Monday, February 24, 2014

Community quilts sewing, February 2014

While our attention is firmly on putting our exhibition together, we enjoyed our first community sewing day for the year last Thursday. And while there was lots to see, photos are in very short supply.

We had a lovely time organising a very welcome stack of more than 40 colour slab challenge blocks made by Fairholme members, into three quilt top layouts, with Georgie sewing the pink/purple/orange top completely together on the day. The other two are all trimmed and ready for stitching together by Helen and Susan. These quilts are made in the style of Cheryl Arkison's Sunday Morning Quilts design, Missing U - see how she used it for a flood recovery project last year, here. One of them will be on display at the show in April, and we might be able to get the other two finished in time to donate to the Springwood-Winmalee bushfire appeal. The blocks were fun to put together, and we think you'll like the finished quilts. We have two blocks left over that are the beginning of the next quilt. It could become a low-key on-going project, as some people have said how much they like making the blocks ... more later. Photos will be taken before they go to their new owners.

We also caught up with sewing labels onto the quilts finished by a number of people over the summer 'break', and had a glimpse of some that are nearing completion.

Elizabeth made this bright, appealing top incorporating fabric
donated to the Quilters Guild of NSW, and passed onto us to
make quilts for children which the Guild will then distribute.
Lynette (who is one of our very best 'finishers') quilted and
bound it. All it needed this week was a label.

Detail of some of the fun fabrics - note the very useful
backing fabric, on the left from the bargain bin at our
local large quilt shop.
Thank you to all for your work before and during last Thursday ... and to Helen, who on the very first day she has been able to attend a community sewing day, dealt with the 'Fridge Incident'.

You can preview the Community Quilts poster for our show here.

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