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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Look at our lovely new Raffle Quilt…

Image of Goldfields Raffle QuiltThis is the quilt we are raffling at our Quilt-In, it’s a very beautiful Blue and White Double Wedding Ring Quilt.

It is hand pieced and hand quilted by one of our founding members, Kay Smith…thank you Kay.

Our Quilt~In this year is a Vic. Quilters Spring Gathering, and we are looking forward to welcoming quilters to Central Victoria for the day. Please come along and meet the ladies who are part of our State Guild.  The details are as follows.

Saturday 22nd October 2011 at the Campbells Creek Community Centre, Elizabeth St. Campbells Creek.  (5kms south of the Castlemaine Post Office)

10 am until 4 pm

Entry $5.00 / Vic Quilters members $4.00

Guest Speaker, Award winning quilter Margaret McDonald.

Threadbear Quilters, Castlemaine and Honeysuckle Patchwork, Bendigo are the two shops in attendance to tempt you.

Plus our members are busy making treasures to sell on the Trading Table.

BYO Mug and Lunch (no cafes nearby) however delicious homemade soup/roll will be available at lunchtime.

Morning and Afternoon Tea will be provided.

Don’t forget your Show and Tell.

please feel free to contact us using the details on the contact page if you have any queries.


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Winners are Grinners

I’m pleased to give a follow up on our Exhibition 2010 and let you see the prize winning quilts for this year.

Congratulations and well done to all the members whose quilts appear below.

Sarah Morrell Album Quilt

Best of Show awarded to Lynn Roos for her Morrell quilt. Judged by Margaret McDonald

Salinda Rupp

Viewers' Choice awarded to Kay Smith for her Salinda Rupp quilt. Judged by popular vote.

William Morris

Viewers' Choice, 2nd place awarded to Brenda Bidgood for her William Morris quilt. Judged by popular vote.

Tree of Life

Best use of Colour awarded to Lynne Jenkins for her Tree of Life quilt. Judged by Margaret McDonald.

North Meets South

Best First Entrant awarded to Rachel Odgers for her North Meets South quilt. Judged by Margaret McDonald.

Liam's Quilt

Best Small Quilt awarded to Alison Gardner for her Liam's quilt. Judged by Margaret McDonald.

Bessie's Bouquet

Judge's Commendation (Margaret McDonald) awarded to Heather Shill for her Bessie's Bouquet quilt.

and the winner of this gorgeous quilt

Raffle Quilt

Banyan Tree Medallion, 2010 Raffle Quilt.

is Brenda Bidgood.

Congratulations Brenda, I think you had the biggest grin of all.

Many thanks to all our members who participated by entering quilts and helping make the Exhibition a success.

Thank you to our sponsors too, we couldn’t do it without you.

Threadbear Quilters, Castlemaine.

Statewide Sewing, Bendigo

Honeysuckle Patchwork, Bendigo

Quiltstation, Central Victoria

and thank you to the visitors who came from near and far.

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Exhibition 2010

Today is the first day of the Goldfields Quilters Inc. biennial exhibition, our 9th exhibition.  It’s on at St. Mary’s Hall, Hargreaves St. Castlemaine, Central Victoria (just up from Threadbear)

Yesterday was ‘set-up’ day and many hands made light work…here are some pics.   (note because I didn’t get round to asking everyone about being ‘on the blog’, I have pixelated the faces.  I hope it is not too distracting…anyway you’re supposed to be looking at the quilts.  Oh, and I apologise, I did not pixelate bottoms)


The first few up were the Quilts we made at our 2009 retreat to Heathcote Lodge. Alison came up with this as a 'Mystery Quilt'. Seven are hanging this year...more next time?

Set up

Starting to take shape now.

Viewers' Choice 2008

The previous exhibition's Viewers' Choice winning quilt is shown again for all to enjoy. Beverley Downie won this award in 2008 for her quilt 'The Invitation'.


Just some of the nearly ninety quilts entered.

Opening Night

After the day's work it was time to come back and celebrate. Special guests included Jenny Bacon, President of the Victorian Quilters Inc. and Margaret McDonald, our guest judge.

Opening Night

Reproduction Quilt devotees will spot Threadbears' 'English Basket' quilt hanging behind Corliss's display.

We’re open today and tomorrow, when we draw the winner of our gorgeous raffle quilt ‘Banyan Tree Medallion’.

Banyan Tree Medallion

Banyan Tree Medallion, our Raffle Quilt.

Please come visit if you can.




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An Extra Quilting Day this Month…with workshops

We have decided to have an extra quilting day at Leisterville this month…It’ll be Wednesday the 29th September10am – 9pm and will be a great chance to do some extra quilting in readiness for the Exhibition,   BUT…only ’til 2pm because in the afternoon and evening we will have the pleasure of the company of Pauline Rogers from the Travelling Schoolhouse.

Pauline will run three short workshops for us…

…from 2pm she will show us ways for “Binding your Quilt the Easy Way” followed by “Patchwork Piecing Techniques & Rule you Ruler”.  Each of these workshops will last 1 – 1.5 hours and will be followed by a dinner of Soup and Sandwiches (supplied by the committee)

And after dinner, starting at 6pm Pauline will give us a fun lecture showing us how Tools and Gadgets can help us achieve better results.

The cost for the day will be $25.00 but the club will be subsidising the cost to members to the value of $12.50 (it’ll cost members $12.50 to attend) The afternoon will also be available to any friends who might like to come along but the cost to non members is $25.00

As we have to let Pauline know numbers, please RSVP Heather on 5472 3335 or email

Pauline was a guest of Strath Quilters recently and a couple of our members were able to attend her workshop, she was an absolute ‘hit’ and I know we can be assured of a very helpful and knowledgable presentation…so please mark it in your diaries now.

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