2019 AGM and Applique-In

image of The Rain Came Down

Last Saturday we held our AGM meeting in Essendon... as always, not too much AGM and instead lots of time for stitching and chatting.  And shopping and Show and Tell.  Plus some Tutorials.  So a top day all round. Bang on cue at 10am the heavens opened!  Of course we're always conflicted when it comes to rain... so essential as we have been in much need of some precipitation, but really! Now? Once we were all in and dried off, the day started in earnest The gorgeous Emma of Queen of Fabric Brighton brought her shop along for us all to enjoy... and enjoy we did The AGM got underway on time, and as these are a tedious necessity as the best of times, we keep it to a minimum ~~get the job done and get on with the fun bits~~ Like Show and Tell Ros kicked off with two quilts which took our breaths away.. two darling Doll Quilts from an International on-line Swap.  On the right is the one Ros has received from her inward swap partner in the UK... swooning And on the left is the progress of the one Ros is her making for her outward swap partner... swooning again and knowing the lucky secret recipient will be as pleased to receive it as Ros was to receive hers. Next up was Joanne's Applique Quilt.  Beautiful traditional blocks and generously, Joanne will donate this quilt to charity to Raffle <3 Margaret brought along her The Yeoman's Daughter, a Cut-out Chintz Applique and EPP coverlet.  And later demonstrated this technique of applique in our tutorials. How much work is in this amazing Dutch Treat by Pam! All Reverse applique (Hand) And truly divine in the Delft Blues Sue's Razz-A-Dazzle in a bright and modern palette brought some more ooohs and aaaahs. Applique and Embroidery, a perfect blend. Pattern by Hugs and Kisses http://www.creaturecrafts.net.au/p/713/Razz-a-dazzle-BOM-by-Hugs-n-Kisses.html Maureen is the Chapter Leader of our new Korumburra Chapter in Gippsland.  Her Susanna Culp quilt, a pattern by Brenda Read More

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

Bendigo “Appliqué In” May 21st.

On Saturday 21st May we welcomed lots of ladies to our Bendigo "Appliqué In", and we could tell straight away we we in for a fun day...there are a lot of photos in this post but we wanted to show you as many of the amazing quilts as we could, from the stunning "Show and Tell" Bendigo had planned for us. First of all we would like to send a huge Thank You to every one that came along to our first Bendigo "Appliqué In"..it was a truly fabulous day, and everyone that attended contributed to the great atmosphere in the hall...lots of smiles, lots of happy sewers and the most astounding show and tell. Boy, Bendigo, you are a very talented bunch...we are so glad you brought so many wonderful pieces of your work for Show and Tell....we were treated to a show of the most beautiful work and there were gasps around the hall as the quilts were held up. We were also lucky enough to to have a visit from The Lions Club of Quilters with their jaw dropping new quilt "The Journey". Thank you so much to Robyn Falloon, Liz Willing and Ruth Nunn for coming along and talking to us about your amazing quilt, "The Journey". This very special quilt was designed and made by group of women intent on making a difference in the world, and as we know, quilters can do great things when they set their minds to it. Thanks also go to the two wonderful shops that came along with their wares for us to feast on...The Village Patch from Maldon and The Quilting Patch from Rochester were both in attendance with tables full of treasures to tempt us...what a wonderful collection of fabric, books, and notions we had to choose from. Lots of us left with smiling faces and brown paper carry bags to add to our stash. There was a hall full of happy women all busy sewing on our latest projects and a large and very yummy selection of cakes and biscuits to give us the energy we needed for all that sewing. Seems not only are the Bendigo Ladies amazingly talented sewers but they are pretty darn good cooks Read More

Applique-In and AGM news

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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