Saturday, March 31, 2018
One of these beautiful quilts could be yours in just over a week. Raffle tickets will be for sale at our quilt show, proceeds will support the artists of Studio ARTES @studioartes, whose work you will see at the show, along with our quilts.
Open Friday 6 April 1pm - 5pm, Saturday 7 and Sunday 8 April 10am - 4pm; the raffle will be drawn at 4pm on Sunday. You could be a winner!
Friday, March 30, 2018
The 2018 Australasian Quilters Convention is on in Melbourne 5 - 8 April.
The awards will be presented at the gala dinner on Saturday 7 April. $5,500 in three cash prizes will be awarded in this prestigious competition, which is presented by Expertise Events
A gallery of the 28 finalists is now available online, here.
Wednesday, March 28, 2018
With our two yearly quilt show less than two weeks ago, the making and sharing continues, some of it all complete and organised for the quilt display, some going close to the line, some not for the show at all ...
|Jo is working from Chuck Nohara's '2001 Blocks' (ie 2001 |
block designs, not published in 2001) ...
|... but is restricting herself to 121 of them for this quilt. 30+ done.|
|Yvette has not entered this beautiful pickle dish into our show, |
because it is her first attempt at custom quilting on her
long-arm machine, and she says it is not perfect ...
|... although we couldn't see the imperfections. It's lovely to |
see how much she is enjoying her new skills.
|Diana shared her 'old' New York Beauty, from a class with |
Chris Jurd, as a preview for those of us doing a post-show
class with Chris next month. We're looking forward
to making all the points.
|Lynette delved into the community stash for all the spots |
she could find, found some more at home, and then found
spotty backing and binding. Surprisingly, there
are plenty of spots left ...
|Hilary's parliament of owls - about 3" tall, very cute, they will be |
available on the craft tall at our quilt show in ten days' time.
|Hilary's waddle of penguins (really - look it up!), also about |
3" tall, even cuter, and they too will be available on the craft
tall at our quilt show in ten days' time.
Friday, March 23, 2018
Two weeks today until our 2018 Quilt Show opens. Our members' craft stall will be very well stocked with a wide range of beautiful and useful items made by our members. Here is a tiny preview ...
Please note the opening hours for the show:
1pm - 5pm Friday 6 April
(the show is being set-up on Friday morning, and visitors cannot be admitted before 1 pm)
10am - 4pm Saturday 7 and 8 April
We look forward to seeing you there!
Wednesday, March 21, 2018
Two Quilts of Valour, made from our 2016 end-of-year challenge blocks are finished, thanks to Noelle and Jill, who put them together and then quilted and bound the quilts. There might even be a small third quilt to be made from the excess fabric. Thank you to everyone who has contributed.
|Val's block was voted 'Viewer's Choice' for|
|We love the rogue block in this one!|
|The two completed quilts hanging out together in a |
sunny autumn day in Sydney.
Monday, March 19, 2018
|Elaine's third 'In a Whirl' quilt made from the box of strips |
she won as a door prize at our Biggest Morning Tea last year
- she might be ready for a break from these blocks, but the
quilts are gorgeous!
|Helen's stash has given up some fabric referencing gardening |
that will have wide appeal.
|Julie mined the community stash for blue fabric - not a difficult |
task! She has pieced strings on foundations cut from an old sheet ...
|... and is quilting-as-she-goes, to avoid handling a large quilt |
for all the quilting.
|Sue C made excellent progress on quilting the Plus quilt.|
|Susan was drawn to three blocks from the 'Andamooka donation' |
that we unpacked last month, and made some more from the
community stash, and a couple of pieces that came home with
her from Melbourne ...
|... a few more, Susan thinks. It will be a light and pretty quilt. |
A simple block design that really allows the fabrics to speak
and play together. We will use this again!.
Sunday, March 18, 2018
We had no trouble keeping fourteen quilters busy last Thursday. It was a very hot day for mid-March, so we are very grateful for the air conditioning in our sewing space.
|The first four of eight quilt tops for pin basting.|
|Marg K and Robin's quilts both have vibrant yellow backings ...|
|... Jill chose the dramatic Sarah Fielke print (donated by |
Material Girls Down Under) from the community stash,
and a length of a Tula Pink design from her own stash
to back the two tops she made.
|Helen's 2017 end-of-year challenge quilt is now basted, |
with a navy and pink floral stripe backing
|Lynette collected spotty fabrics from the community stash |
|Julie added a border to a donated quilt top, |
and it too is now basted ready for quilting.
|Lynette magicked up a Hunter star quilt top, that we |
basted on Thursday. It is possibly quilted by now.
Saturday, March 17, 2018
Some quilty reading for the weekend ...
The quilts of Alias Grace: identification and tutorial roundup
Sew Mama Sew, 31 January 2018
'Alias Grace' is a 6-episode Netflix series based on Margaret Atwood’s book of the same name. (She’s also the author of the book and series, The Handmaid’s Tale.) I’ve seen many people rave about the show on social media–it is a great thriller–but my quilting friends seem to love it the most. And no wonder–quilts, quilting, and quilt patterns play powerful metaphorical and symbolic roles in the plot ...
Sienna Rodgers, House and Garden (UK), 7 March 2017
The Women's Quilt is a UK project that aims to raise awareness of domestic violence against women. First exhibited in 2017, it is on display at London's South Bank for International Women's Day 2018.
Designer profile: meet Janelle Noack
Melisa Luong, Cosy Project, 14 November 2017
Janelle Noack lives in the very rural NSW Riverina town of Dirnaseer. In fact the town has a population of just 170! It is farming country and that’s exactly the life Janelle has led ... Quilt making for Janelle began when her youngest daughter started school. “I always had some needlework, knitting or sewing on the go; but now it is all about making quilts,” she reveals. “My first quilt is about 20 years old, a log cabin that I made from leftover dress fabrics ...
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Tuesday, March 13, 2018
This week's show a tell was a great mix of clothing, bags, blocks and quilts not-quite-finished ...
|Not only does the jacket look good, it folds very flat |
for packing, so would be good for travelling.
|Sharron made a Very Big Bag - it would be ideal for carrying|
a big quilt, or travelling for a week or so!
|Hilary (who made Sewmiriam bags for everyone in her book |
club for Christmas), took some of the left over blocks recently
donated to our community quilts program, and started to
make a quilt. But before she knew it they had become two
bags to be donated the craft stall at our quilt show in April!
|Jenn took the concept of see-through pockets in a sewing|
supplies pouch, repeated it on the inside, and re-sized it to fit
in her handbag for easy carrying, especially for the waiting
(i.e. hand-sewing) time at her young children's activities.
|English paper piecing supplies, always on hand!|
|Jill joined an Instagram based 'sewalong' started by two Canberra |
quilters, to make a quilt/blocks from Elizabeth Hartman's 2014
book Patchwork City. She is making the Eastside quilt using
the 25 5" x 8" blocks designs ( plus 11 duplicates to make it bigger)
and put them together in the Eastside layout. Now for quilting.
Check out #patchworkcitysewalong2018 to see what others
are doing and/or to join in.
|There are 75 original new block patterns in Patchwork City, |
which is readily available from Australian booksellers,
online and in a Kindle edition.
|Janet is waiting for a delivery of fabric for a big project, so she |
is using the time to catch up a little with her Splendid Sampler
blocks - she is half way through the 100 blocks, and it has been
interrupted for a while, but it is still very much on the 'to do' list.
Saturday, March 10, 2018
|Robin W has a considerable stash of beautiful blue fabrics, |
and she has generously shared some of it in this lovely
quilt top for our community quilts collection.
|The gorgeous saturated turquoise background fabric is |
actually a cross-hatch print with a darker blue overlay.
|Margaret K likes to make quilts for children, and she does |
so often for our community collection. This one features
a sweet vintage-look print, and was quilted by Julie.
|A fun log-cabin variation, made by Margaret K |
- such bright, happy colours.