Saturday, 14 November 2009

Donated quilt for Bushfires Victoria, Australia

To members of NOTY Quilting Group; my heartfelt Thanks to all of you involved in the making, co-ordination and distribution of quilts for bush-fire victims.

As a recipient of one of these beautiful quilts, I want to express how much my family and I appreciate the generosity of spirit, the kindness and compassion that is in every single stitch.

Having lost everything in the Black Saturday fires with nothing left to show after 52 years in Marysville, the quilt will become a keepsake and heirloom to pass down to the family.

I Thank again all those involved and truly appreciate the work and sentiments involved.

Yours sincerely, Walter Vanni

This was one of 117 quilts that the Guild received from Quilters in New Zealand for those who suffered during the bushfires here in Victoria earlier this year. A special thankyou to Frances Skinner for orchestrating this mammoth effort in New Zealand. Thank you to you Frances, and all the generous quilters in New Zealand for thinking of us here in Victoria. Also to the ladies in the Guild who are going out and distributing them to those in need.

Happy Sewing

Guild Meeting Thursday 19th November 2009

Come along and help us celebrate our 17th Birthday - yes 17 years old this year.
During the evening our guest speaker will be Mariya Waters. We are looking forward to meeting this Austalian award winning quilter. Mariya currently specialises in hand appliqué and machine quilting but has also won international awards for contemporary art and innovative quilts.

Mariya began quilting in New Zealand in 1990 and her first quilt was selected for a juried quilt show and then published in a book. In 1994 while living in England her third quilt won the prestigious Ascot Trophy at the national championships.

Since then Mariya has specialised in making quilts for exhibition with most taking a year or more to complete. Have a look at her website.
Come along and enjoy the birthday atnosphere and friendship of fellow quilters - there is sure to be a beautiful array of Show n Tell as well.
Happy Sewing

Thursday, 29 October 2009

Class Bookings available now - AQC

You can now book classes to the Australasian Quilt Convention 2011 - April 14 to April 17, to be held at the Royal Exhibition Building.

Tuesday, 27 October 2009

Worlds Biggest Hexagon Quilt

Take part - join in if you like - hexagons need to be received by 1st December.
The Worlds Biggest Hexagon Quilt is underway here in Queensland, Australia.
"About 6 months ago Gail Chalker of Gatton, Queensland, Australia decided to see if she could organise an attempt to make the World's Biggest Hexagon Quilt. Gail is a partner in a Quilt Shop the small country town of Gatton, which is about 1 hour and 15 minutes west of Brisbane, Queensland's capital city. Using her network of friends, students and customers and her links to several yahoo quilt groups, Gail started to spread the word about her interest in attempting to set a world record for Hexagon Quilts. She researched the Guinness Book of Records requirements and decided that this was something which was worth trying to achieve."
Progress so far - it's looking gorgeous
Thanks for the link Simone.
Happy Sewing, Jennifer

Saturday, 17 October 2009

Free Motion Quilting

Thank you to Claire, one of our NOTYQ members, for this link.

Leah Day, the owner of the "Free Motion Quilting" Blog has challenged herself to come up with a new free motion filler design every day for a whole year.

Leah has included an image of each design and a video demonstrating how it is achieved. She has also included where her Inspiration came from for the design, the Filler Design Type, Difficulty Level, Directional Texture and Suggestions for Use - it is a fantastic resource.

Sunday, 11 October 2009

North of the Yarra Quilters Guild Exhibition 2009

The North of the Yarra Quilters Exhibition was held on Saturday 10th & Sunday 11th October, 2009 from 10:00am - 4:00pm at the Eltham Community Centre - 801 Main Rd, Eltham, Melways Ref: 21 J6.

There was a beautiful display of our members works including quilts, wall hangings and bags. There were also Trader stalls and light refreshments available.
Entry fee was $7 with children under 14 admitted free.

A raffle was run with the prize being either the choice of a Bernina Activa 210 Sewing Machine RRP $1299 (Donated by Kate’s Sewing Centre, Bundoora) OR A Tribute to Mrs Williams Quilt, Designed by Corliss of Threadbear, Castlemaine, Quilted by Leanne Kaufmann. Raffle tickets were available for sale through members of NOTYQ or at the Exhibition.
Any Inquiries:
Margaret (03) 9435 0559
Julie (03) 9432 4419

This biennial exhibition was organised by: North of the Yarra Quilters Guild Inc. (Reg. No. A0030759K)

Saturday, 26 September 2009

Bobbin Wraps

The first of I hope many hints and tips that I come across on the Internet. This is a link to an article giving a great idea for keeping your bobbin threads under control when not in use. These easy made wraps tuck easily around any size bobbins to stop the thread unwinding.


"In the plumbing department, there are many types of flexible tubing, pick up some 5/8" OD x 1/2" ID clear vinyl tubing.

If you try this yourself, make sure the tubing you get is fairly sturdy, but easy enough to cut with a pair of scissors. You don't want the tubing to be so thick that you can't unroll it, but you don't want it to be so thin that it won't stay wrapped around the bobbin.

By cutting off lengths of this tube approximately 3/8" long and cutting a slit down the side, I created a little plastic sleeve for each of my bobbins. These fit very snugly around the bobbin, and keep the thread tails from coming loose. I cut my bobbin sleeves so that they fit underneath both flanges of the bobbin. They don't have to be perfect; as long as they are short enough to tuck inside the bobbin, your sleeves will stay put."
[text taken from the Handmade News Website ]

Send me an email if you find any other tips you'd like to share - happy to put a post up here for our quilting community to share.

Happy sewing, Jennifer

Thursday, 17 September 2009

Quilts in the Barn 2009

A Quilt Exhibition featuring quilts from Margaret McDonald - see some photos here on the Sewjourn blog

September, Friday 18th, Saturday 19th and Sunday 20th 2009, from 10am-4pm
23 Hartley Road, Wonga Park, Victoria - Melway Map 24 F9

There will be Quilts, Fabrics and Patchwork Supplies from Threadbear of Castlemaine, for sale.
Morning and Afternoon Tea, Sandwiches, Sausage Sizzle and Drinks available.

A Quilt is also being raffled.

Cost is $5.00 per entry - All funds raised from admission, food stall and quilt raffle will be donated to Breast Cancer Research
pH:9722 2777 for further details

Saturday, 15 August 2009

Guild Meeting Saturday 15th August 2009

What a wonderful day we had full of show n tell by our members and our guest speaker - Kellie from "Don't Look Now" .

Kellie gave a very intersting talk on her quilting journey to where she is now.

She has a beautiful range of patterns, check out her blog and see these beautiful bright projects, there are some freebies there to wet your appetite. It was lovely to see some of the quilts she has made on the day, her work is gorgeous.
Kellie uses a fusible raw edge appliqué technique which was fascinating to hear about.

The day ended around 4pm after our raffle and door prizes were given away.
Happy Sewing

Show n Tell August 2009

By clicking on any of the images shown below will result in seeing a much larger view of the quilt. Enjoy.

Quilt 1 of 21
Return to Flowerdale by Judith
Designer/Patternmaker: Margaret Rolfe
Details: Scrap quilt from "Sensational Scraps". Made for a couple whose Flowerdale holiday home was burnt in the bushfires earlier this year. Quilted by Anita Ellis.
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Quilt 2 of 21
Quilt based on Kaffe Fassett pattern by Kim
Designer/Patternmaker: Kaffe Fassett
Details: As yet un-named this quilt is based on a Kaffe Fassett pattern
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Quilt 3 of 21
Vintage Sampler by Rhonda

Designer/Patternmaker: Margaret Mew
Details: Purchased pattern from Courlis in Castlemaine - Threadbare Patchwork and Quilting. Quilted by Leanne Kaufmann.
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Quilt 4 of 21
Quilting ladies by Lyn
Details: Lyn was given this purple and green panel of quilting ladies - collecting fabrics? Has 4" squares set on point with purple and green borders.

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Quilt 5 of 21
Baby change mat by Barbara
Details: This is a change mat for a new baby
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Quilt 6 of 21
Summer Breeze by Jenny

Details: Quilt made using the fabric from a Jelly Roll
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Quilt 7 of 21
Tesselating Stars by Margit
Designer/Patternmaker: A pattern from the Australian Patchwork & Quilting magazine
Details: Belated show n tell from the retreat. Margit had joined units into rows and had everything packed up. After sewing furiously this week.
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Quilt 8 of 21
Quilts on the Double by Lois
Details: Basic strip set makes two different quilt designs. Begun last weekend.
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Quilt 9 of 21
Rainforest by Jenny
Designer/Patternmaker: Bali Pop Quilt
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Quilt 10 of 21
Quilt by Kim
Details: A kit that Kim pieced and Leanne Kaufmann quilted
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Front of QuiltBack of Quilt

Quilt 11 of 21
Doug's birthday quilt by Lyn
Details: This brown & cream quilt is made of a very large star. Lyn enjoyed quilting with meandering loops and stars
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Quilt 12 of 21
Warm & cosy quilt by Rhonda
Details: Started out to be a wrap for the couch and ended up Queen size for the bed
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Front of Quilt

Back of Quilt

Quilt 13 of 21
Christmas tree skirt by Christine
Details: Made for Christine's mother for Christmas
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Quilt 14 of 21
My black & white obsession by Lois
Details: Quilt made during last years retreat
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Quilt 15 of 21
Community quilt by Alison
Details: Hand sewn on her travels
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Quilt 16 of 21
Fractured hexagons by Lee
Designer/Patternmaker: Designed by Lee
Details: One way of using up my fabrics
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Quilt 17 of 21
Halloween wallhanging by Marie
Designer/Patternmaker: Keepsake Quilting
Details: Made for Marie's daughter
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Quilt 18 of 21
Quilt by Debbie
Designer/Patternmaker: Made from a design found in 2 magazines
Details: Quilt made for Debbie's mother-in-law's birthday
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Quilt 19 of 21
Treble clef by Barbara
Designer/Patternmaker: Ricky Tims convergence
Details: Machine pieced & machine quilted. A present for my sister-in-law's 80th birthday
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Quilt 20 of 21
Flying geese by Barbara
Details: Machine pieced & quilted. A present for Barbara's daughter
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Quilt 21 of 21
Dresden plate variation by Denise
Designer/Patternmaker: Unknown
Details: Authentic antique 1930s quilt. Brought from Fairport, upstate New York in 1986. Hand quilted in England in 1996. Finished at last in August 2009 in Wattle Glen
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Close-up Detail

Friday, 7 August 2009

Retreat 2009

Another fabulous retreat, so thankyou to the organising committee for putting on such a wonderful weekend. Judging by the show n tell, it was a very industrious group that descended on Lake Burnbrae, Myrniong from Friday 7th August through to Monday 10th.

Though I see/hear there was some fun along the way as well - a bit of excercise to loosen those sewing muscles...
What a great, and talented, group of girls...