Friday, April 7, 2017

March 2017 Show and Tell

Welcome to March show and tell.  A bit of a quieter month this time around after our epic UFO finish up last month.

Beryl couldn't make last month's meeting so she showed her UFO challenge, a beautiful African themed quilt.  She assured us she had finished it by the deadline, so earned her gold star!

Ingrid attended our retreat and finished this effective table runner while she was there.

And another table runner, made with folded fabric - like origami - very cool.

Olive won two of our raffles last year, winning matching mugs, so she made cute little mug storage bags for them.

Jane made a curved piecing table runner and quilted it with flowing curved lines done with her walking foot.

And the gorgeous, prolific Shirley turned some gifted, very precious Japanese fabric scraps into a beautiful bag.

See you next month!

Thursday, March 16, 2017

February 2017 Show and Tell

February meeting was our club's AGM.  We had organised a fun club challenge last year to pick a UFO and sign a contract to have it finished by our February meeting for show and tell.

So, when it came down to the crunch, who got a gold star for completing their UFO?  (And yes, you really did get a gold star sticker on your name badge if you had finished!).

Click back to this post here to see everyone's original UFOs.

Shannon took this entire quilt apart and completed the quilting, then put it back together (it's quilt as you go).  All that's left is the border and binding.

Stephanie almost completed her top from just having a few of the blocks made.  She challenged herself to only use fabrics from her stash.

Gold star for Nita!  She did an amazing job quilting this quilt that was started in a class at one of the past quilt symposiums.  Nita won our viewer's choice that we held after show and tell.

Jane got two gold stars.  One for this interesting curved table runner above and another for the Kaffe Fasset fabric quilt below.  A really interesting block that made the quilt into a real stunner.

Shirley gets a gold star for finishing off this quilt (double sided too!) made from discharged fabrics and embroidered blocks.

Another gold star for Shirley with these left over hexies combined with sashiko to make a table topper.

Aida completed this NZ themed bird quilt for her sister.  It has lots of colour, just like her sister, according to Aida.  A gold star for Aida.

Anne completed this quilt begun in a class.  Lots of learning went into it.

And then she earned her second gold star for this intricate quilt.  Anne is our new club president.

Ingrid finished this quilt that had languished due to the colours not being her favourite.  Gold star for perseverance.  

Darryl earned her gold star for this lovely blue and white quilt made with indigo dyed fabrics.

Janet rearranged this quilt a bit and finished it off for her gold star.

Diane got her little quilt done and earned herself a gold star.  

Judith used african prints and the quilting had little paw prints - very cool.

Charlotte's blue and white monster just needs the binding sewn down now.  It's been about eight years in the making.

These next few photographs weren't part of the UFO challenge, just our normal show and tell.  Beatrice is very prolific and didn't disappoint with a couple of cushions to show.

And Ingrid made this quilt for her Nephew (?) who likes purple and heavy metal.  She free-motion sketched some rockers in the centre and they are pretty amazing!

Thanks everyone.  See you next month.

Saturday, October 1, 2016

September 2016 Show and Tell

September is Spring!  And in keeping with the season our first quilt at show and tell was this bright and cheerful baby quilt made by Jane.

Elaine made the sturdy bag above, it's got great pockets inside too.  And she also made the cushion below with a 60 year old special lace hanky and some beautiful embroidery.

The quilt above is made by Charlotte, modelled by her daughter, a visiting member due to school holidays. 

Steph completed this table runner that she started in retreat.

And this gorgeous bright bassinet quilt for the local hospital.  

Steph also showed us her UFO's that she has pledged to complete for February.  The one above is leftovers from a quilt she made for her Mother in Law.  I believe they are going to be turned into cushions and a table runner.

And then this quilt is a quilt just for her, a project from one of the Material Obsession books.

Judy made these lovely decorative wall hangings.

And Gayleen showed us this charity quilt.  The teddies have three dimensional ears and the quilting is all hand done.

Saturday, July 30, 2016

Show and Tell July 2016 and a UFO challenge

Welcome to show and tell for July.  

Jane had two table runners to show.  A tree of life above and a Christmas tree below.

Nita used EPP clamshells to make a little clutch bag.  This is the back with the flap opened out.

Delores finished this for her Sister in Law.  The yo-yo's took ages!

Delores also finished this beautiful red and white quilt with stitcheries.  She wanted some feedback on her machine quilting - we told her it was gorgeous of course!

This beauty is Diann's.  I'm pretty sure it's hand quilted.

Shirley was being her usual innovative self and making decorations from zippers.

I showed two wall hangings that I completed.  Begun at the Whangarei exhibition, they both have the same view but different colours and are made with layers of silk organza.

Now this next lot is something a bit different.  We have brought in our UFO's!  We found the one or two projects that we most wanted to get done and dusted and brought them in to show.  Then we signed a contract to say that we will finish them (with enthusiasm and no whining!!) and bring the completed project to show at our AGM in February.  So these are all the 'before' pictures.

Nita has been stuck on the machine quilting of this one.

Jane is being ambitious and has pledged to finish these two projects, one of which isn't even cut out!

This has been hanging over Delores head for a while and haunting her.

Shirley brought in this beautiful bright collection of blocks.

Macbeth showed us this very old quilt.  Entirely hand pieced and cut out with scissors and templates (giving you an idea of how old it is), she wants to complete the hand quilting.

Beryl has a plan all written out for these blocks!

Aida needs to get these birds finished.

This is another project Beryl wants out of her UFO pile.

Anne needs to quilt this top.

And this is Anne's too, a bit more work to go on this one.

Ingrid got stuck on this one because she doesn't actually like it!

Darryl has a lot of the blocks made for this quilt but is short on the background so is now going to force herself to make some substitutions instead of putting it back in the cupboard.

Elaine didn't like her sashing and got stalled unpicking it.

Judy has these fans to put together and needs to make a decision on background fabric.

Diann has got stuck because she wasn't liking the way the fabrics were going together.

Shannon took this entire quilt apart to individually quilt the blocks and is now putting it back together.

And I've been working on this huge blue and white monster FOREVER!  But in reality, don't have much quilting to go.

So watch this space and in February you should see a whole slew of finished projects and we will be polishing our halos and feeling smug!!