Friday, June 29, 2012

Quilt Donations

Well, we finally made the paper, the local paper that is. The  local Sewing Guild Group have been stiching up quilts to donate to the Royal Flying Doctor Service, and  the story has finally been published 5 weeks after the quilts were presented. The article can be read here, where the qualitly of the print is much better than this copy cut from Wednesday's Torch. Scroll down to page 29 (Page 29?) yep, that's where they decided to put us, & click the page 29 link underneath.

What the article didn't mention was that the quilt project was instigated by Margaret W, who also produced over half of the quilts that were presented. Another lady, Jenny J, also produced quite a large number of quilts all on her own. I did some of the work,  some piecing, some applique, some quilting & a few binds, but not near as much as these two ladies.

Something else that the article didn't mention was the fact that the group has now split, with the two ladies mentioned above, myself, and a few others forming a new group at Georges Hall. What caused the split? Well everyone was starting to complain about lack of parking due to the new units being built next to the Guide Hall. A suggestion was made that we move, some research was made & then the opposing arguments began, & it all got a little political. A number of differnt halls were found & we settled on Georges Hall Community Center. It is a lovely hall, fairly new, large, bright, sunny, well lit, huge big windows with vertical blinds that can be opened to let in the light, air conditioning, parking ouside the door with flat entry to the hall, multiple toilets that are well lit & have locks that work, a big kitchen that we have access to including continuous boiling water for tea & coffee. All these assets are a far cry from the Guide Hall, & the best part is the  rent is cheaper!

Anyone interested in joining this new goup can contact  our group co-ordinator via this page. What would be the advantages of joining a group like this? Well lots of course, including the company of us lovely ladies who have sewing knowledge galore, & just want to share. We are going  to  encourage young sewers to perfect their skills and pass them on to future generations to come. Why not come join us?

Wednesday, June 20, 2012


It's that time again, time to get things ready for the sales table for my local EG group's exhibition. For the last two exhibitions, it has been my job to make shoe bags. Why me? Because I have one of those "fancy" machines. You might recognise some of the designs, they are the same ones that I used before.

In the  blue one above, I have used a variagated thread for the first time. It's not the first time I have used this thread, just the first time that I have used it in these kinds of designs. It was interesting to see the result & how the stitch angle can change the appearance more so with the use of a variagated thread.

These ones have been done with just plain threads. It is also interesting to note the differences that occur when using different fabrics, polycotton just doesn't sit nice no matter how much stabilizer I use.

This design is a new one. I wanted something funky that perhaps the younger trendy generation might like. It still needs some work on the digitizing side, but when that gets finished & the design is stitched in some bright colours on an even brighter fabric, I think it will look awesome. I am just gald I do not have to walk in those heels!

They all still need to be stitched up & finished ready for sale, but that is a walk in the park compared to the digitizing. Hopefully they will sell well.