Sunday, March 24, 2019

Show and tell

Elaine W did a two day class in curved piecing - looks like s
he nailed it. And those pieced and appliquéd borders, wow! 

And Elaine thoughtfully dressed to match
her quilt - do you find yourself doing this?
A community quilt finish from Helen who finished the
donated pinwheel centre with borders of complimentary
modern prints from her own stash. The pinwheels are
all beautiful Denise Schmidt fabrics.
Three inch hexagons for a baby who lives in Berlin. Should
Janice hand deliver it? The prints and colours are a bit magic.

Julie's machine appliquéd wall hanging is one of her favourite
Michele Hill designs. The appliqué puckered when seen
with monofilament thread, so Julie meticulously removed
 every stitch and re-appliquéd every piece with colour-matched
 Aurifil 50wt thread, and she is much happier with it.

Tuesday, March 19, 2019

Eastwood Patchwork Quilters 2019 Quilt Exhibition

Just a few weeks away, and just down the road ...

Sunday, March 17, 2019

Show and tell

Dawn found the Japanese print blocks in a
donation box, and found there were enough
 for a bag.
In finishing mode, Elaine W made an unfinished quilt
into a finished cushion. Beautiful William Morris style prints.

Jo reprised a very large flying geese design for
a modern king sized quilt.

Nerida showed us two finished top on one day - this is
her version of Sarah Fielke's 'Down the Rabbit Hole'
block of the month.

The colours and fabrics are very Nerida.

Nerida's second quilt top finish is 'Mansfield Park',
from Judy Newman's book 'Quilts for Life'

Lots of lovely feedsack prints in this one.

Jen Kingwell's 'Stardust' design is a favourite of Robin W.
She has generously made another quilt top for our
community collection in her signature vibrant colours.

Tuesday, March 12, 2019

Around the table - hand sewing

It's always interesting to walk around the room and see what people are working on, including those who say, 'oh nothing, it isn't finished yet!' Of course it isn't 'nothing' and we love to see it all through its making, and at the final grand reveal. A small selection from recent meetings ...

Sometimes the design floor is called into use. Noelle has chosen
the most gorgeous fabrics for these very curvy blocks

Lynette has just a couple of rows of 30s reproduction stars and
white hexagons to go on her granddaughter Charlotte's quilt!

The clamshell border of Marilyn A's
Oakhampton quilt is coming along
very nicely.

Robin B does beautiful applique on quilts and
clothes for her grandchildren.

Yvette made samples for a class she is teaching.

Julie's mixed hexagon flower blocks, made from scraps
gathered from here and there ...

... and they just all work together beautifully.

The antithesis of scrappy, Marilyn O's hexagon star
blocks are masterfully fussy-cut!

Friday, March 8, 2019

Show and tell

We're still waiting for cooler quilting weather ... 

This is Lyn's third postage stamp quilt, and she says it is
definitely her last. It is magnificent.

Lyn was seen passing on the left over tiny 1 1/2"
squares to another Fairholme quilter this week.

Jan is making a fun Circus quilt for her baby grandson.

Jan's very fine blanket stitch - she is getting plenty of
practice with these blocks!

The fussy cut quilt along currently happening on
Instagram has captured Helen's interest. Participants
commit to a block a week. Helen made six last week.
They do look like fun.

The cat prints appeared in a box of fabric and block donations
to our community project. Julie has added spotty sashing and more
cats in the borders and quilted up a community quilt for a cat lover.

Tuesday, February 26, 2019

Show and tell - it'a been hot, but we're sewing anyway!

It has been a very hot summer, not particularly conducive to quilting, but we have been quite productive nonetheless!

Janet has worked on this large quilt over a ten year period,
with many interruptions - but now it is done!
The setting triangles are hand quilted, the blocks and
sashing are free motion machine quilted.

The blocks were made in a class with Margaret Cormack,
using a single fabric ...

... cut at different places in the pattern repeat to give
different designs.

A classic red and white orange peel quilt - the completed
top was donated to our community program anonymously,
and has been custom long-arm quilted by Yvette, for a very
fine finish. Quilters are so generous! Thank you Yvette,
and our quilt donor.
Yvette custom quilted the blocks with three different designs.

Elaine G dug into her bright scraps for a fun quilt ...  

...  that she enjoyed so much she made it again with
a black background!

Friday, February 22, 2019

QuiltCon 2019: award winners' gallery online

If you are not in Nashville, Tennessee for QuiltCon 2019, you can now see all the award winners in The Modern Quilt Guild's online gallery.

The Best in Show award has gone to a group quilt - a first for QuiltCon. A number of Australian quilters have work in the show, including Kim Simpson from Victoria, who won 3rd place in the Minimalist Design category, with her stunning '70s Graphic' quilt.

The quilts are spectacular - make yourself comfortable for some quality quilt viewing.

Tuesday, February 19, 2019

A visit from Georgie and her magnificent quilt

Georgie's recent visit gave us the opportunity to see her exquisite Chuck Nohara quilt up close. 

Georgie and her sister Phyl each made one in classes with Lorena Uriarte, choosing a manageable number of blocks from the 2001 in Chuck Nohara's book, 2001 Nouveaux Blocs de Patchwork.

Have they inspired some of our members, perhaps?

Georgie's quilt is mostly hand pieced, made up of 64 blocks,
eleventy hundred tiny, precise sashing blocks and that
gloriously spiky border!
The border is foundation paper pieced, and
include about 1500 spikes!
The strips in the tiny pieced sashing finish at 3/4" !
Each block is different ...

Georgie didn't count them, but can you imagine how
many different fabrics she has used?

The blocks are about 6" finished - all those
minute clam shells!

An original block Georgie designed to re[resent
her rural and ocean views from home.
Tiny moons over the mountain!
Straight and curved piecing, applique, foundation piecing
- this quilt this quilt has it all.

Sunday, February 17, 2019

This week's show and tell (2)

Margaret W is very happy to have finished her Happy Birds 
quilt top, designed by Jen Kingwell. Four years' work.

The centre and second border background fabric is linen.

Margaret has used an eclectic mix of fabric from
her daughter, who gave the pattern ...

... and it all works together beautifully.

128 half rectangle triangles make up a quilt top for
a baby girl, made by Jill for a new great niece.
Sewing half rectangle triangles is very different from
sewing half square triangles, just so you know. 

Jill made the 'Circling Geese' block for the Sydney 
Mod Squad 2019 raffle quilt - there are eleven other 
foundation pieced blocks being made by others.
The blocks are about 22" across at their widest.

Daphne is still busy reducing her scrap stash -
1" finished postage stamps sewn into large
blocks might get it down a bit!
Such bright and cheerful blocks.