Wednesday, 18 November 2015

November Meeting Recap

Our November meeting was a busy one jam-packed full of demonstrations and wonderful show and tell! We had visits from a few of our northern TMQG members and were also pleased to see some new faces in the crowd.

Visitors are always welcome at our monthly meetings and they can attend several meetings before being required to join.

So spread the word and invite any of your "quilty" family and friends along to our next meeting!

The wonderful Ann Alderslade, of Frangipani Fabrics, gave us a talk about the use of Design Walls in Quilting.

Ann presented us with her "DVIVD" explanation which stands for Difference of Visual Impact; Vertical; Distance.

By having an opportunity to stand back and view your quilt design on a design wall, you are able to review your fabric choices and notice any mistakes, such as upside-down blocks. You can see colour combinations and decide if there is enough contrast, as well as move blocks around without having to commit yourself.

But remember, as shared by Ann...

 "There are no disasters in quilting, only creative adventures"!

Cotton Flannel Design Walls in 1.4 x 2m lengths are available to purchase at Frangipani Fabrics

We had Moira speak to us about the Women's Sewing Program at Risdon Prison. This program was TMQG's first supported charity and we were able to raise $1300 for this worthy program from the sale of tickets for our beautiful "Aerial" quilt (shown above) earlier in the year. In this prison sewing program, women learn how to piece fabrics, do simple quilt arithmetic and even free motion quilt! Moira informed us that this money raised will be eventually used to replace the original old sewing machines at the prison and to buy books.

Barbara talked to us about the Tasmanian Art Quilt Prize 2015  which was held here in Hobart earlier this month. This competition is open Australia-wide and involved 17 finalists from 6 states/territories. The main prize is a generous $3000, sponsored by Bernina. 

We have since learned that our very own TMQG member Katherine Jones won 1st prize for her quilt "Acanthocephalus crinae" (shown above). 

Well done Kat - this is a prize I think we all agree is well deserved!

TMQG President Helen Stubbings then gave us a demonstration on machine applique.

Helen uses only use good quality invisible thread in both top and bottom and advises us to use a fine sharp needle. She uses a blind hem stitch (or you could use a tiny zig zag) to just catch the edge of the fabric.

Then it was time for some Show and Tell!

Kat brought in her stunning and award-winning "Peacock" quilt for those who weren't able to see it at the Craft & Quilt Fair in July.

Shirley showed us another of her amazing creations

Moira brought in her lovely mini quilt to show us. The fabric was first painted, then basic shapes were cut out and sewn together before again being painted, quilted and then re-painted!

Shirley showed us her beautifully hand embroidered quilt

Beryl, who was visiting from Devonport, brought along her gorgeous quilt

Bernadette shared with us her touching tribute quilt - a "Field of Dreams" class she took at Easy Sew.

Joan had a wonderfully "Merry" Christmas project to show us

and finally Kaye showed us her colourful Christmas hexagons

Great work ladies!

We are looking forward to seeing the results of our Christmas Challenge at our December meeting! Stay tuned for an upcoming newsletter about all the details.

We hope to see you all at 6pm on Wednesday 2nd December at our usual venue, the Buckingham Rowing Club, upstairs in the function room.

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