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Friday, September 23, 2011

Pinestream Quilters September Club-night

The hall was packed on our club-night and we had a very full programme.  Award winning quilter Fyvie Murray was our speaker and she related her quilting journey.  Fyvie’s first experience of patchwork some years ago were duvet covers, now in use on the cat’s bed, she told us.  Then her daughter signed her up for her first class, and she has never looked back.  Fyvie had a slide show presentation of her work, and also brought several quilts, so that we could see them in the flesh.  For someone who only came to quilting in the 1990s, Fyvie has produced an amazing number of Baltimore Album quilts – most of us would be delighted if we managed to do only one.  After mastering the traditional needle-turn method of appliqué, she has perfected a method of doing a needle-turn variation on her sewing machine.
DSCF7430 Two of Fyvie’s beautiful Baltimores
This talented quilter then went on to experiment making a Baltimore using a palette of cream and white for the appliqué blocks.  She decided that the quilt needed some extra colour so added  some dark pieced stars.  I have seen this work of art displayed in a quilt show and it is just gorgeous.
DSCF7431 White and cream appliqué with star blocks
Pinestream Quilters club members have been making quilts to cover the beds at Te Omanga Hospice.  Our local quilt shop, Thimbles and Threads, has been very generous with providing fabric, batting, and quilting services.  Two staff members from the Hospice attended our meeting and Margaret, our Charity Quilt Co-ordinator, together with our President Brenda, made the presentation to them.
DSCF7429 Presenting the Hospice quilts
Show and Tell was delightful, as always.  Here are just a few of what caught my eye, there were lots more as well, as our members are always very prolific.  Several members had made little quilts for the Neo Natal Unit at Hutt Hospital.  These little teddy bears are so cute and will certainly brighten up the ward.
DSCF7434 Neo Natal quilts for Hutt Hospital
Sharon had brought two quilts along, both pink, and both will be donated to Wellington Hospital.  Sharon also expertly quilted these on a long arm machine.  The plan for this one, in retro pink colours, is to be given to a teenager who is sure to love the bright, trendy colours.
DSCF7437 To be donated to Wellington Hospital
Who doesn’t love Christmas?  Cathy started this Christmas wall-hanging in a class, and it is just lovely, and heavily embellished. 
DSCF7428 Cathy’s Christmas quilt
Another nice wall-hanging was the country style chicken house, made by Claire.  The rooster is keeping an eye out for danger while his  flock go about their chooky business.
DSCF7426 Claire’s fowl house
Blue and white colour scheme is always a winner and Margarite brought along her Bear’s Paw quilt to show us.  She certainly made a very nice job of this.
DSCF7433 Margaruites Bear’s Paw quilt
Some lucky rugby supporter is getting his very own quilt for Rugby World Cup.  Fay made this for her husband using a panel, and coordinating fabric for the borders.
DSCF7427 Fay’s rugby quilt
June teaches quilt making each week in the women’s prison and brought along a couple of quilts in progress from her pupils.  Here she is hiding behind the quilts.   June is always very grateful for the support from the club, and the many donations of fabric she receives from the club members.
DSCF7435 Two quilts made by June’s girls
It was another great club night, with an interesting speaker, tasty supper, and plenty of quilts to look at.  It is always good to catch up with other members too.


June said...

I knew you would do a good job of reporting on the meeting Jenny - I even learned how to put a link in my blog to yours! Am I still blackballed on your list?

Jenny said...

Thanks for the link June. You will be pleased to know that your blog is updating itself nicely on my blog list, so everyting is working well again.

Jan said...

Jenny thanks for your blog on Pinestreams meeting I am sorry I was not able to be there Fyvie's quilts are 'out of this world'-Needleturn is a favourite of mine--