week has gone by since we had our productive and fun day with two marvellous and inspirational teachers at our groups's workshop.

Both Zoe Clifton and Michelle deGroot presented a wealth of ideas and helped us produce some fantastic results as you will see in the attached photos.

Michelle had a wonderful relaxed and encouraging approach to helping us with free motion quilting. 
It can be very frustrating to learn this new skill!

Some examples of Michelle's's own work.

Zoe's class was cathedral window and some happy people achieved great results.  Sometimes the points were not quite right but then life is like that!  Put a button on it!

Thanks to the tutors and thanks to Evelyn and Deb for organising such a wonderful day.   

Sunday, October 9, 2016

More Tuesday Treasures

Sheila has completed her Emma Mary with 5 rounds making it a lovely big quilt, plus she has quilted it by hand.  Wow!

Karen has helped a friend finish a quilt in beautiful shades of pink and green.

We all loved Barb's beautiful version of a dresden plate.  Are we talking French General fabrics again? Check the backing fabric.

Evelyn is continuing the theme for her daughter with the bright colours,  Did I hear her say that is a 'dog quilt'?

And who is hiding behind these gorgeous projects?  It's Janice!

Wednesday, October 5, 2016

Washable pen experiment

I decided to experiment with washable pens after reading about a blogger who marks all her quilts for quilting with Crayola washable pens.  The pens cost about $10 for 20 so I thought that if it worked it would be a bargain considering a lot of decent marking pens are $6 each.

Click each picture if you want to see it enlarged.

I drew a table with permanent ink so that when washed I could see which colours, if any, were stubbornly still there.

After washing I was pretty disappointed with the result.  As you can see, the fabric is still pretty colourful.

Not to be beaten, I soaked the fabric in powdered stain removal for 10 minutes.  The blue pens have pretty much disappeared as have some of the others but the reds and browns are still showing.

So in conclusion, while some colours disappeared, who wants to be soaking their quilts in stain remover?  The pens may be good for marking seam allowances or embroidery lines which will be covered by stitching but I personally wouldn't use them to mark a quilt top.

The Crayola pens draw beautifully on paper however and there's a lovely selection of colours!

Yesterday I read about a blogger who bastes her quilts with washable school glue.  Stay tuned for that experiment!

Saturday, October 1, 2016

What we got up to last saturday!

It is a very different Saturday this week as we (most of us) hold our breath waiting to see how the football unfolds.   The following photos will refresh your memory of the fun we had and the delicious food we experienced!
Thanks to Evelyn and Deb for their organisation.  It all ran very smoothly.  Special thanks to Sue's husband Mike who once again delivered us there and home again with little fuss and bother!

Who do you think bought the most fabric?

Wednesday, September 21, 2016

We Can Contribute to Fellow Sewers in Cambodia

On behalf of Judy Van Dyck.

Her husband is a member of Sunbury Rotary. They are sending a container of goods to disadvantaged groups in Cambodia. The request is for any of your unused or no longer required items involved with sewing.
This can include fabric, scissors, pins, needles, threads, unpickers -  the list is limitless. If you have any items please bring them along on a Tuesday to give to Judy.
All items gratefully accepted.

A great reason to have a clear out and clean up.  I couldn't believe how many pairs of scissors I had!!

Thursday, September 1, 2016

Evelyn has been very busy!

Enjoy these wonderful colourful creations Evelyn has made for her daughter and partner who are moving to their new home soon.  These will make the place very cheery.

The wedding quilt is beautiful

And what about these cushions, placemats and bunting!


Thanks Lyn for the photos!

Monday, August 8, 2016

After Our AGM

Congratulations to our new leadership team.  

We look forward to another vibrant, busy year.

Check out the show and tell contributions from our last meeting-

Kay brought her “Movement” challenge that she forgot  to bring to the  Christmas in July celebration. A great effort Kay.

She also completed this little bag-

Andrea showed us her recycled antique American quilt made from feedsack material. ( I hope that's right!)

Check out the material on the back.

Ann Mi has completed a magnificent Bargello quilt and sought advice for quilting it.  Can you help her with your ideas?

She also showed us her colourful 'Once Upon a Time' quilt.


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