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Sunday, December 30, 2012

High Tea in style!

 Our Christmas breakup was at the beautiful Campaspe House in Woodend. This gracious old mansion has Edna Wallings-designed gardens and is a really nice place to celebrate the end of the sewing year! Thanks for finding this one, Tania!
 Some of the ladies arrive, we were all dressed very colourfully, adding a floral ambience to the place!
Now THIS is the life! I could have easily settled in for the afternoon at - and in - the pool.
 And here we all are! Pink champagne was served quicksmart, and everybody relaxed and had a good time. Merry Christmas Pauline, Tracee, Helen, Sue, Tania, Marg, Amanda, and Annette! Oh, and me, taking the picture (now who's the blog hog?).

 We were reliably informed that the custard brulees were "orgasmic". Well, near enough, they were indeed delicious!
 More sweet delights, and some savoury ones, and I must say the scones were the fluffiest I'd ever tasted!
Blondies and brownies, and berry chocolate mousses - mmmmm!

Will have to come back here next year, it was all very satisfying.

Saturday, December 15, 2012

See you all next year!

On 12th December, a few of us gathered to farewell the old sewing year and celebrate the season. As usual, we did so in style, although few of us were energetic enough to sew. So we sat in the dark with some flickering candles and had a natter.
 People had brought food to sustain an army, as always. There were cherries, cookies, slices, Tanya even brought mini pavs along, and strawberries and marshmallows with chocolate sauce for dipping.
 Not to forget the decorations, with Tania's pretty blue baubles,
Santas, and a sweet sparkly owl that Annette brought for Donna's collection. Sue's musical frog of course had to show off his talents.

Merry Christmas to all and I hope the new year brings us many hours of fun sewing, and all things good.

Friday, December 14, 2012

Challenge Quilts 2012

On 8th December, the great 'unveiling' of the challenge quilts occurred in the pleasant surrounds of the Gisborne Peak Winery. Nine ladies attended the lunch, and a handful of others around the world were waiting to see what the Aussie girls had done with the challenges. First came the "Australia Quilt" challenge, whereby each quilter had to interpret what Australia means to them as a quilter, using a particular piece of challenge fabric from Lisa Chandler's "Australia" range. The second was the "Poetry" quilt challenge, which required the quilters to interpret a poem by making an art quilt. After eating our woodfired pizzas and fortified with a few glasses of wine, the ladies presented their works -
 Jean, Dorothy, and Sue had made poetry quilts, inspired by a variety of poems. Jean chose Robert Frost's "The road not taken", Dorothy took insprration from Jenny Joseph's poem "Warning", and Sue was moved by the Christmas spirit, interpreting "The night before Christmas". The ladies did a fabulous job, and their quilts will be shown in more detail later.

 This is Alleyne's pretty quilt, an attic window design with May Gibbs' Gumbut Babies fabric. Alleyne used the challenge fabric in some of her blocks, and machine quilted her quilt.
 This is Marg's gorgeous artwork, featuring three galahs on fenceposts, with Uluru in the background. Marg fussy cut the challenge fabric leaves and did a lot of fancy quilting on this.
 This is Jean's amazing quilt. It was full of symbolism, and even though it was one of the Australia quilt challenges, she based it on a poem. Jean also fussy cut the leaves and holepunchend the little wattle flowers, sewing them on individually. The quilt depicts the floods, and fires, and the people of Australia, the sunshine, and has several other meanings. Just stunning!
 Susan had another take on the theme; for her Australia represents all the friends she's made while quilting (the many hands), the cups of tea she's had with her friends, a friendship block and other things reminding her of times with her friends. Very creative and artistic.
 Yours truly, with my Australia quilt, representing Australia's nature, the landscape and the oceans. There are a few appliqueed birds, a lizard, and a lot of 3D leaves.
This is Jean's poetry quilt, based on Robert Frost's poem, "A road less travelled". Jean used a confetti technique as the background, with lots of 'floating leaves and lots of detail, with tufts of grass and rocks etc. Just amazing!
 Dorothy with her poetry quilt, based on the poem "Warning" (When I grow old, I will wear a purple, and a red hat...). Dorothy made excellent use of the Kaffe Fasset flower fabric, and the background is just so Monet!

Susan chose a Christmas poem to inspire her poetry quilt, and has done a marvellous job with with machine quilting and fabric painting. I think that workshop with Helen Godden is going to bring out a lot more amazing quilts!
Eight ladies completed the Australia quilt challenge, and did a fantastic job!