Wednesday, March 27, 2013

South Coast quilt show, Easter Weekend

Iron Cozy: Elizabeth Hartman

© Oleksandr Melnyk |
Carrying still-warm irons around might be a problem peculiar to quilters, who often gather to sew and press in all sorts of places - most other people just leave their irons at home ...

This blog post, about a Fairholme member's very practical iron carrier is one of the most popular of all time on this blog. Here is another nifty idea for an 'iron cozy' from Elizabeth Hartman's blog, Oh Fransson!

Friday, March 22, 2013

Sale at Quiltsmith

... in Annandale
until Saturday 30th March

25% off all fabric (30 cm min cut) and fat quarters
See this blog post, Roll up, roll up, we are having a sale

Wednesday, March 20, 2013

Quilt show dates for the diary

Springwood Community Quilt Show
Friday 26th April to Sunday 28th April 2013 
Open 10am to 4pm each day
Springwood High School, Faulconbridge
The Show raises money for the Blue Mountains Rural Fire Service. 
A photo of this year's raffle quilt is on the Springwood Community Quilt Show blog.

Eastwood Patchwork Quilters Biennial Exhibition
Friday 3rd May – Sunday 5th May 2013 
10am - 4.30pm
Brush Farm House, Lawson St, Eastwood NSW
Entry free (but donations are welcome)
Enquiries 0412 314 754
Raffle proceeds going to the Special Olympics - the two raffle quilts are on display at Craft Depot, Pennant Hills, and at Logans Patchwork, Leichhardt
Keep up with news of this event at the Eastwood Patchwork Quilters website

Monday, March 11, 2013

Fairholme recent show and tell

These star blocks were made by various group members a couple of years ago  - Lynette has found an excellent sashing fabric (tiny multi-coloured spots on a white background) to tie them together in a quilt that will be donated to a child in need, just as soon as that binding sews itself down.

Janice's second 'power stripped' quilt following on from our workshop late last year with Brenda Gael Smith from Serendipity Patchwork and Quilting.  The design is 'Tapestry'. Janice decided on that fabulous border, by selecting images of fabrics, and her husband doing something magic with them in Photoshop, so she could compare - he's a keeper.
Dawn's beautiful Baltimore - how many hours of work, and how much skill went into all that applique? A lot!

Dawn might have made her disappearing 4-patch as light relief after the Baltimore, but it's nearly as big. The 4-patches don't really disappear - they just realign in several different configurations.

Sunday, March 10, 2013

Workshop with Pauline Rogers, Quilter's World

We recently spent a day with Pauline  from Quilters' World, learning and practising with a number of techniques, and tools.These are just a few samples of our work under Pauline's excellent instruction, a very full day. Thanks Pauline - and Rob!

Applique with bias strips:



Tuesday, March 5, 2013

This weekend in Sydney ...

Image courtesy Brenda Gael Smith, Twelve by Twelve
... could be busy ...

Stitches and Craft Show
Thursday 7th - Sunday 10th March 2013
Rosehill Gardens (Sydney)

Including, the exhibition of art quilts. Twelve by Twelve: Colourplay


Quilt Study Group
9th March 2013
Powerhouse Museum

Please join members of The Quilt Study Group on March 9 at The Charles Kerry Room of The Powerhouse Museum to hear Guest Speaker Lyn Dennis talk about her recent research into Heritage Quilts in the UK ... read more at Template Free.

Saturday, March 2, 2013

Madrona Road challenge: one fabric range, many quilts

It's not unusual in classes, at regional quilt shows, or online to see several quilts made to the same pattern,  but using very different fabrics, displayed at a single location, and to marvel at how different they look. This northern winter, The Modern Quilt Guild set a slightly  different challenge:  for quilts to be made with a single range of fabric,  Madrona Road, designed by Violet Craft for Michael Miller Fabrics.

The winners, chosen by the designer can be viewed here on Violet Craft's blog, and the flickr group of online photos of the many, many entries is here.