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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Quilt-In 2011 show & tell #1

A great day was had by all who attended our Quilt-In/Vic Quilters Gathering on October 22nd.  Many thanks to everyone who came and made the day such a success.

Some of the goodies on our trading table

The Honeysuckle Stained Glass and Patchwork stall

This was the first show and tell of the day

A kangaroo skin rug of great historical significance - Kaye Brand

Eva Grace by Irene Blanck

Butterfly Dreaming by Irene Blanck

John Hewson quilt by Rachel Odgers

Blooming Spring Time by Irene Blanck

Gift for son & daughter in law by Gead Jackson

Mary Wylie Friendship quilt - Seabreeze Quilters

Rambling Rose by Freda Jervies

Indigo in Motion by Wendy Blythe

Sascha's quilt by Chris Bates

Mary Hill Album quilt aka Maltaville by Margaret Mew

Faires at the bottom of the garden by Fiona Byl

Seasons greetings by Fiona Byl

Flannel Whig Rose by Anne Nadge

Seasons Greetings by Kaye Brand

Using only one fabric by Fiona Carruthers

The back of the one fabric quilt by Fiona Carruthers

Made for nieces 16th bday by Fiona Carruthers

Using the stash by Jennifer Murray

Blue Cheese by Margaret Mew

That was some of the morning’s show and tell (I’ll post more photo’s at a later date)

If a quilt has been attributed to the wrong person please let me know.

We then had some messages and information from the Victoria Quilters Inc. committee for 2011

Vic Quilters Inc 2011 Committee with Janet O'Dell President.

I’ll post again soon with more photo’s and our guest speaker Margaret McDonald’s quilts.

Thanks to Jennifer for having the camera always at the ready.

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Retreat 2011…

Every year we like to go on a retreat, the last few years to Heathcote Country Lodge which is only  30 -45 minutes from where most of us live.  If you go too far away it cuts in to the sewing time doesn’t it.

Usually there’s about 15 or so of us on retreat but with one unforeseen thing and another we had dwindled to five.

Never mind…we still had fun.

There is a lovely Quilt Shop in Heathcote, a 15 minute stroll down the street from our lodgings and the sun was shining so off we set.

this is not all we bought and Lorraine and Brenda went back the second day for another go.

I feel very bad that I cannot remember the name of the shop, please leave a comment if you know it and I’ll add it to the post.

Back at the Lodge we sewed, we ate and drank and ate some more, we laughed, talked, listened to music and sang along.

As it is our Quilt-in this year, Alison decided we needed Aprons so we did some painting and sewing of those…we had quite a production line going.

image of Aprons

Painting done, now for the assembly

We still had time for our own sewing though…

Roll on next year.

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