Sewing Meetings

Sewing Meetings are held at the Stirling Adriatic Centre and include Show and Tell, tips and demos, blocks of the month, fun and lots of laughter. Bring along some hand sewing, knitting or other hand craft.

Faye Peskett of Ocean Keys Sewing Centre

At both sewing days and nights we usually have one of the quilt shops in attendance with fabrics, patterns and notions for sale. Check the Diary Dates for exact dates and for which shops will be at the meeting and then please give them your support. We appreciate the effort they make in bringing their shops to us.

We have an extensive library which is open at both sewing days and nights. See library for more information.

Norma with her stall at a members' bazaar

Twice a year we also have a Members’ Bazaar where members bring along goods to sell with a part of the proceeds going to charity.

At sewing meetings, the Community Quilts Convenor has a table set up with fabrics, kits and wadding ready for members to take and make up into quilts that will then go to the groups we support.  You’ll find more about this great program on the Community Quilts page.

What to expect at a meeting on your first visit to a Sewing Day or Sewing Night…

On Sewing Days and Sewing Nights a Hostess Group greets everyone at the Hostess Desk. If the Hostesses don’t recognize straight away that you are a Visitor please just let them know you are new and they will ask you to sign the Visitor’s Book.

Hostess at the sign-in table
Hostess at the sign-in table

After you have signed the Visitor’s Book, look for the Hostess Table (known as the “Loose Threads”) just inside the main room. You can leave your belongings there while you investigate the rest of the room. A Hostess should be there to help you settle in. We understand that walking into a room full of unfamiliar faces can be daunting, but the following tips may make things easier.

If you are on your own, you can stay at the Loose Threads Table if you wish. However, feel free to wander and see what others are doing. Most of us are happy to explain what we are doing. Visit the Library and help yourself to a cup of tea or coffee. At tea breaks you wash your own cup, at lunchtimes the Hostess Group washes up to save congestion in the kitchen.

Come early if possible, before the crowd gets too large and intimidating.

Mention to the Hostess which suburb you’re from. The Hostess may then introduce you to people from “your neck of the woods”. We have small sewing groups which meet separately in various suburbs and you may find there’s a group near you that has room for a new member. (Alternatively, you may like to start your own group with other new members!)

Members viewing a display of challenge quiltlets
Members viewing a display of challenge quiltlets

Bring some hand sewing and some lunch. You may bring something for Show and Tell if you’d like to. Tea/coffee and an entry in the lucky door prize is provided as part of the $6 entry fee for members. Tea/coffee is free for visitors but it is helpful if you bring your own cup.

Be prepared to stay for Show and Tell (approximately 1pm for Sewing Days and 9pm for Sewing Nights), it’s the best part of the meeting.  There are often displays of quilts for you to look at as well.