Saturday, December 9, 2017

2017 end-of-year challenge (3)

 These challenge quilts were made by members of the Tuesday night group ...


 Helen rescued a single star block, knowing that she had
complimentary fabrics for borders in her stash.
Elaine finished joining Peggy's hexagon flowers, that were
started long ago, added some new ones and is ready to
appliqué them to a border
Janet says she attracts orphan blocks like this near-vintage
collection that she handed over to Lynette - and another
community quilt came to life with additional donated fabrics.

Jill updated and enlarged Helen's small navy and red log cabin quilt top
Hilary also rescued s single star block and used it as a feature
panel in one of the ten SewMiriam  zip top bags she has made!

These challenge quilts were team efforts ...


Lyn re-jigged a large top that she thought was 'too brown'
into two, and Lynette practised spiral quilting on one for
a community quilt
Daphne and Sue H worked together to join up some large
pieced hexagon blocks into a table runner.
Lyn used some of the strips of a penguin print to sash
complimentary 'In a Whirl' blocks made with SewMiriam's
 tutorial. It came to a community sewing day for basting, and Lyn
quilted it for community quilts.

And some people have decided not to have their quilts photographed until they are finished - so there will be more!

Thursday, December 7, 2017

2017 end-of-year challenge (2)

More end-of-year challenge quilts from the Monday group ... as well as the quilting skills, we enjoyed hearing the stories of how each one began the challenge, and their planned use. And yes, we should have taken 'before' photos!

These wedding ring blocks were nearly done, so Dawn finished
them, joined them together and has a little more planned
for them before they will be regarded as a finished quilt.
Roslyn's year has been unexpectedly challenging,
as well as joyful. She is calling her re-make her
Basket Case quilt!
Elaine W has been sewing up a storm recently - she has
finished three community quilts, and two quilts for her
granddaughters, including this one, made from nine blocks
abandoned by Diana that required very little tweaking,
sashing and borders, all ready for the Christmas holidays.
Diana will be thrilled that is will belong to a little
girl who already loves it.
Miriam's quilt made from blocks abandoned by Helen
and some of her own orphans has progressed to being
partially quilted, and will be finished for Christmas
gifting. The backing is gorgeous and quirky, but we didn't
get a photo!
We saw these two bags a couple of weeks ago,
made by Margaret K from panels cross stitched
and donated by Janice. There were eight panels, and
eventually, eight bags, where they were paired
with suitably classic fabrics. 
They are now in new homes, having been
sold on Margaret's Christmas market stall last weekend
- stocked with all sorts of beautiful things she has
sewn - where she raised more than $1,000 to
support disadvantaged children in the Solomon Islands.
Janice was really thrilled to know that her blocks
had been put to such good use - doubly appreciated.

Wednesday, December 6, 2017

2017 end-of-year challenge (1)

Our end-of-year challenge seems to have gone well - lots of quilts, bags and other items have been made. We each selected someone else's abandoned blocks/projects to finish or remake. Both Monday morning and Tuesday evening groups revealed our progress at our Christmas lunch/dinner this week.  We held a viewer's choice vote in the Monday group which is much larger than the evening group. 

Val's viewers' choice winning cushion, beautifully
 re-engineered from a small collection of little blocks
recut, added to and rearranged. Congratulations Val!
Susan has used two sets of blocks that play very happily together.
Some of the flying geese blocks came from Yvette, and some of the
diagonal pieced squares came from Miriam. Susan made more
of both blocks and chose the best sashing fabric ever from
her own stash. Borders will be added.
Both Yvette and Miriam are impressed by Susan's re-make.


Pat built on the centre star block and most of the pieces
inside the yellow border, adding one block there and the
outer borders for a very successful and striking re-make.

Jo-Ann made a few of these pretty blocks, but discarded
them because she didn't like the darkish grey sashing
she added. Linda chose them because she knew she
had similar coloured fabric in her stash. It turned out to
 be the same fabrics, by happy coincidence. Linda's white
 sashing lets the teal and yellow shine, and both Linda
and Jo-Ann are thrilled with the result.
There are more photos to come as they are processed. We will be enjoying the progress and finishes well into the new year. It has been such a success we might have accidentally established an ongoing repurposing program ...

Saturday, December 2, 2017

Last regular show and tell for 2017 - ready for quilting

Of course a break from regular group meetings doesn't necessarily mean a break from sewing - some of us will be able to make the most of a quieter time of the year to work on any works in progress we have left after our end-of-year challenge, like these finished tops we saw this week. Or we might be working on our 2018 Fairholme Quilt Show challenge, set by Roslyn ...

Miriam claimed Helen's four granny square blocks, added
five orphans of her own and Kaffe Fassett background triangles.
She aims to quilt it in time for Christmas for a little girl
who has joined a family she knows.

Another 'Avenue' - Roslyn and Jo-Ann bought the same kit.
Jo-ann made hers a bit smaller than the pattern, and kindly
gave Roslyn the remaining blocks so that hers can be larger.

Sue C's 'Plus' top for next year's community collection is
done and looks fabulous! She said she couldn't help
but line them up in a regular pattern. 
Not much lining up here - Jill completed her 'Logs and Ladders'
improv quilt top that was started in our April workshop with
Brenda Gael Smith, just in time to have it pin basted with the
Tuesday night-ers in the hope of summer quilting.

Friday, December 1, 2017

December - January events



Every Saturday,  2 December 2017 - 25 January 2018




13 January - 14 February 2018, 

Thursday, November 30, 2017

Last regular show and tell for 2017 - finished quilts

We take a few weeks break over the summer, and there has been a little flurry of finishing things off lately. This week is our last week of regular meetings - Christmas parties next week.

This quilt design is called 'Secret Stars' - Sue B might
not be very secretive! She made the quilt start to
finish in under four weeks.
The back is pieced to use up all the left
over red and blue fabric.
Susan has finished a very stylish re, black and white
quilt that started with the fabric in the very middle.
She used the prints as a guide for quilting. It is backed
with another fabulous red and black print.
Isn't this a great use of 2 1/2" strips ? Lynette cut up solids and
white, and a black and white spot for the sashing.
One for the 2018 community collection.

A very big pile of small squares were cut from community
stash fabrics about three years ago - Lynette is still working
her way through them!
Someone will just love this comic book superhero quilt made
and long-arm quilted by Yvette and donated to the
community collection.
Jill made the 'Fancy Fox' blocks designed by
Elizabeth Hartman in 2015, but only sewed
them together a few weeks ago, and quilted
it this week.

Wednesday, November 29, 2017

A generous gift

Chris is not Fairholme member, but she is a generous contributor
to our community program - this week she gave us nine little
Blankets of Love to be passed on to Quilt NSW, who will
distribute them to maternity units.
They are offered to parents of babies who do not survive
the perinatal period, as wraps, and/or mementos.
Thank you Chris, they are much appreciated.

Monday, November 27, 2017

Australian National Quilt Register re-launched online

The National Quilt Register is an online database and central resource for the Australian quilting community. It provides digital access to quilts held in public and private collections throughout Australia ... read more in the Australian Quilt Study Groups' blogpost here.

A list of Australian Quilt Study Groups events for 2018 is also on the blog now.

Saturday, November 25, 2017

Show and tell

Craft stall stock for April 2018 - balls with bells inside
for babies, made by Elaine B ...
... and Sue H's button jam.

Peggy has new Christmas decorations in hand ...

... and Louise C is finishing off Christmas placemats. 
Lynette has been working on her English paper pieced 1930's
repro stars for six years - and is very nearly finished.

The penguin fabric was an offering for our end-of-year
challenage - Julie has made a quilt with it, and handed
the remains to Lyn, who has paired it with 'In a Whirl'
blocks made from Miriam's tutorial. And still there is
more penguin fabric - maybe enough for one
more small quilt.

Thursday, November 23, 2017

Tuesday, November 21, 2017

Community quilts parade

As the year winds down, we will soon be passing our community quilts on to those we make them for. These beautiful quilts have been handed over by their makers this week, and are very welcome additions to our already substantial collection.


Pat challenged herself with the fabrics she chose
from the community stash, and to make a chevron
pattern that will have wide appeal - she has
carried it off so well!
A different challenge - the centre block was donated by Sue H
for the end-of-year challenge, and Julie took it on. Most of
the outer border fabric was in the community stash.
Now it all looks like it just belongs together.
The second quilt that Elaine W made from fabric rescued from
the community stash cull a few months ago - another good call.
Lynette has made quite a few disappearing four
patch quilts - this one has a different layout, and is
another way to use two fabrics effectively.
Robin W made two similar quilt tops in her signature brights
with this vivid blue background, and generously donated them
to the community collection. Lynette has finished the
second one, quilting and binding it.
Chris and Lynette have teamed up again - Chris made the
top and donated it to us, via her friend Lynette who quilted and
bound it. They work so well together, and we often don't know
what they're up to until a fully finished quilt appears!

Monday, November 20, 2017

North Shore Craft Group Christmas Boutique Show and Sale

Thornleigh Community Centre

Friday 24 November 1 - 5 pm
Saturday 25 November  9am - 5 pm
Sunday 26 November  9 am - 4 pm

Sunday, November 19, 2017

November community sewing day

And just like that, another year of monthly community sewing days is done, and the stash is packed away until February ...

That doesn't mean that community quilts aren't still being made (we know they are, and look forward to the first show and tell after the break!) but it will be several weeks until we get together again in our lovely not-so-little community space. We might have to catch up for a coffee at least in the meantime.

Thank you to everyone who has participated this year - your time, efforts and friendship are much appreciated. We have made about 70 quilts this year!

Team basting is always a high priority for community sewing
days - we really capitalise on the large table tops and willing
hands. All of these fabrics were donated by members, and the
quilt top made up by Dawn.
Burying quilting threads - no-one's favourite job.
Robin W made the quilt, Lynette quilted and bound it.
The gorgeous hot pink backing was in the community stash.
Our new labels arrived from Spoonflower - they're a little larger
than anticipated ... but you can easily read the care instructions!
Some flannel action from Miriam - before it gets too hot to
handle it. Soft florals.
This is going to be good - Susan auditioned some stunning
sashing fabric to pair with her flying geese and another set of
blocks made with predominantly Aboriginal prints. 
Some of the beautiful bright fabrics Daphne chose from the
community stash for a new quilt that she then cut and started to
sew on the day. Another one to look forward to in the new year.
Some blocks from the stash - it's always a good idea to trim
before joining, but it is a bit annoying when you trim them
all to 8 1/2" and then find that the last few are only 8 1/4" ...
Elaine went back and re-trimmed them all.
Sue C is now about three quarters through her red and blue
cross quilt top, and it looks fabulous.
Just checking that the backing is big enough for Dawn's quilt
top - not basting, because Yvette has very, very generously
taken six community quilt tops to practise her long-arm quilting
skills, in preparation for launching a new business in the
new year!
Susan has a quilting plan for her appliqued leaves and butterflies.
Tools downed - time for lunch! The quilt top was made
by Robyn B, and is now basted ready  for Jill to quilt.
Four finished community quilts handed over this week!