Marion Dines’ Felt Applique Leaves
We were very lucky to have a visting speaker at our meeting this month. Ruth Mundy is a keen patchworker who works in the Women’s Prison system and teaches patchwork to some of the inmates.
While searching for topics to interest them in she came across the “Underground Railroad” a network of secret routes and safe houses used by 19th-century enslaved people of African descent in the United States in efforts to escape to free states and Canada with the aid of abolitionists and allies who were sympathetic to their cause.
It is believed that women who made quilts used a system of symbols as quilt blocks which were hung on washing lines or fences to indicate the direction to travel or where safe houses, food and clothing could be found. For example the wild geese pattern could be used to show the direction they should travel and the log cabin may have indicated a safe house. Many other patterns have been linked to this system of coded messages although the theory has been challenged by researchers in the United States.
We also had a wonderful collection of gifts made for our gift stall at the exhibition next month.
Marion Dines showed finished versions of her work from our recent Fun with Felt workshop and Barbara Mullan’s Maharani’s Fishpond class.
Our meeting in August welcomed Elizabeth Izak, one of our members who also represents the Geelong Lacemakers. She demonstrated bobbin lace making and talked about some of the lace pieces in her collection.
Our exhibition is coming up in October and we are all stitching for our gift stall and finishing our projects for the My Geelong challenge.
To get an entry form for items to be exhibited:Exhibition Entries Submission Form 2015
To download our publicity card: Exhcard 1 final
Exhcard 2 final
We had two visitors to our July meeting.
Representatives from the Geelong Connected Communities through the Bendigo Bank presented a very welcome cheque towards our Exhibition in October.
Anne Marie Anderson-Mayes, visiting from Perth, talked to us about her passion for Creative Canvas embroidery. She showed some fascinating pieces including a miniature William Morris patterned arm chair and beautiful brooches. She is working towards a range of kits of her designs.
Our 47th birthday celebrations were held at the June Sit and Sew meeting with EGV President Anne Denmead and Vice president Linda Hagar
Anne presented Erika Praskunas with a 25 year membership pin and we saw some of her beautiful stitching.
Intermediate Certificates were also presented by Anne to Bronwyn Bell, Kerrie Maloney and Valda King. Their work on display showed that they were worthy recipients. Techniques covered included Crewel work, Surface stitchery and Art of Stitch..
We had some fabulous visitors to our March Sit and Sew meeting. Jan Brasher and Mary Connolly from the Trolly Dollies Cloth doll makers talked about their creations and showed us some wonderful examples. Cloth dolls have such intriguing personalities and often have minds of their own when it comes to how they will turn out and the clothes they will wear.
Next Sit and Sew will have a display of work by our creative group known as GeeTag (Geelong Textiles Arts Group) Join us on Monday April 13th at 10am
“Arrival of the Rajah Quilt” in progress
We held our first Sit and Sew meeting for the year today with a great turnout and several new members welcomed.
On Display this month were the works of our talented Patchwork group. They impressed us with everything from a Teddy Bear, Crazy Quilting, Dresden Plates and Double Wedding Rings. There was even a teeny weeny Suffolk Puff quilt made for a dolls house.
Our guest speaker Eva Abbinga described the Rajah Quilt made by convict women on their voyage to Australia. She outlined the quilting project that she is running at the National Wool Museum this month Click for more details of the Rajah Quilt
Our first classes for this year are Fabric Postcards (Feb 18th) and Macbeth Bauble and
Mat (Feb 26th) Click here for the Classes flyer Feb 2015
Our AGM was a happy occasion with visiting EGV President Ann Denmead presenting badges to our new committee members (who just happen to be the same as our old committee). We also welcomed Carolyn Paulin, Country Liason Officer and Bev Lane, Education Coordinator to our celebrations.