Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Autumn Musings..........


 O.K!..............we know, it has been a while, but we have been very busy getting ready for, and being involved in CAG's first Quilt Exhibition which was a great success!......more of that later.
On a very nice Autumn Thursday the SSS gathered at Barb's place....and Merri showed off her just quilted and bound Antique Wedding Sampler...what a beauty!!! Pictures really do tell the story, good one Merri!
Notice that really gorgous combination of applique, piecing and fussy-cutting! (not my blogging "skills" as I try and manouvre things around!)


After some of this............purely medicinal, of course... Then it was heads down and needles up! ...or something like that!)... for example..... Di is working on a quilt for THE next book, Sue is continuing with hexagons, Ann has begun Di's "Mystery Quilt" found in Quiltmania, I was working on...one of the many Phd's in my collection Deb, Clare and Meghan where at that very distracting place called "work"   (we missed you)  and Barb was putting labels on bags........




Why, you may ask was Barb doing this?????.............if you joined the hundreds of quilters who flocked to Castlemaine on the 15th and 16th of this month then you know! What a grand exhibition.....so many beautiful quilts! Here are a few of the Sisters contributions: O.K! here is where my blogging skills are defunct!!!..before I really loose control.....please go to Threadbear's blog and see the show!
Di
Merri
Deb
Di's "Rotherfield Greys",Merri's" Ode To

Kerry
Mary Brown",  Deb's "Not Quite Telling The Truth" and my "Queen Daisy".
Signing off for now!...are'nt you all relieved!..............keep on stitching!
Kerry






Thursday, February 20, 2014

Finishing touches..

.. were being put on several quilts at last Saturday's sewing to complete them in time for Castlemaine Applique Group's first ever exhibition.

Merri was sewing the binding on Civil War Bride (pattern by Corliss Searcy).



Ann was also sewing a binding on, "Clamshells" is a colourful quilt, but the backing is - well what can one say - very bold!



And here is a little peak at the beautiful quilting done on it by our dear friend, Helen Hayes.



And I was doing the last few stitches on the hanging sleeve of 19th Century Baskets (pattern by Di Ford-Hall)



We would love to see you at the exhibition if you can make it.



Until next time....

Meghan

Sunday, January 26, 2014

Summer days.........

After a slow start summer has well and truly arrived with temperatures way too hot!  It doesn't stop us from sewing though and the third Saturday of January saw the Sisters travel to Barwon Heads for a day beside the seaside at Clare's family beach house.  There were old projects and new being worked on.
Hard at work
Here is the latest update on progress being made.  And first up from Barb, lots of piecing of the final border of blocks for the Burnt Quilt.

 With each lozenge on the setting squares fussy cut and different.

Ann has started sewing Merri's version of the quilt from the Beamish Museum.  Her colours are brighter than Merri's. Both are beautiful.

Merri brought along her now completed Civil War Bride quilt.  She just needed some help drawing the faces on her bride and groom.

And a close up of one of the blocks, love the vase and the barley twist legs on the table!

Sue continues working on her hexagons, and it is growing but still a long way to go!


And last but definitely not least, for all the quilters booked into any of the 4 days of Threadbear's Applique School feast your eyes on this!  The centre medallion block that Di has created for the class.  It is beautiful and the fussy cutting - ohh la la!  


Until next time,

Meghan


Monday, January 6, 2014

Goodbye 2013...Hello 2014!


Our 2013 finished with a truly delightful day as the Sisters were joined by friends Anne and Barb and travelled to Castlemaine where we had an early Christmas celebration with Corliss, Megan and Annabelle at Threadbear.  Officially the shop was closed but tucked away in the classroom at the back, we joined together for a day of sewing, talking, laughter and lots of eating.

It was also the day of the big reveal.  Inspired by Kim and her sewing group over on Threadheads Unite, the Sisters and friends decided to accept the challenge from Ann and make a quilt in secret from History Repeated.

 

Now some of the Sisters were very productive and arrived with completed quilts, most notably Sue who had not only hand-pieced but also hand quilted her version of the hourglass quilt.

First up from Clare
next Ann, using a medallion from Reproduction Fabrics as her centre

Sue's hourglass blocks in muted shades of red, blue and brown
Anne's Pyramids
Then there were those who had finished piecing the tops together...

Barb Walker
Meghan
Barb, using an applique medallion completed many years ago
Merri
...others with a collection of blocks made...

Di
Deb
and Corliss
...while others are still trying to decide which quilt to make!

Megan
Annabelle
But wait, I don't have a photo for Kerry's efforts! Maybe it's because Kerry was in charge of the camera?  So tell me Kerry, which quilt did you choose and how much has been completed>

Not content with making us work hard through the year, Ann has come up with next year's challenge.  How about a little something from the Poos Collection?  As this challenge is a little more, well challenging, we have decided to allow ourselves two years to complete the quilt.  Hmm, I wonder who will be the over achievers on this?



Until next time................

Meghan

Wednesday, November 20, 2013

Saturday Sewing

The third Saturday of the month saw all of us gather for another lovely day of stitching, talking and eating.

Di was fresh off a plane, having just returned from Houston.  She was full of stories and chat about her very busy days there.  

And it is so nice to have Clare joining us on Saturdays now.  Her boys are rapidly growing up and the need for Clare's taxi service on the weekend is diminishing so there is more free time for sewing.  Lucky us!

There was lots of show and tell - Merri has been very busy.  First up, another border has been added to the Beamish quilt.  And there was lots of discussion about the next (and final) border from a size and colour perspective.  This is going to be a gorgeous quilt when finished.


And it didn't stop there! Back in 2010 the Sisters made the raffle quilt for Quilts in the Barn.  We called it the Sister's Peony Quilt - are they peonies or lilies? Does it really matter!  Anyway, Merri has nearly finished making her own version of this beautiful quilt, just the outer border to go.

Clare brought out her now finished 19th century nine patch.  I am not going to say how long this has been in the UFO pile.  but just maybe the end product has been worth waiting for!!

And Ann bowled us all over with her stunning clamshell quilt.  This is just glorious to see in the flesh - so to speak.  The clamshells (sorry Ann I cannot remember the exact number but know it is more than 1500) are full of colour and set off the aubergine background fabric and borders beautifully.  And as you can tell from the photo - it is a big quilt!  No-one was tall enough to hold it up high enough for me to get a full view of it so apologies for the poor photo.

And last, but definitely not least, Deb's completed Phebe.  Back from Helen Hayes who has yet again done an outstanding job on the quilting.  What can I say about this quilt?  I love it and need to stop drooling over Deb's quilt and get busy and make my own version.

Hope you have enjoyed the show and tell as much as we all did,

Until next time,

Meghan