Wednesday, February 21, 2018

Show and tell

Spots are very popular with quilters - our local quilt shop has
two large shelves of bolts of spots right at their large cutting
counters - and they pretty much all go together. Lynette found
a pile of spotty squares from the community stash and added
to it from her own considerable supplies, including the fresh
white background, to make this fun zingy community quilt top
that is going to make someone very happy.
Julie started early on a quilt for a grea grandchild expected last year - she didn't know if it would be boy or a girl, but she took a punt on pink, and planned to donate it to community quilts and start again if it was a little boy. When Sophie arrived, great-grandma won the bet!
Detail of baby Sophie's quilt, beautifully long-arm quilted by Yvette

Yvette delivered three quilts last week, prompting lots of
binding activity this week. This one is for Jill's son who asked
for 'toucans and circles' - Yvette quilted in circles and loops.
Yvette's third delivery was for Pat, whose sister gave her a
large bundle of oriental fabrics that she didn't think she would
use. Pat made log cabins (one of her favourite blocks),
and is planning to give the quilt back to her sister.

Elaine W took the few left-over blocks from another 'finishing
for someone else' project, and put them together for her 2017
end-of-year challenge. An unintentional secondary diagonal
pattern has emerged from her serendipitous placement of the
darker pieces. Lovely to see it finished for our 2018
community collection.
Lynette has been in 'finishing off' mode for s few weeks
(there will be some more to see in our next community quilts post).
A collection of loose blocks came to us via Janet, and was obviously
made some time ago. Lynette has set half of them against a background
of a fresh navy spot on white, breathing new life into them. Late last
year Lynette made the first quilt from the original set of 18 blocks,
already in use by a resident of a dementia care centre.

Tuesday, February 20, 2018

Event page for Fairholme Quilt Show 2018

We have posted a Facebook event page for our 2018 Quilt Show. It is an easy way to share information about the show - just click on the 'share' button to share it to your own Facebook timeline. Or you can email the link to friends:

Note that there is a button to a location map for the venue, Thornleigh Community Centre, as well.

Further information will be added over the next six weeks leading up to the show, so do check back from time to time. Please feel free to share as widely as you can.

We look forward to seeing you at the show!

Friday, February 16, 2018

More commentary and photos from Tokyo

If you enjoyed out first link to photos from the recent Tokyo International Quilt Festival, you might be interested in these too, each well illustrated.

  • Susan Briscoe's post  Your private view of Tokyo, on her blog, Sashiko and Other Stitching. Thanks to Lisa Walton for this link.
  • Rita Hodge, of Red Pepper Quilts has shared photos and her thoughts in two posts, here and here

Monday, February 12, 2018

Back to regular show and tell (2)

'Whimsy' is a Judy Newman design, hand pieced by Nerida.
The soft turquoise background fabric ties it all together,
anchored by the whimsical stripey block corners. 
So many lovely fabrics and vintage linens. Nerida plans to hand
quilt this beauty over the winter, so we hope to see a lot more of it then.

Jenn is ignoring summer, and hand-quilting her 'Meadow' quilt,
made during and after a 2015 workshop with designer Lizzie House.
Such gorgeous colours. The pattern can only be purchased
as part of the class.

Hilary made this bright, geometric quilt top over the
summer, and is planning to machine quilt it herself.
Daphne brought in her red and white blocks so we could
check on progress - they are just 6" ! She might have had a
buy a little red fabric, and the white is shorting left from a
wedding outfit she made for her grandson.
Yvette's red and white version of the 'Farmers Wife' quilt, seen here,
was Daphne's inspiration, and she immediately bought the book.

Saturday, February 10, 2018

Back to regular programming - show and tell (1)

Linda teaches beginners' patchwork classes at a quilt shop,
and is just about finished a new sample quilt in blues and greens.
She has free-motion-quilted it with a simple design of wavy
vertical lines, broken up with clusters of 'pebbles'
Miriam nearly always has a large quilt in the making,
and this summer was no exception. 'Just a few scraps'
made into hour glass blocks round a Dresden medallion ... 

the pattern is 'Into the Woods', by Judy Newman.
Nerida gifted the pretty pink cross stitch print used as the 
background and outer border. Just gorgeous!

More pink - Sue H has three 'I Spy' quillows to finish off that didn't
quite make their Christmas deadlines.

Their three year old owners won't mind - they'll be too busy 
trying to find everything.

Friday, February 9, 2018

Avalon Quilters 2018 Exhibition - 9 and 10 March

Raffle Quilt: 1930s vintage quilt 'Touching Stars', hand quilted by members.
Proceeds to Mitochondrial Disease Foundation
Quilts and other quality handmade items for sale
Entry $5
Enquiries: Anne 0401 335 737
The finished raffle quilt can be seen on the Avalon Quilters Instagram account.

Thursday, February 8, 2018

Show and tell - more summer sewing (2)

 Dawn and Julie are both prolific quilters, so it was not a great surprise that within the first couple of weeks after our long summer break, they had nine (!) quilts to show us between them - two of Julie's are in the previous post.

Dawn 1: Miriam's tutorial for her 'In a Whirl' quilt has
been very popular, and as a keeper and user of scraps,
Dawn has been one of its early adopters. This is her
third version, all finished.

Dawn 2: A classic Irish chain, made from fabrics cut by
 a quilter who is now in aged care, and to be returned
to her as a finished quilt - a living instance of

Dawn 3: All sorts of building and electrical prints
from the community stash - quilted by Yvette.

Dawn 4: More from the community stash, including
a lovely big panel to delight someone who like diggers
and trucks and big building. Also quilted by Yvette.

Dawn 5: Much of this subtly rich fabric came from
Georgie's pre-moving de stash, put to excellent use.
Dragonflies and deep blues for Julie's
grandson's 30th birthday.
Julie's fresh, crisp machine appliqued and embroidered quilt.
The yellow border and the blue striped sashing are on point
for a summery feel.

Tuesday, February 6, 2018

Two little quilts, and 'Days for Girls'

Our 2017 end-of-year challenge has been a great success (as they usually are) - it has helped us to move on some projects that we were so not going to finish ourselves, stimulated creativity in those who took on each ufo, and produced nearly thirty useful and beautiful finishes. There were no rules about what was to be made, and the makers were free to use them or gift them however they wished. Some of them are being used in our homes, some have been gifts for others, and a number have been passed on to others through various community projects, including our own that we often post about here.

You can see in this post how Margaret made bags from donated blocks that were sold at a local church market to support children in the Solomon Islands.

Julie made two quilts from just a few blocks collected from the abandoned ufo pile back in October, that Yvette has generously quilted on her new longarm machine. She has decided to donate them to a fundraiser organised by her Rotary Club, to support the Days for Girls project internationally (click on the 'about us' tab on the linked page to see a short video of what they can achieve). We did not actually imagine that our fun challenge that rounds out our quilting year might have such a reach, but the making of these two little quilts will help to change the lives of girls somewhere in the developing world.

Monday, February 5, 2018

New long arm quilting service - Castle Hill

We have been privileged to have a professional longarm quilter in our midst for several years, and many of our quilts have benefitted. At the close of last year, Jo-Ann Phillips decided that it was time to retire, and closed her business, Quiltwise. We, like all of her customers, are very grateful for the skill and creativity Jo brought to her work, and we wish her well in retirement.

Passing on her longarm machine was, of course, one of the major tasks required in winding up Quiltwise, and Jo has managed its transition to a new owner well. Yvette Aoude, another Fairholme member has acquired the machine, and is now ready to open her business Keepsake Quilts at Castle Hill in Sydney's north west. Jo has mentored Yvette in her preparation for offering a range of longarm quilting services.

Over the summer break, Yvette has generously quilted a number of community quilts for us, as she practised her skills, and they are beautifully done. She is now more than ready to open for business.

You can contact Yvette on 0426 819 066, or 

... but you might have to queue behind some of us.

Thursday, February 1, 2018

Show and tell - more summer sewing (1)

One of the lovely things about our groups reconvening after the long summer break, is the opportunity to catch up with the quilts that have been worked on - some we might not have seen before, some we might not have seen for some time. In our second week back, the bumper show and tell continues ...

Pat has done a wonderful job of finishing her 2017 end-of-year
challenge quilt - she started with all of the blocks except one
inside the chartreuese border collected from a number of ufo
donors. Some of the outer stars were from the ufo table,
some made by Pat. 
Ginnie has been working on her pretty lone star quilt for some
time (there's a lot of diamonds in there), and she had to wrestle
it a bit when it came time to put all the sections together - so
she has decided that it it will be a wall hanging, just this size,
rather than a larger quilt.
Susan's 201 end-of-year challenge quilt is another great finish.
The blocks came from three different people, and Susan made a
few to make up the numbers. They were never designed to go
together, but they compliment each other nicely, and the print
Susan found in her stash makes perfect sashing and borders
Susan's second summer quilt top finish - also using
aboriginal prints very effectively
Noelle made herSew Miriam bag starting in our September
workshop, with light and medium toned prints in gorgeous
colours. She turned the volume up to tropical for the second
bag she made for a friend's birthday.
Hilary had just collected her her richly coloured kimono quilt
from the quilter on Tuesday evening, so we had a preview.
She is particularly pleased with the medium density of the
quilting in a swirly hearts and dragonflies design.
And we persuaded Helen to bring her Big Green Quilt
in to show those who didn't see it at our casual sewing
day a couple of weeks ago.  

Tuesday, January 30, 2018

2018 Tokyo Quilt Festival

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.

Monday, January 29, 2018

First week back - show and tell (3)

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

First week back - show and tell (2)

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.
Sometimes circumstances demand many hands to bring
a quilt together. This quilt was started some time ago by one
of our number, a skilled, dedicated quilter, who sadly can
no longer sew, but it needed to be finished. Elaine B volunteered
to finish sewing the blocks and to put them together. Then Yvette
generously quilted it on her newly acquired long-arm machine,
for practice. We think its original maker would be pleased
that it is done and with how it was achieved.
It's been so hot and humid in Sydney, Margaret has often retreated
to her cool sewing room and stitched up a generous contribution
to our community quilts collection for children and it's still January!
This one marries colourful prints and geometric shapes
with quilt-as-you-go.
 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.