Wednesday, April 25, 2018

Lest we forget

Elaine Walton’s Poppies for Pa hung in our quilt show earlier this month: 

‘Made for my husband who spent much time over two and a half years transcribing and annotating my grandfather’s World War I diaries of 1916, 1917 and 1918.’ 

Hand and machine appliqué, hand quilted. 
Design: Margaret Cormack’s ‘Not Forgotten’. 

Photo - Andrew Freelander

Tuesday, April 24, 2018

'Pickled Fish' class with Chris Jurd

We enjoyed a wonderful workshop with Chris Jurd last weekend, learning to make her foundation pieced 'Pickled Fish' quilt block - it's a complex block, a bit of a challenge with precision curved piecing required to fit all the pieces together, but it was a fun day with a bonus trunk show of Chris's own quilts. Thanks to Chris, and to Nerida for organising.

Pickled Fish - precision piecing on paper foundations, lots of
curved seams, and a riot of colour. Fun that makes you think.
Chris Jurd with Sue, who has made several beautiful
quilts from Chris's patterns and classes.

End of class progress - we all went home to finish our first block 
while the muscle memory was still in play.
By Monday morning's meeting, we had six block finishes, with more to come ...





... and five of us took our blocks for show and tell

Friday, April 20, 2018

Our thanks to all who made our quilt show possible

So many people contribute to a quilt show ... the planners, the quilters, the workers who put the display together, the shops that brought their merchandise, those who supplied home-made food, those who made wonderful craft items, all of the members who worked throughout the show to man the entry desk, the information table, the floor display, the craft stall and kitchen, and all the myriad jobs that made it such a success. 

And the visitors who came and enjoyed it, and made it all worthwhile. 

Thank you all - your support will enable us to keep on serving our community through the quilting we love.

Pat had the enormous job of overseeing and coordinating
the show from the chair of the sub-committee, and did a
fabulous job, for the second time. Helen presented her with
flowers as a token of our thanks.
Sue designed the display and supervised the set-up and 
take-down of the frames, and organised the quilt entries - 
another huge job. 
Roslyn worker for more than a year to bring the very
successful craft stall together, with hand-made
contributions  from many members. There might have
been a few pre-sales ...
Elsa and Linda planned and supervised catering (but
that's Lyn and Daphne in the photo) - many members
donated delicious home-baked goods, and members
  manned the kitchen providing fresh made sandwiches
 as well, throughout the show.

Tuesday, April 17, 2018

Machine Embroidery Festival and Exhibition: call for entries

Embroiderers Guild of NSW

“Thread Stitch Cloth”

A juried exhibition, hosted by The Embroiderers’ Guild NSW and open to local, national and international artists.

18 September - 6 November 2018
Gallery 76 Queen St
Concord West

This exhibition will be the backdrop to our Festival of Contemporary Machine Embroidery with Workshops and Artist Talks planned.

Machine stitched entries to measure a maximum of 50x50x5cm. The focus will be on innovation and originality. All work to be completed in 2018. Collaborations and Group entries welcome.

Applications close 1st August 2018.

Monday, April 16, 2018

Quilts and their people (3)

The last few quilters we persuaded to pose with their quilts - all of the others escaped. But we do have photos of many more quilts, so a few more quilt show posts to come.

Julie White with Wind Power
I entered this in the Brother International competition in 2015,
selected in the top ten and exhibited in the Tokyo Quilt Exhibition
2016. The theme was “Ecco” and had to be my own design.
 I enlarged the windmill photos until I had the right balance and perspective.
 This was challenging – I nearly gave up on two occasions! I love it.
Painted sky, appliqued windmills, bushes and lily pads.
 Free motion machining of reeds and bushes.
Design source: photos taken in 1985 at the Kinderdijk, Holland.
Yvette Aoude with Pretty in Red
This Quilt is a quilt along. Based on the book The Farmer's Wife,
the goal was to complete one block a day. I decided it will
look spectacular red and white.
Quilted by Jo-Ann Phillips.

Susan McMahon with Striking
This quilt was originally intended to be red and black only. I
decided to add the white when I bought the butterfly fabric
and couldn’t resist using it. I had half a dozen fabrics I would use.
My husband scanned them and we used the scans to design the
first part of the quilt, beginning with the butterfly fabric.
 It grew from there.Machine pieced and quilted.
Design source:  A black and red quilt donated to our community
quilts, and one donated to Quilts of Valour.
Sue Hodges with Reproduction Beauty
I was stopped in my tracks when I first saw Chris Jurd’s quilt
“Reproduction Beauty” so of course, I just had to make it. Little
did I realise it would be the beginning of an addiction to foundation
piecing. This quilt was overtaken by other projects but it is
finally quilted! Foundation piecing, free motion quilting

Louise Church with Butterflies for Sarah
Turquoise is my daughter-in-laws favourite colour. When she
commented on a quilt I had previously made I was inspired to
collect all the leftover fabric to make her a 40th birthday gift.
 She was thrilled with this and proudly displays it on her lounge.
Lorraine Kenchington with Quilt #2Stitched and quilted by hand. Original design.
Linda Parsons with Taking Out the GreyMade as part of our end of year challenge to create something
from someone else’s ‘orphan blocks’. Each of Jo’s blocks (from
a kit) was surrounded by a large triangle of dark grey or white.
I was away on swap day and my friend Sue chose these blocks
for me thinking they were my colours! Yes they were, I had
some similar fabrics in my stash! I removed the grey pieces and
a new little quilt emerged.
Linda Parsons with Moving on from Purple
On a weekend retreat many years ago to create a scrappy
Zippy Strippy quilt I thought it was time to use up my purple
fabrics and start a new phase. Known for purple quilts this was t
o be my last for a while. As I collected the fabric together I fell in
love with the gold and decided to gradate the fabrics from purple
through to intense gold. It pushed me into my orange and lime
green phase!

Strip pieced onto fine non woven fabric foundation squares.
 Machine quilted with gold thread using a walking foot.
Design Source: Zippy Strippy workshop with Faye Packham.
 Online classes with Jacquie Gering and Susan Cleveland.
Diana Brown with Diamonds Galore
Always wanted to make this design and mostly used Japanese
fabrics. It was inspired by a Jane Austen pattern.
Machine pieced, machine quilted by Kim Mariani
Lyn Lang with Dogs on the Loose
This quilt top has been sitting in the cupboard for years waiting
for grandchildren to arrive. At last I have quilted it for my youngest
grandson Dillan. It has been so long since I made the quilt that
I can’t remember where I saw it, who designed it or where the
pattern is now. Probably lost somewhere in my quilt room chaos..

Saturday, April 14, 2018

Events April - May

Wollongong Modern Quilters
10 am - 2 pm Saturday 28 April 2018
Wollongong Botanic Garden · Keiraville 2500

Caroline Bay Quilters 2018 Raffle Quilt

Caroline Bay Quilters Exhibition
Friday 18 - Sunday 20 May 2018
10am - 4pm daily
36 Webb Street, East Gosford
Contact: Glen Waples 4365 6651

Facebook event page
Northbridge Quilters on Instagram

The Space In Between' is ATASDA's 11th Palm House Textile Exhibition in the Royal Botanic Garden Sydney from May 22 til June 1. Entry is free.

Australian Textile Arts and Surface Design Association blog is Fibre Tribe.

Dates for this exhibition coincide with Vivid Sydney 2018.

Thursday, April 12, 2018

Quilts and their people (2)

More from #fairholmequiltshow2018 ...

Daphne Freke with Bali Rays
I was inspired by a similar quilt I saw on Pinterest. I have added
contrasting circles to add interest. The quilt has been foundation
pieced, which is one of my favourite techniques.

Pat Nerlich and Lynette Harvey with Judy's Quilt
This is a collaborative quilt lovingly completed by Lynette and Pat.
 Our dear friend Judy passed away 13 years ago and the completed
centre of this medallion quilt was found only recently, with the
intended fabrics for its completion. We completed it and will
gift it to Judy’s daughter.

Pieced and appliqued. Quilted by Jo-Ann Phillips.
The design is 'Victorian Memories' by Carolyn Foster
(in The Quilt Room, Lintott and Miller)
Patricia Nerlich with My Urban Quilt
Inspired initially by a “Mariquilts”quilt on Pinterest but over time
all sorts of modern and improvised quilts I had seen in books and
on Instagram and Pinterest. Felt the need to give it a go. Worked in
blocks and panels which was a concept I hadn’t used before.
 Freestyle cutting techniques learned in a Brenda Gael Smith workshop.
 I learned that it wasn’t as easy as I thought it would be.
Machine pieced, hand-quilted.
Janet Swalwell with Safe Harbour
Begun for my husband’s 50th, it is several years overdue. His
love of lighthouses made this pattern by Canadian designer
Kaaren Johnston an easy choice. Who knows? Someday we might
travel to the Maritimes and have our fill of these fabulous lighthouses!
Traditional piecing, applique, machine quilted.
Original design reduced by 25%.
Jenn Davis with The Amazing Meadow
In September 2015 I had the good fortune to attend a workshop
to make Lizzy House’s “Meadow”quilt. It was a wonderful
afternoon with friends and I love the quilt top that that resulted.
 Two years later I found the perfect quilting idea and voila!
Curved machine piecing, Perle hand quilting.
Jo-Ann Phillips with Confused Flying Geese
I’m enjoying making projects with modern fabrics and this quilt
top went together in no time. It was my first attempt at big stitch
quilting but it won’t be my last!
Machine pieced, quilted on my long arm and embellished using
big stitch quilting with perle thread.
A purchased kit based on the pattern by Julie McCoy.

Wednesday, April 11, 2018

Quilts and their people (1)

There's no quilt show without the quilts. We managed to snap quite a few photos of Fairholme quilters with at least one of their quilts on display at our show. There are many photos to peruse, here are the first few ...

Adrienne Perry, with William Morris Garden
A friend and I attended a Michelle Hill workshop at a Southern
Highlands retreat and this quilt is the result. It was quite
challenging with all the leaves and curly bits and pieces but we did
learn to applique with fusible webbing.  I used only William Morris
fabrics. Michelle Hill design using William Morris flowers
for inspiration.
Denise Hendy, with Victorian Toyshop Window
I completed this in a class with designer Tita Leach. The quilt depicts 
the famous toy shop window “Hamleys” in Regent St London.
Hilary Flynn with Four Kimonos
I made this in order to try out a design I liked and use up
some lovely Japanese scraps from my stash.
Machine quilted by Sue Olma
Lyn Lang with My Village
This quilt was designed by Japanese quilter Yoko Saito. After
trying to copy Yoko’s muted colour scheme without success,
I decided to use my own colours. With a lot of stopping and starting
I finished the quilt in mid 2017.
Hand applique, machine piecing and hand embroidery,
machine quilting.

Miriam Jones with Australis
I designed and made this quilt after a visit to Uluru using all the
colours that Australia means to me. It is a vibrant, energetic
quilt which I loved making. Many thanks to my good friend
Jo-Ann Phillips who machine quilted it to perfection!

Miriam Jones with Barn Star
I love star quilts and this one was a beauty to make using a variety
of bright fabrics. I made this quilt for fun and I hope it cheers up those
who snuggle up to it! Machine pieced, hand quilted.I modified the
pattern for 'Barn Star' by Victoria Findlay Wolfe to make this quilt.

Tuesday, April 10, 2018

Bernina Best of Australia and 2018 AQC Awards

There was another quilt event on last weekend, in Melbourne ...

The Bernina Best of Australia Award, judged between the Best of Show quilts from each State in 2017, was announced at the Australasian Quilt Convention Gala dinner on Saturday night. Photos and videos from the evening are on the Bernina Australia Facebook page, as are the Best of Australia finalists, and others from the four day show. 

National Best of Australia Award:
Sugy Kim from Victoria, for Colourful Retina 

AQC Awards presented by Expertise Events:

The 2018 Rajah Award was presented to Julie Haddrick.
The Rajah Award acknowledges the outstanding contribution by an individual to quilting in Australia.

The 2015 Lut-Da Award was presented to Jan-Maree Ball.
The Lut-Da Award goes to a quilter who has made an outstanding contribution to their local or quilting community via the medium of quilting.

The AQC Challenge winner for 2018 was announced last Thursday: Sue De Vanny's Bordering Extinction,

Monday, April 9, 2018

It's a wrap - 2018 Fairholme Quilters Show

The 2018 Fairholme Quilt Show is done - and it was fantastic! 

Congratulations to Elaine Walton again whose block won Viewers' Choice for the Members' Challenge.

And our thanks for everyone who contributed to the show's success, from our members, and helpers to our guest pop-up shops, Studio ARTES, Quilt NSW and our many visitors.

More photos over the next few days.

We'll do it again in 2020.

Some of the many, many people who made the show happen.
Congratulations to Elaine Walton who won Viewers' Choice
with 'A Quilters' Garden'
Congratulations to Robyn Leek, runner up with 'Circles'
Congratulations to Elaine Walton again whose block won
Viewers' Choice for the Members' Challenge.

Sunday, April 8, 2018

Last day of the quilt show

 Join us today for the final day of our 2018 quilt show at Thornleigh Community Centre, 10am - 4 pm. Here are just a handful of the 85+ beautiful quilts you will see. You can also shop at our pop-up shops and craft stall, buy artworks from Studio ARTES, buy tickets in our two raffle quilts and have morning or afternoon tea and lunch in our cafe.

Gameboard - Lynette Harvey

Quilter's Garden - Elaine Walton

Circles - Robyn Leek

My Village - Lyn Lang

Into the Woods with Anna - Miriam Jones