Post Office Patchwork in Glenbrook

I spent the last weekend in Sydney and on my "to visit" list was Post Office Patchwork, a shop I had heard and read about for a few years and had always wanted to visit.  I was very fortunate to have Friday off and I made my way to Glenbrook. So here I was at Post Office Patchwork run by Rhonda Pearce.  For those of you who haven't heard the news from Houston (and I don't think there are too many) Rhonda won first prize for her beautiful quilt - all hand quilted! Below is only a photo of Rhonda with her quilt.  As you can see she won 1st prize in the traditional applique section in Houston and 1st prize Viewer's Choice from the Quilters Guild of New South Wales . The quilt is still in Houston and she won't get it back until October next year.  She tells me that it will be exhibited at the American Museum in Bath. As you can see from the photos below Rhonda has made some fabulous hexagon quilts - all hand quilted.  She also showed us some other quilts but some have yet to be published so they were for my eyes only - how privileged I felt.   And a collage of Post Office Patchwork - and a beautiful quilt designed by Rhonda:   Read More

TAG Launch

WOW!!  Is all I can say.  What a fantastic launch to The Applique Guild of Australia. We spent the last few days at Showcase talking about TAG and the response has been incredible.  There has been so much support that we feel that all the hard work that we’ve put into bringing this about has been worthwhile. It was originally the brainchild of Margaret Mew and Jennifer Murray a couple of years ago.  They went about “diligently” recruiting quilters that they felt would add something to the committee.  The original committee consisted of them, myself, Alison Gardner  and Joy Smith who was invaluable in helping us set out our mission statement.  Joy had to leave because of family commitments and things were quiet for a while.  Earlier this year we decided to approach Mary Hitchens, Janet O’Dell and Margaret Parkinson to help boost our committee – and what a welcome dynamic team they are.  Things soon started to move along very quickly and we were able to launch at Showcase. We spoke to many quilters, from all over Australia – and even Singapore (!) - and the support has been overwhelming.  Most expressed the opinion that – “its about time”!  Many quilters had some great ideas that we will be considering for the future.  Quilters from the country were also excited about the prospect of now keeping in touch with quilters from the “city” as well as learning techniques that they said they wouldn’t have had access to. We also had tremendous support and enthusiasm for our Inaugural Applique day on the 5th October 2013 at Holy Cross Retreat Centre, 207 Serpells Road, Templestowe (Melways ref. 34 A7).  It seems to me that quilters love quilt-ins and are always looking for somewhere to go on the weekends to sit and sew with friends.  We have a very special day planned with our lovely guest speaker, Julie Adamson. So, thank you quilters, thank you so much for your support.  We know that we are all going to have fun in the future. Read More