Monday, April 30, 2012

Berry Quilt Show (NSW) this weekend

When too many quilt shows are never enough ...

Berry Quilt Show is on this weekend,  5 and 6 May 2012

This lovely south coast town is always worth a visit.  Details from the Quilters Guild of NSW here.


Thursday, April 26, 2012

Happy birthday, Coral!

Coral Shand wasn't present when her ticket was drawn as the first prize winner in our Quilt Show raffle on Sunday afternoon.  But she was delighted when Robin delivered it to her on Tuesday, especially since it was her birthday on Wednesday. 

 Happy birthday Coral! 

Congratulations, enjoy your quilt, and thanks for supporting our fund-raising.

Wednesday, April 25, 2012

Springwood Community Quilt Show this weekend

Quilt Show season is in full swing:
Springwood Community Quilt Show
Friday 27 April - Sunday 29 April
Springwood High School

Springwood Quilters kindly keep a blog devoted to preparations for their annual show - you can see the two gorgeous raffle quilts in the making (and finished), as well as news about the featured quilter, Lyn ALchin and all the other preparations that go into such an event.

Lots of shops to visit along the way if you are planning on making a day of it in the Blue Mountains.

Tuesday, April 24, 2012

Fairholme Quilters Exhibition (2): days 2 and 3

Our quilt show hummed along through Saturday and Sunday, with a steady stream of visitors, some of them lining up at the door for opening time.  Ticket sales indicate we had about 600 people through the doors. After days of rain the weather cleared - a distinct advantage even for an indoor event - people still had to get here.

There will be more professional photos in a little while, but here is a first look at the prizewinners. Prizes were decided by 'viewers' choice:

Loraine McIntosh with her winning quilt 'Bridal Baltimore', which was also voted viewers' choice in the applique category

Noelle Sona was the viewers' choice runner up with her Shades of Japan'

Lynette Harvey won the viewer's choice award for best use of colour.

Miriam Jones won the Paint Chip award.

The winner of the first raffle quilt is being notified, while Fairholme member Elaine Bright (with grandson Riley), who was delighted to win the second raffle quilt, could not stop smiling.

Proceeds of the raffle were donated to Hornsby Kuring-gai Association (Action for Mental Health), along with a community quilt to raffle later in the year.

Out thanks and congratulations to Fairholme Convenor and Quilt Show Coordinator Loraine McIntosh and her committee for a very successful event, and our thanks to members and their families, visitors, merchants and sponsors who helped to make it such an enjoyable and popular three days.

Friday, April 20, 2012

Fairholme Quilters Exhibition 2012 (1): a brief look at Day 1

Welcome ... would you like some raffle tickets with that viewer's choice?

Part of the exhibition floor
Community quilts display

Works in progress from recent workshops with Margaret Cormack and with Lisa Walton

Merchant stands:

Blueberries (The quilt on the table is 'Step Up' available as a kit)

Cherry Pie Designs (the quilt behind Carol is her design 'Sunbursts')

Lyn's Fine Needlework and Patchwork (bolts and bolts of gorgeous fabric ...)

Quiltsmith (note the new Block-of-the-month 'Kew Gardens' hanging behind Melinda)

Kay and Andrew Crook are also here with their Yazzii bag range - we'll take a good photo tomorrow, we hope!

We'll be back tomorrow and Sunday!

Community Quilts 2010 - 2012: a sample

Thursday, April 19, 2012

Opening tomorrow!

The Fairholme Quilters 2012 Exhibition is hung, ready for opening at 10 am tomorrow morning (Friday 20th).  It looks great, even if we do say so ourselves.

In addition to the main exhibition of members' quilts, you can see a display of quilts we have made to donate to a number of community groups, and our Paint Chip Challenge - paint chips from the local hardware superstore were distributed, with instructions to make a quilt measuring between 24" x 24" and 36 " x 36", using only the three shades of a single colour from the paint chip, adding only black, white and/or cream if desired.  More than 20 members took up the challenge, with excellent results ... but no previews yet!

Merchant stands at the exhibition are:

Cherry Pie Designs
Lyn's Fine Needlework

... and we have a stall stocked with crafts handmade by Fairholme members.  And don't forget our two raffle quilts.
Please come and join us - the show will be open 10 am - 4 pm Friday 20th - Sunday 22nd April

Wednesday, April 18, 2012

Regeneration: exhibition Manly

Regeneration: Contemporary Quilt Textiles 2012

Manly Art Gallery and Museum

27 April - 4 June 2012

A collaboration between The Quilters' Guild of NSW Inc. and Manly Art Gallery and Museum. 

Details of exhibition dates, opening hours and associated events are here, and a preview is here. A number of talks and exhibition tours are scheduled over the exhibtion period.

The Manly Art Gallery and Museum is a lovely exhibition space in a beautiful location on Manly Cove, a short stroll from the ferry wharf - well worth a visit.

Saturday, April 14, 2012

Best of Australia 2012

The National Quilt Award 2012 has been awarded to Merelyn Pearce for her quilt Preston Dreaming, which also won Best of Show at the Sydney Quilt Show, 2011.

It is one of a series pf awards presented at the Australasian Quilt Convention Gala Dinner in Melbourne this evening.  From the AQC website:

The National Quilt Award is presented to the maker of the quilt that is judged the best from the Best of Show quilts from the annual state guild shows around the country.
The Rajah Award acknowledges the outstanding contribution by an individual to quilting in Australia.
The Shining Light Award goes to a quilter under 18 years of age and is an encouragement award for junior quilters.
The Lut-Da Award goes to a quilter who has made an outstanding contribution to their local or quilting community via the medium of quilting.

The 2012 Rajah Award was presented to Judy Hooworth.

The 2012 Shining Light award  was presented to Ineka Voight.

The 2012 Lut-Da Award was presented to Isobel Lanchashire.

Quilts are everywhere ... even in the snow, in France

Can you imagine these spectucular designs, made by Simon Beck, in large fields of snow, translated into white wholecloth quilt?  The links are circulating across the internet, often with headings such as "Quilts in snow", and you will see why.

Katie Hosmer's blog post on My Modern Met provides a good collection of the photos, or you can see even more on Simon Beck's own Facebook page (you do not have to be a Facebook account holder to see it).

(Thanks for the link, Noelle!)

Friday, April 13, 2012

100 days of Modern Quilting archive

The 100 Days of Modern Quilting series is now complete.  An archive of the 100 posts has been posted here, for future reference.

What will the Modern Quilt Guild come up with next?

Thursday, April 12, 2012

Barbara Brackman's Material Culture

... information from a quilt historian about quilt fabric past and present, is now on the blogroll in the right hand column, because it so consistently features interesting posts, not only about the history of American quilts and fabrics (especially around the civil war), and their context in American culture, but also because Barbara Brackman relates her excellent and readable history to contemporary quilting and culture.

Her post of 8th April looks at how differently bindings were applied in the 19th and early 20th centuries and how can be a significant dating clue. Other posts are more about historical context than quilting techniques, and there is a thread of fun running too far beneath the surface.

This recent post looks at quilts featuring reproduction fabrics in the style of English designer William Morris, and includes a link to a Farmer's Wife quilt made in them - this quilt pattern is hugely popular right now.

Sunday, April 8, 2012

Merelyn Pearce: a retrospective (AQC)

If you are not going to the Australasian Quilt Convention in Melbourne next week, you can see an online preview of one of the the specialist exhibitions on the Into Craft website - the Merelyn Pearce Retrospective that includes the six quilts from her award winning Margaret Preston tribute series.

14th April 2012:
The Bernina Best of Australia Award 2012 has been awarded to Merelyn Pearce for her quilt Preston Dreaming, which also won Best of Show at the Sydney Quilt Show, 2011 (an award also sponsored by Bernina)

Sunday, April 1, 2012

Pics from Margaret Cormack's foundation piecing workshop ...

... just a few weeks ago, at Pennant Hills.  Rumour has it that some blocks have progressed to actual quilt tops, so it will be good to see them finished soon! Margaret is an excellent and meticulous teacher, so much was learned, as you can see:

Fabrics are sorted by colour and value ...

... placement is planned...

  ... stitching begins ... 

... the first precise point emerges ...

 ... this is working well ...

 ... the pieces fit together perfectly ...

 ... a little adjustment and checking here and there ...
  ... half way there ...
... and like Louise,  the students are happy with the very sharp points of their completed Mariner's Compass blocks!

Thanks Margaret, and thanks Georgie for organising the workshop.