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including photos from 1988

the Phillip Island girls' Report

and instructions for Gayle's bag



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Phillip Island Exchange Gathering

Friday 10th to Sunday 12th August 2012




The Phillip Island girls arrived on the 2.52 pm train. After afternoon tea at Lyn's and time to touch base at their Billets ...

Happy Hour followed by Fish & Chips & Dessert and Entertainment

Saturday - day:

Sit & Sew followed by

10.45 Morning Tea

11.15 Guest Speaker Neil Chisholm with Show & Tell

A treat for the Phillip Island girls and an opportunity for those who missed seeing Neil and his gorgeous quilts at the June Luncheon. The rest of us were very happy to have another viewing!

12.30 Lunch

1.30 Neilís Mini Workshop - Cathedral Window, another technique

'Colours of the Tropics'
detail from Neil's quilt which won an award at Showcase at Jeff's Shed, July 2012

Saturday - evening:

Happy Hour followed by Dinner and 'Showtime'


Sit & Sew

10.45 Morning Tea

We packed lunches for the Phillip Island girls to take with them on the 12.04 bus, with time to spare to connect at Southern Cross.

We waved them off, had lunch ourselves then packed up.

A thoroughly satisfactory weekend

A big THANK YOU to those who cooked - all scrumptious!


Read ...

the Phillip Island girls' Report about the weekend
reprinted from the Phillip Island Patchworkers' Newsletter


Did you know ... ?

The Friendship Quilters and the Phillip Island Quilters have been doing Exchange Weekends since they met up at a Quilt Symposium in 1988 - see photos below


You can see samples of Neil's work:
and keep scrolling down to find them all


Can you recognise ... ?

In the upper of the two photos taken in 1988, see if you can find

  Lyn Hendry   Ida Densley   Yvonne Spargo   Ruby Pollard  Sue Slater   Joanne Krause   Lorraine Lehman Joan Barnes

  Edna Hurst   Val Dale   Rae Graham   Glenda Frost   Sylvia   Mabel Body   Val Whelan

(answers below!)

Photos courtesy of Ida Densley


Here are your answers

If you recognise anyone else, please let us know - email:


Gayle's gorgeous 'Country Carry Bag'
made from Japanese Folded Patchwork Squares

(in the WHY Didn't I Take a Photo? category!)

Click here for the instruction sheets

Page 1 gives instructions for making the Quilt As You Go squares
Page 2 has diagrams for constructing the 'Country Carry Bag'

Thankyou to Gayle for sending a photocopy of her handwritten notes
The diagrams include a good side-on view of the bag)

Japanese Folded Patchwork Squares
especially good with indigo circles for Gayle's Bag

There's also a YouTube video that gives ideas of things to do with 1, 2, or 5 of these squares - but you'd have to subscribe if you want to learn the tricks for neat corners!