Monday, November 3, 2014

Guest Quilter

The guest quilter for 2015 will be the fabulous Rhonda Pearce. Rhonda has lived in the Blue Mountains for over 30 years and owned Post Office Patchwork in Glenbrook for around 17 years. Her background in professional dressmaking has assisted her in choosing fabrics, working with colour and creating inspiring designs.
In 2013 Rhonda's quilt 'Baltimore Classic' was accepted into the Houston Quilt Show in the U.S.A. She won the Viewers Choice section and 1st place in the Professional Applique section. Quite an achievement!

Centre of Baltimore Classic

This beautiful design is enhanced by her excellent hand quilting,which highlights the hand applique work.

Baltimore Classic-Winner of Houston Show 2013

Rhonda has been involved in the  'Cocktail Quilters' at Glenbrook for the past 12 years. This group holds a show every 3 years at Glenbrook to display their gorgeous designs.
Another of Rhonda's beautiful quilts is 'My Patchwork Journey', consisting of hand applique and hand quilting.

Centre of 'My Patchwork Journey'

Imagine the years it took to create the quilt top and then complete the hand quilting!  And check out that border-all hand stitched!

Rhonda and her finished work.

Rhonda will have more time to work on quilts now that she has sold her shop in Glenbrook and is looking forward to working on many projects for her grandchildren.
You will be able to visit Rhonda and check out her patterns on stage at the show in April 2015 where she will be available to discuss her projects and display her quilts.
In the shade of the trees outside her home Rhonda displays her intricate work in 'Baltimore Symphony.'

Can't wait to see what other surprises Rhonda has to show us at next year's show!

Saturday, November 1, 2014

BIG cheque!

Yesterday several members of the Quilt Show Committee had the pleasure of handing over to the Rural Fire Service a cheque for the massive amount of $7000!
We were luncheon guests of Maurice Cooper, OAM at Bygone Beauties in Leura.
L to R: Daniel Myles BMCC Councillor, Chris Van der Kley Deputy Mayor BMCC, David Jones District Manager BMRFS, Moyra Sanderson Committee member, Maurice Cooper OAM Bygone Beauties, Ann Murray Committee member
Front: Susie Anderson, Suzanne Laird and Chris Jurd Committee members
We had a delightful lunch and with all those Councillors on the scene it was a chance for the Committee to gain ideas for future fund raising via Community grants.
Our donation to the RFS this year is our biggest yet and brings our total donations over the last four years to nearly $20,000.
Quite impressive for a Community quilt show run by a group of around 10 enthusiastic women who all have lots of other tasks consuming their time, not to mention several in full and part-time work.
Well done to us all and maybe we can beat this year's effort next year!