Author: Sue Griffiths

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The Quilt Convention is a quilt show that features the best of Australia from the past year from each state guild. It also has a number of other travelling and international displays that are just fantastic to experience. The work of visiting tutors is displayed which makes it possible to see works which we might…

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One of the jobs I’m not overfond of is the dreaded tails. Every time you start a quilting path there’s another two threads to tie in. And I do like to do custom quilting, so I always have lots of tails. Now, I try to adhere to good practice principles and always pull my bobbin…

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Blocking a quilt is a bit like blocking an embroidery or a jumper. You do it to help the fibres settle into the shape that you want. Quilts are just much bigger and you need to have the space to do it. I always block wallhangings and cot quilts on my design board. If I’m…

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Keeping the Santa Secret – Christine Hutchins 40 years ago my mum made Christmas stockings for me and my sister – we both still have them, and I use mine as a template for the stockings I make for others. A very clear memory from a year or two later is of Christmas Eve (although I…

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Well here is the final quiz for Christmas Day. this is a chance for all the maths brains to show their stuff. If that’s not you, don’t worry, its just a bit of fun. Besides everyone has a calculator on their phone these days. We have a new version of ‘the Twelve Days of Christmas’.…

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Hello again, how are you going with the Capital Carols? Isn’t it annoying when you stare at one, nd then suddenly realise what it is …. The next quiz is a quilty quiz. You need to match the block for the quilt to the person receiving the quilt. Some of them are easy …. some…

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Happy christmas! I hope you have got out your favourite tipple and a few mince pies, and you are looking forward to quiz Number two! Quiz Number Two is a bit more challenging, but that’s ok, we’ve got all day. The answers for this one will be at the end of Quiz Four. So you…

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The In-Laws and the 10-course Dinner – Hilda Wessels I was 21, and a newlywed. My in-laws were very high standard people who looked down on me and my parents. So I thought, well, I will show them what a good wife their son got him! For Christmas we invited my parents and his, for a…

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Here is a little fun quiz to brighten your day. It’s all multiple choice. All you have to do is select your favourite answer or make a new one up. Each question has the first line of a carol. You need to select what goes next.   Have you found your favourite line? Or made…

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Christmas with the family – Sue Griffiths Everyone wants to be with family and friends at Christmas. Or at least, as a young adult, you feel moderately obliged to join the family. And that was the situation I was in, my first year of full time work in Wellington, New Zealand. My family lived about…

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Dad, the gravy boat and Sunbonnet Sue – Christine Franses My parents married a couple of days before Christmas. We decided that for their ruby anniversary we would have a family lunch – the whole family, more than twenty five of us – combined with Christmas celebration. And it was decided that I would host…

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Revenge of the tree decorator  – Teresa Barrow Just remembered that I shrink wrapped the fake Christmas tree last year …. genuinely ….. after years of have you done it yet? (equivalent to toddlers in the back seat on a long car journey doing the inevitable “Are we there yet?” ) but far far worse!…