On 15th May, Margaret, Beth and I, with Tom as our chauffeur, delivered our quilts to Moira Kelly’s Personal Assistant, Marilyn, in Whittlesea. She was overwhelmed by the number and beautiful work in the quilts presented. Thank you to all who were able to contribute.
Thanks to the donations we received we now have 20+ quilts to take to Moira Kelly on May 15th. The table-runners are coming along nicely with some already completed.
Thursday, May 31st is our next all-day session, 9.30am to 4pm
Janet Gourley has spoken to the Benalla Show Committee and they have added a Table Runner section. That gives us a good reason to get busy and produce some beautiful table runners to enter. Thanks Janet.
We had a great start to the new year of stitching and continue to enjoy seeing what the others have achieved.
Posted by Dorothy on the U3A Facebook Page.
On Thursday 30 November, 9.30 am until 4 pm, we will be working on Christmas items. Bring sewing machines, Christmas fabrics, etc. Heather and Kaye have sourced some ideas from Mr. Google. If you want to know more about this, contact Heather or Kaye and they can e-mail you the requirements.
Heather: firstname.lastname@example.org and
We will be displaying a few quilts at the opening on Monday, 13th November and then our big display for our Meet ‘n’ Mingle on the 15th. As in other years drop your work into Heather or Dorothy.
Thursday, 7th December will be our Christmas Lunch. Be there at 1pm with some food to share plus a small wrapped Christmas Decoration to exchange.
I hear that the last Patchwork session that I was unable to attend went very well, with lots of stimulating conversation and stitching. With a few away heading for warmer weather our numbers are smaller as is normal for winter.
Our last Patchwork day at the Hub was a happy, chatty affair but we forgot the cake. Work is progressing on our year’s challenge with some wonderfully different interpretations. We are all looking forward to our new room where we will meet on 6th July at 1pm.
I quote from a Thank You Card received from Meryl Baston of the Uniting Church in Benalla:
“Dear Dot, my jaw dropped with pleasure and excitement when I opened the bag of rugs Irene Erskine passed onto me from U3A, for the Refugees and Asylum Seekers. Please thank your ladies most sincerely for their generosity and effort.”
It is nice to be appreciated for our contribution to the community.
On July 6 we will have our first afternoon in our new meeting room at the Seniors, 1pm to 4pm
Numbers attending are 15-18 so a lot of work is being done on our quilts. It is so good to see everyone’s interpretations of the same pattern. More photos can be seen on the web site.
Our project for this year is progressing well. Some have barely started and some are finished and most are in between. Everyone is enjoying the process. Our Show and Tell has surprised and delighted us as members show their side project. Many photos are on the website.
Here is our project for First Semester 2017. It is called Palais Royale. This is a group requirement. The block when finished can be anything you chose, e.g. Cushion Cover through to Queen Quilt.
It has been a while since we have all done the one design.
If you did not receive Dorothy's email about the project, please contact her 5762 2116.
Palais Royale is a 'Small Project' design by Wattlebird Design - https://wattlebirddesign.com/wattlebirddesign.com/
The Patchwork Group's January quilting activity for 2017 will be held on January 19th between 10 am and 4 pm at the Hub. Dorothy has emailed out the instructions to members - just in case you need them, you can link to them below:
January Quilting Activity Requirements
January Quilting Activity Instructions
The Patchwork group celebrated the end of a busy year at a special lunch on Thursday 1st December. Lots of quilts were displayed and discussed during 'Show and Tell', with plans being hatched throughout the lunch for further developing skills and producing new quilts in 2017. The 'project' component for next year hasn't been decided upon yet - Dorothy is keen to hear your ideas.
Patchwork members were particularly busy in the lead up to November’s display of quilts at Meet and Mingle. This display provided great incentive to complete quilts started during the year and included a number of 2016’s project quilts.
Once again we will be displaying our year’s work at the November Meet & Mingle (on the 16th November) at the Seniors Citizens. On Thursday 1st December we will have our end-of-year lunch. Bring a plate & a fat 1/4 to share.
Patchwork meets at the Hub, Cooinda Village from 1 to 4 pm on the first and third Thursday of each month.
We had a very successful charity day - thanks to all who came.
We will continue with the trading table as wadding is needed. It's always great to take home goodies from the garden. We’re looking forward to seeing some of our group back from their travels.
On Thursday September 1st we are having a charity working day 10 am-4 pm . Quilts and/or toys can be made. We will also have our trading table as we are in need of backing fabric. Looking forward to a very productive day.
One of our group has lost or misplaced her large black and silver scissors could you please check your bags and boxes. Phone Dorothy on 5762 2116 Thanks.
August... a first quilt, a finished quilt and two works in progress
At our August meeting Heidi presented her first ever quilt - Well done Heidi! A big thank you to all who helped her along the way.
Progress is continuing to be made on quilts, with the quilts in the slide show below among those shared during ‘show and tell’ in May.
Patchwork group members regularly make and distribute beautiful quilts to organizations including the Benalla Hospital, Children’s Hospital and respite services—some for fundraising, others to be put in use. This month the group participated in a longer session to work on patchwork quilts for refugee families with children who are currently being settled in Albury/Wodonga.
Patchwork will meet at The Hub, Cooinda on the 2nd and 16th June.
Photographs: Dorothy Webber
About the Patchwork Group
New members to this ongoing group will be introduced to patching and quilting techniques. Participants provide their own fabric and sewing aids.
1st and 3rd Thursday, 1 pm to 4 pm. U3A Meeting Room, Fawckner Drive
Convenor/s and Contact Details
Dorothy Webber 5762 2116
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