Thursday, May 10, 2012


The girls of QuiltNorfolk have just held another very successful retreat and workshop here on Norfolk Island.
About twenty participants came from as far away as Western Australia, and the group included a grandmother/daughter/granddaughter combination - 3 generations of quilters!!
The tutor was the well known Gloria Loughman from Victoria. I am sorry that the only photo I had on my camera was this rear view of Gloria!

During the week, Gloria had twe great projects for the group to work on.
For the first one, they had to handpaint their own fabrics. This is how Gloria achieves that stunning and sizzling colour in her quilts.
The girls produced a lovely wallhanging which depicted the view from Kingston over to Phillip Island.
This first picture shows Gloria's version. This is to appear in Gloria's upcoming book, and I am really grateful for her permission to photograph this and her other walllhangings that she had on display!

 Most of the girls had finished this project when I called in and had them back in their units - but this is one of them that was still there  at the workshop. The maker would be really delighted with this one, I am sure!
 On the Thursday, when I called in, they were working on another hanging with wavy stripes.
 I think this how they were meant to end up!
 Everyone was busy and captivated by what they were doing.

 Everyone was sure cooking up a storm of beautiful colour.

 The workshop was held in the old Pacifica Cafe - very convenient for the morning and afternoon teas (which looked delicious!)

 Here are some more of Gloria's quilted wallhangings. I have often seen pictures of her work in books and magazines. What a treat to see it up close!
 One of the participants showed me this cute little felted wrist pincushion. That would be fun to make.
 More of Gloria's work....

And of course, QuiltNorfolk's "signature quilt" was there on display.
The next retreat will be held in October. This is the annual one where there is a good choice of different workshops. I believe they already have a number of bookings. Well done!


Karen said...

Beautiful lots of eye candy there in those photos for sure.

Joseph said...

Dear Mary,
I'm not sure if you have received my message re your article on the Melanesian Mission. Could you please check you Facebook messages?
Joseph Waugh

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