Wednesday, 14 October 2015

Jelly roll race

At our September meeting we had a jelly roll race.  That's where teams of quilters race against the clock to sew a jelly roll into a quilt top in less than 2 hours.

Our aim was to make some quilts for charity. We finished the day with 7 lovely quilt tops that will be turned into quilts over the coming months.  Our jelly rolls were very kindly donated to the guild. We had a wide range of fabrics to work with, including batiks, William Morris, and Bonnie and Camille.

The teams had a lot of fun sewing these quilts under pressure. Some even chose to dress up for the occasion.

Appliquing some simple shapes onto the jelly roll quilts really made a difference to their finished looks. Don't those cats look cute?

The rest of the guild had a hand stitching day while the teams raced against the clock to complete these tops.

This was a fun day, and I think even more people will be keen to take part next year.

Jenny Hunter guest speaker

Some months ago Jenny Hunter came to speak to our guild.  Jenny bought at least 50 of her quilts to show and tell.  Many of them were mini quilts, including her series of New Zealand native birds, which are published in the New Zealand Quilter magazine.

Here's some of the quilts Jenny bought to show us:

New Zealand Pohutukawa

After her talk Jenny ran a small stall, selling kits and fabrics to our members. She has an online store called Plume Arts Limited.

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Tuesday, 13 October 2015

September Block of the Month

 In September we made La Cabane Francaise blocks.

The idea was to keep them to red, white and blue.  They were quite quick to make, so most people made more than one.  Here's how they all looked together, set on point:

A lucky member took these home to turn into a quilt.

July Block of the Month

July is winter for us in New Zealand, so we made a very warm version of the Trip Around the World block.

A single block looked liked this:

but when we got them all together they looked liked this:

One of our lucky members got to take all these bright blocks home with her.