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September 2015

Jelly Roll Fun


Our team standing in front of the finished quilt top.

This Saturday I went to Capital Quilters, one of the quilting groups that I belong to. In place of the usual meeting the committee had decided that we would spend the meeting making charity quilt tops, using Jelly Rolls. The idea was to make the event fun and have a bit of healthy competition thrown in. Seven teams of three worked on quilt tops and most completed them in the two hours. One team even came all dressed up in their PJs and mop caps!

A few of us drive over the Rimutaka Hill from the Wairarapa to Lower Hutt each month for the meeting, and on the way we usually stop for a bite of lunch. So it was over lunch that we firmed up our plans for our quilt top. Pam brought a notebook with some sketches in, and with great foresight she had brought along some fusible web, Lyn had remembered her cutter, mat and sewing supplies and I brought the machine and Sew Ezi table. We were all set and ready to compete!

Most of the teams made 'jelly roll race' quilts, sewing all the ends together to make one long strip and then folding and sewing until you have a quilt top. They all added their own twist, some appliqueing shapes over the top, and some inserting pieces in between the strips. One team was working on a really interesting alternative pattern. It's not finished yet but hopefully we will see it at the next meeting. How great to see all that creativity at work even under all the pressure!

Here are some of the quilt tops:


Made with a Moda William Morris jelly roll


This one was another Moda jelly roll, with lovely little boats appliqued on top


Pretty colours in this Batik quilt


Hard to see with the light shining behind but can you spot the cats on this one?



And finally, our quilt. We did ours by sewing the strips together on the long sides, then chopping the quilt up and inserting a strip of brown. Then we appliqued a tree on top. The French General jelly roll we had was perfect, as there were five brown strips that we took out for the vertical strip and appliques. Thank to Lyn for non stop sewing and Pam for pressing, while I hovered around trying to be organised!

Most of the jelly rolls were donated by Tiffanies Treasures, and one from Quilters' Lane. What a great way to get some charity quilts done! Thanks to the Capital Quilters committee for making it such a fun day.



Aotearoa Quilters Tutors Seminar

This weekend I attended the inaugural Aotearoa Quilters Tutors' Seminar in Wellington.

The three day course was full-on and packed with great information, networking with others from the quilting world and of course lots of fun. We also had the Aotearoa Quilters AGM and dinner on Saturday evening.


Bobby Duncan (organiser), Yvonne Roberts (tutor), Jared Murdoch (tutor), Louise Murdoch, Jenny Bacon (tutor), Natalie Murdoch (convenor)


We were divided into two groups - Green group and Blue group - reflecting the colours in the Aotearoa Quilters logo. My group was the Green group. With about fifteen members in each group there was an excellent attendance at the seminar and lots of people to bounce ideas off and to learn from their experiences.

The first day was spent with Jenny Bacon from Australia. Jenny is an internationally qualified Quilt judge. We learned about what judges look for, ways that work (and don't work!) for judging exhibition quilts, and we had a practice session at judging each others' and some of Jenny's quilts. It was very enlightening and entertaining. One really nice thing that happened was my quilt 'Draco' being judged best Art quilt of the small group of quilts we had.  'Best of Show' was Hazel Foot's stunning Pacific Tribute II. The learning process was non threatening and Jenny was an excellent teacher.

On Saturday the session was taught by Yvonne Roberts. We covered aspects of teaching adult students, preparing teaching cv's, effective needs lists, lesson plans, etc. A really useful day with lots of learning points and contributions from all the other students.

Finally on Sunday, Jared Murdoch (who deserves a medal for spending the whole weekend in the company of female quilters!) covered computers and social media. A difficult task when you have a room full of a complete diversity of experience and needs. Jared made the day really useful and interesting for everyone. We all learned loads and will be putting lots of it into practice.


Dinner after the Aotearoa Quilters AGM


My thanks to the Aotearoa Quilters committee for putting in so much hard work to organise this event. As the national association for quilters in New Zealand, they are doing a fantastic job of preserving and encouraging the art of quilting. If you are not a member I encourage you to join, or at least get your local group to join with a group membership. The link is on the left hand side of my blog.

Fun and learning

Last week we had some fun classes. On Wednesday we made 'Banana Bags' - these are not bags for putting bananas in, but a generous sized zip up bag designed by Wendy Williams that is great fun to make and looks fabulous. Unfortunately I forgot to take a photo of Lynda's finished bag yesterday.

On Saturday we had a full house for the Pop Stars class. Pop Stars is a quilt from the Material Obsession books.p This is one of my favourite classes as we get to relax and have fun while making beautiful blocks. I have posted more photos on Facebook (www.facebook.com/quilterslane) and Instagram (quilterslanesheila) but here is one of the stunning blocks:



One of the advantages of my job is that I get to go to lots of classes and workshops.  This weekend I am looking forward to attending the Aotearoa Quilters Tutors' Seminar in Wellington. This course is going to cover teaching patchwork and quilting, judging quilts and using social media. Hopefully I will learn lots that I will be able to put into practice. Aotearoa Quilters is the national quilting association for New Zealand ( Aotearoa or 'The Land of the Long White Cloud' in Maori).