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Newsletter, October 2011

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Page 5 of 10 The Travelling Friendship Quilt Project About: At the end of 2010, eight suitcases (one for each state/territory) headed off for a one year journey to be passed from friend to friend, group to group, each adding a 10 1/2 inch square quilt as-you-go" style block (finished 10 inch square) using either their local area or a friendship theme. After their return to Maleny the blocks from each state and territory will be added to a large centrepiece, including a map of Australia, which we hope will show all the towns that have participated. We will then photograph the quilt as a whole, and sections of the quilt will be printed into cards, calendars, diaries etc. for sale to aid such charities as UNIFEM (United Nations Development Fund for Women) but other charities can be included (such as breast cancer, something close to all of us) The completed quilt may also be available, by request to be featured in any upcoming quilting events (2012) and then offered to a suitable cultural institution (museum or art gallery), thus providing a snapshot of life in 2011 for future generations to enjoy. Maleny Arts and Crafts Group in Queensland. The Northern Territory suitcase eventually arrived in Darwin this month and local quilters, including members of Darwin Patchworkers & Quilters Inc, are invited to contribute a block to the Northern Territory section of the Travelling Friendship Quilt. Because of its late arrival we have been given an extension to the end of October, to make our blocks Each block should be 10 inches square and completed as a quilt-as-you-go block with the backing also 10 inches square and the wadding 12 inches square to allow for the joining of the blocks into the final quilt. Each finished block in the final quilt will 10 inches square. The themes for the quilt are friendship and/or your local area. For more information about the project and to read the blog, go to www.thetravellingfriendshipquiltproject.com All blocks for inclusion in the quilt must be at the DP&Q club rooms no later than 4.00pm on Saturday 29th October 2011, marked Attention: Pam Pemberton. For technical information on making the blocks see the attachment at the end of this newsletter. Kaffe Fassett: Kaffe Fassetts Quilts in Sweden Sally Milner Publishing, 2011. Shelf No 985 As someone who loves colour, especially bright, saturated colours, and pattern, I always approach a new Kaffe Fassett publication with delighted anticipation. Quilts in Sweden does not disappoint. Those of us who are fans of Fassett know that colour is his starting point when designing a quilt, and the construction and execution of his quilts is relatively simple, but they always have the Wow! factor in spades. This latest book also has a couple of bonuses, firstly the section working with kaffe in which Pauline Smith, his UK collaborator, describes Kaffes quilt design process and, secondly, the setting for the photographs of the quilts. Skansen Museum in Stockholm is the oldest open-air museum in the world, where examples of dwellings from all over Sweden have been brought together in one location to give the viewer a concentrated impression of the flare for decoration that existed in Sweden. Definitely makes me want to visit Sweden, if just to see the patterns. Pam Pemberton Time for a Smile. Once upon a time, in a land far away, a beautiful, independent, self assured princess happened upon a frog as she sat, contemplating ecological issues on the shores of an unpolluted pond in a verdant meadow near her castle, and planning her next landscape quilt. The frog hopped up next to the princess and said: "Elegant Lady, I was once a handsome prince, until an evil witch cast a spell upon me. One kiss from you, however, and I will turn back into the dapper, young prince that I am, and then, my sweet, we can marry and set up housekeeping in my castle with my mother, where you can prepare my meals, clean my clothes, bear my children, and forever feel grateful and happy doing so." That night, the princess dined sumptuously on a dinner of lightly sauted frog legs seasoned in a white wine and shallot cream sauce.

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