Wednesday, September 18, 2013

Christmas Preparations In September

Hi Girls
What a roll up at Patchwork today. After a vigourous discussion regarding our Christmas celebrations, we decided that we don't really wish to roll out the door after eating too much food. Our venue and menu was decided on, we are self catering at the Hall on Friday November 29th.
Ruth and Fay are providing the meat dishes, Patty is bringing a tossed salad and some fruit,  Margaret is bringing some Rice salad and a White Chocolate Cheesecake, Kerry is quiche making and a chocolate slice, Sandra has been nominated for bringing a Potato Salad and Rum Balls, Narelle has been nominated to bring some  beetroot and pineapple and some nibblies for morning tea. Di is bringing the Trifle and dinner rolls, Lyn cause she is the poultry owner has been nominated to bring some stuffed eggs and if Kath can attend, her Christmas Mince Pies will be most  welcome.
Patty and Kassey are holding up the Creative Textiles banner we made for the Mt Perry Annual Art Exhibition.  Glad to hear that three of us actually had entries in the competition. Well done Lyn, Patty and Di.
Catch you next time at Narelle's I hope. Ruth

Thursday, September 12, 2013

August Happenings away from Mt Perry

 Tuesday morning August 20th saw some of us leave quite early for a shopping trip en route to the Art Gallery in Brisbane to view the very old quilts on display there. First shop to visit was the Gympie Patchwork Factory. The owner certainly knew how to endear herself, by asking us " tea or coffee" as soon as we walked in the door. She also wished to know where were we from.
 We also found another patchwork shop called Pazzazz in the main street of Gympie  and a dress shop, a gift shop and then it was a short drive down the road to Cooroy. A quick stop at a coffee shop after a visit to Cooroy Drapery had us revived for the next leg of our trip. I have since found out that one of my old school mates owns the High Tea Licious shop in Cooroy serving all home made baked goodies along with a wide selection of teas, so we'll have to book in there next time.
Down the highway, we stopped at The Patchwork Angel at Forest Glen.
 Loading the car by then was starting to get a bit tricky, but we still managed to find space.
We swung east off the Bruce Highway and detoured into Caloundra where we found Brian's Fabrics and Kimz Sewing very close to each other.  Back out onto the highway briefly before we went west and found Morayfield Sewing arriving there half an hour before closing time. We stayed the night in the Spring Hill area wandering down to the night life place of the Valley for dinner in a very busy Chinese Restaurant. They say to judge the food quality by the busy ness factor and they certainly are correct.
 Next morning saw us in the City, lining up again at a Coffee Shop and this was one next door as well. Note the recycled furniture.  We finally made it to the Art Gallery to be amazed at what those people from years ago made. One of my favourites was the hexagon quilt made of army woollen fabric. We visited Gardams Fabrics in Edward St on our walk back to the train station, then we stopped at Stumers Sewing at Strathpine on the way home. So our total of sewing shops was nine. There are actually a few we did not visit so these will have to wait for next trip. That's if you can stand the pace.

Earlier in August the Bundaberg Quilters held their first ever Competitive Quilt Show. Patty and I are both members of Bundy Quilters also. I managed to win the Best Domestic Machine Quilting Award for my quilt "solar system " and feel honoured that this is now a cover photo on their facebook page.
 Patty's sister Denise who has strong links to Mt Perry had to enter her quilts in the Open section and was thrilled to get 2 places for her scrappy quilts.

Here are some more photos of some prize winning quilts.

 I made this art quilt for the Mt Perry Fine Arts Competition a few years back and was thrilled to get a 2nd in the Open Art category.
 I was also amazed that my Japanese kaleidoscope quilt got 3rd in the machine pieced category.
 I liked this sashiko quilt that received first place in the amateur category.  Some of you have been working in this style.
I also liked this Applique quilt.
 Here is one of the intrepid security guards who looked after the quilts on the Saturday night. I had a great time camping over doing that job with her. I made sure I took a photo of every prize winner. Much easier doing that when there were no quilt show visitors.

 I must also apologise for the lengthy delay in uploading all of these photos. A few IT problems, a few family conferences to attend and the ever present work commitments has caused the problems.

I have managed some sewing and this is the second baby quilt. Now about to get its borders added.

I hope to see you all next Wednesday, Sept 18th at the hall again.

Sunday, September 08, 2013

Lost and Found?

Found this post lurking in the draft box.  See what the girls got up to in August.
(I'll let Ruth add a pic of her quilt in case it's not meant to be viewed yet)

Our August 7th Patchwork Day found some activity happening in the Hall. Ruth has started on another baby quilt in the favourite bright colours of the new Mum to be.

Kerry was busy still working on her Jelly Roll project.

Margaret has sandwiched  hers and was busy pinning and planning her start on the quilting.

We`had a discussion about the re introduction of hall rental fees and our future in the Hall. An extra day will be held on August 28.

Plans are well underway for our trip to Brisbane to see the quilts at the Art Gallery. Please take the time to research the Rajah Quilt before we go. Patty went a few weeks ago and suggested we do this. Other reports I have had about this exhibit are superb. The Shop Hop itinerary is nearly completed. Further details as I have finalised them. Talk soon.  Ruth

2013 Almost A Wrap

I know, I know ... it's only September but we're on the last bend before the home straight so thought I would throw in the remaining dates for this year. 

September - Wednesday 18th in Hall

October -  Wednesday 2nd at Narelle's

October - Wednesday 30th in Hall

November - Looking into changing to Friday 29th if it suits everyone to include a Christmas Break-up Lunch with our Gift Swap.  Could everyone please email Kerry or Narelle to advise if they are able to come on the Friday and their thoughts on venue for Lunch please. Or let Kerry know at next patchwork.

Hope you're all finding some time for sewing or crafting. My Ruffle scarves now number 11 finished, the black one has little grey baubles.

Will try and pop in for a lunchtime visit next time.