Monthly Inspiration requirements for June were as follows:
Stripes Butterflies and insects Crazy (patch work/quilting)
At the May meeting, several members showed us what they had made with earlier clues. They are all different and it's going to be so interesting at the end to see each one put together.
At the June meeting, we may hear more about the Challenge for next year's Exhibition. I hope lots of members get involved in it and we put on a good show.
Progress has been made on the two Exhibition raffle quilts. Sandra has finished sewing the centre of the double wedding ring quilt and has the fourth side to finish of the beautiful applique border. Unfortunately these days there are not many members who can do fine hand applique work. The contemporary quilt is going along nicely. On Friday nights members have stitched the 52 blocks together. Now the blocks have been joined into twelve units and sandwiched with batting and backing so that the sashiko style stitching can be done. Here is the first sample unit, with the stitching and the circles in place. Only eleven more to go.
Queanbeyan Quilters Inc had a lively meeting tonight with an interesting guest speaker. Hannah Barrett, textile conservator at the National Gallery of Australia, talked a little about some of the forty quilts the Gallery holds, then went on to describe ways of storing them and what can damage them.
No more quilts on wooden shelves for me! Into dark, airtight, inert polyethylene tubs and must remember to check them at least twice a year for damage or insect attack.
During Show and Tell, a number of lovely quilts were shown which will be given out to the community. Members make them in a range of colours and sizes, varied enough to please someone.
Chris described and showed her lucky win in a raffle, this bright and cheerful scrap quilt.
Blocks were shown from the two Monthly Inspirations themes that have already been given out.
Then the new clues were picked. If you have not been following this, the club is currently running a month by month block, into which three components must be incorporated. Your choice of size, shape and interpretation of themes.
March - Colour red + diamond + birds
April - Colour green + hexagon + words
May - Colour white/cream + circles + hearts
We all love to see what others in the group make so here are a few items which have been shown this year so far. Starting in January with Bryony's fresh blue and white quilt, we were fascinated by the method used in this one.
On the first and third Thursday of the month when we meet at the RB Smith Community Centre in Queanbeyan, lots of interesting work is done too. This lovely stitching was finished by Kathleen in February. Wool felt always gives has a lovely dense colour, perfect for the subject.
We've been following the progress of this lovely quilt, since quilted and handed over to the lucky birthday girl. This is inspiring work from a recent beginner quilter and bound to delight all Frozen fans.
These pictures show what an active group Queanbeyan Quilters is, so many ideas, so little time to put them into practice.
Why don't you come and join us on a Thursday morning or a Friday night for some stitching activity?
Evenings at Queanbeyan Quilters has been bustling with activity lately . Last Friday was no exception, with lots of members there, with their cutting mats, sewing machines, hand sewing projects and the like. Narell led the team in undoing and resewing blocks for the next black, white and lime quilt. Cassandra cut rectangles which others rapidly sewed together. This is what those rectangles look like now. The fabrics belonged to one of our late and much beloved members and show what excellent taste she had.
1915 - 2015
Boni paid us a visit on Friday night too, bringing with her the completed quilt featuring Australian peace women who helped found and build WILPF nationally and internationally. WILPF (Women's International League for Peace and Freedom) has helped increase understanding of alternatives to armed conflict, and the importance of women being involved in peace negotiations. In April 1915, as ANZACs were landing on Gallipoli, 1300 women from warring and neutral nations met at The Hague at the International Congress of Women to set out resolutions for ending all war.
On the first and third Thursday of each month Queanbeyan Quilters Inc hosts an informal social stitching session at the RB Smith Community Centre at 264 Crawford Street in Queanbeyan for members and guests.
Come along and see what we are doing this year, or perhaps you want to talk about your project or get tips on the making of your next piece. All skill levels are welcome.
This Friday evening at the Letchworth Neighbourhood Centre you are welcome to bring your sewing machine to help out on some of our many group projects. I imagine there will be blocks of black, white and lime to sew together to stunning effect. Below are two tops which were finished recently.
What makes our social stitching evenings so enjoyable is the variety of projects our members bring along to work on. Redwork, knitting, hexagons, paper piecing, cutting out projects amongst many others.
Julie Herring, President of Queanbeyan Quilters Inc has today
announced that the Queanbeyan City Council has been providing rent relief on
the premises used by Queanbeyan Quilters Inc for social and workshop
activities. This assists the regular meeting in 2014/2015 of those interested
in the art and craft of Patchwork and Quilting.
Julie Herring stated that the club offers both daytime and evening
session times which meant more people were able to find the time to join in.
The group often works on collaborative projects which benefit good causes in Queanbeyan
and elsewhere. These have included the Queanbeyan Hospital Auxiliary raffle,
Home in Queanbeyan, tsunami survivors in Japan, fire victims in Victoria and
Coonabarabran, Aussie Hero Quilts and many others.
Recently, the club ran a set of Beginner Classes for its members.
Other workshops are run over the year, to cater for both beginner and more
Are you interested in Patchwork and Quilting? Join the group for its
social stitching and other handwork sessions, formal monthly meetings and
numerous interesting workshops. The details are on the website and there is also
a Facebook page to track activities.
Postal Address:PO Box 708,Queanbeyan, NSW 2620