Friday, September 30, 2011

Show and Tell - September Meeting

Welcome to September's Show and Tell.  We hope you enjoy browsing our member's work.  Remember, the Kerikeri Patchwork and Quilting Club annual exhibition is on the 13th - 16th of January 2012 at the Kerikeri Primary School Hall and there will be plenty of work on display then.  Members - have you got something organised to exhibit?

 First up was Chris, who made this for a wedding present.  It uses a clever cutout technique for the centre.

 Judy has been blessed with ten grandchildren and this quilt was made for the tenth.

 Judy used to hook rugs and the first few grandchildren got rugs instead of quilts and Judy brought in an example to show us.

 This is Lyn's cushion - too precious to put on a couch!

 Imogen has been so busy she hasn't got enough hands to hold it all!  These are made with teeny bits of kiwiana fabrics.

 This is Lois's quilt.  Covered in cats - just the way she likes it!

Darryl shows off a new table runner.  She is trying to decide what to quilt in the centre squares.

 This is also Darryl's, destined for one of her spare beds.  Made of lots and lots of strippy scraps and quilted in a variegated thread on the front and back so it can be turned over now and then to save it from fading too fast.

 This is a wee quilt made by Caroline for Quilts for Kids.

 These are all destined to be Christmas presents for Aida's lucky family.  They are beautifully embroidered.  Click on the picture for a closer look.

 This is one of Alison's pictures, shown to us to entice us to have a machine embellishing workshop.

 And here's another one.

 This is Shirley's, made in a class at Whangarei and is another example of machine embellishing.

This is Shirley's too and is very intricate.  There is even copper shim incorporated.

And after show and tell, we had an informal class on template making and hand piecing run by Margaret.  We are trying to run a small 'technique' class at each meeting to help members increase their skills or brush up on certain techniques.  We think it's going well and have had lots of positive comments from participants.  Members - if you have any suggestions for classes you would like us to hold or you would like to run, just see someone on the committee.

Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Snippets from September Newsletter

Before the September meeting, here's just a few reminders from the September Newsletter:

September Club Meeting – ‘Hand Piecing and Template Making’ – Margaret:

• Double sided sellotape
• HB pencil with sharp point
• Ruler - measuring inches
• Scissors - for cutting paper and template plastic (it's not thick and easy enough to cut)
• Two fat quarters - contrasting colours - light and dark etc. If one of these fabrics is very dark then a light coloured marking pencil will be needed.
• Sewing kit containing neutral colour sewing thread, pins, a fine needle and all the rest of the paraphernalia

Margaret says “I will bring the template plastic, notes, diagrams, graph paper, and I will make other templates to hand out. Making templates is time consuming and as long as you know how to do it, it's more enjoyable to spend our time sewing”.

???????????? A Dilemma ????????????
The Current Committee is getting organized….. Before a new committee is elected in March we want to have activities organized for February, March (AGM), April and May so the new committee can get on with the business of doing their best for the club. Having said that, we have 5 activities we would like to run but only have 3 meetings to fill. At the September meeting we are going to ask you to vote for 3 of the 5 classes you would like us to run. So come to the September meeting and have your say and be apart of the decision making.

Spring Retreats - $30.00 per person – BE IN QUICK

As you are all aware we had to change the dates of the 1st Retreat NOW being held 23rd, 24th and 25th September. (NOT 30th September to 2nd October). There are still plenty of places available for the 1st retreat

If you are interested in joining the fun for the September Retreat please contact DARYL

 Please write your name on the list on the “Notice Board” at the September and October meetings. The cost of the luncheon will be $17.00 per person and you can pay Imogen at the September or 25th October meeting at the latest.

GIFT: As in the past we would also invite you to bring a modest gift. This is to be hand made, either by yourself or purchased. Please wrap it anonymously ready for ‘secret santa’.

Another contribution we make at the Christmas Luncheon is for Women’s Refuge. Now, this is strictly your choice but if you would like to donate new knickers for children (boys and girls) and women and small toys that are stocking fillers, these will be donated on your behalf to Women’s Refuge.

Helensville Patchwork Group

Are holding their exhibition 10.00 - 4.00 Sat & Sun 1st & 2nd Oct at the Helensville War Memorial Hall, Commercial Road.

There will be a quilt raffle, merchants, a trading table and refreshments.

Entry $3, under 12 free if accompanied by an adult.


Monday, September 12, 2011

Show and Tell - August

It's September and the month seems to be getting away on me.  So before I have to do two month's worth of show and tell together, here's a quick look at August.

I started off show and tell with a little wall-hanging I made with some of my positive/negative applique blocks.  I demonstrated the technique later on at the meeting too.  Next month (September) will be a demonstration of template-making and hand-piecing by Margaret.

Sorry about the reflection on this one, but it's behind glass!  Imogen had a sneaky trick for avoiding all the tricky applique on this piece.  Once it was all fused down she had it framed and it looks fantastic!

Terri showed off a lovely piece done in a workshop.  The poppies are three dimensional. 

This is Bia's beautiful black and white creation and it's all handquilted by her too.

Here's a stunning example of a round robin.  The central block was made to set the style and then other participants contributed sections to match.

Carolyn made a special quilt for a friend and she pieced the back too.

Another piece by Terri.  This one has a special back.  Not happy with plain calico, Terri tea-dyed it and then painted leaves on it.

Here's till next month - and I'll try and remember my camera so I don't have to scrounge around at the meeting for one to borrow!