Saturday, 30 March 2019

March All Comers Day

Madalyn asked for people to help at the March All Comers Day. The Quiltfest Raffle Quilt needed some willing sewers to sew the hexagon flowers together.  Anyone who could spare  1/2 an hour, an hour or a couple of hours to come and help sew would be welcomed with open arms.  When I arrived the flowers were laid out on the backing, and pinned in place. 

Hexie flowers cascading down

Dianne and Jude started stitching the hexie flowers together

Before too long others arrived to help, Jill and Jackie soon settled down to stitch around the table,  stitching those flowers together in groups. Lynne and Janneke arrived a little later and joined in too.

Four willing stitchers working together

There was an “oops moment” when the placement wasn’t going to plan.  No problem – Lynn had taken a photo on her phone and the hexie flowers were soon rearranged in the correct sequence.  Some of the ladies left after a morning’s stitching, leaving the Afternoon Shift of Janneke, Lyn and Dianne quietly working away together. 

I’d never worked with hexagons so brought along my own projects - two little just completed baby quilts,  with me.  With the bindings hand stitched down on both before the end of the day, I was a happy quilter indeed. 

As you know, we meet in the Vintage Car Club Rooms, and there was all sorts of activity outside in the car park.   The members were gathering there before they went  off on a ride, showing off their wonderful cars.  I went outside to take a few photos.  I rather liked this one, a Model T Ford, the owner told me.  But he didn’t offer to whisk me away on a vintage car jaunt, so I went back inside to get on with my stitching.

Model T Ford

It was another lovely All Comers Day, so nice to meet up and chat  with club members.

Jenny Benton

Thursday, 14 March 2019

March Club Night

Our speaker for March was the very talented and amusing Christine Hartigan, who is a sales representative for Nutex Fabrics, a very experienced quilter who has been guest exhibitor at several Quilt Shows. Christine told us about her experiences as a sales rep, and how she came to get her “dream job” after working and teaching in several quilt shops for some years.  This job takes her overseas several times a year.  She also brought along a selection of her quilts, including her very first, a queen sized Garden Tapestry quilt with fancy pieced borders, made in a class at Stitches Plus.  (I have one of these myself at home, and remember that the borders took forever to stitch.) 

Christine told us she likes to put her own stamp on her quilts, and likes to make her own designs these days.  Another mega undertaking were the several years spent doing City and Guilds through Nancy’s Embroidery shop.  Her old farmhouse certainly invited a close inspection, and is created with paint, patchwork and thread painting, and hangs in her home.  

The Show and Tell brought along by members is always fun to see.  Kay had been finishing off several UFOs, she told us, all for grandchildren.  An activity book, a little pink hand bag, a bed for dolly, and a rather cute jack-in-the-box.  Hasn’t she been busy!

Goodies for Kay’s grandchildren

Summer Rain, made by Sarah was lovely, a beautiful fresh looking quilt, and using up some strips, she told us.

Sarah with Summer Rain

Marjorie has been working hard making a Plus quilt, not letting an arm injury slow her down.  She is making this quilt for the Levin RSA to to be raffled for funds.   There is some gorgeous poppy fabric in there, and several commented how they liked the crosses coming out into the border.  Due to the lighting in the hall, the colours are more red in real life.

Marjorie and the RSA raffle quilt

The meeting continued in the supper room with a few notices, a cuppa, and the raffle draws.  Another interesting club night, as usual.

Jenny Benton

Tuesday, 26 February 2019

Hanging at Winchester House

I visit Winchester House (Cancer Society house) regularly for meetings, and always look forward to seeing what small quilt has been chosen to be displayed each month.  This time, it was one of Janneke’s creations.  Lots of sharp points in shades of blue – wonder if this was paper pieced to get those points looking so nice?  I think I recognize it as an entry in the Christmas wall-hanging competition?

Made by Janneke

It it so nice that club members loan their quilt creations for a colourful display at Winchester House.  Much appreciated, I’m sure, by the volunteers, patients, and visitors who attend the various meetings there.

Jenny Benton

Friday, 15 February 2019

February Club night

It always seems such a long time over the Christmas/New Year break, so it was great to get back into the swing of things with our first club night of the year.  Shirley Mooney was our guest speaker and gave us a very informative Power Point presentation  about sewing machines.  Shirley has worked at the Wellington Sewing Centre for some years, so certainly knows the problems which sewers encounter with their machines.  Her talk covered needles, threading, bobbins and threads. 

And the two main tips which I got out of her talk were:  No 1 - be sure to change your machine needle often (after 8 hours straight sewing, and buy only reputable brands), and No 2 – old threads deteriorate and snap, so discard your old threads that have been hanging about for years and purchase nice new threads for your machines.  Both tips won’t break the bank and will ensure easier stitching.   And it goes without saying that we all know to get our machines serviced annually.  Her trouble shooting tips will be published in our Town and Country newsletter.

Shirley brought several quilts along to show us.

As always, the Show and Tell from our club members is always inspiring.  Here is just a taste of what was brought along.  Lynette stitched her lovely “Bird by Bird” quilt as therapy, she told us, while recovering from an accident.

Bird by Bird, stitched by Lynette

And who wouldn’t smile while admiring Griet’s Bunny quilt – just look at the character in these bunny faces.  Griet is thinking of offering this design as a class, she mentioned, so I’m sure there will be plenty of interest in that.

Bunnies – by Griet

Paula brought along several panels she has been making and swapping with an American pen friend.  A challenge is set each month with each taking turns in determining the theme.

Paula’s swap blocks

Paula then announced her “Just for Fun Project”.   Each month she will share a different design to make a Mug Rug, Art Piece or QAYG block.  This month it was hearts for Valentines Day.  I’ve decided to take part, and have my design ready to trace out and start stitching.  What's one more project to add to my various UFOs?

Jenny Benton

Thursday, 10 January 2019

Happy New Year

Here we are, easing into January 2019.  The Christmas decorations are down, I’m sure the turkey is finished, maybe the Christmas Cake too, but ours is still hanging on.  Mind you, I made a big cake this time so it takes a fair bit of eating.   Bloggers have been sharing their plans for 2019, and to help things along, I found this free download – “UFO and WIP List” .  Just the thing to write down what you would like to achieve in 2019.  Most of us have plenty of things waiting in the wings, and new projects we want to start “one day”.  Or maybe you are one of those quilters who only work on one project till it’s finished?  Not me, I’ve always got heaps on the go.


You can find this handy free download on The Crafty Quilters blog here:  (click on the link)

Hope you all had a lovely Christmas, celebrated with family and friends.  We’ve been away for a couple of weeks in our caravan to sunny Hawkes Bay, and goodness me, it was scorching hot.  With temperatures in the late 20s and early 30s no wonder I needed a big  ice-cream to cool down.  I just managed to finish it before it melted on me!


Happy Stitching

Jenny Benton

Thursday, 20 December 2018

Avenue of Trees

The annual Avenue of Trees was once again on display at the Salvation Army Hall.  Depositing my donation for the Food Bank into a box, I was handed a voting slip for the People’s Choice Award, and walked into a wonderland of trees covered with twinkling lights.  So much variety, and so much time and effort had gone into decorating each tree.  The Town and Country tree was beautiful, Avon had done an amazing job of decorating our tree, called “Silver Threads and Golden Needles”.



Angels adorned our club’s  beautiful tree

I rather liked the tree entered by the Horowhenua Embroiders Guild too.  This was hung with sweet little cross stitched Christmas Stockings.



As I wandered around the hall, I noticed several of our club members there too.  I do hope that many of you had the chance to go and see these Christmas delights.  The Salvation Army Band were playing Christmas Carols outside, so I had to stop and listen for a wee while before I left.


Wishing everyone a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year.  safe travels if you are on the road over the Christmas break.

Jenny Benton

Thursday, 13 December 2018

December Club Night

December already – just where has the year gone?  It was our last Club Night of the year, and there certainly was such a lot happening.  We were invited to come along early, if we could, so that we could view and vote on the table runner Challenge.  This was a challenge with a difference, participants had to use the colours on the paint swatch card provided, and could add one other colour.  The winners were announced later in the evening.




Table runners of all colours

Anna Williams was our guest speaker, and we were fortunate that she finally made it to the meeting,  after her car broke down at Foxton.  Luckily Luchelle offered assistance, so the club night was saved.  Anna spoke about taking her first small group of quilters to the Birmingham Quilt Show and beyond, and by all accounts they had a marvelous time.  WE saw slides from the show, and other places of interest they visited on tour.  Anna then went on to tell of her happiness at finding some siblings she knew nothing about, and met up with in England, and in New York in a later trip.  There were many happy reunions amongst these long lost rellies, and the smiling faces in the slides said it all.  Many thanks to Anna for sharing this story with us.


Anna and Lynne

Well known quilter Bobbie Duncan judged the challenge, and commented on the very high standard of all entries.  The winners were:

Novice – Chloe Easton

Intermediate – Jane Warren

Advanced – Sandra Collins

Professional – Robyn Blanford

Avon Haigh was awarded both Viewers Choice and Judges Award for her stunning piece.

Congratulations to all.


Avon’s lady in a ball gown

Supper was certainly rather special, with strawberries and ice-cream being eaten with gusto, asparagus rolls and Christmas cake passed around.  The raffles were drawn, 10 prizes this time, and wonder of wonders, one of my numbers were called out, so that was exciting.  Other prizes went to those who could answer various question the quickest, prizes were flying around the hall.

There was plenty of generous donations brought in for the Food Bank, every little bit helps, especially at this time of year.  Thank you so much, everyone who helped with this request.


For the Food Bank

The meeting concluded after Lynn had thanked the committee for a great years work, and all the members for their support, and wished us all a safe and happy Christmas.  See you all next year!

Jenny Benton