Friday, July 20, 2018

Colourful show and tell from a wintry week

A very bright, colourful show and tell on a very chilly morning this week ...

Elaine W worked with her daughter on a monster quilt
for her grandson. That’s a lot of appliqu├ęd circles! But we
are betting he will love it. Great collaboration. 
Monstrous detail!
Kerry joined us for the first time this week, and brought this
beautiful quilt that she's hand sewing the binding on.
Another jewel coloured to by Robin - she has an unerring
eye for colour.
Susan got to see the community quilt top she made
quilted by Laura.
Jill's sixteen Pickled Fish blocks (designed by Chris Jurd)
are joined and have their first border attached - waiting for
fabric for the next one. Several others are well on the way to
finishing too - we look forward to seeing theirs soon.
Sharron was finishing a top-down baby knit to a deadline
before she heads off overseas. We are looking forward to
reports from the Festival of Quilts in Birmingham, UK.

Monday, July 16, 2018

AQC 2019


11 - 14 April
Royal Exhibition Building
Carlton Gardens, Melbourne

2019 AQC Challenge theme is 'Magic'
Closing date: 5 February 2019

Friday, July 13, 2018

This week's show and tell - all the squares!

Louise's William Morris prints wall hanging is for a friend - hand
stitched and hand quilted. The squares are 1" finished, put
together by EPP. Louise says the trick is to know when to stop.
Linda's table runner for her sister - the 
colours are beautifully soft and calm,
and the grid layout is enviably straight!
Dawn and her husband are about to welcome their
eleventh great-grandchild, so she has made this
sweet quilt from a book panel.

Elizabeth Hartman's book Patchwork City introduces
75 original modern pieced blocks, and a number of
different quilt layouts using them. 

Jill's version of 'Eastside' uses all 25 of the 5" x 8" blocks, 
plus 11 duplicates to make it up to 60" square. 
It was beautifully quilted by Yvette Aoude @yvettes_keepsakes.
Jill's daughter has kindly offered it a home.
Some other Fairholme members also have the book, so we
look forward to seeing their Patchwork City quilts too.

Friends with long arm machines who ask if they might
practise on your community quilts - thank you Laura!

Qults made by Dawn and by Susan.

Tuesday, July 10, 2018

North Shore Craft Group - Exhibition and Sale


CONTEMPORARY ART AND CRAFT
61st Annual Exhibition and Sale
Members' Challenge 'Text and Texture'

Thornleigh Community Centre, Phyllis Ave, Thornleigh
Ample parking, accessible venue

10am - 9 pm Thursday 19 July 
10am - 5pm Friday 20 and Saturday 21 July
10am - 4pm Sunday 22 July

Monday, July 9, 2018

Community quilts - recent finishes and works in progress


Dappled winter light, a very old tree and Julie's lovely bright
patchwork quilt - a great combination.

Elaine W's wonderful finish using some triangular strip pieced
off-cuts pieces from the community stash for the sashing
and binding - and probably something from her own stash.

Sue C' really enjoyed making her 'Plus' quilt, starting
with the red and white 'Fire Chief" print from a generous
fabric donation last year.

Dawn loved the iris print as soon as she saw it, along with
its coordinating fabrics, in a generous, large donation from a
smaller charity quilting group that closed down, and immediately
saw the possibilities for a large star. Yvette has kindly
agreed to quilt it on her long-arm for our community collection.

Saturday, July 7, 2018

This week's show and tell - works in progress

Works in progress (one very nearly finished) we saw at this week's meetings ...

This quilt started with the machine embroidered blocks that
Dawn picked up from the 2017 end-of-year challenge table
last September. They were made by Linda's secondary
textiles students, and had been languishing in her stash for
some years - look at them now!

Robyn B was asked by a friend to make a quilt from some
blocks of all different sizes that she had bought in South Africa.
It is for a little boy who loves giraffes.

Sue C's long-term hand quilting project has acquired a couple
of new borders lately, including the fussy-cut and mitred stripe -
there are more to come.

Sue H's fifteenth (!) I Spy quilt for a great niece/nephew - she
just has three more little ones in the family to make one for!
Jill's second quilt, 'Westside', from Elizabeth Hartman's book
'Patchwork City' has an extra row of blocks for length.

Thursday, July 5, 2018

Show and tell this week - finishes

Lots of show and tell this week - here are some great quilt finishes. Community quilts and works in progress to come ...

Our Tuesday night group has loved watching Janet make her
daughter and son-in-law's beautiful wedding quilt over many
months, with great love and care. All the fabrics are batiks. 
It is very large - Janet posed for this photo for scale, yes, she said
we could post it! - and she wrestled it through her domestic
machine 
for quilting. Janet also cleverly managed to keep it a
surprise 
until it was gifted last weekend, and they love it!
Miriam has a new pattern release coming soon - her 'Magic
Stars Dresden' quilt. Check her Instagram photos @sewmiriam
for close-ups of the fabulous, quilting and other details.
Elaine W had enough fabric left over from an earlier
Julie Wallace quilt to make a second one!
Julie was commissioned by a friend to make a quilt for her little
grandson, including red and black fabric, and came up with farm
animal blocks and chook sashing!

This one slipped through the Blogger cracks at the beginning
of June - Elaine B took a package of unfinished hexagon flowers
made by Peggy from the 2017 end-of-year challenge table back
in September 2017, and made  this pretty quilt for her mother.
It's good to see the finishes still coming in.

Monday, July 2, 2018

Pickled fishing on ...

Chris Jurd's Pickled Fish quilt, featured in a foundation piecing workshop in April, has several of us engaged in making our own versions. We are enjoying watching each others' progress, and fabric selections. It is a large quilt and will take us some time to complete - here is an indication of how some of us are going ...


Pat's latest Pickled Fish block - she has committed to sixteen blocks (the number in Chris Jurd's original design), and is well on the 
way. You can follow her progress on Instagram @patricianerlich

Jill has finished sixteen blocks, and is making the first
pieced border - a few more curved seams to go.
Daphne has also committed to sixteen blocks, and had completed
nine by last week - here are the four most recent. You can see
her progress on Instagram too @daphne47. While you are there,
check out Daphne's other works in progress - 6" red and white
blocks, and a quilt based on another of Chris Jurd's designs.

Friday, June 29, 2018

Show and tell - works in progress

With our quilt show now three months ago, we are seeing some new quilt finishes, and lots of well advanced works in progress ...

This is Dawn's members' challenge block, from the show.
She always had a post challenge plan for it ...

Can you see where to the block is now?
Hint - it is now four smaller blocks.

Three fabrics make a double pinwheel in another of
Dawn's recent finishes of a quilt top.
And strips do not escape Dawn's needle just because
they are short!



Denise showed us her cat quilt top to prove she has
something other than her red-work blocks on the go!
What a great mix of prints, Denise.

Jo-Ann used a pack of bright contemporary prints to make
melons and squares that play nicely on a text print background.

Miriam calls this her 'rock chick' version of Judy Newman's
'Emma Mary' design - definitely a rock chick border, Miriam!
Visit @sewmiriam on Instagram for close-ups of the fussy cuts.

Sue H tried prairie points for the first and last time (she says)
on her pretty pinwheels
And there has been a fair bit of knitting going on, like Yvette
with her purple five-needle socks, in this chilly weather.

Thursday, June 28, 2018

Show and tell ... recent finishes

Julie made this pretty floral hexagon quilt for a friend who
has moved into care ...
... the floral sashing plays nicely with the hexies.


The backing of Julie's quilt is made from a doona cover, given
by a mutual friend. Some of the print elements are embroidered.
Dawn has been house bound for a few weeks, but has been
 'finishing off'. She has done a great job finishing her 2017
end-of-year challenge. Diana had made the wedding ring
blocks, but had moved on to other things, so she
donated them to the challenge.

Tuesday, June 26, 2018

Community sewing day, June

We did collectively spend a lot of time at the Sydney Quilt Show last week, but we did quite a lot of quilting too, including at our June community sewing day ...

Julie's farm print quilt, with very cute chook sashing and borders.

Sue C's Plus quilt is entirely finished, with a very elegant
mini striped binding.

Helen is using up her collection of frog prints!

Sue H is nearly finished her improv curves quilt,
sewing in the thread ends.


We sewed 30 pink blocks together into two quilt tops for the Pink
Competition and McGrath Foundation fundraiser later this year


We've been watching Susan's Peacock print quilt coming
together for some time ...
... it was lovely to see the top finished, and to help her pin baste it.

Elaine W has a collection of left-over strips
that will make a gorgeous quilt ...
Sue C learnt that uneven stripes can be neatly mitred when they
meet horizontally ...


... but not vertically, although they do look better on the vertical,
in her vintage transport panel quilt top. That narrow 'grey'
border is actually a very stylish tiny white pin-dot on black.