Christmas get-together

We had a lovely get-together for Christmas on 1 December 2018.  Lunch was at the Goldfields Track Cafe. It was an enjoyable afternoon with Kris Kringle gifts to share around.



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Patty’s tote bag workshop

Wednesday 28th November saw Patty generously giving her entire day and evening to teach the Goldfields Quilters how to make a lovely stripey tote bag.

The day group worked diligently from 10.30 until about 3.30 with a few going on even longer. Back on deck at 6pm Patty then got the evening group going. They had a little less time available so nobody actually completed their bag but did come close. It was a very enjoyable day… although Patty no doubt was exhausted.  Thanks so much Patty for sharing your knowledge with us.


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Bus trip to Warrandyte

On Saturday 18th November, 12 Goldfields Quilters enjoyed a day out to Warrandyte. Thank you to the drivers of our hired mini bus – Christine Christie, who did a wonderful job in very challenging windy conditions on the way down, and on the way back, Cherie Woodfine and Sue Grimes.

We made a stop on the way at The Quilt Shop in Eltham which was a lovely shop stocking bright and modern fabrics. It’s beautifully laid out with a lightly rustic charm. Shame I don’t have a photo. There was plenty of browsing…… and white paper bags in hands as we got back on the bus.

Next stop was the main purpose of our journey – Clair’s Fabrics at Warran Glen nursery, cafe and gift shop.  The grounds are lovely with a bridge over a small lake to reach the cafe and lots of shady trees. Clair’s Fabrics was choc full of fabric. There was a big central table for “sit and sews” and some young girls learning to sew clothing from patterns. We had an enjoyable lunch at the cafe and there were more purchases carried back onto the bus.

Our final visit was Bustle and Bows in the main street of Warrandyte before a final “back on the bus” to head home.

Great day, girls!

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Exhibition 2018

Well done to our tireless Exhibition Committee for all their hard work in putting together the fantastic 2018 biennial exhibition. It was a wonderful success.

DSC_5974 hall from above

Photo below : Ros, Cherie, Christine… Patty absent on the day.

The committee wishes to congratulate the award winners :

Photo : Helen, Wendy Blyth (judge), Cherie, Bronwen Machin (Mt Alexander Shire Mayor), Brenda, Susan.

DSC_6043 winners and mayor

Best of Show: (judged award) Brenda Bidgood for “Diamantina”

Judges Commendation: (judged award) Susan Iacuone’s “Viewing the Cranes”

Best Small Quilt: (judged award) Beverley Kendall’s”Portiere”

Best Use of Colour: (judged award) Susan Iacuone for “Winter’s Tale”

Best First Time Entrant: (judged award) Beverley Kendall for “Arts and Crafts Sampler”

Best Non-Quilt Item: (judged award) Helen Keane for her quilted vest.

Our Challenge block theme was the log cabin block. The winner was Cherie Woodfine.

The Viewer’s Choice Award, was won by Chris Bates for her quilt “Wander”.

Second Viewer’s Choice went to Cherie Woodfine for “Point of View” and third place Viewer’s Choice to Brenda Bidgood for “Diamantina”.

The lucky winner of the raffle quilt was Aileen Campbell of Castlemaine. Aileen came to the group meeting on 24th October to collect her prize. The winning ticket was sold by Heather. Presented by Mary and Merlyn (Aileen centre). 

Second raffle prize hamper went to John Rouch of Beechworth, and third raffle prize hamper to Nola Harding of Castlemaine.  The drawing of tickets was shared among the pop-up shops.

There were two popular quilt shops in attendance at the exhibition. The Village Patch from Maldon and Maree St Clair Quilts from Strathfieldsaye both brought along their pop-up shops.

And…. Margaret Mew was in attendance on the Sunday to do signings of her book “Quilts from the Colonies”.

Many thanks to :

  • Our sponsors; Village Patch, Maree St Clair Quilts, Margaret Mew, GJ Fabrics, Millrose Cottage, Kingwell Designs, Custom Framing, Top Meats, Castlemaine Fresh, Maine Shoes, Behave, Stan Perkins, Graffiti Publications, Potters Family Store, Stoneman’s Bookroom, Blue Willow, Corner Cuts, Mensland Castlemaine, JM Leech Jewellers, Ivy & Grace, Lyal Eales, Thomas & Chong, Shoe Connection, Terry’s 213 Hairdressing, Sue Robertson and Simon Marshall.
  • Wendy Blyth for judging the awards.
  • The many volunteers who helped make the exhibition a success.
  • And finally to all the visitors who came through the door to enjoy our exhibition.


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Raffle Quilt 2018

The biennial Exhibition is fast approaching and Goldfields Quilters members are busy selling raffle tickets for our raffle quilt.

We are excited about this years raffle quilt. It received the Runner Up award in the Group Quilts category at the 2018 Victorian Quilters Showcase.

Raffle Quilt 2018

Raffle tickets are ready for sale by members and on Thursdays and Saturdays in front of IGA in Castlemaine.

Happy stitching…

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Winter Workshop 2016

Saturday 20th August the group is having a UFO sewing day 10.00 am – 6.00 pm, so bring along those unfinished items to sew.



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Exhibition news

Congratulations to the Exhibition Committee for another wonderful biennial exhibition and congratulations to the winners of quilt awards.

The committee has asked me to announce the winners here.

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Best of Show: (judged award) Susan Iacuone for na hEirann aisling

Best Small Quilt:(judged award) Cherie Woodfine for The Wonder Fish

Best Use of Colour: (judged award) Rosalind Gray for Paper Weights

Best First Time Entrant: (judged award) Merlyn Pritchard for Canadian Memories

Best Non-Quilt Item: (judged award) Colleen Hildebrandt  for Johnson the Bear

the above awards were judged by Margaret McDonald, award winning quilter from Lockwood, Victoria.  many thanks Margaret for helping to make our Exhibition so successful.  Again congratulations to our worthy winners.

Also we had a Challenge which had many wonderful entries.  The winner was Patty Ritchie as chosen by judge Kurt Searcey.  Congratulations Patty and many thanks to Kurt.

The Helen Poidevin Award, awarded to the exhibit which receives the most viewers’ votes, was this year one by Kay Smith for Kelsbrae Diamonds.  The award was again presented this year in Helen’s memory by her husband Brian Poidevin. Congratulations to Kay and many thanks to Brian.

Winners: L-R. Pattie, Susan, Kay, Colleen, Cherie and Rosalind. Absent; Merlyn.

Winners: L-R. Patty, Susan, Kay, Colleen, Cherie and Rosalind. Absent; Merlyn.

Merlyn receiving her prize from guest judge Margaret McDonald

Merlyn receiving her prize from guest judge Margaret McDonald

Cherie with Margaret McDonald

Cherie with Margaret McDonald

Founding member Kay receiving the Helen Poidevin award from Brian Poidevin.

Founding member Kay receiving the Helen Poidevin award from Brian Poidevin.

Patty in front of her winning Challenge entry.

Patty in front of her winning Challenge entry.

Rosalind in front of her quilt Paper weights

Rosalind in front of her quilt Paper weights

As well as having an outstanding display of members’ work, the exhibition team also showcased  quilts from three members we had sadly lost in the past two years,  Many thanks to the families of Margreit Thyssen, Eileen Olsen and Freida Jervies who made these precious quilts available for the display to honour Margreit, Eileen and Freida

quilts from Margriet Thysen, Eileen Olsen and

Quilts from Margriet Thysen, Eileen Olsen and Freida Jervies. Vale Margreit, Eileen and Freida.

A total of $1000.00 was raised from our raffle quilt and a cheque has been presented to MASARG.

Congratulations again to our winners, and in fact to all our members for showing their beautiful quilts for everyone to enjoy.  Many thanks and a big “well done” to the organising committee and their helpers and a big thank you too to our sponsors and the two shops;Threadbear Quilters from Castlemaine and The Village Patch from Maldon.  And last but not least many thanks to all the visitors who came through the door and admired the quilts.

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