Thursday, August 27, 2015

A Generous Donation

Members of the committee recently attended a special luncheon at Bygone Beauties to hand over the cheque to the Blue Mountains Rural Fire Service for the large sum of $10,000.
Pictured Left to Right is Bygone Beauty's proprietor Maurice Cooper, committee members Rachaeldaisy and Robyne Stuart, District Manager of Blue Mountains Rural Fire Service Superintendent David Jones, committee members Susie Anderson and Ann Murray. 

Superintendent David Jones has said the money will go towards " improving communication technology to ensure we work towards meeting the needs of the community.
As part of this we want to improve our technical information flow from fire ground to Incident Control to ensure we have meaningful, accurate and timely information. This donation will go a long way towards helping us meet our needs.
The reason we wish to improve our information flow is to ensure we can provide a timely and accurate level of information to the public through the NSW RFS website and the “Fires Near Me” application on smart phones.
These two avenues of information rely on the Incident Control feeding our ICON system which in turn provides an information stream including Situation Reports and Mapping. Additionally, we can feed information through Social Media to help inform the community of current status and issues from fires.
Overall we are aiming to help improve community resilience by ensuring the community is up to date as quickly as possible. This in turn allows the community to feel informed which gives them confidence and resilience to difficult situations during a major fire event."

While we were at Bygone Beauty's we enjoyed wandering around the newly opened Treasured Teapot Museum.  Large well lit cabinets display Maurice Cooper's extensive collection of teapots. It's one of the world largest collection and it's easy to believe, there are teapots everywhere!! 

Even on the carpet that was specially designed for Bygone Beauty's.

The teapots of all shapes and sizes were such a treat to see. 

Each year Maurice sets up a display of teapots at the Springwood Quilt Show. When we mentioned the raffle quilt for the 2016 show was Lots of Dots he immediately said "Teapots with Dots" so I think we're in for an extra fun dotty display of teapots. 

If you're a Blue Mountains local I can highly recommend a visit to see the Treasured Teapot Museum at Bygone Beauty's. For those of who you only come to the mountains for the Springwood Quilt Show, it's just a 20 minute drive away so you can easily pop up to Leura and have a look. 
And while we didn't have the devonshire tea I've heard it's one of the best around and I know for a fact the scones are made using an old family recipe.  

For more information about Bygone Beautys or the Treasured Teapot museum pop over to their website here.

Saturday, August 22, 2015

The lucky raffle winner with the Anniversary Quilt.

Here we have a photo of the 2015 Raffle Quilt with the lucky winner Judy Taylor. 
Judy had to be patient and wait another 6 weeks after finding out she'd won because the quilt still had to have it's moment in the spotlight at the Sydney Quilt Show. We're happy the 10th anniversary quilt is now in it's new home. 

Wouldn't you agree that one of the best parts of making a quilt is giving it away?

Saturday, July 25, 2015

Three more blocks...

Three more raffle quilt blocks have come spinning into existence.

Wowee!! Aren't they wonderful!! 

Here's the inspiration quilt again so you can see if you can spot which blocks they are. I have to admit it took me a while to figure out which one was the aqua petal compass. It's always interesting to see how different colour choices can vary the look of a block.

If you're interested in making you're own Lots of Dots quilt you can buy the pattern at Chris Jurd's etsy shop PatchworkFun. If you start soon you could have it finished in time to show at the quilt show next April. Imagine a whole row of Lots Of Dots quilts in all different colours, now that would be sight!!

Monday, July 20, 2015

Sunny blocks on a winters day.

It's been snowing here in the Blue Mountains and while outside looks like a winter wonderland, inside has been a hive of activity as the committee members work their blocks for the raffle quilt.

 Here are just a couple of blocks hot off the presses and shining like a warm summers day! 
Isn't it great to see all those dots playing so well together?

Stay warm with happy stitching and we'll be back with more raffle quilt blocks soon.

Monday, July 13, 2015

Work has begun...

...on the 2016 raffle quilt! 

Ever since the decision to make Chris Jurd's Lots of Dots as the raffle quilt the committee members have been having fun rounding up dotty fabrics from their stash. Quite a few new fabrics were bought too, after all it's always fun to have a particular theme to search for and an excuse to go shopping. Once you start looking there are so many wonderful and irresistible dots out there. 

So at Sunday's sewing day, as you can imagine, the table was a happy parade of colourful fabrics as everyone shared their contributions. Lots of dots in all sizes and colours!! The next step was to allocate different blocks to all the raffle quilt sewers and then came the fun part where fabrics were mixed and matched to create the wonderful combinations that make this pattern so eye catching. 

Check out the sneak peek of the beautiful hexagon quilt Chris has on her design wall in the background. Let's hope she finishes that one in time for next years show as one of her featured quilts.

We can hardly wait for show and tell of the Lots of Dots blocks!! They are all going to be spectacular! In the meantime it's the perfect weather for sewing so we hope you're all working on your quilts for next years show too. 

Friday, June 26, 2015

Chris Jurd- The Featured Quilter for 2016

It's time to cheer for our Featured Quilter for the 11th Annual Springwood Community Quilt Show in 2016. 

Drum roll...

It's The One and Only Chris Jurd!!!

Chris's innovative quilts featuring foundation piecing and other clever techniques have led her on a journey to international acclaim and a reputation as a very popular teacher. The 2016 Springwood Community Quilt Show will be a great opportunity to see lots of Chris's quilts up close and meet her in person.
We asked Chris a few questions so you could get to know her a little better

Hi Chris , tell us a bit about yourself?
I am a full-time quilt maker, pattern designer and teacher living in the Blue Mountains outside Sydney. I have two adult children and have just become a grandmother for the second time.

How long have you been quilting?
I’ve been quilting since my son was a baby. I started in the early 80s before rotary
cutters came to Australia. We ruled lines and cut with scissors! Seems hard to believe doesn’t it?

What enticed you to start quilting?
As a stay-at-home mum I looked on it as a way to make some money while at home with the kids. After that I was hooked. I made the obligatory sampler quilt then branched out into other designs.

What do you love about quilting?
All the beautiful fabric available and how you can use it make something so usable. I like the whole process from cutting the fabric to quilting the quilt.

Is there any part of the process that you don't like?
Not really. Piecing is the design coming together and the quilting is what enhances all your hard work.

Do you have a favourite sewing saying or motto?
I tell my students – “Finished is better than perfect”. Don’t stress too much – it’s supposed to be fun!

What model sewing machine do you use?
I have a Bernina 150 which is quite a few years old now but it's still going well and it gets quite a workout.

Do you listen to music while you sew? What is your favourite type or cd?
I usually have the radio on in the house – Triple J is my station.

What is your favourite food? 
I have a real weakness for cake or a biscuit with my cuppa. Closely followed by a glass of wine or three every evening. Seafood/Asian would be my menu choice.

Thanks Chris, I think a few of us are partial to cake and biscuits with our cuppas.

Now with Chris Jurd as the Featured Quilter the choice of raffle quilt was an easy one - Lots of Dots with its floating compass and beauty blocks. The committee members have already been collecting dotty fabrics and have the sewing day planned. We look forward to showing progress photos. 

In the meantime you can pop over to Chris's blog Patchwork Fundamentals to see what she's been up to. And if you're inspired to sew Chris's quilts her quilt patterns are available at PatchworkFun.

Monday, June 22, 2015

Our Beautiful Show Quilt

It was great to see the Anniversary Quilt in all it's glory hanging at the Sydney Quilt Show. 

Although it didn't win a prize we had lots of wonderful compliments and lovely feedback about what a beautiful quilt it is. 

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