Friday, November 30, 2007

Our Last Evening for the Year

We had a lovely social evening for the end of 2007. At our Annual General Meeting we lost 3 committee members but gained 5 - what a blessing to have new members and previous committee members coming back to run the Club. Next year will be a busy year, with Tote and Gloat in May and Celebration of Quilts in August. Two big shows that will need the extra (wo)man power and ideas.
Here is a photo of some of the supper that we partook in - so much food!
We also had a suitcase sale. Not only was there fabric, quilting magazines, laces, 'decorations' that people had made, but crockery and plants. I think that everyone had a successful time.
The library was also well patronised because members could have books out over the Christmas period, so there is a 2 month loan.
Wish you all a safe and Happy Christmas
See you in the New Year.

Wednesday, November 28, 2007

Wednesday, November 21, 2007

Last Club Meeting for 2007

Monday 26th November is the last Club meeting for the year. Meeting starts at 7:30pm at the Wesley Church, Broadway Avenue, Palmerston North. All visitors are welcome. Members will be able to collect their newsletter.
We are having a 'suitcase' sale where members bring anything sewing related that they wish to sell. There is no commission and the seller sets the price (it could be open to negotiation).
We are also having an 'Inchies' swap. These are one inch square fabric art works - a very addictive and very easy to make lots.
Members are requested to bring a small plate of supper food to share and non-perishable food for the Foodbank.
Library. Remember to return library books and then choose many more to take out for 2 months until the January meeting.

Material Girls Quilts

Photo of 4 quilts and tops the Material Girls assembled and partly quilted on one weekend from pre-made and homemade squares of ANYTHING from their scrap bags.
We accepted all offerings and then sorted them into groups of vaguely similar colours, e.g. blue, darks and novelty.
It was fun and gave a (surprisingly) good result.
Donated to the RCQ relief quilt stash.

Friday, October 5, 2007

October and November Meetings

Club meeting is on Monday 22nd October even though this is Labour Weekend. Our guest speaker is President's Choice so we will get to hear about a person's quilting journey and see lots of quilts along the way.
Our Block of the Month this month are Neonatal quilts for the Palmerston North Unit. These quilts are to be 18 inches square with polyester batting, or if you wish, just a quilt top. All are greatly received.

A reminder that the November meeting is the last for the year. It is also our Annual General Meeting, plus we will be having a suitcase sale and an 'Inchies' swap. Members are encouraged to consider nomination for a term on Committee as we will be losing one member. There will also be a collection of tinned and dried food for the foodbank as well as a social supper.
Do you want to know what "inchies" look like? check out the photos on this New Zealand site.

Thursday, September 27, 2007

Quilters' Tour to Japan 2008

Are you interested in going to Japan with other quilters? This is arranged by Japan Journeys Ltd and by following this link you will get the full itinerary.
The tour begins on 18th January 2008 and concludes on 29th January 2008.
Highlights of the tour include visits to the wonderful Tokyo International Quilt Festival, fantastic opportunities for shopping for fabric and other goods, escorted tours of Tokyo, Kyoto and Nara (Japan's former ancient capital) travel on the Bullet Train and much, much more!
• Entry to the Tokyo International Great Quilt Festival
• Plenty of fantastic opportunities for shopping for fabric and other goods
• Escorted tours of Tokyo, Kyoto & Nara (Japan’s former ancient capital)
• 10 nights accommodation at 4* deluxe hotels in Tokyo (5 nights) and Kyoto (5 nights)
• Scheduled return non-stop Economy class flights with Japan Airlines from London Heathrow
• Travel on Japan’s famous Bullet Train
• Welcome Dinner and Farewell Dinners
• Optional day trip to Hiroshima
• Services of a knowledgeable Japan Journey’s guide throughout

We hope you'll join us on this very memorable trip which encompasses quilting, textiles, shopping and culture.

As Japan Tours books up quite fast it is recommened that you complete a Reservation Form from the website and sent it to them as soon as possible.

Wednesday, August 29, 2007

Neonatal Quilt Presentation

Biddy, who runs our Block of the Month (BoM), has just been up to Palmerston North hospital and handed over some quilts that were made as a BoM a couple of months ago. The charge nurse, Melissa was rapt with them.

We will need to make more though, they average between 30-40 babies per month! But, as Robin (RCQ committee member and neonatal ward nurse) said, "some are long termers!"

The photo shows Robin (left), Melissa (charge nurse in the centre) and Biddy (right) with twin boys in the bassinet.

Tuesday, August 28, 2007

Quilt Housie and QSM

We had a fabulous evening at Club last night. Many of the members had been very busy finishing quilts, so we had lots to admire for Show and Tell. Instead of a guest speaker, we played Quilt Housie. Every player had a sheet with pictures of quilt blocks, which had to be identified when the name was called out. It took quite a while before we had any 'line' winners, but not long afterwards we had a 'Housie' winner - congratulations to Ngaire Chappell who won 6 batik fat quarters.

Quilt Symposium Manawatu Convenor, Dianne Southey, spoke to the Club about QSM's success and how they had been nominated for an award. This award nomination came from Destination Manawatu to honour and recognise the work of all the volunteers who worked so many hours in organising New Zealand's Quilt Symposium 2007, here in the Manawatu. Last Tuesday night, 21 August, at the Palmerston North Convention Centre, in an awards evening run by the Palmerston North city Council, QSM won the Runner-Up Award in the Sports & Leisure section. The award comprises of a framed certificate and a small monetary amount.

Congratulations to all you wonderful women out there who worked so hard, for so long, to give us a fantastic experience at Symposium. And to Dianne Southey for driving the whole thing.

Wednesday, August 22, 2007

August Club Meeting

The August meeting will be on Monday 28th August, beginning at 7:30pm. This night will be a social evening after our usual business, instead of having a guest speaker. So come along, meet new people have fun, laughter, bring your thinking caps, because we are going to be playing Quilt Housie! Yes, that social evening from way back. If you don't know the names of blocks, coerce, bribe or threaten your neighbour for their help - quilting prizes are up for grabs - and this doesn't cost you any money!!

Friday, August 17, 2007

More Information About Rose City Quilters

The club meets on the 4th Monday of every month (even on holidays), except December. This meeting is held at Wesley Broadway Methodist Church on Broadway, opposite Carncot School, Palmerston North. Doors open at 7:00pm.
Newsletters are published bi-monthly and every paid-up member receives one, either as a hard copy or via email.
Visitors are welcome and there is a $3.00 entry fee on signing in.
Raffles are quilting related items. Tickets are 50 cents each and drawn on the night.
We have a 'Show and Tell' where members (and visitors) are encouraged to bring along their works for display.
Tea and coffee are available after the meeting.
The annual subscription ($25.00) allows you to borrow books and magazines from the Library until the next meeting. You may reserve any book. The Library also has scrap material boxes, which any member is invited to take home and use or add to.
Our library is our most precious resource. We have over 600 books and magazines, and new books of interest to all skills and talents of our members, are purchased monthly. The committee has just bought a laptop computer for the librarian to put all the titles into a catalogue. This is going to make it so much easier for stocktake, reserves, issues and searching for titles - yippee!!

Friday, August 3, 2007

Birthday Month

July is our birthday month and last month we celebrated our 25th birthday. This is the cake, made and iced by Deidre Cruickshank (it was really lovely!).

We invited the Life Members to cut the cake, they are (from left to right), Josie Bliss, Jennie Anderson, Kay Booth and Dianne Southey. Our entertainment for the evening was dancing by the Spring Chickens (not the committee) and a magic act. Committee members did get dressed in silver wigs and lots of silver jewellery, though.

Thursday, August 2, 2007

A New Blog for the Club

I've been given the go ahead by the committee to set up a Blog for Rose City Quilters! As newsletter editor it will probably be my job to post blogs, but soon (I'm sure) it will be great to have other Club members taking part. Perhaps even they will want to check out other relevant information and receive their newsletters this way. Oh, the links to other great web sites, the photos and so much more!