Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Photos from Allison

Here are some beautiful pictures Allison has sent back to us from Yellowstone National Park in California. Looks like she and Geoff are having a great time.

Enjoy the time away Allison but we are missing your smiling face.
Love from all your Patch mates. XXX

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

A farewell to Barb

The Patch had a farewell lunch for Barb on Monday to wish her well with her move to South Australia and thank her for being such a hardworking and sharing member of the club.
She has been with us since 1997 and held the position of treasure and secretary a total of four individual times. Each time handling her duties for several years at a stretch. This kind of devotion requires a special gift so we planned and made a quilt of course, one featuring Western Australian wildflowers for Barb to take with her to her new home on the Yorke Peninsular.
Quilting groups are good at "doing food".
Barb's smiling face.
The crowd excitedly watch Barb open her parcel.
Each block was made especially with Barb in mind and the whole thing was quilted by Sandi Kelliher to depict painted china plates. Beautiful work Sandi for a very deserving recipient.
We are sure Barb will be cosy with with all the love in these stitches.

Enjoy your new life near those Grandies Barb and don't forget us....we won't forget you.

Christmas in July

What a wonderful Friendship Day was held last weekend.

A delicious Chrismas dinner with all the trimmings shared amongst 50 quilters from Northampton, Geraldton, Mingenew and Dongara Patchwork Clubs.
I'm sure everyone enjoyed themselves, even joining in with the games and fun.

Some familiar faces and lots of conversation.
Kym and Doreen
Helen and Diane
Leonie and Waltruat
There was amazing show'n'tell to enjoy too.
What a delight to see the quilts everyone had made.
This is Kaye's cross stitch purchased on her travels to China.
Sandi's quilt from Alison Schwabe's workshop.
Val's cosy shaggy hexagons on polar fleece.
Ursula's jelly roll with dragon flies.
So many beautifuls pieces and lots of inspiration for us all.

Thanks so much to the girls who organised the day, prepared and delivered the food, helped set up the hall, washed the dishes and travelled many miles to spend the day together.

A true Friendship Day indeed.

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Thank you

Thank you to The Patch and it's great team.
Last week I retired from my term as president of the Dongara Patchwork Club and the members presented me with this gorgeous "beachy" quilt. What a surprise 'cos I'm pretty nosey and i had no idea they were doing this for me.

The blocks were made by the members in our annual challenge to make a community quilt late last year and then they just disappeared! Last month in my usual nosey way I asked what had happened to the blocks, were we making them into a quilt? Had someone taken them home and forgotten them? Come on everyone, maybe we should be making up this quilt!
Was I surprised when I was presented with a lovely big parcel with nice beach blocks......even one I had done myself.

I feel blessed to receive this token of affection from all the members at our AGM and so surprised.
Thank you, thank you, thank you.
Love Sue

Saturday, March 29, 2014

A Gentlewomen's Outing

Robyn invited the Patch girls to morning tea, "wear your best frock, gloves and hat" the invitation said.

Did we scrub up ok?

The morning tea was delicious, tea leaves were read, poetry recited and dainty cakes nibbled.

Some of the ladies shared their interest in botany...........

Thank you Robyn for a very ladylike morning, we had so much fun dressing up in our finery.
Your repast was delicious, the tea divine. We all loved the little "tea" stories and will remember our best manners easily now with your little snippets of advice.

Even Jack the Kelpie is a gentlemanly photo bomber.

Monday, March 10, 2014

A very busy Weekend

We were lucky enough to be visited by Kerry Moore over the weekend. She came to town to teach us THREE quilts. They were all using jelly rolls and we managed to get a pile of them for the workshop.

There was a little homework involved for those of us who wanted to make all three quilts but despite our best plans and detailed organisation we hadn't allowed for a power failure.

Kerry is such a talented tutor and she handled the group working on each quilt similtaneously.
We had colours of all sorts flowing from our machines until the power went out and then we had to have a cup of tea before the urn went cold.

Despite the cooling urn, cold irons and dark and quiet machines our rotary cutters could work and Kerry gave as all the information to finish off the quilts...........and she had a chance to start her long drive home just a little earlier than expected.
Thanks for coming up to Dongara Kerry, it was a great workshop.

Wednesday, March 5, 2014

What did you do last Saturday?

While some of us were sewing up community quilts at the Patch, others were on retreat putting together even more community quilts but Allison had her head in the clouds.

She had a fabulous experience down at Jurien Bay and came home to us safely.
Congratulations Allison....we are very impressed at your bravery.