Wednesday, September 30, 2009

Registration Packs

We have started to post out the registration envelopes and the rest will be
posted tomorrow but I have one request to make, please do not post or direct
debit until the 15th October as some members of the committee are going on
holidays .Enjoy reading what we have prepared and make some decisions in the
next two weeks.

Saturday, September 26, 2009

Siggy Squares

Signature Squares are made up of two items:
a six and a half inch (6 ½) square of fabric of your interpretation of country theme and
a six and a half inch (6 ½) square of homespun or quilter’s muslin which you have decorated with your ‘signature’.
You will be issued with a list of Siggy Square Swappers on registration and it’s up to you to track down each person in the swap and exchange Siggy Squares. It is lots of fun and a great way to meet other SCQuilters you have previously only ‘seen’ in messages.
Del has uploaded some examples of siggy squares in the photos section of the Retreat Yahoo Group pages

Sunday, September 13, 2009

Challenges for Retreatees

Below are the details of the various challenges and prizes for the Bathurst Retreat next May, which might interest those who are thinking of attending. There will be pictures of the 2 main prizes posted on the Blog soon.

1. Quilt Challenge. Create a quilt measuring a minimum of 4' by 4'. The fabric of the top must be 100% recycled check flannelette shirts. You may use the reverse of the fabrics. You may use paint, decorative threads, and other embellishments on the top. The batting, backing and binding may be other fabrics. The quilt can be any style or theme and will be judged on creativity and sewing skills. If you intend to enter this challenge, go looking for your recycled check flannelette shirts very soon, as they are considered winter wear and won't be in the charity shops for much longer this year.

The prize is an antique, hand stitched, hand quilted, 1930s, Double Wedding Ring quilt valued at $699.

Bring your entry quilt with you when you attend the retreat. This challenge is also open to non-retreatees, but non-retreatees must arrange for someone to return their quilt to them. This will not be the responsibility of the retreat committee.

2. Apparel Challenge. Create an outfit that a Quilting Swaggie might wear, complete with quilting equipment, wagga or bed roll and whatever else takes your fancy. Be as crazy or as practical as you like!

You will be expected to model your entry on Saturday night right after the dinner. Entries will be judged on creativity, imagination, and downright cleverness. Sewing skills will not even enter into it!

The prize is what any quilter forced to move around a lot would want - an antique Singer Featherweight sewing machine with all the bells and whistles, valued at $700.

3. Block Challenge. Create a 12 1/2" square block with the theme "Country". This may be interpreted however you like, and you may use any method - piecing, appliquéing, or embellishing with whatever you like. This is not a swap. You may make as many blocks as you like and all blocks will be donated to Jan McFadyen to be used to create charity quilts. The winning block will be the one voted most popular by the other retreatees.

The prize is a framed mounted antique block. This challenge is also open to non-attendees who may mail their entries or have them delivered by a friend.

4. Mystery Challenge. The details for this challenge will be in your goodie bags at the retreat and is to be completed at the retreat, and is therefore for retreatees only. You might like to bring a small sewing kit with you plus a small assortment of tiny print fabrics, ribbon, and laces. Everything else will be provided for you at the retreat. Entries will be displayed and voted on by the other retreatees.

The prize is a framed mounted collage of vintage sewing paraphernalia.

Please contact me if you need any further details.

Heather Hanneman

Raffle Quilt

Yesterday Del Sodens had the Bathurst Bun Fight with 12 quilters in attendance,lots of show and tell and lucky dips as well as a nine patch lottery.
The raffle quilt for the 2010 retreat was drawn and the winner was Trish Colley, Christine was very embarrassed that her DD won the quilt but Trish did buy a book of tickets and was therefore entitled to win.Del rang Trish and she was quite surprised to be the winner and thanked everyone involved.