Thursday, July 23, 2015

Presentation Day 2015

July was our presentation meeting. The group had been working hard to produce 75 quilts, 25 walker covers for the aged, and 29 stuffed toys, all to be presented to charity.

The presentation took the form of a morning tea at the Georges Hall Community Hall on the 15th of July, 2015.

Special guests for the morning included:-
  • Garry Starr  from Bankstown Council, who helped fund the project.
  • Alison Weir, Marketing & Events Manager from Little Wings, a recipient of quilts and toys.
  • Jobin James from Bass Hill Nursing Home, a recipient of quilts and walker covers.
  • Gloria Grigg, Regional Officer of Sydney West, ASG.
Below are some photos of the quilts and stuffed toys that we given away on the day.

Thursday, July 16, 2015

A Pink Scarf

This pretty pink scarf was made by Jenny B. The embroidered pink cotton voile was a scrap donated to our group, and it was just long enough to make a scarf. Jenny B worked a fine, turned, machine zig-zagged hem, trimming away excess fabric.

After working the hem, Jenny thought that a fringe of digitized lace flowers would just set it off. Instead, she worked a crochet edge over the hem, them made some flowers in the same thread and chain stitched lengths to attach them to the ends of the scarf. The thread was a perfect colour match which Jenny had found it in her stash.

Such a pretty scarf, for zero cost. All that was need was time and knowledge. Anyone wanting to make a scarf like this might like to join our group to learn how. Our next meeting will be on:-

19th August
9.30am- 12.30 pm
Georges Hall  Community Center
188 Birdwood Rd,
Georges Hall

Friday, March 20, 2015

Catching Up

Well, it's been a while. Our  group has been still meeting, planning and sewing. We have had another presentation of quilts celebrating our 2nd birthday, where we donated over 40 quilts to a local Salvation Army nursing home. That was way back in July 2014. That makes over 80 quilts that we have donated to charity in just two years. More quilts are being made ready for another presentation.

We have just had our third meeting for 2015, and Angela had made this lovely reversed appliqué bag. This was a group project for our February meeting, provided by Judy, who originally found the instructions in a Machine Embroidery magazine. We should have some pics of more bags soon.

Jan has been working on this quilt for a family member. Featuring birds, the quilt has been made in strips which were individually quilted, then joined together in the quilt-as -you-go method. It features both piecing and appliqué

Jan has also made this travelling iron caddy. Made using a teflon fabric on the inside, it folds up and buttons closed, ready to take a hot iron home from a workshop.

Perhaps people reading this might like to come join our group. Our next meeting is on:-
Our next meeting will be on:-

9.30am - 12.30pm
15th April , 2015
 Georges Hall Community Center
188 Birdwood Rd
Georges Hall 

Friday, February 7, 2014

Going Crazy

 Welcome to a new year of  the Sew'n'Sews. It's been a while since this blog has been updated, but we have been doing things.

One of the things the group has been working on is a crazy patchwork quilt. There are lots of tiny scraps to be had everywhere, so Margaret has been busy piecing them all together into crazy patchwork blocks.

The blocks have been  handed out to interested members who wish to embellish them.

The blocks shown here have been stitched by Jenny B, Margaret, and Robyn ( a friend of Jenny B's).

The blocks are all different, that's the nature of crazy patchwork.

I wonder what they will all look like when pieced together? 

Well, I guess we will just have to wait and see, though I am sure it will be stunning. The recipient of this quilt has yet to be decided, though personally I think it should be donated to a charity to be raffled.

Would anyone like to learn how to crazy piece and so  de-stash a little? Then perhaps a visit to our group would be for you.

Our next meeting will be on:-
9.30am - 12.30pm
19th February, 2014
 Georges Hall Community Center
188 Birdwood Rd
Georges Hall

Thursday, July 18, 2013

Celebrating Our 1st Birthday

Yesterday marked a milestone for our group. This time last year we held our first official meeting together as the Georges Hall Sew'nSews. We were all a little nervous that day, not knowing how it would all turn out. But we didn't need to worry. Twelve months on and we have just celebrated our first birthday.

So what have we achieved in the last twelve months? We have made personalized dressmaking forms, the kind to fit our clothing on. There have been mug bags to carry our coffee mugs, so they don't get damaged in transportation. There were  fabric rolls to store our patchwork blocks in, so they stay flat while making others in the process of a making a quilt. We learned how to make fabric flowers, and how to up-cycle a sloppy joe, (sweatshit) into a jacket. Then there were the quilts. Lot and lots and lots and lots of quilts, fourty five (yes, that's  45!)  in all.

The quilts were for charity, using up our scraps and gaining some knowledge along the way. So yesterday we gave them all away at a big morning tea presentation, and  we invited lots of special guests to share in our celebrations.
 There was Kerrie White and Geoff Nance  from 'Bankstown City Aged Care' - 'Gillawarna Village', the nursing home behind the hall were we meet. The nursing home was one of the recipients of the quilts.
 Nicole from 'Allevia', a center providing services to children with disabilities. One of the services is providing occasional care for children 0-5. This center was also a recipient of quilts. There was one single bed sized quilt made especially for them to raffle.
 Allan Winterbottom, a representative from Bankstown City Council. BCC had generously given us a grant of $$$ to purchase backing fabric and batting for the making of the quilts. It was great to see the smile on his face showing his appreciation for what we had done with the money.

Cheryl and Jackie from 'Achieve'. Achieve have a Needlecraft Emporium & Fabric Cave, where lots & lots of fabric and needlecraft supplies are donated , then sold at bargain prices. These ladies generously donated many fabric pieces that were used in the tops of the quilts.

Susan and Anne, who hold positions with the Australian Sewing Guild, Sydney Southwest Region. We were told that it was a credit to our group for all the hard work we had achieved in our first twelve months together. It is hoped that our story will make it into the ASG  National Magazine

Yvonne Keen, editor of Machine Embroidery magazine, as well as a photographer from the local newspaper, were also special guests. Hopefully we get some coverage in these publications, so that the wider community will see who we are and what we do.

If any one else out there would like to help out in our charity projects, perhaps you might like to come and join us. Our next meeting will be on :-

9.30am - 12.30pm
21st August, 2013
Georges Hall Community Center
188 Birdwood Rd
Georges Hall

Saturday, June 29, 2013

Quilting For Charity

This is one of our members, Anne, who is quilting yet another quilt for the charity pile. Simple rectangular shapes, separated by sashings to give a brick like look, this quilt will be donated to a charity for them to raffle.

Meet Marylyn, another group member, joining together some blocks into still another quilt top. The blocks were made by Margaret W.

Our quilt pile is growing, ready to be handed over to two chosen charities at our next meeting in July. It has been a shared experience between members. If anyone would like to share the workload of making these quilts for charity, please come along and join our group. Our next meeting will be:-

9.30am - 12.30pm
17th July, 2013
Georges Hall Community Center
188 Birdwood Rd
Georges Hall

Thursday, May 23, 2013


These cute bags have been made by Jenny J to sell at her market stall. The top one has been made from fabric off-cuts, while the black one has been from crocheted scrumbling. While scrumbling may not strictly be sewing, making the lining and attaching to the inside of the bag definitely is. Both bags are fully lined and  have co-ordinating pre-purchased  handles.

Making a bag can be as simple or as difficult as the maker likes. Simple tote bags to use for trips to the beach, market or library are great for beginner sewers. They are just straight sewing! Want to learn how to make one? Then a visit to a group will have you making one in no-time. Our next meeting is on:-

9.30am - 12.30pm
19th June, 2013
Georges Hall Community Center
188 Birdwood Rd
Georges Hall