Sunday, October 30, 2016

Recent show and tell

At short notice, Lynette recently  took
herself off to Canberra for the day for a
workshop with Akiko Ike ...
... and this little pouch is one of the things she made !
These pieced sailing boats are perfect for a baby boy quilt, made 
by Lyn (not Lynette!) for her rehab physio.  She decided the 
navy sashing strips were a bit boring, so machine appliqued 
some of the motifs from the border fabric on them.
We had a machine piecing with templates workshop with
Catherine Butterworth  early in 2015. Dawn's top is now
finished, and the high contrast between her fabrics shows the
'curved piecing' illusion well. It will be finished in no time!
We have seen at least three Jolly Stars quilts finished,
but this is a reminder that some of us are lagging a little
in the completely finishing department ...

Monday, October 24, 2016

Dates for AQC 2017 and Sydney Quilt Show 2017

Australasian Quilt Convention 2017
20 - 23 April 
Royal Exhibition Centre
  • Tutors have been announced here.
  • Class schedule is here - bookings open on 27 October 2016

Sydney Quilt Show / Craft and Quilt Fair 2017
Darling Harbour 
22nd  - 25th June 2017 

Note: 2017 will be a 4 day show, not 5 as in the past few years
  • QuiltNSW has published a comprehensive 'Introduction to new categories for 2017', along with relevant dates for quilt submissions here.

Wednesday, October 19, 2016

Wheel and Weft - Christmas sale

Friday 28th to Sunday 30th October 2016 
Thornleigh Community Centre

Tuesday, October 18, 2016

Quilts of Valour Australia visit and quilt donations

We enjoyed a visit from Sue and Stan fromthe NSW branch of  Quilts of Valour Australia recently. QOV makes quilts for soldiers / veterans wounded or suffering the effects of war and immediate families of fallen soldiers.

They brought some  QOV quilts to show us, and we donated two quilts from our community collection.

Sue with one of the quilts she brought alone, being admired by Julie
Lynette finished a disappearing four-patch quilt just in time to
donate to the QOV team, and Helen (our Convenor) presented
another one from our community collection 
Susan made the second donation quilt, a disappearing nine-patch.

Thursday, October 13, 2016

2016 QuiltNSW Challenge Quilts online

Another online quilt gallery has been released.

The  41 QuiltNSW 2016 Challenge Quilts can be viewed in the online gallery here. The quilts are available to groups as a travelling suitcase exhibition.

The 2016 theme was 'Repurposed, Recycled, Reloved'. Congratulations to the award winners.

Details of the 2017 Challenge, 'Remember' are also on the webpage, along with links to ten years' of challenge galleries.

Monday, October 10, 2016

Queensland Quilters 2016 Quilt Show: award winning quilts

Queensland Quilters held their annual quilt show in Brisbane last weekend.

The quilts that won special awards, including the Bernina Best in Show can all be viewed online here.

Friday, October 7, 2016

November quilt shows

Plenty of dates for the quilt show diary in November, from Newcastle to the south coast:

Childrens Medical Research Institute
Annual Quilt and Craft Show
11 - 13 November 2016
Gerringong Town Hall

Contact Rhonda Bailey on 0429 951 452 
or Lorraine Peade on 0417 342 606 for entry forms/enquiries.

12 - 13 November 2016
PCYC Centre, cnr Young and Melbourne Rds
Raffle quilt: – ‘The New Hexagon Millefiore Quilt’
Proceeds to Riding for the Disabled

26 - 27 November 2016

25 - 27 November 2016
Glebe Town Hall (Sydney)
Entries are now open via this website

Thursday, October 6, 2016

Last show and tell for September

What a lovely collection of quilts to finish up September - click on an image for a larger view:

Julie outlined all the clothing folds in this panel
with machine stitching, and heavily embroidered
the gingko leaves with gold metallic thread. A stamp
on the back says the woman depicted is 'Barbara'.
Linda P's class sample for her upcoming beginners'
applique class at Hobby Sew at Top Ryde. She has used
the technique described here for cutting backing economically
several times, including in this quilt, and she is 

completely sold on it.
Nerida's niece will love this beautiful quilt for her 18th -
lots of gorgeous prints. Centre blocks designed by Katy Jones
@imagingermonkey editor of Quilt Now magazine (UK) .
And it's big. Hand quilting coming up.
Improv blocks, referencing an urban look have been on Pat's mind.
She designed the blocks herself, making adjustments as she went
along, with input from images online and in print and cloth. Isn't
it spectacular? So much to see - you could look at it for hours.
Quilting decisions must be made.
To mark turning 80, Robin W decided to learn a new, challenging
hand piecing technique - the Y seam. She is now an expert - as she is
with putting colours together, from her extensive stash of
Kaffe Fassett fabrics.
Sue B has been busy again, this time working colour and
design magic with jelly rolls! It's big too.

Monday, October 3, 2016

Quilt Show: Maitland

Friday 14 - Sunday 16 October 2016
10 am - 4 pm

Celebrating 30 years of quilting in the Maitland area
Great Hall, Tocal Agricultural College
185 Tocal Road, Tocal NSW
(180 km north of Sydney via the M1 (F3)

Saturday, October 1, 2016

Community quilts

Very few weeks go by that someone doesn't hand over a quilt for our community collection. Here are the most recent beauties ...

The block centres are small nine patches
Julie took on the challenge of piecing a quilt from
donated sheeting cottons in pretty florals.
Elaine W used some Beatrix Potter prints, complemented small
scale prints and a community stash fabric border for this quilt.
A glimpse of their backing fabrics.