Wednesday, November 14, 2018

Jelly roll progress

Progress following our jelly roll sewing day in October is barrelling along ...

Yvette's quilt, made with a jelly roll plus background
fabric is already finsished ...

 ... and beautifully quilted on her long arm machine.

Sue C is considering borders for her quilt top that was
very nearly finished at the sewing day.

Susan opted for a hexagon design made with triangles
cut from sets of three fabric strips, and was pleased to
cut into her blue stash.
Pat the same design as Susan, using a very different
palette, and a floral border to tie it all together.

Louise enjoyed making her quilt at the sewing day so much,
that when she went on a quilting retreat a few weeks later she
packed a jelly roll of green fabrics, cream background fabric
and a pattern and came home with this one!

Monday, November 12, 2018

Show and tell

Janet is building a village - the pattern is 'Winter Village'
by Laundry Basket Quilts

Elaine W loves William Morris fabric and designs - she has 
quite a collection - her beautifully executed machine applique 
is Michele Hill's design 'Floral Sampler', with substituted
 motifs around the edges of the centre.

And at almost the same time, Elaine has made a second quilt top
using older William Morris style fabrics from her stash in a
geometric design - she really does love them.
Lyn recently found a collection of 'one fabric' blocks in a drawer
and settled on a layout - one top ready to wing its way to a friend
in the UK who will quilt it and donate it to a foster child there.
International collaborative community quilting for the win.
Blue hexagons and fussy cutting - irresistable! Robin made these
ones into a tiny zippered pouch. Below is the reverse side.

Slow stitching saw this quilt finished over 11 years. Jill kept
the corner offcuts from the large flying geese used in a quilt
she made in 2007, sewed them together with the left over
geese and fabric scraps from the original quilt, finished
with hand quilting and a bargain-buy Kaffe Fasset backing.
The featured floral fabric caught Susan's eye in a shop, and when
she returned a second time it was still there beckoning her. She
hesitated about the white fabric, but it has turned out to be an
excellent foil for the brighter colours in a quilt that says 'spring'.

Saturday, November 10, 2018

Blankets of Love donation - thank you

Chris is a generous quilter and friend of one of our members who has donated many quilts through our community program. This week she gave us ten beautifully made, soft little quilts to pass onto Blankets of Love, through Quilt NSW.  We didn't know she was making them. Such incredible generosity - they will be so valued.

The fabrics are beautiful, the backing is the softest flannelette.

Friday, November 9, 2018

2018 International Quilt Festival in Houston - award winners

The very large International Quilt Festival is on in Houston, Texas, this week. The full list of award winners in the 'World of Beauty' competition, with photos, has been posted here, among them, several Australian quilters, including
Congratulations to the makers of all the spectacular award winning quilts, and to all of those whose quilts ere juried in to this prestigious exhibition and competition.

Sit back and enjoy!

Tuesday, November 6, 2018

PINK quilts - photos and videos

Photos of the PINK quilts on exhibition last month, and videos of the awards presentation have been posted on the Oatley Cottage Facebook page.

More than $7000 has already been raised by the auction of a few of the quilts at the exhibition. It was a great quilt community fund-raiser to be involved in.

Sunday, November 4, 2018

Community quilts

 We do generally work to size guidelines, but community quilts come in all sizes and shapes, and we find a use for them all ...

Lynette finished sewing down the binding on this bright and cheerful
quilt for a child, generously made and donated by her friend Chris. 
Left over strips from the quilt below (made a couple of years
ago) made another modern graphic quilt - Lynette can nearly
always find a use for scraps.

Sue H's very last community quilt before packing her sewing 
room for a big move - yellows from chrome to palest lemon 
and soft grey green strings, made quilt-as-you-go.
Dawn found the iris print and complimentary fabrics very
appealing when they appeared as a donation (organised by
Sue H). Yvette has quilted the large quilt Dawn made from them.

Daphne and Sue H volunteered to remake
together some donated large pieced hexagons
for our 2017 end-of-year challenge - this
large table runner is the result, and it will
be on sale at our next craft stall (at our
2020 Quilt Show). The remaining fabric
is being made into something else
- no waste here!

Helen made a pretty blue pinwheel quilt for our community
collection, and finished it with a border of cute cats.

Thursday, November 1, 2018

Show and tell

Pat's dramatic version of ‘Pickled Fish’ (designed by
Chris Jurd) is a rich mix of prints and colours ...
... and gorgeous prints like these flamingoes.

While we were in Oatley for the PINK exhibition, we wandered
down the main street in search of a coffee - and found it right
next door to Oatley Cottage, where some of their shop samples
were on sale at fabulous prices (to make room for new ones).
Pat sensibly picked up this beautifully made quilt top
  ... and we should have bought some more!
Daphne is using up some of her sash, including her prodigious
collection of Kaffe Fasset fabric - we look forward to seeing
where it finishes up.
Daphne loves bright colours - her adaptation of Jen Kingwell's
'Glitter' is another example.
We’ve seen lots of finishing of long term projects recently,
such as this soft, pretty top in 1930s reproduction fabrics
made by Lyn. The melons and small squares are machine
appliqu├ęd to the background squares. 

Tuesday, October 30, 2018

Events: November 2018

Embroiderers Guild of NSW
'Thread Stitch Cloth'
- an international juried exhibition focusing on the use of machine stitch. 
Selected works will be exhibited at the new 76 Queen St Galleries, Concord West 
Open now until 6 November 2018
 A Festival of Contemporary Machine Stitch event.
Note: visitors are advised to check with Gallery 76 about opening, as the gallery has sustained storm damage and is closed for several days during October.
Or see the Embroiderers' Guild Facebook page for updates.

Open now until Wednesday 14 November 2018
Australian Design Centre
101-115 William Street (corner of William and Palmer Streets)
Darlinghurst NSW 2010

Novacastrian Quilters 2018 Quilt Exhibition
3 - 4 November 2018
PCYC, Cnr Young and Melbourne Rds
Broadmeadow 2292
Enquiries: 0418 250 211 or 0412 844 348

Enquiries and entry forms: 0429 951 452

23 - 25 November 2018
Braidwood, NSW
Entries are now open for both:
Airing of the Quilts and the Indoor Exhibition
A Festival of Braidwood event

Bungendore Quilters

Thursday, October 25, 2018

Community quilts

We were too busy (or perhaps forgetful, or talking too much) to take photos at our October community sewing day, but we have been making good progress on our community quilt collection, with lots of team work ...

These many hundreds of little squares were sewn into 100 blocks, 
acquired as part of a community stash donation. Dawn has 
re-engineered sixty of them into a single bed quilt for one of the 
aged care facilities we make quilts for. 
Lisa is making a smaller quilt with the remaining forty blocks.
Sue H thought she had divested her stash of many green fabrics
to a friend, but found herself with a lot of greens still. She
thought her bento box quilt top might have been 'too green',
but it looks like just the right amount of green to us.
Sue has made many gorgeous community quilts for us, and we
will miss her when she moves a long way away from Sydney
next month! 

Lynette made this bright, pretty quilt from a different set of
donated blocks, adding borders from the stash, and quilting it
in a diagonal grid, and added a jaunty diagonal striped binding.
Lynette quilted this one too, that was made by Margaret K,
after someone sent her several meters of motorbike print fabric.
Orange highlights in the sashing and binding set it off nicely.

These blocks were also donated as a loose collection. Marg
K joined them together with the blue sashing and border,
Jill quilted it and added the binding. We can imagine a child
loving the 'I Spy' block centres.

Tuesday, October 23, 2018

Show and tell

When you're four and your Grandma makes a beautifully crisp
navy, white and red hexagon quilt for your cousin, and your
response is 'Does it come in pink ballerinas?' ...
If Helen is your Grandma, it does!

Lisa is relatively new to quilting, but she didm't hesitate
to take a zip-top bag class with Miriam when the opportunity
arose - she's well on the way to a very nice finish.

Lyn is renowned in her family for her beautiful quilts
- these wonderfully coloured pieced dinosaurs are for a young
relative. Batiks make great dinosaur skin!

Marilyn O is not new to quilting, but she is fairly new to
our group, so we are enjoying looking through her masterpieces.
This large (85" square) quilt is Cherry Pie Designs 'Charlotte'.
Marilyn machine quilted it on her domestic machine
- it is brilliantly done.

Miriam has finished her 2018 stitched Christmas decoration,
made in a program with The Crewel Gobelin in Killara.

Susan is appliqueing large flowers over a iced background
- she says there are many more to go!