Last Saturday was the combined Autumn Gathering of the Victorian and Geelong Patchwork and Quilters Guild. When my invitation to attend this event as a trader arrived earlier in the year, I was very doubtful of my ability to attend. Cows, calves, netball and football were all spinning through my head as I read the email. But as I read on, two names stood out. Helen Godden and Janet O'Dell. How could I miss listening to these two guest speakers.
Although I have been a member of Victorian Quilters for many years, I have never attended one of their gatherings. Distance and other commitments have always stood in my way.
The day ran from 9.30am - 4.00pm, with a well organised program of stitching/shopping time, show and tell, a novelty hat parade and the two guest speakers.
Janet O'Dell spoke first, enlightening us about her involvement with the Vic Quilters Quilt Study Group. She presented a slide show of her most recent trip abroad, and also brought along a collection of antique quilts from her own private collection.
Helen spoke second, entertaining us with the story of her quilting journey. She also brought along a collection of her stunning art quilts.
I really had a wonderful time, meeting new people and chatting to other stall holders.
It was also nice catching up with Irene, who I had not seen since AQC.
I drove home rather excited with the realisation my life has moved onto a new stage. My children are growing up and it is possible for me to attend these groups.
On the first Monday in May, the Nullawarre Applique Chapter met again at the Nullawarre Hall.
Coral kindly shared some of the beautiful quilts she has made, this one being Princess Feathers a pattern by Kim McLean.
And here is a peep at what some other ladies are working on.
Andrea has made a start on Lolly Pop Tree, another pattern by Kim McLean. (Can you see the machine basting line that Andrea has sewn as a registration line?)
Marlene's is continuing along with Jane's Garden, a pattern by Di Ford. Don't you just love that bird.
Barb is also making Jane's Garden.
Jocelyn is working on the Cocheco Sampler.
And Hazel is working on a Sue Daley pattern called Lancaster.
At the meeting Coral also gave a quick talk on her experience using applique paper. With our Next meeting on Monday 2nd June, I am looking forward to seeing the progress that has been made on these projects. Thanks ladies for allowing me to share them.
Hummm..... Short post with crappy photos, or no post and wait to take better photos tomorrow...... or the next tomorrow , yikes it is now the day after the next morrow......... Nope, better post now and make do with the crappy photos.
Arriving home from AQC, I was greeted with 76 new bolts of fabric!
And here I should have a photograph of some of the delightful 1930's bolts from Toy Box IV, but I am sorry, I keep forgetting to take them.
I did tell you the photos were crappy, but if you click on the links, it will take you to my website where I have them listed in a much nicer manner.
I am sorry the blogging has taken a back seat. We have started calving on our farm, and being delegated as head of the calf rearing division (read husband has no patience for the job), I have suddenly lost 2 hours out of my day. I will make a better effort though, as a short post is better than no post.