Our library

Monday, December 20, 2010

Christmas Dinner

This is the best we could do with a very dark photo!! Happy group after a great night out.

Happy Christmas everyone!!

Thursday, December 16, 2010

Merry Christmas, Gisborne Quilters!

I just wanted to wish you all a lovely Christmas and a great New Year! I'm looking forward to lots of quilting with you, and to lots of fun on Wednesday evenings!
January is usually time for a break in the quilt groups, but this year it seems quite a few of my quilting friends are around, so I invite you to a sit & sew at my place on Saturday, 8th January, at 1:30pm. If you could let me know you're coming, a few days beforehand, that would be great. Just email me on donnamcnb@hotmail.com and then I can send you directions if needed.
Happy quilting, stitching, knitting, crafting....

Saturday, December 11, 2010

Christmas dinner

Dinner at The Telegraph in Gisborne last Thursday - we had a great evening, here we are with our Kris Kringle gifts.

Saturday, November 13, 2010


This is our collection of pillowcases (14) that I delivered up to Cobaw Community and Health centre last Wednesday (10/11/10). They were received with a smile and thanks.

Quilt for Vietnam

Annette's daughter is off to Vietnam to work in a hospital and an orphanage that cares for HIV babies - I made this cheats quilt (no wadding) for her to take over there.

Show and tell

Marg has completed her French Braid quilt - it looks amazing, the blues have come up really well.

Thursday, November 4, 2010

Houston 2010 - Winners

Hi all,,
FYI here is the link to this year's winners at the Houston Quilt Fair -


Great to see a few Aussies among the finalists! Very inspiring stuff! Enjoy!

Thursday, October 28, 2010

1st birthday evening

The mystery quilter finished her binding last night on this 12 fat quarter quilt - beautiful quilt huh!!

1st birthday evening

Isn't Rosie's quilt amazing??

1st birthday evening

Rosie had show and tell last night with her beautiful quilt top, made from what was in her stash!!

!st Birthday

We had a great gathering at Vines to celebrate our 1st birthday of togetherness! Donna, Rosie, Lorraine, Pauline, Margo,Helen,Tania and Sue. Some had a desert - the lemon meringue pie was tooo tempting for Lorraine, there were other goodies around the table to. There was good music to listen to and lots of chatting then we headed off to attempt to do a few stitches.

!st birthday

Mmmmm!! Mocktails ..Tania and Lorraine caught by the camera!! Look pretty good though don't they?

1st birthday

At Vines..... there wasHelen, Margo and Rosie.... Tania and Sue....Helen, Margo and Pauline....Donna and Sue....

Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Work in progress

And Annette created this masterpiece - didn't she do a wonderful job - oops lost a photo - 2nd attempt - that's better!!

Works in progress

Tania showed us her finished quilt top - beautiful job Tania - how many years did you say this was in progress??

Thursday, October 21, 2010

1st birthday!

We're celebrating our group's first birthday next week! Happy Birthday to us!!
To mark the occasion, we're heading to Vines (ex-Roombas) for a wee drinkie at
7pm next Wednesday evening. Hope you can all make it. We haven't decided whether to come back to the library room for quilting & stitching afterwards, depends how comfortable we get at Vines, and how straight our stitches are likely to be.....
Great to see how far the group has come in one year - so much talent, lots of fun, learning all the time, sharing good times (and sometimes not so good), and making friends. Just what a friendship group should be! I for one am very happy to spend my time with my crafty friends!

Wednesday, October 13, 2010


For those who wanted to see some of my photos of Canada & Alaska, here's the link -


Copy it and place it in your address bar.

xx Donna

Monday, October 4, 2010

I'm baaaaack!

Hey, good to see all the posts, you've had lots going on and I really look forward to catching up this Wednesday! The craft retreat looks great - you got so much done! Will post some quilt shop photos from Canada/Alaska once I get my head around the 100s of shots I have to organise....
See you all soon!

Thursday, September 23, 2010

Time to applique

I fused all the applique onto the quilt top - now I only need to sew them on!!
I will still be working on this next Wednesday!!

Sunday, September 19, 2010

Crafting weekend

Oops!!! When we arrived at St Leonards we noticed the front passenger tyre on Annette's car was a little flat, it went down as we watched it. Saturday Annette called the RACV, the tyre was changed and spare put on - but it is a temp tyre and Annette was advised to get it fixed before driving back to Woodend. So we had an outing n Saturday morning to Drysdale.Tyre power here we come ..The tyre was examined and taken off to be fixed. We wandered off down the street to have a cuppa and see what we could see. We found an art exhibition, then had a cuppa, then looked in the community craft shop and then back to the tyre place - Annette then realised that she had the car keys in her bag!!!!! But not to worry, the tyre was fixed and put on the car in 5 mins and we returned to our sewing.

Crafting weekend

Busy, busy,busy!!! Annette finishes the fronts of her Xmas table mats! Such a productive day for her! Tania is working on her Xmas table runner and Marg was starting off on a french braid quilt.

Crafting weekend

Annette finished the binding on her Xmas table runner - she did a wonderful job with it!

Crafting weekend

Yippee!! I finished a panel for the Kiwi quilt but Tania finished the top of her Xmas table runner - didn't she do a wonderful job?

Crafting weekend

Fabric and near completed items began to appear in unusual places as the day went on!! Annette began work on a raggy seams baby quilt.

Crafting weekend

Annette FINISHED her baby raggy seams quilt!!!!! Just needs a wash and time in the dryer to fluff up. Well done Annette.
I managed to get the Kiwi quilt well on the way - just needs a black border now and then off to be quilted.

Saturday, September 4, 2010

Having adventures....

Well dear Gisborne Quilters, I'll be off hunting bears (or vice versa) for a while. I'll catch up with you and tell you about my bear adventures - and others - in October. And maybe a show and tell from my quilt shop adventures, too! Hope to see lots of new and exciting projects once I'm back!

Monday, August 23, 2010

Pillow Case patterns

I just found tutorials on how to make pillow cases.

Here is a link to the moda bake shop recipe.

Wednesday, August 18, 2010

Busy bees

Last night brought out the quilters despite the horrid weather! Our best wishes to Tania, who wasn't feeling too well; hope things look up soon.
Margo was finishing off some bonnets with Annette's 'encouragement', Lorraine and Rosie were working on their quilts, Sue was continuing with her Xmas stitchery, Helen with her cross stitch, and I was making my very last star for my swap quilt. Great to see Marg again, too. Somebody had brought in some interesting mags, and Annette brought in her "Kiwi" tea.
Lorraine was putting the binding on a lovely Christmas table runner. The white chenille gave interesting texture to the runner and looked very much like a winter Xmas!
Margo also completed the top of her Christmas runner, a French braid QAYG style. Can't wait to see that one finished! Looks quite

And here's my last swap star!

Thursday, August 12, 2010


Results so far - haven't we done well!


Here was Margo zig zagging the seam edge - note finished hat in front of the sewing machine - well it needs ribbon and embroidery but most of the machine sewing is done - lots of creativity was unleashed when deciding what to put on the brim of the hat. It was wonderful to all be working on something together - very good feeling.


I found this cute little bag at the antiques center at Daylesford - it was a have to get for Donna and her owl collection! Sooo cute!!