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.

Drum Roll…

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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Meeting Dates for 2016

Our meetings will commence in 2016 from Wednesday the 13th Janauary with the day session starting at 10.30 am through until 3.30 pm.  The evening session will start at 5.30 pm until 9.30 pm.

All meetings are at ‘Leisterville’, Williams St. Castlemaine, Vic.

New members are always welcome

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Winter Workshops

Winter has arrived in Central Victoria and while it’s tempting to stay home by the fire we still like to get together to enjoy sewing and nattering.

So far in the last month two members have given a talk/show-&-tell about their quilting adventures and there’s been a mini workshop on bias stems for applique.

Yesterday eight of us participated in making a fantastic ruler bag.

Designed and taught by one of our members, Cherie, this bag has a place for everything.

image of ruler bagThis is my bag, I followed Cherie’s design for a 6 1/2″  square ruler, a 6 1/2″ x 12″ and a

6 1/2″ x 24″ but others added more pockets or different pockets depending on the rulers and mats they have. The bag accomodates a 17″ x 23″ cutting mat, but again you can add more pockets.

I really like the clear plastic zippered pocket for rotary cutters and other ‘stuff’ we take to retreats etc.

image of pinning on pocketsChristine used an Indonesian fabric that had been in her stash a very long time.

It was a block print and was gorgeous, she also had a zipper from her Mother’s sewing kit…recycled from a vintage evening garmet.  It added just the right amount of bling.image of in progressRosalind, Cherie, Brenda and Trish way at the back.

image of in progressMerlyn, Elaine, Christine and Cherie.

Lorraine was teacher’s helper~ ironing, making tea and just looking after us all.

Thank you Lorraine, we’re very glad you had time to get a bit of your own work done so you got to enjoy the day too.

image of applique preparationAt the end of the day we lined up with our bags to show off the results of a fun day.

L-R Christine,Brenda, Merlyn, Elaine, Cherie, Trish, Alison and Margaret.  Whre's Rosalind?

L-R Christine, Brenda, Merlyn, Elaine, Cherie, Trish, Alison and Margaret. Where’s Rosalind?

Thank you Cherie, we had a great day.

Thank you Lorraine, we were very spoilt with tea/coffee and treats.

And thanks to all who took part, what fun we had and what will we make next?

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We’re on Retreat

Eight of us are on a retreat in glorious Hepburn Springs (just a tootle along from Daylesford).

We are so fortunate that this popular and beautiful part of Central Victoria is just a 1/2 hr drive from Castlemaine and an hour from Bendigo.

In the early years of our group we had a couple of retreats here in Hepburn but then they fizzled out for various reasons.

We are back, at a new venue

The Craft Retreat in Hepburn Springs and we’re still here and loving it.

image of soaking up the spring sun

The weather is glorious

The sun has just gone down and we’ve moved inside.

It’s drinkies o’clock

image of pour me a drink and make it snappy

Careful, is that young lady underage?

We’re still sewing, have the ipod going and looking forward to our dinner

image of sewing

waiting for dinner, hurry up… we haven’t eaten for at least forty minutes

we can smell it cooking, Alison had a bit of a cooking lesson going this afternoon preparing it

image of cooking lesson

Does that need any wine?

We’re having pavlova for dessert, we got the kiwi to make it cos it’s New Zealand recipe you know!!

image of pavolova making

Team work

Ready for the oven, see perfect

image of pavlova

oooh that’s gonna be sooooo good

Thanks for visiting, we’ve booked already for next year🙂

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More hexagons

Chris Bates brought her hexagon quilt to show us today

Such a pretty quilt!

Detail shot of flowers and border

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Works in progress

Photos taken at our meeting on November 23rd, 2011

Lorraine’s latest quilt is a showstopper. Great graphic design, one of those quilts that you just keep looking at and finding new details.

Do you remember the parcel of blue fabrics we collected for Lorraine? This is what she’s done with them.

This is a queen-size quilt, and she is hand-quilting it. Detail of the centre

Christine is using her father’s ties for a quilt-as-you-go hexagon quilt.

And Brenda is making great progress with her amazing quilt –

tiny, tiny hexagons, joined with fine hand stitches.

She says it’s getting rather heavy, and this back view shows why.

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