Sunday, November 26, 2023

Made by Fairholme Quilters

A farm-themed quilt for a little boy who lives in the country,
made by Denise for her grandson

Red Tractor fabrics feature graphic designs based on rural life. 

Another lockdown quilt made by Val from her stash of floral
fabrics, with some geometric elements. Note the attention
to fussy cutting and pattern matching in the checked and
striped hexagon borders, and the mitered corners
of the striped outer border.

Val has a large beautiful garden, and this quilt might
become a fund-raiser for her garden club.

The backing fabric is a large scale print. Quilted by Laura.

A very spring-like quilt made by Dawn with
a little help from Lynette.

Quilted by Laura.

Scrappy binding added by Jill. Dawn is very happy
with the team effort.

A second lockdown quilt made by Val, from her stash, is her
version of ‘Mrs Peach’, designed by Margaret Sampson George.

The feature fabrics are a veritable I Spy mix. 
The multicoloured striped and spotted backgrounds add to the fun.

Quilted by Laura.


Thursday, November 23, 2023

December events


The Margaret Oppen Prize was initiated in the 1970s to 
foster excellence in original embroidery design and technique. 
Margaret Oppen, one of the founders of the Embroiderers' 
Guild NSW, was a driving force in promoting modern approaches 
to embroidery. This exhibition showcases 2023 competition 
entrants, all of whom have responded to the theme of 
Pictured: First Prize, General Category 2021 "
“Underlying Condition" by Susan Johnson.  

The Embroiderers Guild of NSW
76 Queen Street Concord West 2138

And there is still time to enter these two quilt competitions for 2024 exhibition:

Judged Quilt Competition
Sponsored by Expertise Events Pty Ltd
The AQC challenge is run annually and welcomes entries 
from quilters around the world. 
Entries are juried and judged with up to 30 finalists selected and 
displayed at the AQC in Melbourne in April, 2024 
before touring at various craft events.

Monday, November 20, 2023

2024 quilt show

Our 2024 raffle quilt is made with members’ challenge blocks from a 2020 challenge in preparation for the show we had scheduled for early April that year. You can guess what happened to those plans! 

We each made a block featuring black and white fabric and a single solid colour fabric allocated to us individually. The block design and stitching method were our own choice. The sashing is pieced from all of the solid fabrics. The quilt was put together by Roslyn and Val, and expertly quilted by Yvette Aoude.

Tickets will be released in the New Year, and the raffle will be drawn on 19 May 2024 at the close of the show. We hope you can join us then!

📸 Geoff Nadin


Thursday, November 16, 2023

In progress …

There’s always so much more going on than we can see just from our finished projects. We like to see what everyone else is working on, share ideas, and help each other solve problems. We might be working on some of these (or not) over the summer break).

Hilary is making this large quilt for her sister in England

Lots of references to Australia in the prints.
Hand quilting currently in progress.

Progress on Louise’s very long term project ‘King George III’

Daphne ventured way outside her colour comfort zone
- time for quilting.

Pam is hand quilting her very large quilt with highly coloured
 Japanese prints working beautifully with
indigo pieced sashings.

Masking tape keeps the long quilting lines straight.
Notice Pam’s beautiful handmade quilting hoop - that’s
what happens when you mention in passing that you need 
a new one to the very skilled woodworker in your life.

Lynette’s 25 patch rainbow blocks playing off 
an Alison Glass print

Monday, November 13, 2023

Recent community quilts

Team effort: Noelle made these blocks and stitched them into
the quilt top using a roll of batik strips from her own stash
and a cream fabric from Lynette’s. The top was quilted by
Janet, and Jill sewed the binding from Noelle’s strips. 

Janet chose a large tropical leaf quilting design.

Louise is finding some slow burning works in progress as she
declutters at home. She donated this completed top to the
community collection, where it was quilted and bound by Janet.

The richly coloured fabrics of the blocks …

… are complimented by the batik backing.

Roslyn handed on a collection of squares and half square
triangles to Elaine W, who found a complimentary spot
in the community stash …

… and joined then into a generous lap quilt.

A year after making the blocks in the 2022
#30daysofimprovqal Jill added borders from her stash and
donated the finished quilt to the community collection.

It is finished with both freeform machine and
hand quilting ( no marking).

Thursday, November 9, 2023

21st birthday quilt for a granddaughter

Robyn is making quilts for her grandchildren as they turn 21, each of them personalised according the tastes and interests of the grandchildren. Her latest 21st quilt was for her granddaughter Melissa, made in her favourite colours, particularly mauve, and with elements of the art nouveau design style that she loves. Melissa knew the quilt was being made, and chose not to see it until her birthday, when she enjoyed the full reveal - one very happy young woman and a delighted grandmother.

The large quilt is hand appliqued and pieced, and hand quilted.

Sunday, November 5, 2023

Two improv quilts made by Nerida

2023 is Nerida’s third year participating in the Instagram based #30daysofimprovqal run during August by Shannon Fraser  (Shannon Fraser Designs)  and Amanda Burton (Broadcloth Studio).

For this year’s quilt Nerida chose a rainbow colour palette,
and made four improv blocks in each of her six colours.

Block prompts were emailed for each week, along with
suggestions for how to use the prompts for five blocks.
The weekly prompts were stripes, L shapes, triangles, curves.

5” blocks were suggested, but participants
were free to choose their own size.

The turquoise blocks didn’t work on the quilt’s front so
Nerida made them a feature on the back.

Nerida’s latest improv quilt uses small scraps and solid strips … she has generously donated this one to our community quilts collection.