Wednesday, May 26, 2010

The Applique Society Meeting in Castlemaine.

Well, l learnt something new today about posting to blogs and how perseverance does finally pay off. l had been downloading photos and wondered why they kept showing up as written script, none of which was understandable. l had pressed the Edit Html button, and when l changed it back over to compose, all became clear. Thanks for being patient,l won't fall for that trick again!!!!!

Our meeting on Saturday was well received by the members of The Victorian Chapter of TAS. We had around 60 quilts to show and share. Dorothy was in the audience taking photos for us. While she didn't take photos of everything we showed, l have taken photos of all Bev's quilts and will show them over the next few posts. Mine are still in a pile waiting to be photographed.

Here is a small selection for you to see.

Bev and l setting up for the meeting. Is there really almost 60 quilts in those piles?

Here are a few of my antique quilts. This one has been published here in Australia.This pineapple quilt is a recent purchase, made last year during my american trip.

This pink hexagon beauty from the 30's will be in a magazine later in the year.
l love this Double Irish chain quilt. It always makes a statement at christmas time.

Another of my favorites. l love basket quilts and am glad this one came to live with me. It was published in an Australian magazine a few years ago.

Here are a few of Bev's stunning quilts. Her applique is quite stunning, and this is no exception.
Bev and l both made this pattern in a class about 6 years ago, which is when we really first became Friends. We had done other classes together before this, we are sure, because we have the same quilts, just never connected. l am sure glad we finally did!!!! This is Bev's quilt. More of her quilts to come soon.

Bev and l also both did this quilt. A new shop opened about a 45 minute drive away and we decided to do the class together. Our quilts are pretty much the same as we used the same fabric range. This is my quilt.

This nine patch quilt came about after my stashbuster group did a nine patch swap from our oldest ugliest fabrics. Its a great friendship quilt.This is a simple nine patch and snowball quilt. Quick and simple,but quite effective.

After our show and tell, lunch was served over at Threadbear Quilt shop, which also gave us some time to shop. then back for more sewing, and then the members had a show and tell session. Here is Bev and l with Corliss, Threadbears owner outside the shop.

After lunch we went back to the meeting room for a small session of sewing, then the members had a show and tell.
l was able to snap some of their work and will also share that over the next few posts. Some really lovely quilts.

l will take you on a short tour around the town of Castlemaine, its history is mainly set around the gold rush days, though now gold can be found in Corliss's shop!!!

The Imperial Hotel, where many a pint would have been drunk.

This grand Old Lady with her lace on show for the world to see.

The Court House, where many squabbles would have been settled.

And this glorious show of late autumn color. What sight.
This beautiful stone fence was beside the ornamental grape. The town is now well know for its stone quarry. Castlemaine slate its called. l have a large area paved around our pool, and love the colors and texture. This is a new built fence, and will get more beautifull with age, but many old original fences can still be seen in the district today.Well, that's all for today folks. l will be back with more in the next day or so.

Thanks for visiting.



  1. Thank you for sharing your day with us. Such unique and beautiful quilts. I'm glad you pointed out the "snowball" one! great idea. It appears that many of Bev's quilts are handquilted. You ladies are amazing!

    (I think the hotel is really 007's hideout... Have you noticed all the antennas?!?! and pretty lace curtains in top)
    Really beautiful buildings

    Very inspiring work ladies! Nice group, you are very lucky.XO

  2. Show and tell was awesome!! I'd be hard pressed to pick my favorite, but I loved the pineapple and the nine patch. Thanks for sharing. You are all very talented.

  3. What an amazing display of quilts Linda. I love the antiques. It must have been a wonderful day looking at everyone's quilts and I am looking forward to seeing more. thanks for sharing.

  4. Our quilting group spent the weekend in Bendigo and we drove home through Castlemaine on the Sunday. Lucky we didn't know you were there otherwise the 18 of us might have descended upon you all. Love the quilts. You have a wonderful collection and seem to be a prolific quilter.

  5. What a fabulous show and tell, I would have loved to have been there. It makes me wish my fingers could stitch faster. I loved seeing the old buildings. Thanks for sharing.


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