There are currently two classes online:
The website also has links to Deborah's books of quilt projects, and her blog.
|All the finished quilts (1) ...|
Stitching, stitching, stitching ... Elaine W is generously sewing
from her own stash; Sue C has made some very intricate quilts
using complex techniques, but thought she should 'have a go'
at a disappearing nine patch, and found pink, green and black
fabric in her stash!. Elaine B is quilting quirky little monsters,
and there were several labels needing to be hand sewn.
|Noelle's gorgeous pinwheel top was ready for basting. |
The fabric is scraps from a quilt made for a grandchild.
|The second of three completed tops made and donated by Robin|
|Julie decided to 'have a go' at a disappearing 4 patch, and made |
enough blocks for two quilts in these fresh apple green tones,
using fabric from the community stash and her own.
|Rationalisation of the community stash (some older fabrics |
were passed on to other makers) has both updated it and
made room for the very generous donation from Material
Girls Down Under, and this stack of absolute bargains from a
recent flash sale at our local large quilt shop. The red chevron and
the pink/grey print second from the bottom didn't make it onto
the shelves they are already backing quilts in progress.
|Sue C's Little Miss April top is done, ready for basting and |
quilting, with the addition of the final border.
|Marilyn is working on the final stages of the centre block of her |
medallion quilt - all those 3/8" hexagons take some wrangling!
|Roslyn was finishing a bassinette/pram cover for a very precious |
little girl. Can you see the sheep? They're on the back too.
|We didn't see any evidence of holiday sewing from Jo-Ann, |
but we loved her Honolulu fabric shopping for these pineapples!
('Pineapple Fields' in grey, designer Maude Asbury, manufactured
by Blend, 2017. Also available with a white background)
Rhonda Pearce talks with Tamara Hanes about her quilt, Monique's Mosaic, that won third place in the Large Quilts: 1st Entry in an AQS Paducah Contest sponsored by Gammill Quilting Machines. Learn about her inspiration for this hand made quilt with more than 14,000 hexagons and the unique way she quilted it.
|Linda chose a fun modern decorating theme, in keeping with |
our much anticipated visit from the Syd ModSquad. The tables
were laid with fat quarters that were 'lucky plate' prizes.
|Of course there was a wonderful morning tea spread, |
donated by Fairholme members, and as it happens, Linda
is a brilliant cake maker and decorator - and her specialty is
towers of macaroons!
|Rainbow Skyline was made in 2015, from |
Tula Pink's book '100 Modern Quilt Blocks'.
Each colour column was made by a different
ModSquad member, graduating blocks
from dark to light tones of a single colour.
It will be raffled later this year.
(Photo: from @sydmodsquad)
|In 2016 Grey Skies and Rainbow Fields was designed |
for the group by Jenn Davis, and members chose blocks
to make, assisted by a detailed colour map. Blocks range
in size from 8" to 24" square, with rectangular flying
geese units.It won third place for a group quilt at
the 2016 Sydney Quilt Show. (Photo: from @sydmodsquad)
|Bec's beautiful modern take on a classic Storm at Sea. |
Its four year old owner agreed to allow her to bring it only
on the condition that she came with it to keep an eye on
it (and on us)! Smart little boy. Bec quilted it herself
on her domestic machine. Check out her own post
on this beauty on Instagram @skyberries for additional
images in close up, and of the reverse.
(Image: from @skyberries)
|Bec made her toddler sized Drunkard's Path quilt for |
her one year old daughter, from the same Tula Pink
fabrics as a quilt she had made for her own Mum.
|Syd Mod Squad is a very co-operative and collaborative |
group, who often work together. Tash pattern tested
'Shattered Star' designed by Jenn Davis, using print
fabrics for the half-square triangles, and a white
solid for the background. Selina made a larger version
in very different fabrics as a pattern test too.
The pattern may be released for sale in the future.
|Most of the Mod Squad members are active on social |
media, especially Instagram. Selina @seldear 's
diamond blocks were gathered from a birthday swap
conducted via Instagram. She quilted it herself on the
longarm available for hire by customers at HobbySew at
|Selina made her Intulawoven quilt from fabric |
mostly acquired in an Instagram based swap of
designer Tula Pink's charm squares, that resulted in
each swapper receiving 112 different 5" squares.
The intricate pattern is achieved with a single
block 'just rotated through 90º - easy' she said ...
|Selina devised a modern take on the disappearing |
9 patch block design by gradually increasing the
negative space and eliminating some block elements
across her quilt, and by varying the print elements.
|Rain Chains is another of Jenn's own designs,made and |
quilted by her, by hand and machine. The fabrics are all
solids. You will find her on Instagram @pennypoppleton.
|Jenn's splendid modern version of Mrs Billing's Coverlet (pattern |
by Karen Styles from Somerset Patchwork and Quilting) won
a second prize in the 2016 Sydney Quilt Show. It was hand and
machine pieced over an 18 month period, to mark her 30th
birthday, and machine quilted by Leanne Harvey of Mount
Vincent Quilts @leanne_mountvincentquilts in the
(Photo from @pennypoppleton)
|Snapped as it was being refolded, here you can see some of the |
very detailed fussy cutting, piecing and quilting in 'Jenn does
Mrs B' as this wonderful quilt was known during its making.
|Robyn L's rail fence quilt sings with colour and graphic energy |
- she has hand quilted it with big stitches in gentle curves.
|Robin W regularly and generously makes quilt tops for our |
community collection. Her latest donation, made from her famous
Kaffe Fasset stash, elevates the disappearing nine patch through
careful use of a limited but rich palette of reds and blues, softening
the edges of the design while creating strong diagonals. The border is
her favourite Jinny Beyer print. After quilting and binding it
will be donated to a child at Robin's request.
|Lynette's show and tell came via email from Japan where she |
has been shopping in Takayama, with Chris from Leura.
|Lyn showed us two large quilts she has been working on |
for some time - the 1500+ tiny squares here are 1" finished (not
to mention the setting triangles). The four patch border was
hexagon flowers in the pattern, but Lyn prefers squares, so several
hundred more were needed. There are a lot of different fabrics!
|Lyn's second large quilt also shows her mastery of piecing. |
It came about after she spotted a 'midnight fabric special' at
Keepsake quilting online at a great price. So much fabric
was included in the kit that Lyn has made a second quilt from
the same package, making it excellent value.
|Helen worked on the bindings of two large quilts over the Easter |
break, but found herself with some time to spare, so she turned to
Margaret Sampson George's book 'Take an Element' for
inspiration, and produced another one!
|... detail of Helen's latest quilt|
|And then Julie unwrapped this ... her first machine applique |
quilt is stretched on canvas to hang on a wall. It is made from
two fabrics only - the black background and the print. The print
pieces are individually cut out, and appliqued to the background
with a tiny zig zag stitch. The black 'lines' resembling the lead
of stained glass is the background between the print pieces.
It is about 30" square. Julie bought the pattern at the first quilt
show she attended about five years ago.
|We pin basted seven quilts, but only managed photos of four ...|
|We might have another hexagon convert - this is |
Julie's second community quilt made with appliqued
hexagons (machine applique is her 'thing'), and
she might have been heard to say she had another
idea for them. She brought it along quilted, all ready
to add the binding she had made last month, but it
took a while to locate it ... right where she had
left it, of course. It will be all finished by now.
|Yvette arrived with 400 3/12" squares sewn into rows. The print |
fabrics were mostly spots from the community stash, supplemented
by some cute kittens from Yvette's. By lunchtime the rows were
sewn together and pressed ready for the soft blue print border.
By the time we packed up it was pinned, ready for quilting!
|Noelle's gelato scrappy pinwheels are made from fabrics left over |
from her previous quilts. That little glimpse of raspberry in the top
right corner is the final border still be sewn on. It's just beautiful!
|Consultation on rearranging a print panel that Dawn will sew |
into a quilt (it is laid on top of one she had already completed
and we pinned yeaterday.
|Linda called in to drop in her underwater themed |
quilt-as-you-go donation quilt ...
|... that has whales and other sea creatures on it's reverse. |
She also did something mysterious and secretive
with strips of fabric for an event she is planning
... all will eventually be revealed!
|Sue C couldn't join us yesterday, but she has been working |
on her three (!) community quilts-in-progress, and posted this
finish photo on Instagram this morning:
My friend Toni generously donated these log cabin blocks,
I made a few more and joined them up. Some simple machine
quilting ... and my first use of a black and white stripe binding.
Now ready to join the #fairholmecommunityquilts collection
to go to a good cause.
|Yvette is making beautiful progress on 'Round the Garden' |
(Wendy Williams 's pattern). We love watching it come to life
under Yvette's skilful needle but it's a bit like a really good book
that you want to read and read, but you don't want it to end ...
|Susan is making little hexie flowers (1/2" pieces), |
and maybe reading a magazine or two ...
|Julie is doing hand applique - but she has a machine |
stitched project on the go too.
|Elaine W is hand quilting a big quilt with lots of hand applique |
as well - she will not run out of sewing this week!
|If Helen has time for sewing over the next week or so, she |
might be binding one of these large quilts that came back from
the long arm quilter last week. The one in the top photos is made
largely from vintage fabrics, including some repurposed curtains.
The floral stripe in the pieced backing (upper right) was
Helen's childhood bedroom curtains, made by her grandmother.