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BQI Annual Luncheon

The 60 attendees at our 18th July annual ‘Christmas in July Luncheon enjoyed a delicious morning tea of homemade slices and a superb two course lunch served by Braidwood's Vanilla Catering.

Throughout the day the ‘Surprise’ raffle was conducted whereby everyone won a prize. There were a number of interesting ‘show and tell’ by attendees as well as ladies delving into the ‘goodies’ bag supplied by Braidwood Community Bank with additional goodies donated by Braidwood Quilters.

Over the past two years challenges of foxes and parrots have been made into quilts and were displayed on the day. These will be sent to children wards in nearby hospitals.

The 2018 challenge created by Braidwood Quilt Shop is the ‘Scarlet Robin’, the template and 10” square of material were provided and guests are asked to return the ‘square’ with their chosen stitching of the Scarlet Robin as soon as practical, so that quilts can be made for children’s hospitals. An additional display was provided by those who attended the recent ‘Free Form Embroidery’ course conducted by Lois McKenzie of Braidwood (you may remember Lois gave a presentation in 2017).

The guest speaker was Crystal McCann from Canberra Modern Quilters who provided an excellent presentation of her life as a quilter and the trend of modern quilting. She also provided a number of her works for guests to view.

The raffle quilt made by Maia Butler from Queanbeyan and Braidwood Quilters was won by Lois McKenzie of Braidwood.

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Quilters are fabric collectors; well (most of us) are hoarders.

We are not new to using up scraps to make beautiful and colourful quilts, but what about all that cast off clothing that gets dumped every year?

Recent publicity has jolted us into thinking that we need to put more effort into repurposing those ‘cast offs’.

As part of the Braidwood ‘Airing of the Quilts 2017’ we plan to set up a stand of quality goods made from pre-used materials. Take a look around the wardrobes, cupboards, draws etc., and see what you can find to convert into something unique. You could refer to it as ‘Deconstruction / Reconstruction’

Some ideas to get you thinking:

  • Fabric - Quilts, jackets, bags, placemats, potholders, aprons etc.,
  • Old Jeans - Bags, quilts, picnic blankets
  • Wool Jumpers - Throw them in the washing machine to felt, then make into bags, cushions
  • Non Wool Knits - Cut up for patchwork jackets or baby blankets
  • Suits, Skirts, Trousers - Cut up for patchwork quilts, bags, cushions or jackets
  • Synthetics - Yes they can be reused. Try cutting them into strips to knit. Hooked rugs are a great way to use up those old track suits and tee shirts

Let your imagine go wild, or for more options consult Mr Google. Let’s do our bit to help save the planet.

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June, Exhibition Planner, Braidwood Quilt Shop


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The Braidwood Quilt Event is sponsored by the Braidwood Community Bank