Saturday, March 18, 2023

Sit and sew

A full day of sewing with others, away from home where the distractions are fewer, is a productive monthly treat. Our meeting venue houses our community stash, so some of the sewing is on quilts that go to our community collection, and some is for our own sewing. There are lots of opportunities for cooperation and collaboration, and just for catching up with each other. And on the first day of a four day heat wave (in March!!), we really appreciated the air conditioning.

Marg volunteered to sew labels on finished community quilts.

Elaine W was sewing blocks for a new community quilt.
She is always well organised.

Susan Mack loves flying geese and was making hers very
 efficiently with the ‘no waste - four at a time’ method.

We pin basted this pretty blue community quilt
 for Julie to quilt.

Elaine B had this community quilt ready for basting,
 then launched straight into quilting it.

Susan K has finished one community quilt top in these
gorgeous fabrics, and sewed up the scraps into the
beginning of another one.

Susan M  (we had four Susans in the room!) cut backing
and batting ready for this one to be long-arm quilted.

Noelle finished a quilt top with just two corner blocks
to add to one border - it used a fantastic mix of prints.

Miriam has sewn enough star blocks for one quilt top and
has cut out enough for a second.

Miriam gave us a demonstration of her new Slotted Trimmer
 ruler for making perfect half square triangles. 
Susan K quickly organised A group order for those of us 
who need one, and submitted it online!

Jill cut out a whole community quilt - 100 red squares, and
100 unmeasured triangles for an organic look
for simple graphic blocks

Friday, March 10, 2023


We’ve had some impressive bag ‘show and tell’ lately, some of them required some impressive problem solving skills:

Susan Mack can make and quilt anything!
This one is a large and very beautiful tote bag.

Even the bottom is quilted.

Pat made this one from heavy weight fabric
bought from IKEA several years ago

Susan K can also make anything, and has made two
versions of the cross-body traveller pouch
designed by 

Reverse of the cross body traveller’s pouch.

Jenny didn’t make her bag, but she cleverly spotted
it at a market in Italy (as you do) and it
makes an excellent sewing tote.

Sunday, March 5, 2023

Recent finishes

Four spectacular quilts from recent ‘show and tell’ sessions

 Elaine W made this quilt for her sister-in-law

She machine quilted it with flowing ripples,
guided by wavy Westalee ruler.

Pat planned her quilt around some fish shaped blocks left
over from her Pickled Fish quilt,  made  after a class
with Chris Jurd in 2018

she added embroidered felt elements …

… melon shapes, flying geese and other pieced borders.

It’s an early call, but this just might be the cutest,
most fun quilt we’ll see this year.
version of ‘Duck, Duck, Goose’ designed by
Megs and Me. Machined appliqué, quilted by Laura.

Nerida’s version of a Chris Jurd pattern using
striped hexagons , saturated bright colours and vibrant prints.
The border is an Anna Maria Horner large scale print.


Wednesday, March 1, 2023

10th Anniversary QuiltCon

QuiltCon 2023, the annual show hosted by The Modern Quilt Guild in the US was held in Atlanta last weekend. 
QuiltCon is a juried show, attracting entries from around the world. There are many posts on social media sharing the wonderful modern quilts, and the award winners, you can also view on the MQG website here.

The spectacular Best of Show quilt was Bullseye made by Barbara Strick from California.

The Quilting Excellence award was taken out by Northern Territory quilter Simone Symonds for her quilt Sawtooth No 3: Betelguese.

Saturday, February 25, 2023

New community quilts

Made by Elaine W

Made by Dawn, quilted by Laura

Made by Elaine G

Made by Elaine G

Made by Susan Mack

Made by Susan K, quilted by Quilting Finesse

Made by Susan K, quilted by Quilting Finesse

Tuesday, February 21, 2023

Textile exhibitions - Hawkesbury Regional Gallery

Two textile/ fibre arts exhibitions are currently showing at the Hawkesbury Regional Gallery in Windsor - a lovely space, just a short walk from the Windsor shopping centre where you will find several cafes. Signatures is an Untethered Fibre Artists’ project; ‘Hearts of Absent Women’ is work by Ema Shin.

The third current exhibition ‘Wollemi’is a solo show of large drawing by Mark Dover from a residency at the Bilpin International Ground for Creative Initiatives. All three exhibitions are on until 6 April.

Note that the Gallery is closed on Tuesdays.

For more details, see:

Tuesday, February 14, 2023

New Year show and tell (4)

We posted the finished top of Susan’s batik New York beauty back in November, and now here is the finished quilt, enhanced by Susan’s skilled machine quilting.

It was inspired by a quilt made by Gail Stepanek, and exhibited in the American Quilt Society’s exhibition in 2006.

The New York Beauty blocks are foundation paper
 pieced, and the leaves are hand-appliqued.