Friday, 10 May 2019

May Club Night

May Club Night rolled around, and I arrived early ready to check in for my kitchen duties.  As it turned out, there were four of us willing helpers in the kitchen.  Two of us hadn't read the newsletter property, and were rostered on for the following month!  Just shows how keen we were, and I’ll make sure I front  up again for kitchen duties for the June meeting.

Judy Boyle from Kapiti was our speaker for the evening, and this self taught quilter told us about her quilting journey.  She brought along some early quilts, and told us how little she knew when she started.  Just like all of us, I feel, we all keep learning, don’t we.

Judy’s early quilts

Judy doesn’t have a stash, she told us, just buys what she needs, and doesn’t like scraps.  She works on one quilt at a time, which always gets finished before she starts a new quilt.  She loved the little zebra wall hanging so much that she went on to make another!  I took a close up look and the pattern is full of teeny tiny pieces which are appliqued down

Two gorgeous zebras

Judy gets lots of her inspiration from things she sees, from  Pinterest, and pictures in magazines, and has the ability to turn an idea into a quilt, without using a pattern.  That certainly takes talent.  She has certainly mastered the art of perfect straight line quilting.

Two “modern” quilts

Judy was a very amusing and interesting speaker, and we all enjoyed hearing about her quilting life.   The Poppy Challenge quilts were handed in, and will be sent off to be judged.

We adjourned for supper and then the all important AGM took place, chaired by Lynne  Burnham. 

Jane Warren was elected as our new President, congratulations Jane. 

The committee members are:

Sheryl Prouting, Wendy Tunley, Jude Leppard, Jan Rodgers, Margaret Knight, Heather Elias, Jacki Williams.  Madalyn will continue producing the newsletter, and Lynne will remain as Almoner.

The subscriptions remain at $30.00 and are due now.

Special thanks were given to Janneke, who was stepping down from the committee,  for organizing the monthly raffles.  Jane commented that she had never won a raffle prize, and hoped to get the last one of the evening.  That was not to be, but when Bev won the lucky last prize, (she had won a prize the previous month) she immediately presented it to Jane.  Now that’s sharing, isn’t it!

Jenny Benton

Tuesday, 7 May 2019

Levin RSA Quilt

Proudly hanging on the wall in the Levin RSA was this lovely quilt stitched by club member Marjorie Law.  You may remember seeing it at club night Show and Tell a month or so ago.  This quilt will be raffled to raise funds for the RSA.

Marjorie made her beautifully graphic quilt to celebrate 100 years of service and remembrance in Horowhenua.  She wrote on the label: “This quilt depicts the dark clouds of war through the joy of peace”.

Jenny Benton

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