Tuesday, 17 November 2015

A Blogger needed

I've really enjoyed my time writing the NOTYQ blog and hope you have enjoyed my posts. Unfortunately I am suffering from some serious health issues.  This has meant I have resigned from the NOTYQ Committee of Management and will no longer be writing the blog or the NOTYQ Facebook page.  I'll try to make it to NOTY when my health permits and look forward to catching up with all my lovely NOTYQ friends soon
PS You can catch up with me at my personal blog The House on the Side of the Hill.  Hopefully you will drop by and say hello.

Wednesday, 21 October 2015

Tuesday, 20 October 2015

Days for Girls

I'm hoping to have a speaker come to NOTYQ and tell us about the Days for Girls project. Meanwhile you can support this important charity by attending this event.

Monday, 19 October 2015

The Quilt Shop

A wonderful new quilt shop has opened in Eltham
I am sure you will love it
The Quilt Shop
2/38 Bridge Street
03 84186770

Wednesday, 14 October 2015

The Patchwork Teahouse

We were so lucky to have a multitude of wonderful traders at our 2015 Quilt Exhibition. Enormous thanks to each of them.
The Patchwork Teahouse

Shop Address – 3305 Warburton Highway Warburton, Victoria, Australia 3799.
Postal Address – PO Box 530 Warburton
         03 59662400
Open 6 days 9.30am – 5pm. Closed Tuesday.

Tuesday, 13 October 2015

Opening soon

Next Monday in fact

Monday, 12 October 2015

Gail Pan Designs

We were so lucky to have a multitude of wonderful traders at our 2015 Quilt Exhibition. Enormous thanks to each of them.

Gail Pan Designs

Fresh from teaching in Europe, Gail Pan spent the weekend with us at the NOTYQ Quilt Exhibition. 
Gail grew up in a home where sewing was an important part of life.  In 2003 she began designing her own patterns.  She now designs fabric and teaches internationally and all over Australia.
Gail's designs feature, stitcheries, needleturn and piecing .Gail thoroughly enjoys sharing her love of needle and thread.
Please visit Gail on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/gail.pan.1
and on her blog http://gailpandesigns.typepad.com/

Sunday, 11 October 2015

Saturday, 10 October 2015

Needles and Pins

We were so lucky to have a multitude of wonderful traders at our 2015 Quilt Exhibition. Enormous thanks to each of them.

Needles and Pins
Needles and Pins have been in Warrandyte for over 20 years and in December 2000 Kaye Millsom took over as the owner. Kaye has sewn, embroidered, knitted, patched & quilted and created for as long as she can remember, so when the opportunity came along to take on a little quilt shop, selling the things she loved it was the culmination of a dream.
Needles and Pins is at the Goldfield Shopping Centre at 102 Melbourne Hill Road Warrandyte

Phone: 03 9844 1720
Opening Hours:
9.30 - 5.00 Monday to Friday
9.30 - 1.30 Saturday
EFTPOS is available and most credit cards are accepted.

Friday, 9 October 2015

Sewn and Quilted

We were so lucky to have a multitude of wonderful traders at our 2015 Quilt Exhibition.  Enormous thanks to each of them.
Sewn and Quilted

92 Whitehorse Rd,

Blackburn  Vic 3130

Email: carol@sewnandquilted.com.au 
Telephone: (03) 9877 1664

Sewn And Quilted - Summer School 2016

Week 1: 5 days – Monday 18th to Friday 22nd January, 2016
Week 2: 3 days – Wednesday 27th to Friday 29th January, 2016

Week 1: 
  • Foundation Paper Piecing - with Carol Nicholls
Week 2: Choose from:

  • Appliqué, English Paper Piecing and easy-as Clamshells – with Irene Blanck
  • Domestic Free-Motion Machine Quilting – with Anita Ellis
  • Foundation Paper Piecing – exploring a few more options – with Carol Nicholls
Please go HERE for more information.

Mrs Martins Quilt Shop.

We were so lucky to have a multitude of wonderful traders at our 2015 Quilt Exhibition.  Enormous thanks to each of them.
Mrs Martins Quilt Shop
Mrs Martin’s Quilt Shop
133 Emerald Monbulk Rd,
Victoria, Australia, 3782
Phone: 03 5968 3360
Overseas 61 3 59683360

Thursday, 8 October 2015



A big thank you to Pam for organising our guild meeting speakers for the last couple of years. I’ve taken over the job and will strive to make the speakers and events as much fun and as informative as possible. The October meeting will continue our long established tradition of trading tables.

Please let me know by October 12th if you would like to book a trading table for our October Guild Meeting. Priority will be given to NOTYQ members but if there are spaces left we will make them available to others with priority given to groups raising funds for other non profit groups. Cost 10% of sales


Please email Melody at melodymatilda@gmail.com or send me a text message to 0433 565 936 to book.


Jackie very kindly arranged for Illumination Solar to visit for the October Meeting and I, for one, think their solar lights and chargers will make great Christmas presents for some of my family members who are tricky to buy for.

You can read about their products at http://www.illumination.solar/

B & S MOBILE SHARPENING will also be visiting.

Have all those blunt knives, scissors, chisels, plane blades, secateurs, hedge clippers, axes,pinking shears, overlocker blades etc, (sorry, no saws),sharpened for the special price of $5.00 per item. All work guaranteed.

Your items to be sharpened, plus THE CORRECT MONEY, must be wrapped in a plastic bag and
left in the box at the sign in table at 10.00am or given to Melody, Marg or Anita on Thursday 15th.
If you can’t make it on the 15th, or at 10.00am on the Saturday 17th, please give them to a friend
to deliver. Please make sure each individual item has your name and phone number.

A Display

When Leanne Beasley visited we had a display of members’ versions of her projects and many members said they really enjoyed this aspect of the day so I plan to introduce something like this at each guild meeting. So for our October Meeting PLEASE BRING ALONG YOUR FAVOURITE PIN CUSHION (limit of three per member). They can be made by you, a gift or even purchased...just make sure your name is pinned to the bottom so every little treasure goes home with right person.

The November theme will be BAGS and the December theme CHRISTMAS DECORATIONS.

The next Social Media Giveaway prize will be drawn at the guild meeting too. Would you like to enter? Just leave a comment on our blog


or a comment or ‘like’ on our Facebook Page


one entry per comment or like.

There will be the usual door prizes and raffle and lots of fun with your quilting friends. Please wear your name badge and don’t forget your mug and lunch.

Free Cooking Class

Friday 30 October
Experience the art of Asian cooking and treat your taste buds with a delicious tasting.
Time: 10.30am-12.30pm
Venue: Hurstbridge Community Hub
50 Graysharps Road, Hurstbridge
Booking: 9433 3799 or living.learning@nillumbik.vic.gov.au
No fee.

Dawn McDonnell | Centre Coordinator
Living & Learning Nillumbik
18 Bishops Road
Panton Hill 3759
9433 3792

Jemima's Creative Quilting

We were so lucky to have a multitude of wonderful traders at our 2015 Quilt Exhibition.  Enormous thanks to each of them.

Jemimas Creative Quilting

is located at 84 Cimberwood Drive Craigieburn
the shop hours are Tuesday – Wednesday 2.00 – 5.00pm
Thursday - Friday 10.00am – 6pm
Saturday 10.00am – 4.oopm
They are closed on Sunday and Monday
You can contact them on 9308 2699

Wednesday, 7 October 2015

Gemelli Girls

We were so lucky to have a multitude of wonderful traders at our 2015 Quilt Exhibition.  Enormous thanks to each of them.
Gemelli Girls  & Sew Jo 

You will have a chance to see lovely Jenny and Jo at our next guild meeting as they are having a Trading Table.

Tuesday, 6 October 2015

Patchworks Unlimited

We were so lucky to have a multitude of wonderful traders at our 2015 Quilt Exhibition.  Enormous thanks to each of them.
Patchworks Unlimited
  The Shop is located at
25 Pascoe Street
Pascoe Vale
Victoria 3044
61 3 9300 4011

Monday, 5 October 2015

Enormous thanks to Christine

On behalf of all NOTYQ members I would like to give an enormous THANK YOU to our quilt exhibition conveyor, Christine MacDonald, who did a brilliant job coordinating everyone's efforts to make our 2015 Quilt Exhibition absolutely brilliant.  I know she worked really really hard to ensure everything ran smoothly.  Thank you lovely Christine.
Here's Christine with our major sponsor, Kate from Kates Sewing Centre.

More winners

The Raffle Winners

We had some wonderful raffle prizes again this year. The proceeds of our raffle will be donated to Banksia Palliative Care
The winners were
1st prize – Quilt Mary Wylie of Werribee

2nd prize – 5 piece bag set Wendy Burgoyne

3rd prize – bed runner Shirley Rappell of Doncaster East
Congratulations to all the winners.

Our prize winners

Viewer’s Choice Large Quilt Guat See Khoo – Baltimore

Viewer’s Choice Small Quilt Lois Stanley – Blue Wrens

Viewer’s Choice Bling Challenge Sue Brewin - Elephant

Sponsor’s Choice Monica Hemphill

Sponsor’s Choice Leanne Easdon

Hand Quilting Chris Field

President’s Choice Julie Angeloni

Colour and Design Monica Hemphill

Mixed Technique Heather Purdy

Interesting pattern or design Heather Purdy

Innovative /Art Quilt Ann Jackson

Use of Embellishment or surface design Therese Hirschi

Machine quilted on domestic machine Guat See

1st time entrant  Guat See Khoo

Under 18’s  All entrants

Congratulations to all the winners and to everyone who entered a quilt - such a fabulous effort from everyone
A Message from Dianne
To all the ladies who contributed to the NOTYQ community stall.
Thanks Rosalie for volunteering me for the job and to all the other dedicated ladies who sewed, knitted, quilted, covered, sorted, priced and sold for the stall. The goods donated were admired by all and purchased by many visitors who came to see the exhibition, (everyone commented on the variety and quality of the items for sale).
Special thanks to Kim for all the work she has put in to the stall in previous years. It`s not until you step into another's shoes that you realize the amount of time and effort that was given so generously.
The funds raised at the exhibition will fund the community quilt program that is so widely supported by NOTYQ members and appreciated by those who receive them.

I'm sure everyone will want to join with me in thanking Dianne and her team for the enormous amount of time, energy and creativity they put into raising funds for the NOTYQ Community Quilts Program.

Saturday, 3 October 2015

Today's the day.

Hope to see you at the 2015 North of the Yarra Quilters Exhibition.  Doors open at 10.00am.

Friday, 2 October 2015

Getting ready

Many many NOTYQ members and their families have been working really hard to get ready for our biennial Quilt Exhibition.  See you there tomorrow and Sunday.

Please come along...

...to our Quilt Exhibition.

Tuesday, 29 September 2015

Many thanks to Kate

Enormous thanks to Kate from Kates Sewing Centre. Kate is the major sponsor of the NOTYQ Quilt Exhibition. Yesterday we collected this fabulous sewing machine. It will be the first prize in the People's Choice Large Quilt section of the show.

Monday, 28 September 2015

The Rosettes

We are just doing all those last minute things to get ready for The NOTYQ Quilt Exhibition. Today the rosettes were collected.

The last chance...

...to buy raffle tickets for the chance to win this beautiful quilt will be at our Quilt Exhibition on October 3rd and 4th.
Enormous thanks once again to The Village Quilters, Dianne Bannister, NOTYQ members who worked on the quilt, especially Christine MacDonald, and to Leanne Kaufmann of Leannes Quilting Service who stitched the magnificent quilting.

Another Giveaway

We have a social media giveaway happening at NOTYQ. Please leave us a 'Like' or comment on our Facebook Page HERE

and leave us a comment here and you could win this lovely fat quarter bundle. One entry for each comment or like.

The winner will be drawn at our October 17th Guild Meeting. So sorry but entries from Australia only, due to postage costs.

Saturday, 26 September 2015

The Social Media Giveaway winner

Congratulations to Christine MacDonald who won the Social Media Giveaway prize at our September Guild Meeting.
Don't forget to leave a comment on our blog or a 'like' or comment on our Facebook page.  You will get one entry for each comment or 'like'

Friday, 25 September 2015

The background of our raffle quilt.

2015 NOTYQ Raffle Quilt

“The Blue Bird of Hope”

This quilt was made by many people, united in a love of 

stitching and quilting, along with a desire to raise funds to 

support charitable organisations. It started as a project by a 

group of friends, The Village Quilters. When the group 

disbanded the blocks went to NOTYQ member, Dianne 

Bannister. Dianne kindly donated them to our Community 

Quilts program, along with a sum of money from the group 

to contribute to the quilt’s completion.

It was decided that completing the quilt and raffling it, with 

the proceeds being donated to Banksia Palliative Care, was in 

line with the spirit in which this quilt was started.

The quilt was quilted by Leanne Kaufmann 

of Leanne’s Quilting Services.

The Quilt Exhibition Committee wishes to thank everyone 

who has helped in the making of this beautiful quilt.

Some of the Goodies

Just a tiny amount of the goodies which will be for sale on the Community Quilts Fundraising stall at the NOTYQ Quilt Exhibition.  Once again an enormous thank you to Dianne and her fabulous team for all their hard working in producing such gorgeous goodies.

Thursday, 24 September 2015

The Fundraising stall for the NOTYQ Community Quilts

An enormous amount of effort has been put in by NOTYQ members to make wonderful items which will be sold on our Community Quilts stall.  Dianne Bannister and her team have worked so hard to make a multitude of gorgeous goodies which will be sold to buy batting and backings for the over 200 community quilts made by NOTYQ members and donated to members of the wider community who need the warmth and comfort a handmade quilt can provide.

I asked Community Quilts Co-ordinator Jackie to write about this highly valued part of NOTYQ's contribution to the community.

Community quilts make quilts so we can give them to anyone in need. Our wider community has many and varied needs, from fighting cancer with quilts donated for fund raisers or lifting the spirits of those with the disease, to those who lose all they have in house or bush fire and the funds towards the CFA, to newly arrived community from lands far and wide to those coming back to our community for misdeeds. To brighten and warm OUR community we make quilts.

The gift of a quilt, bright and cheery, or just new and handmade, given by someone who doesn't know the recipient can be the heart warming gesture to reach out and show that they are a member of our community.

We are not totally altruistic because we love to make quilts. Some of us wouldn't have a surface to see if we couldn't give our quilts away. And knowing that our stash or scraps can be used by other members makes the task of "getting rid of" those fabrics that no linger fit our purposes easy. We need to keep busy so we also have kits available to keep us sewing.

Please visit our stall as funds raised go towards the wadding of the 200+ quilts we make annually. Members donate the fabrics, sewing, quilting, binding and finishing so enjoy and spend and be a part of our community in your way. 

Thank you. 
Community Quilts Coordinator.

The NOTYQ Raffle Quilt

This is our wonderful raffle quilt.
All proceeds of the raffle will be donated to Banksia Palliative Care.

The Children's First Foundation

Chris will be selling her beautiful bags to raise funds for The Children's First Foundation at our Quilt Exhibition. You can find out more about this organisation HERE.
This is what they say
We believe all children have a right to access excellent medical care, regardless of where they are born. Through our Between the Gaps and Miracle sMiles programs, the Foundation enables children from developing countries to have life changing surgery in Australia and provides funding support for Australian families with disabled or chronically ill children.

Wednesday, 23 September 2015

Keep Quilting

We are so lucky to have another new (to us) trader at our Quilt Exhibition.
Keep Quilting
Marita will be bringing and demonstrating the Rule Steady.

Here is the story of its development in Marita's words.

Hi, We are Charles and Marita, and we are partners in life and in our business - Keep Quilting.

I have FSH Muscular Dystrophy, which affects my muscles and leaves me quite fatigued - and mine is not severe. My grandson is only 10 and has the infantile version, which is much more severe. I mention it here as research is ongoing, with some treatments (not a cure, but a help) being researched - maybe in the next 10 years there will be a real breakthrough, but the FSHD society is not government funded, and all of the funds come from the public. If you are interested, or could perhaps help please click here .  The app on the home page is the only one in the world where if you make a donation, you can actually track where your money goes - the scientists, the lab, the research - you can see where you are helping - fantastic, isn't it?

Charles and I met in 1982 (that's us on the left). Time ran away from us, and in the next picture you can see me (Marita) with our 5 children. From the looks of the baby, that would have been 1997. 
Roll forward, and that next picture is the day we finally got married - November 2010 - those are our children, almost grown up..
Yes, we took a while, my brother loves to tell people it was the longest engagement in history.
In the last photo, that is our wedding day again, surrounded by our families - yes it was only immediate family, I had recently had a significant health scare, and wasn't up to much celebrating - but that was the happiest day of my life. 

My quilting journey began when my youngest 2 were in kinder, and I mentioned to a crafty friend that one day I'd like to make a quilt - well, that was the start of it! She quickly took me under her wing, and I remain grateful to this day that she showed me how to have fun and create something beautiful at the same time. My first two quilts were Sunbonnet Sues - for the 2 girls of course, and at that point I had never even heard of a rotary cutter! All of those individual skirt pieces were cut with scissors - oh boy did my fingers hurt.....funny the things you remember, isn't it? Anyway, as you can imagine, I was quite relieved at how much more efficiently I could cut with the rotary cutter, but I had a problem - same as most quilters at some point - I could not stop that ruler from slipping at the end of a cut.

I was getting so frustrated. It didn't seem to make any difference how hard I pressed on the ruler; tried crabwalking my hand up the ruler; using different rulers; etc etc; all that happened was that my hands got sore and so did my shoulders - and the ruler was still slipping. Charles happened to be near me one day when I was upset at wasting my time and some fabric, he asked me if he could help by making something - would I try it? Off he trotted into ' The Shed' and 2 days later emerged with the prototype of the RuleSteady.

The RuleSteady has gone through some cosmetic changes in the ensuing years, but it is still significantly the same - it does exactly what it was created to do :
1. It keeps your hands safely away from the rotary cutter blade
2. You don't have to press down hard on the ruler, so your hands/shoulders won't get sore
3. It stops the ruler from slipping - from the 4 1/2"  square, up to the 8" x 24"  ruler
4. You have excellent visibility and can see your fabric to line up easily - no blind spots

I have received feedback from a plethora of different people 
  • Textile teachers who can allow their students to cut without fear thanks to using the RuleSteady
  • New quilters who (like me) may not have continued as the cutting was just too hard
  • People who suffer from arthritis, carpal tunnel, muscle weakness
  • Experienced quilters who like to make their life easier
  • Shop-owners whose staff have to cut up kits

.....I could go on, but I think you understand what I'm getting at.

AND never forget - The RuleSteady is an Australian invention, Made in Australia & Owned in Australia
We support local business wherever possible - from the handle of the RuleSteady, right down to the labels and boxes we use.

Please check out the Rule Steady website to see some of the other products Marita will be bringing to our Quilt Exhibition.