2019 AGM and Applique-In

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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

Lavington Applique-in

Our latest Applique-In was held on 14th June in Lavington where 60+ ladies came to stitch and catch up with friends and make new ones. The venue was great (thanks Margaret) with plenty of room to spread out. Irene and Sue greeted us at the door with big smiles, while Alison and Janeice were happy selling raffle tickets. We were spoilt with three shops bringing along their goodies for us to buy. Carolyn’s Quilting Room from Wodonga, Sew Bright Alpine Quilting from Bright and Can Do Books from Melbourne all had enticing displays and were very generous with donating raffle and door prizes. Thank you Carolyn, Angela and Stephanie. Our guest speaker for the day was renowned long-arm quilter Susan Campbell of Rowdy Flat Quilting. Susan told us her background and how she discovered and entered into the world of machine quilting. Susan also brought along a number of quilts showing her journey from a “beginner” quilter to her now international award winning work – a true feast for the eyes. Thank you so much Susan. Show and Tell once again brought many oohs and aahs from the around the room, reinforcing just how much talent there is out there and how generous as a group we are in sharing our passion. I’m sure I’m not the only one who went away with another idea (or five!) – where to find the time! And, yes, the food. Such a spread – how could you not sample what was there. Delicious! A big thank you goes to those lovely ladies who gave their time to set up and clean up – the saying “many hands make light work” was certainly shown to be true. Our next Applique-In date and venue is yet to be decided, but we’d love you to join us and bring along some of your work to show everyone. Please keep an eye on our calendar for details. Kim and Irene Read More

More photos from the AGM

Here are some more photos.  You will have to forgive the quality - i forget my "real" camera and had to use my mobile phone.  But as I took so many I thought it better to show them all.  No explanation required.  Margaret said it all.  Special thanks however to Olga and Heather who came early and were dragged in to help - what a fantastic job they did - and without any complaints.  Really? Read More

Our AGM has been and gone…

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... but what a super day was had by all who attended. The committee and extra helpers arrived early to set up the Masonic Hall in Moonee Ponds, it looked great in time for members and guests to arrive.  Many thanks to everyone who chipped in. In no time at all two of our wonderfully efficient committee members, Alison Gardner and Heather Shepherd, were set up to hand out forms- sign you up- sell you a raffle ticket-give you a gift and send you in to the great hall to meet everyone else. We were keen to intersperse the formal part of the meeting (the AGM proper) with a fun day for members and guests.    In fact the formal AGM took just 30 minutes and we were able to welcome four new committee members to the team.  Many thanks to Kim Bastiani, Lenora Jenkins, Fiona Lindsay and Sue Cheney for joining the committee.  The previous committee has also been returned with minor changes to roles and those minutes will go up in the 'members only' section of the website soon. We  were all delighted by guest speaker Jan Frazer.  Jan brought along many of her quilts from early to present day and it was great to hear of her quilt making journey first hand.  It began when an 'unexpected visa issue' upset her plans to work in the USA many years ago.  Her husband had taken a temporary position in Kentucky and Jan now found herself at a loose end...until she found a class at a quilt shop ;-) Jan showed us many quilts, and her style is diverse as the pictures show Jan brought along several quilts which feature her newest passion, using Reece Scannell fabric panels as the starting point for creating beautiful quilts with design elements chosen from the panels. As well we had some Show and Tell with plenty to see and enjoy and it was especially nice to see a small selection of Janet O'Dell's antique applique quilts. All in all it was a lovely day of sharing and friendship with dreary 'formal business stuff' kept to an absolute minimum :-) Many Read More

Our Inaugural AGM 22nd February 2014

Hello everybody, happy 2014...may it be filled with lots of stitching, fun and friendship. The committee took the opportunity of it being "summer hol's " and met yesterday at Mill Rose Cottage in Ballan, Central Vic.  (We don't often meet in person but meet instead over Skype as we are somewhat scattered around the State)  So it was a lovely day of shopping, stitching, lunch etc.  but we DID work and finalised the planning of the AGM so it will also be a fun meeting/sewing day. Pop the date in your diaries, we welcome all of you to attend and please feel free to bring a guest. Alison will be sending out an AGM Flyer to all members next week with nomination forms and asking for any topic suggestions members may wish to be added to the Agenda.  The final Agenda can then be forwarded to you all prior to the AGM. We have a wonderful guest speaker attending, award winning quilter Jan Fraser from Melbourne.  As well we'll have shops in attendance to tempt us, an applique technique demo and we've allowed time to have some instruction on how to work the forum & 'web stuff'. And there's the usual raffle and lucky door prizes.  All that for $5.00 The venue is The Masonic Hall, 870 Mt. Alexander Rd.  Moonee Ponds, (Melbourne) 3039 Vic. Melways Reference 28 H5 Saturday 22nd February 2014 The day starts at 10.00 am till about 4.00 pm (AGM 11.00 am) Please bring a plate of morning/afternoon tea to share, your sewing, BYO lunch and mug. $5.00 entry We look forward to seeing you there   Read More