Rowmakers Design Group meeting report

April 21, 2017 | Posted in Row-by-row Challenge | By

At the last meeting of the group on 12 April the third round of choices was made. Members revealed their responses to the second round. Some members are unable to come to the meeting, but send in an image from afar. The image at the end of the post is from Felicity, who lives in Germany.

A quilt is made over the year by each member making their own rows, or blocks or items like bags. A list of ingredients is released at the beginning of the year and at each meeting two items are chosen to incorporate into that month’s design challenge. One will be a colour and one will be an additive. For instance- each row contains two “ingredients”, e.g. purple and geometry, but in whatever way the maker chooses. As the name shows, this can be a noisy group! So far we have had:

# Colours Additives Inspirations
1 Turquoise Paints/ pencils/ dyes/ ink Letters
2 Red Recycled/ leftovers/ found objects Earth, water, fire and air
3 Purple Geometry Celebrations

(Remember that you can choose an INSPIRATION for the whole year or be inspired by what’s chosen on a month-by-month basis. Up to you.)

The May meeting is on the 10th, 10am for a 10.30am start.

Felicity’s block

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ROWmakers Design group meeting – 12 April

April 9, 2017 | Posted in Row-by-row Challenge | By

Next meeting is on 12 April, 10am for a 10.30am start. In the CQ room at the Cook Community Hub.

A quilt is made over the year by each member making their own rows, or blocks or items like bags. A list of ingredients is released at the beginning of the year and at each meeting two items are chosen to incorporate into that month’s design challenge. One will be a colour and one will be an additive. For instance- each row contains two “ingredients”, e.g. purple and geometry, but in whatever way the maker chooses. As the name shows, this can be a noisy group! So far we have had:

# Colours Additives Inspirations
1 Turquoise Paints/ pencils/ dyes/ ink Letters
2 Red Recycled/ leftovers/ found objects Earth, water, fire and air

(Remember that you can choose an INSPIRATION for the whole year or be inspired by what’s chosen on a month-by-month basis. Up to you.)

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ROWmakers design group

April 2, 2017 | Posted in member activity, Row-by-row Challenge | By

The first round responses have been revealed (images below) and the choices for the second round have been made.  Some members have chosen to go with blocks, others back to rows and Liz H is making drainage bags for breast cancer patients,

Next meeting is on 12 April, 10am for a 10.30am start. Here is a message from convenor Joanne:

This month’s Ingredients should have something for everyone (we’ve had a lot trickier in the past).

Remember that everything is to be interpreted FLEXIBLY – particularly COLOUR. Otherwise it gets too difficult. If you think it’s red, then it’s definitely RED. Colour, like beauty, is in the eye of the beholder.

MONTH 1 INGREDIENTS:- 

  •      COLOUR – 6. TURQUOISE (Wendy Hirst)
  •      ADDITIVE – 3. PAINTS/PENCILS/DYES/INK (Beres Senden)
  •      INSPIRATION – 9. LETTERS (Uta Maish)

MONTH 2 INGREDIENTS:-

  •      COLOUR – 1. RED(Elaine Wilson)
  •      ADDITIVE – 5. RECYCLED/LEFTOVERS/FOUND OBJECTS (Nerida Barges)
  •      INSPIRATION – 4. EARTH, WATER, FIRE and AIR (Di Ballantyne)

(Remember that you can choose an INSPIRATION for the whole year or be inspired by what’s chosen on a month-by-month basis. Up to you.)

This year Liz H is making drainage bags – in support of breast cancer patients.

Felicity’s chooks

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ROWmakers first meeting

February 16, 2017 | Posted in Row-by-row Challenge | By

Here is a report on the first meeting of 2017 of the ROWmakers* design group, from convenor Joanne:

I thought that our first meeting for the year had a lot of energy (and a LOT of noise – glad to see we haven’t changed!) I was really pleased to see so many new faces. I hope you all felt welcome and that it wasn’t too intimidating. It’s always good to see new ideas and approaches.

The first group of INGREDIENTS are :-

COLOUR – 6. Turquoise (Wendy Hirst)

ADDITIVE – 3. Paints/Pencils/Dyes/Ink (Beres Senden)

INSPIRATION – 9. Letters (Uta Maish)

(Remember that you can choose an INSPIRATION for the whole year or be inspired by what’s chosen on a month-by-month basis. Up to you.)

The next meeting will be on Wednesday 8 March, 10am for a 10.30 start. Those first responses will be revealed!

*ROWmakers = Rowdy on Wednesdays

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Rowmakers Design Group – 8 February

February 4, 2017 | Posted in Row-by-row Challenge | By

The convenor of this group, Joanne, has sent out the guidelines and list of ingredients (extracts below) via email to all those who expressed an interest. The first meeting is this Wednesday, 8 Feb, 10am for a 10.30am start, in the CQ room at Cook.

The challenge will include 9 block/rows and will run from February to November with a Christmas get-together in December. Meetings are held in our room at Cook on the second Wednesday of the month. The room is open from 10.00 with the meeting starting at 10.30 and usually over by 12.00. The room remains open after if you wish to stay. After the meeting an email is sent to participants outlining what was decided so that everyone is up to date.

It is important to remember that this is supposed to be fun! DO NOT STRESS. Flexible thinking is the key. Use your imagination, try something new – and there’s no pressure to finish if real life decides to inconveniently intrude on our fun.

Some final tips for any new member. It helps to decide on the approximate size and purpose of the quilt before you start. Also consider continuity across your rows/blocks – how to tie it together. One way is to select one fabric style, such as – Japanese, children’s, thirties, Christmas, Australiana, Kaffe Fasset, batik, reproduction, floral or a jelly roll. A common background or colour such as cream, indigo, or black/white, also works well. If you are ever uncertain, don’t worry, we have a very creative and experienced “think tank” available at every meeting.

Each month an element is drawn from each column and you make something incorporating those elements to show the next month. You can choose to take a single ‘inspiration’ from the third column for the whole year.

2017 ROWMAKERS INGREDIENTS

# Colours Additives Inspirations
1 Red Wool/ Felt Home and family
2 Pink Linen/ silk/ lace Art and literature
3 Orange Paints/ pencils/ dyes/ ink Animal, vegetable, mineral
4 Yellow Print/ words Earth, water, fire and air
5 Green Recycled/ leftovers/ found objects Heritage, tradition
6 Turquoise Vintage Places
7 Blue Geometry Celebrations
8 Purple Threads/ stitches Opposites
9 Brown Embellishments Letters
10 Neutral Improvisation Numbers

(Quilt in banner is from 2016 Rowmakers, by Wendy Hirst)

 

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ROWmakers design group resumes on 8 February

January 27, 2017 | Posted in Row-by-row Challenge | By

The ROWmakers design group resumes meetings for the year on 8 February, 10am for a 10.30 start.

A quilt is made over the year with each participant making their own rows (or blocks). Each month two ingredients are chosen from the menu and are to be incorporated into that month’s row or block in whatever way the maker chooses. The menu is generally divided into a colour grouping and a technical element. so you might get purple and stars as a combination. The following month you bring back what you have made for show, tell and discussion.

Here is a look at some of the final (or nearly finalised) quilts from last year. Two members chose to make quilts for the Blankets of Love program.

Some of the Blankets of Love quilts for donation

Some more Blankets of Love quilts

Joan is going to make a cloth book with these pages.

One of a pair

The other part of the pair

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ROWmakers final meeting for 2016 – 14 December

December 12, 2016 | Posted in Row-by-row Challenge | By

The last meeting of the ROWmakers design group is this Wednesday, 14 December, 10am for a 10.30 start.

Here is an edited message from co-ordinator Joanne:

…I thought I’d just re-cap what to bring.

Most importantly, bring some more-or-less-together Show-and-Tell. That way you’ll go into the draw for the KIMOYES voucher.

We’re also having a “Brown Paper Bag Challenge Swap” – a little something for over the Christmas break. The bag would ideally contain a FOCUS fabric (interesting, exciting or different, but definitely something you’d want to use yourself). It doesn’t have to be large – eight inch square to fat eighth approx, together with some co-ordinating pieces of fabric (various sizes and shapes, and even some embellishments if you wish). Altogether enough to form the basis of a miniature quilt sized project when we add our own fabric to it.

Hopefully it would provide a mini challenge for anyone suffering withdrawal symptoms during the break from Rowmakers.

It would be on a put-one-in, take-one-out basis – so totally voluntary.

And lastly, if any kind person would care to bring a small plate to share for morning tea I’m sure we’d be most appreciative.

P.S. Don’t forget your camera, phone or I-pad if you want to take photos.

A recap of the design ingredients for this year:

MONTH 1 – COLOUR BY NUMBERS….6. Shades of YELLOW (Rhonda Clough)

                 – A TOUCH OF SPICE……….9. THREADS (Karin Malmberg)              

                 – ALPHABET SOUP………….”S” (Pat Savas)

MONTH 2 – COLOUR BY NUMBERS…4. Shades of GREEN (Elaine Wilson)

                 – A TOUCH OF SPICE……….2. LINEN/SILK/LACE (Liz Rose)

                 – ALPHABET SOUP………….”C” (Gaie Ross)

MONTH 3 – COLOUR BY NUMBERS…2. Shades of ORANGE (Audrey Cureton)

                 – A TOUCH OF SPICE………6. RECYCLED/LEFTOVERS/FOUND OBJECTS (Helen Percy)

                 – ALPHABET SOUP………….”M” (Kathy Pierce)

MONTH 4 – COLOUR BY NUMBERS…3. Shades of BLUE (Jill Kennedy)

                 – A TOUCH OF SPICE……….4. COLOUR WHEEL COMBO (June Carthy)

                 – ALPHABET SOUP…………..”W” (Liv Gee)

MONTH 5 – COLOUR BY NUMBERS…1. Shades of RED (Liz Hendrikson)

                 – A TOUCH OF SPICE………1. WOOL/FELT (Beres Senden)

                 – ALPHABET SOUP………….”P” (Yvonne Williams)

MONTH 6 – COLOUR BY NUMBERS…5. Shades of PURPLE (Di Ballantyne)

                 – A TOUCH OF SPICE………7. VINTAGE (Dianne Donovan)

                 – ALPHABET SOUP………….”F” (Heather Hanneman)

MONTH 7 – COLOUR BY NUMBERS…12. Shades of TURQUOISE (Anne Bentley)

                 – A TOUCH OF SPICE………11. SOMETHING NEW (Joan Porta)

                 – ALPHABET SOUP………….”L” (Kay Provins)

MONTH 8 – COLOUR BY NUMBERS…11. Shades of BROWN (Leonie McPherson)

                 – A TOUCH OF SPICE………10. BUTTONS/BEADS/RIBBON/BRAID (Christine Stewart)

                 – ALPHABET SOUP………….”J” (Wendy Hirst)

MONTH 9 – COLOUR BY NUMBERS…7. Shades of PINK (Jacquie Rogers)

                 – A TOUCH OF SPICE………12. CREATED/MANIPULATED FABRIC (Joan Porta)

                 – ALPHABET SOUP………….”B” (Dianne Donovan)

 

 

 

 

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ROWmakers reveal- round 9

November 22, 2016 | Posted in member activity, Row-by-row Challenge | By

ROWmakers is a group of members who meet monthly to participate in a year-long design challenge- resulting in a quilt at the end of the year. It started with a row-style quilt in 2011, but has since evolved into anything goes. The basic principle is that each month’s ingredients are incorporated.

The reveal of the round 9 responses occurred on 9 November. This was the final round and some people already had quilt tops and quilts for display.

The Christmas meeting will be on 14 December. To go into the draw for a voucher from one of Canberra Quilters’ sponsors, KimoYES, you need to bring this year’s quilt top (or completed quilt for the ambitious!). For those two members who made Blankets of Love, they will go into the draw even if their work has been handed over.

For a Christmas swap, please bring a piece of fabric 10″ square or a fat eighth, with some co-ordinating bits and pieces. These could include buttons and beads or strips and scraps. Place it all in a brown paper bag and go into the draw! Make something out of your luckydip bag to reveal at the first meeting of 2017 on Feb 8.

Please bring a small plate of food to share at the Christmas morning tea on 14 December.

Here are the reveals from 9 November:

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Jill’s quilt is well advanced

 

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Liz’s quilt needs a border!

round9_13

Karin’s block 9, quilt as you go method

round9_11

Kay decided to start again!

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Heather continues her black, white and brights

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Jacquie’s house

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June went back to basics with a row quilt and it is finished.

A couple of members( Dianne & Leonie) produced Blankets of Love each month. Here is a selection:

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ROWmakers meeting – 9 November

November 7, 2016 | Posted in Row-by-row Challenge | By

(This is a long post.)

We meet again on Wednesday for the final round (9) of reveals. The meeting is on 9 November, 10am for a 10.30 start. It is followed by the drop-in until 4pm, incorporating the Bill’s Girls (William Morris applique) interest group.

There will be a bit of an ‘advice’ session, particularly regarding Quilt-as-you-go techniques if people are interested. We’ll also be talking about our Christmas meeting (14 December)

Don’t forget there’s a draw for a Kimoyes voucher at our Christmas meeting for those with something put together to show. (Doesn’t have to be quilted.) So it’s definitely worth getting something together. Those ladies making “Blankets of Love” will of course be eligible even if they’ve already passed the quilts on.

Here are some of the round 8 responses:

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Just a reminder of what the 9 rounds included:

Round No. Colour by Numbers A Touch of Spice Alphabet Soup
1 6. Shades of YELLOW 9. Threads S
2 4. Shades of GREEN 2. LINEN/SILK/LACE C
3 2. Shades of ORANGE 6. RECYCLED/ LEFTOVERS/ FOUND OBJECTS M
4 3. Shades of BLUE 4. COLOUR WHEEL COMBO W
5 1. Shades of RED 1. WOOL/FELT P
6 5. Shades of PURPLE 7. VINTAGE F
7 12. Shades of TURQUOISE 11. SOMETHING NEW L
8 11. Shades of BROWN 10. BUTTONS/ BEADS/RIBBON/BRAID J
9 7. Shades of PINK 12. CREATED/ MANIPULATED FABRIC B

 

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ROWmakers meeting on 12 October

October 10, 2016 | Posted in Row-by-row Challenge | By

We meet again on Wednesday where some lucky people will get to pick the final Ingredients for this year. The meeting is on 12 October, 10am for a 10.30 start. It is followed by the drop-in until 4pm, incorporating the Bil’s Girls (William Morris applique) interest group.

Hope to see lots of you there.

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