The 2018 Tokyo Quilt Festival is currently on, finishing tomorrow. Patricia Belyea has published many excellent photos on her blog Okan Arts. The spectacular Grand Prix winning quilt, made by Masako Sanada is at the end of this lengthy post, as are links to two further posts featuring Patricia's photos from the special exhibits and some very detailed close-ups.
You can follow Okan Arts on Instagram, and on Facebook.
Krista Hennebury ( has also posted some excellent photos from the show on Instagram.
Tuesday, January 30, 2018
Monday, January 29, 2018
|Louise has been working on some of Wendy Williams's |
'Travel Threads' designs, and has become dangerously
obsessed with French knots!
|Robyn B pieced herself a Christmas bag just in time |
for the big day - hope it was filled with lovely presents
for you, Robyn!
|Julie took two demanding classes on machine embroidery |
and thread painting just before Christmas, and finished her
works at home, framing them with silk mounts.
|The images began with photos that were then altered, |
and are now completely rendered in thread.
|This one slipped through the blog cracks late last year - Dawn's |
bush dilly bag, great background fabric and appliqué.
Friday, January 26, 2018
It has been a bumper week for show and tell, but some of it is personal secret sewing, so can't be posted yet, and some you will see at our Quilt Show in April. And not everyone is back from holidays yet, so we're expecting a strong showing next week, too.
|Dawn sewed the top of this quilt together late last year, |
using tool prints in the community stash. Yvette has quilted it,
and Lynette is sewing the binding.
| Margaret's three sweet little blankets of love are resting on |
another top that is waiting to be quilted
|In this baby quilt, Margaret has combined contemporary prints |
and a little bit of vintage, seen in close-up in the next photo.
|Jenn is hand quilting her modern 'Meadow' quilt, |
designed by Lizzie House, and taught in a class
in Sydney in 2015.
Wednesday, January 24, 2018
For some of us, our summer break was time to sew ... this is our first week back to regular meetings, and there was plenty to see. Here are the first few, there are more to come.
|Julie's great grandson will love his race track quilt. |
It is mostly a large and detailed panel, that Julie has added
border strips, from the rows of cars out. The outer black and
white check is a brilliant finish.
|We have seen Diana's quilt as you go hexagons over several |
months - now they are all together in a beautiful, and
beautifully made wall hanging.
|Roslyn's little granddaughter is in a cot, but had no cot |
quilt (although her big bed quilt is already done)!
Grandma to the rescue at short notice.
|Jill quilted this very colourful top of many colourful prints |
with an organic (ie not measured) curved grid. The backing
fabric is from the community stash, a donation from material
Girls Down Under. For the community quilts collection
Friday, January 19, 2018
Wednesday, January 17, 2018
We're officially still on summer break until next week, but some of us were able to get together for a sewing day earlier this week. As well as catching up with what everyone is sewing, we had a preview of the new books we bought recently for our library, and we can see that they will be in high demand. Here are just a few of our summer makes and finishes that we saw on Monday ...
|Helen s 'Big Green Quilt' looks magnificent all quilted and bound, |
and quite at home in her garden. We might have to help her come
up with a fancier name. Quilted by Jo, design influence from
'Take an Element' by Margaret Sampson George.
|A closer look at the very complimentary backing fabric.|
A definite possible for our Quilt Show in April.
|Denise is putting the finishing touches on her |
appliqued toy cupboard quilt.
|Naomi has been working long hours, so she was very happy to |
get any sewing done at all, and finished this block before lunch.
|Helen's current hand sewing is a hexagon quilt for one her little |
granddaughters - she's found many fun fabrics for fussy cutting.
|Helen's 2017 end-of-year challenge quilt top is finished. |
She started with the centre star block and has added each
border from fabric already in her stash.
|Sue h has pieced this stunning large block from a Chris Jurd |
design, and is currently making a curved flying geese border
of her own design, using the EQ 7 quilt design software.
Very impressive use of the summer break!
Sunday, January 14, 2018
This vintage-look 30" fabric panel emerged from the community stash recently, with no information about its origins. Initial investigations have yielded nothing further. It has great charm and potential for fussy-cutting. Two small pieces have been cut from the lower right. Discussion about its use is called for, just as soon as we re-convene after the summer break.
Thursday, January 11, 2018
Southern Sydney quilt shop Oatley Cottage has advertised a quilt competition that will benefit the McGrath Foundation, funding breast cancer nurses throughout Australia. Details and the entry form are on the Oatley Cottage website. Here is the announcement published on Facebook:
Quilters of NSW are invited to enter our PINK Quilt Competition.PINK is a quilt competition from Oatley Cottage and Blessington Australia with donations to McGrath Foundation.
Sponsors include PFAFF Sewing machines, PK Fabrics, J Leutenegger, Sydney Sewing Supplies & XLN Fabrics.
PINK quilts will be exhibited in Oatley Uniting Church in conjunction with Oatley Lions Festival on Saturday 20th October 2018.