Archive | April, 2014

Hearts for the Festival of Quilts Tombola

29 Apr

GQ member Rhona Boudier has responded to the Quilter’s Guild (QG) request for hearts for this years Tombola at the Festival of Quilts.

She refers to it as her rude response. The lettering on the ribbon says ‘I hate’ in a trapunto/kantha mix. The hearts underneath indicate what she hates and the others say ‘especially’ in stem stich quilting and ‘pink’ ‘ones’ in felt appliqué. The printed heart commiserates with the winner but points out that they can at least use the beads.

rhonas hearts

I think she has got the message across but it does look rather nice!

Beauty From The Ashes Quilt Project

28 Apr

On a recent visit to see relatives in Australia I visited Marysville, a small town in the Yarra Valley. It is a pretty town surrounded by waterfalls, not far from Lake Mountain and an alpine resort. It is on the doorstep of the Yarra Ranges National Park.

It is a town that was devastated by bush fires in 2009. 34 of its residents died and all but 14 of its 400 buildings were destroyed.

Despite the overwhelming devastation caused by the fires, the town is being lovingly restored to its former glory by its residents, who have shown great resilience and strength.

To show support for the Marysville community, two women Julie Bell and Julie Warren organised the making of a quilt

Quilters from across Australia contributed and the quilt was presented to the town in February 2010, the first anniversary of the fire. It now hangs in the town’s tourist information office, which is where I came across it.

Mary ville quilt1

What kind and thoughtful people there are in the world. I am sure the gesture was of great help to the community in the aftermath of the traumas they had suffered.

Monica Dennis

A Message From Overseas

13 Apr

Hi folks, Monica here.

Apologies that I am unable to post an update about the April meeting and the latest newsletter but I am abroad at the moment. I have been to Singapore, Australia and I am now in Mumbai, soon to be travelling to Kerala in the south of India.

I have visited a number of patchwork shops, seen a number of quilts, some with interesting stories behind them and will share more about them on my return, as I am sure you will be interested.

Looking forward to seeing you all soon.

In the meantime, happy sewing!