Wednesday, August 28, 2019

Quilt Show - Leura


Exhibition of quilts made by Upper Blue Mountains artisans
Blue Mountains District ANZAC Memorial Hospital

10 am- 4 pm Saturday 7 and Sunday 8 September 2019

Blue Mountains Retirement Village
Cnr Queens Rd and Great Western Highway

Sunday, August 25, 2019

Show and tell

Pat found this very elegant quilt top on sale (it had been a
class sample) at Oatley Cottage when we visited during the
PINK exhibition last year. It has now been expertly
quilted by Yvette (Keepsake Quilts) ...
... A few months ago she was delighted to find more of the
exact fabric range, designed by Janet Clare, at Folklore
Fabric in Penrith during our bus trip, and  bought some
for a border and the backing - great outcome!

Elaine has more embroidered embellishment
planned for the mythical creatures quilt that needs to
be ready for her son's 50th in a few weeks.
It looks pretty fabulous already.
Marianne has recently moved from Singapore, and
introduced herself with two stunning bright, modern
quilts. Her 'Aviatrix Medallion' is made with her
own hand-dyed fabrics ...

... and her improv pieced round robin was completed
was completed with other members of her quilting group
 in Singapore. Marianne started it off with the four blocks
 in the upper left of the centre panel.

Elsa's 'Shadow Box' has been beautifully quilted by Yvette.
Once she has the binding on, she can reveal which
of her children it is for!

Roslyn is working in series - this is the third of
her mini zip-top bags ...

... this one with an a vintage embroidery from Lifeline
as its centre panel. She had some of her mother's, but
said she just couldn't cut them up.

Friday, August 23, 2019

Photo galleries from recent quilt shows

Need a dose of beautiful quilts? You will find photo galleries of many fine award winning quilts at these links:
Canberra Quilters Exhibition 2019   15 - 18 August 2019 
Modern Quilt Show Australia 2019   16 - 18 August 2019
2019 World Quilt New England  15 - 17 August 2019 
Bernina Australia State Best of Show Awards 2019  

Wednesday, August 21, 2019

Show and tell

Barbara used a pretty, small scale toile print to great effect in her
Irish chain design for a baby quilt. The white squares are 21/2”.
The fussy cutters were very interested in any scraps!
Teamwork - Yvette selected a kit of coordinating fabrics, that
Jill made up into a double disappearing nine patch design. The
backing came from the community stash and was bought at an
end of bolt sale. 
 Laura generously quilted it on her long arm machine.

Robyn B took part in a fabric challenge with Arcadian Quilters
- the challenge fabric is in the top and bottom rows.
The circus print uses all the colours and is complimented by
the stripes of co-ordinating solids.

Susan extracted the fabric used in the centre rectangles from
the community stash, and sewed them together. Some time
later Julie added the border print, also from the
community stash.

Julie quilted it, and Denise has hand sewn the binding
- another team effort.

Roslyn  liked her first mini  Sew Miriam zip-top pouch  so much
 that she made another to try out the fabric combination she had
chosen for her ‘SuperStars’ quilt, also designed by Miriam.
 It’s very cute too, and might start a trend ...

Sunday, August 18, 2019

SuperStars workshop with SewMiriam

Last weekend we enjoyed a workshop with Miriam Jones, working on her new quilt design, 'Superstars'. The pattern provides instructions for several sizes from a cushion to a twin bed size, and is very versatile.  We are not posting construction photos because they are part of the pattern, and it will be published as a magazine project next year (more on that later). We will post photos of finished quilts as we see them.

Our thanks to Miriam for her excellent teaching, and to Nerida for organising the workshop and catering.

Getting started
Our venue is light, accessible and air-conditioned - every
comfort, so we can concentrate on the job at hand.
All eyes on the teacher - well, nearly all!

Glasses on, heads down!

Totally absorbed.
Fabric choices varied - contrast allows the stars to shine.
Lisa chose a dark grey background with bright stars

Elaine will have Kaffe Fasset stars on a light background

Pat's background is navy with a lighter spot, with
contrasting scrappy stars.
Morning tea is always welcome - time for a good chat
and excellent food!

Pat's starry cookies for the win!

Wednesday, August 14, 2019

August - September Quilt Shows

Modern Quilt Show Australia 2019
Friday 16 - Sunday 18 August 2019
The Pavilion, 2 Bong Bong St
 Kiama 2533

Wangi Quilt Show 2019
10am - 3 pm Friday 23 - Sunday 25 August 2019
Wangi Workers Club, 11 Market Street
Wangi Wangi 2267

More information

0408 616 629

Arcadian Quilters 2019 Quilt Show
Saturday 7 and Sunday 8 September, 9.00am - 4.00pm
Galston Community Centre
37 Arcadia Road, Galston
Adults: $5 Children: Free
Proceeds got to local charities
Enquiries - Carole 9894 7749

Singleton Quiltfest 2019
20 September - 22 September
Mechanics Institute, 74 George Street 
Singleton, NSW, 2330
Enquiries: 0415 8048 56 or

Tuesday, August 13, 2019

Show and tell (3) - finishes

Nerida's hand quilted 'Pocketful of Posies', designed by
Gina Gregory is all finished!
And beautifully hand quilted.

The reverse is more gorgeous flowers.

Elaine W's classic hexagon lozenges - using up stash fabrics.
The sashing hexies are a tiny red geometric print on white ...

... complimenting the lovely red toile on the reverse.

Janice's beautiful baby quilt is fished well in time for the
anticipated arrival of her next grandchild in a few weeks.

Saturday, August 10, 2019

Call for entries: 'wonder of eyes'

Wonder of Eyes is an exhibition and art exchange developed by Brenda Gael Smith to  celebrate the gift of vision, and to support the Fred Hollows Foundation.

Read about all of the dimensions of Wonder of Eyes and how you can contribute through a textile art work and/or donation, on the Wonder of Eyes website and/or on Instagram.

Entries close 20 February 2020

Brenda is also currently curating a new travelling textile art exhibition, Vision 2020 that is also calling for entries, closing on 10 January 2020.

Thursday, August 8, 2019

Recent community quilt finishes

Our friend Chris made this quilt top for a child, and
Lynette quilted and bound it.
We like to have a close look at each others' quilts.

Many hands have worked on this quilt. Eighteen months ago
we received a large donation from a quilter's stash, ranging from
finished tops to blocks and some length of fabric. We have been
working through them, adding the finished quilts to our
community collection, and we are nearing the end of working
with this generous and unexpected gift. This one came as a top -
Julie added a border, Laura quilted it, and Denise sewed
down the binding.

Close-up of Laura's quilting.

Lynette used a printed panel for this sweet little baby quilt.

Robin W made the top and Lynette quilted and bound it.
Robin loves the colours and Kaffe Fassett fabrics, and says she
has plenty more for more community quilts.

Sue C enjoyed making SewMiriam's new pattern, 'Superstars',
with a child in mind.

The red background becomes a windmill between the stars.
A much appreciated feature of this clever pattern is that no
points are required to meet!

The very cheerful backing fabric was a recent bargain at
our local quilt shop.

Monday, August 5, 2019

Fearless Flowers for ovarian cancer research

We've just wrapped up our membership year, and reported on all our activities. It has been a full year of community quilting, and we've surprised ourselves by producing and distributing 96 quilts in our own community program, and three more in broader community projects we participated in, and more than 50 blue hexagon flowers for the Quilt NSW/Arterie at Chris O'Brien Lifehouse community arts project.

Currently we have decided to make some fabric flowers to donate to the Fearless Flowers project, an initiative of Timeless Textiles Gallery in Newcastle.

The flowers will be used to raise funds for ovarian cancer research through the Teal Meets Pink campaign, in the lead up to International Day for Women 2020.

Some of us will need to practice flower making, and perhaps need some lessons, but there are few rules, so we can choose any design, size and textile to use.

Pat  is off to a good start with these two beauties that 
will have brooch pins attached.

You can also make a cash donation to the campaign if you are not a fabric flower maker.