Spring Applique-In

What a fabulous day it was last Saturday for our Spring Applique-In There was fabulous Show and Tell from members and guests, Shopping a plenty courtesy of GJ's Fabrics https://gjsdiscountfabrics.com.au/ And our guest for the day was the very talented Carolyn Murfitt of Freebird Quilting Designs https://www.freebirdquiltingdesigns.com.au/ it's just as well we love Applique as there was a lot of it to see. Enjoy these pics of Carolyn and her work, she kept her audience enthralled. Thank you Carolyn, GJ's Fabrics and our TAG members and guests for making the day a great success. And a huge shout out to Robyn for taking lots of photo's and to Branko for making these very funky pics. We'll post some more pics ~ Show and Tell etc. in a day or two Happy  Stitching.   Save Read More

The talented Carolyn Murfitt

image of Flowering Wreath by Carolyn Murfitt (Detail)

Come and meet Carolyn and see her wonderful appliquéd quilts,  she is our Guest Speaker at the upcoming Applique-In to be held on the 7th October in Surry Hills, Melbourne.   Details? click on link for the flyer or see website calendar.  We'd love to see you there. Applique In FLYER OCT 2017 Sue had a chat with Carolyn and an excerpt is here for you to enjoy... Come along on the 7th October to hear more and of course 'See' her beautiful work How long have you been doing Applique? Not long, the first appliqué quilt I made was in January 2016 and I had previously made one small hand appliqué piece the year before. What drew you to appliqué? I love arranging small pieces of fabric into a cohesive design. What is your preferred type of Applique? So far I have only created pieces using the raw edge and the faux appliqué method, but I am intending to learn raw edge appliqué. Do you have a preferred range of fabrics to work with? I tended to lean towards very bright colourful fabrics, but recently I have been moving towards the softer, flowery fabric ranges.     How did you feel when your quilts won so many awards at the recent quilt show? What were the awards for? I was overwhelmed to receive so many awards at showcase; I certainly did not expect it, especially in the Applique section where there were so many amazing quilts. I received a first in the modern quilting section,  a runners up in the innovative section and a second highly commended in the appliqué section. Where do you see your appliqué and quilting in the next 5-10 years Interesting question and I have no idea, I try to not to plan too far ahead, Each day I wake up with a passion for creating and I just want to enjoy each day that I get to do something that I love. Thanks Sue and Carolyn, see you on the 7th October       Save Read More

Easter Quilt Show

The Strathdale Quilters in Bendigo (Central Vic) are holding their Biennial Exhibition over the Easter weekend. This has always been an Easter tradition for me, so I'll be heading up there on Good Friday afternoon with Alison. The quilts will be stunning (I know, because they always are) I've just put the opening times and days up on the web calendar, so if you're looking to get out of the city over the weekend, do come and have a look.  The weather is always just perfect too (hope I haven't just jinxed that) Happy stitching and enjoy this special holiday Margaret :-)   Read More

Early Newsletter and new pattern

Good morning and happy Autumn. Mornings are noticeably crisper but the days here in Central Vic are still ghastly hot, not very Autumn at all! So I'm thinking a lot of you are trying to keep cool inside and stitching just might be on your agenda. In case you've run out of things to sew ;-)  I've uploaded our next Newsletter block to the Patterns page.  It's a little early but...well I just couldn't wait. It is stunning, it's by Erin Russek of One Piece at a Time, and it's called Paradisio. Many thanks to Erin for her generosity in supplying a pattern for our use. You might like to check out her blog as well, click on the link below. http://erinrussek.typepad.com/ Our next newsletter will be early so look out for it later this month. Happy stitching Margaret :-)   Read More

Applique-In and AGM news

image of Show and Tell

A great day was had on Saturday with our February Applique-In and AGM. Many thanks to those who were able to make it along and contribute so much to the day; and if distance or prior engagements kept you away, I hope you enjoy the update and photo's. Let's start with a little Show and Tell... I'm afraid I was busy with holding up quilts for the morning Show and Tell session so these are only from the afternoon session...Be sure to pop over to our TAG Facebook page to see more pics that Bev has posted. The AGM was short and sweet as intended, your new committee was duly elected. They managed to stay reasonably still and sensible for a quick photo call. I'm not sure what was quite so funny at the far left :-O  A really nice part of the Applique-In this time was an afternoon of Applique tutorials. Muchas Gracias to our four tutors who gave so generously of their time Irene Blanck Focus on Quilts Veronique Diligent Wattlebird Designs Joanne Lawrence Made Studio Textiles Chris Serong Chris Serong Designs I know how much everyone enjoyed learning your special tips and tricks, the feed back was wonderful And of course our shops are such an important part of the day too. Many thanks for your generous support and for helping to make the day a success Sharon from The Quilt Shop in Eltham, Vic and Kaye from Needles and Pins in Warrandyte, Vic We have a date for our next Applique-In... it's Saturday the 21st May in Long Gully, Bendigo, Vic. pop the date in your diary and stay tuned to the website calendar and Newsletter for more details. Til next time happy stitching Margaret Read More