Monday, May 10, 2021

Show and tell

Roslyn’s table runner is cleverly reversible
 - this side is for children’s dinner!

Julie’s completed version of Cherry Pie Design’s
‘Bubble and Squeak’ - hand pieced, and quilted by Laura.
Julie thought all those little circles would take much longer!

Julie made a dozen little owls, eight have been gifted and
claimed already. These are for our next craft stall,
should they get so far ...

Nerida made this beautiful wedding quilt in the wedding
colours. They happen to be favourites of hers too.

When Robyn  is not quilting, she turns her hand to other crafts
with equal skill. This blanket looks so warm and inviting.
She recently handed over another beautiful crochet blanket
and several beanies to Roslyn for our next craft stall (should
they too get so far ...) - thank you Robyn!

Tuesday, May 4, 2021

Lyn’s quilts

Lyn is a long standing member of Fairholme, a skilled quilter and generous in helping others develop their skills. She does tend to bring in a quilt for show and tell that we have not previously seen, and it is always a lovely surprise to see what she has been quietly making. She’s been slowed down a bit by recent surgery, but only a bit - she’s actually been very productive during the months our meetings have been interrupted, and during her own recovery.

‘Something pretty and pink’ was requested for Lyn’s brother’s
first great grandchild’s baby quilt

Lyn doesn’t hesitate to learn a new technique and to
continually refine her skills. this quilt is the end-product
of an online class on using rulers for quilting on a
domestic sewing machine.

The reverse.

Indigenous prints collected over many years are beautifully
highlighted by this ‘shadow box’ design.

Saturday, May 1, 2021

QuiltNSW: Sydney Quilt Show 2021

From the Quilt NSW Newsletter:

* subject to postponement or cancellation in accordance with the conditions of entry

Sue Cody is a guest exhibitor at the Sydney Quilt Show 2021 
along with Barbara Gower. 

This year, there are two raffle quilts to be won:

Tea Rose, hand-pieced and donated by Sue Cody 
and hand quilted by Kaynka Powning; 

The Narrawallee Star, custom-quilted by Kaye Jamieson 
of Quilting Quarters.

Wednesday, April 28, 2021

Focus cutting sewalong

Stephanie and Linda are both participating in the Focus Cutting sew-along, run by Naomi Clarke on Instagram. We love catching up with their progress, so here are their blocks from the last few weeks. These will become fabulous quilts!

Stephanie’ s blocks ... she slips in an extra
hexagon every now and then.

Linda’s blocks ... the bottom right image shows how she
used different elements of a single print for the whole block.

Sunday, April 25, 2021

Quilt NSW: Friday Showcase and 2021 Suitcase Challenge

From the Quilt NSW Newsletter:

Friday Showcase 7 May featuring Lynn Hewitt 

We are pleased that Friday Showcase has returned for 2021. Our first event will be held on Friday 7 May and will feature Lynn Hewitt.

In 30 years, Lynn Hewitt has made many quilts, and she enjoys doing workshops, learning new techniques and developing new skills. After a workshop, she often wonders what if she might make it again in another colour, or a different size or shape. At the May Friday Showcase, Lynn plans to show several quilts which have resulted after " What if?", as well as her very first quilt, and her latest, a modern quilt.

Friday Showcase will be held again this year at the Sydney Mechanics' School of Arts (SMSA) in the Auditorium on Level 1. Doors will open at 10.45 am for an 11 am start (note this is one hour later than previously) and numbers will be limited to 60 people. Bookings are required, using the form on the QuiltNSW website. Payment is required at the time of booking.
We recommend you bring a mask to wear when looking at the quilts at the end of the presentation.
Refreshments will not be available in the office before or after Friday Showcase due to the reduced office capacity (currently 10 persons). However, there is a cafe at street level.

When: Friday 7 May, 10.45 for 11 am start
Where: Level 1, Sydney Mechanics' School of Arts, 280 Pitt Street Sydney
Cost: $5.00 for QuiltNSW members, $10 for non-members
Bookings: Essential, book and pay here, maximum 60 people

2021 Suitcase Challenge: Entry details announced 

The theme for the 2021 Suitcase Challenge is Ruby. 

QuiltNSW will celebrate our 40th anniversary in 2022 and so our Ruby Suitcase Challenge quilts will be travelling in that year.

You have until Saturday 4 September to come up with a creative interpretation of the theme and submit your quilt. Winners will be announced at the QuiltNSW Annual General Meeting in October. You can find all the conditions of entry and the entry form here.

Wednesday, April 21, 2021

Show and tell

Running a little late with show and tell from our face to face meetings. We are still operating with some restriction to numbers and cleaning requirements, but it is feeling more and more like our usual meetings.  These photos are from our last Monday morning meeting in March, three weeks ago now. We rarely take photos of ourselves, but some group shots to celebrate being able to meet again seemed in order. It's nowhere near the whole group, but we'll get there over the next few months.

Elaine G machine embroidered her bee blocks ahead of
a long holiday with periods of cruising, during which she
stitched the hexagons together. A lovely quilt full of
memories of that special trip.

Jo-Ann has recently moved house. In the unpacking she
was pleased to find this finished top that she had forgotten
about. An unusual combination of restful colours and
modern prints, with just enough contrast. All finished now
that she is unpacked and settles in to her new home.

Perennial favourite blue and white, made by Elsa,
quilted by Yvette @yvettes_keepsakes .

Robin is English paper piecing hexagon, as are many of
us on Monday mornings!

Thursday, April 15, 2021

Sun Shiny Day blocks

The Tales of Cloth 'Sun Shiny Day' English paper piecing quilt is proving very popular online, and at least two of our members have embarked on it. Beautiful fabrics, very cute focused cutting. We look forward to seeing both Helen and Stephanie's quilts when they are put together - thanks for sharing them as you go.

Art Gallery Fabrics has a recent blog post of tips for fussy  (focus) cutting beginners if you are considering put a quilting toe in that water. 

These blocks are Helen's:

And these are Stephanie's. There are many more to look forward to:

Monday, April 12, 2021

April - May events

Vision 2020 Textiles continues its exhibition tour:

8 - 29 May 2021

Rusten House Art Centre
87 Collett St, Queanbeyan, NSW 2620

Gallery Hours: Wednesday - Saturday 10am-4pm

Join curator Brenda Gael Smith and local artists Dianne Firth 
and Beth & Trevor Reid for the official opening and floor talk: 
11am–12 noon, Saturday 8 May. Booking essential - book here.