Monday, August 27, 2012


Here are the second lot of photos from the Castlemaine Applique Society meeting. The first one belongs to Bev. It still has borders to go on and is called A Perfect Garden.

This is the Maltaville quilt and made by Margaret Mew. I got the patterns for this quilt as a BOM but have only made a few of them. Now that I have seen the finished quilt and just how lovely it is, I must get back to finishing it.

The Goldfield Quilters have made this beautiful quilt for their raffle.

This is a minature hexagon quilt by Alison Gardiner. The hexagons were miniscule.

This is JoAnn's quilt.

and the last quilt belongs to Megan at the Threadbear shop.

It was an outstanding show of quilts and I loved them all.

Sunday, August 26, 2012

A Chilly Day in Castlemaine

It was a cold chilly day in Castlemaine but the hall where the Applique Society has it's meeting was lovely and warm. It remained dry until it was time to drive home in the evening. Here are a few of the wonderful quilts shown. More tomorrow.
Rhonda's red and green quilt
A Tribute to Mrs William quilt in red and white by Ann Andrews

Sandra Boyle's Scrappy Whirligig
This quilt top has been by Trish.
  I really loved it, I always like quilts when a different coloured background fabric is used.

This quilt was made by Fiona Lindsay.

Judy Robins stars in greys and creams

This next quilt is the raffle quilt for Quilts in the Barn, Oct 2012
It was made by the Secret Sewing Sisterhood and quilted by Helen Hayes.

It was a great day,seeing these wonderful quilts, meeting new quilter's, having a wonderful morning tea and lunch and lots of chatter and laughs,yes, lots of laughter.

Monday, August 20, 2012

Weekend Retreat

On Friday I went off to the Ballarat Quilters Retreat. The rain was pouring down and it was very cold with news reports of snow. We arrived safely and on time, missing one truck accident that happened earlier and the 4 later accidents that caused several quilters having to take a long detour. We registered and went to our rooms and unpacked, then it down for a buffet dinner.  After dinner we had a meet and greet with the tutors and a show n tell. I apologise for the photos, the lighting was not good and I had to use the zoom which didn't help.
These 4 art quilts are by Jenny Bowker's  and are wonderful, especially seen side by side.

This is Kathy Doughty with her Soul Searching.

This black and white quilt belongs to Margaret Mcdonald.

This is Di Ford/Hall with her Antique Wedding Sampler which was the class I took.

Michele Hill was also teaching but the photo of her 'Tile' blocks was just too dark to show you.
The rain continued to thunder down all through Friday night and the creek that runs through the middle of the grounds of the Convention Centre, where we stayed filled and raged along. This is a photo of it on Saturday morning. The temperature dropped a few more degrees but the rain stopped and we had blue skies for the rest of the weekend.

On Sunday about 5pm we all went over to the hall to see everyones work. This is what was achieved in Kathy's class. I'd like to try this. I bought her new book called  and this quilt is in it

These are the 'Tiles' made in Michele Hill's class.

This is some of us from Di's class. Some started the Phebe quilt and some made blocks for the Antique Wedding Sampler.

This is Margaret McDonald showing what her students had made on Saturday  

and what her students had made on Sunday.

It was a great weekend but after 15years this was the last one. It would be wonderful if they could find someone to keep it going.

Saturday, August 11, 2012

Time Flies

My daughter came to stay for a few days. It was lovely to see her and do a few things together. A long time ago she painted a picture for DH and I for our 25th wedding anniversary. When she was here earlier in the year she decided that it had to go. Her artwork has grown and changed since then and after some discussion it was decided that she would replace it with a more recent piece of work.
Here is the replacement. This is from her 12month 'artist in residence' at the Botanical Gardens in Brisbane. Isn't it just wonderful. We both just love it. You can see more of her work  here .

I have finished the centre of my Frost on the Ferns.

and this is the July block for the Canton Village BOM

I have been sewing a few different things, my BOM Marriage Quilt , which is now a month behind and some of my Trailing Vines and I bought a new quilt pattern. I'll show you it later. Next week I'm off to the Ballarat Weekend Retreat so I will try and remember to get lots of photos to show you.

Wednesday, August 1, 2012


It's the 1st of August and my bag winner is Jan.
DH picked No 7 and you were the 7th Comment.Please send your full
name and address and I'll get the bag in the mail.