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In Review

"Dragonflies through my window" Pauline's entry and viewer's choice winner

Festival of Quilts at Mont de Lancey 9th - 17th November 2019

What a roaring success! Over 200 people attended the Festival of Quilts despite some ordinary weather days. There were many stories shared and encouragement given to join our membership. Also amazing donations of fabric, quilts and books. Pauline, and her teacher Grace, won the Viewer’s Choice prize of $100 for their stunning “Dragonflies Through My Window” quilt. A local person won the survey prize of the family trip on Puffing Billy to the value of $120.

Official Opening of the Festival of Quilts

We enjoyed the Saturday opening by Julie Adamson from Victorian Quilters, with much fanfare and yummy morning tea. It was a real delight to see Julie’s face light up when we presented her with 30 cot quilts for their Very Snuggly Quilt chapter. That same afternoon Julie gave a most informative talk and display of her many prize winning hand stitched and appliqued quilts. Incredible pieces of art work. Julie also talked about how she goes about valuing a quilt. Another interesting aside to Victorian Quilters. It only costs $35 to have a quilt valued.

Mrs Martin

The following Friday was another wonderful trunk show presentation by our very own local quilter Karen Martin from ‘Mrs Martins Quilt Shop’. Very entertaining. Both trunk shows were followed with a lavish Devonshire Tea in Monty’s Tea Room.

A completed quilt top from the Maker's Marathon

In the middle of these 2 fun days we also enjoyed another Makers Marathon day in the Yarra Valley Machinery Society meeting room. More yummy food, fellowship and fast quilt making. It was lovely to have long time QFO quilter Gayle Cunningham from Rockhampton spend the day with us. She and her husband made a special road trip down to meet us all and to enjoy the festival.

Last but not least was the beautiful thanksgiving service held in Saint Mary’s Chapel. We heard about the biblical Dorcas, the history of the Dorcas sewing pins and the Dorcas society’s that blossomed through centuries past. Look her up; you will impressed by her good deeds! We finished the service with us all making a fabric flower broach to pass on to a friend. Even the fellas had a go. Check out the blog photos of some very intense male faces as they worked their needle and thread.

Deb, Jenny and Pauline at the Draught Horse Festival

Draught Horse Festival Mont de Lancey 23rd – 24th November 2019

The Draught Horse Festival nicely topped up the coffers plus lots more chatting spreading the QFO story.

This very successful double event could not have happened without the generosity of so many people and organisations. Mont de Lancey gave us the use of the Ray Oliver Galley for the 3 weeks; Saint Mary’s Church and managed our EFTPOS sales. Lewis from the Yarra Valley Machinery Society provided the man power to erect the display panels and the use of their meeting room. Arthur from Snap Print Port Melbourne printed the flyers for free. Annette Bryant from Monart gratuitously transformed the flyer format for the various advertisements. The community notice board was provided by Mt Evelyn Professionals. Last but far from the very least, is the extraordinary effort by the QFO members and the committee. We sewed quilts and crafts, baked delicious snacks, cut a million fabric strips, carted quilts and equipment until we were blue in the face and that was before the events even started. Then the 10 days of opening! A very big thank you to everyone who did a task large or small. The effort was definitely worthwhile. All hale TEAM QFO!

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