Friday, November 17, 2017

Show and tell and shopping ...

Victoria's very nearly finished quilt is very large - she
 was sewing down the very last of the binding this week.
The fabrics are a mix of weights, bought as a kit.
The graphic quilting was done by Jo-Ann (Quiltwise)
The first finish of three 'In a Whirl' quilts being made by
 Elaine W, after she won a large box of 2 1/2" strips at our
Biggest Morning Tea earlier in the year. This and one other
are generous donations to our community collection, and
one has been claimed by one of Elaine's grandchildren
who is keeping a close eye on its making.
The aqua sashing and grid quilting bring the large variety of
prints together very nicely. Elaine used Sew Miriam's tutorial.

Sue H will be busy making three I-spy quilts for
 three year old family members - the first one is now
ready for quilting. They will be finished as quillows.

End-of-year challenge progress: make something (anything) from
someone else's abandoned project. In Val's skilled hands a small
collection of blocks, some joined together, some loose, became
an 18" cushion filled with light, shade, colour and movement.
Pat says she can't sew clothes, but she has made two fine
kimonos for her vintage Pedigree walking doll that remains
in excellent condition. We will see the doll herself when
she has her new wig and shoes!

We all know that quilters need fabric, and it doesn't take
much to prompt a purchase - but there is nothing like a
quilt show to enable some spontaneous shopping. The recent
Modern Quilt Show Australia held in Sydney sent (from top
left) Jo-Ann, Roslyn and Sue C into shopping mode.
Daphne (bottom right) went for the very big guns at the
International Quilt Festival in Houston, Texas a couple of
weeks ago - this bundle is a fat quarter pack of 'Dot Crazy'
the new release by Modern Quilt Studio, and there has been
some evidence of a significant Kaffe Fasset acquisition too.
Very nice work!

Tuesday, November 14, 2017

Last week's show and tell

It was a delight to revisit Lyn's Yoko Saito quilt, now that it
is quilted. Like all Lyn's work it is beautifully done - we look
forward to it hanging in our 2018 quilt show in April. 
Close-up details - but photos cannot do it justice
- it needs to be seen 'in the cloth'.
There is so much to see - you could look at it long
and often and still see new things.
One other quilter was heard to say that having seen
Lyn's quilt finished she was encouraged to get out the
pattern that she has had for several years, and get
started - we look forward to that!
Louise's Studio Mystery quilt is different again
 from all the others we saw the week before last!

Dawn was trying to find a way to use her bird print panels, 
without much success, until the berry and leaves stripe 
appeared in a donation of fabric from Material Girls Down 
Under - both the print and the background blue were just 
the thing, and the quilt is now happily finished and in our 
community collection.
Someone from a group Denise belongs to is leaving after a
long association, and Denise has made this small quilt with
heart shaped spaces for them all to sign as a farewell gift.

Helen found these twenty one Lemoyne Star blocks on eBay.
They are hand pieced, using authentic feed sacks and either
quilters' muslin or s fine calico /homespun, and in good condition.
She is thinking about putting them together, and how to quilt
them sympathetically.
These beautiful batiks were a roll-up, donated by Sew Can I in
Werrington County, and won by Julie at our Biggest Morning
Tea back in May. Now beautifully quilted by Jo (Quiltwise).
Margaret has been making Christmas table runners and Santa
bags for her market stall.
These beautiful bags are also Margaret's work - she selected the
cross stitch panels from the end-of-year challenge table, and is
making them into tote bags, with carefully chosen, good quality
fabric to compliment them. The eight panels were worked
more than ten years ago, by Janice, who is delighted to
see them being used.

Saturday, November 11, 2017

2018 events

13 January-14 February 2018, 
Brenda Gael Smith - solo exhibition 
On loan from the collection of the Musée de Cluny – Musée national du Moyen Âge in Paris.
The lady and the unicorn tapestry cycle six large tapestries each depict a richly costumed lady flanked by that most mysterious animal, the unicorn, with jewel-like millefleur (‘thousand flowers’) backgrounds.
18 February - 24 June 2018
Art Gallery of NSW, Sydney

Avalon Quilters Quilt Show
9 - 10 March 2018

Fairholme Quilters Quilt Show
Friday 6 April (from 1 pm) - Sunday 8 April 2018
Thornleigh Community Centre
Phylllis Ave, Thornleigh 2120

5 - 8 April 2018
Challenge and tutors have been announced.
Class bookings from 2 November 2017.
Royal Exhibition Building, Carlton Gardens, Melbourne

Sydney Quilt Show - Quilt NSW
and Sydney Craft and Quilt Fair
Wednesday 20 - Sunday 24 June 2018 
Darling Harbour, Sydney

The Appliqué Guild of Australia
Registration is now open
26 - 28 October 2018
The George Kerferd, Albert Road, Beechworth Vic 3747

Friday, November 10, 2017

Recent community quilts

Julie is a prolific community quilter - the penguins
were donated to our end-of-year challenge, and she
couldn't go past them. The side borders are fussy cut
because Julie didn't want the penguins to be lying
sideways! The striped border is a great touch.
Another community quilt that started with just two blocks
rescued by Julie, who is a skilled machine appliquer.

And Julie's third community quilt finish this month
 - some fabrics left over from a previous one (and 

some of her own), this time cut with the tumbler 
template that she really likes to use.
Some of these fabrics were rescued too - from a 'discard'
pile during a rationalisation of the community stash.
Elaine W put them together with some from her own stash
and added a pretty back from a generous donation made by
 Material Girls Down Under earlier in the year. Good call, Elaine.
The sixth of six children's quilts made by Margaret K. Note
the simple, versatile block she has used to great effect. Lynette
quilted and bound all six quilts. They're a great team.

Tuesday, November 7, 2017

Recent show and tell

Several Fairholme quilters also belong to Studio Quilters,
who held their annual retreat a couple of weekends ago. Linda
was in charge of the mystery quilt this year, that was revealed at
the weekend. This one is Lyn's all finished, quilted and bound.
Louise C also opted for brights, but she wavered
about the black sashing before deciding it could go in!
... and this is Lynette's mystery quilt top, started on
Thursday, ready to take to the retreat on Friday!
Sue B's mystery quilt looks different again.
All lovely.

Linda also organised the retreaters to bring fabric to make
Boomerang Bags that have been donated to a local
coordinating group. 
They made 16 bags for the community initiative to provide a
sustainable alternative to plastic bags.

We've welcomed three new members recently,  Victoria, Jan
 and Sharon, all experienced quilters. These blocks are Jan's
current hand-piecing project - we look forward to seeing the quilt.

Roslyn is gathering an excellent stock of items for the hand
craft stall at next year's quilt show.

Yvette is learning to use a long arm quilting
machine. Her first completed quilt is the one
she started in a workshop with Denyse
Schmidt a few weeks ago. This quick preview
suggests she's going to be very good!

Thursday, November 2, 2017

Bags and other patchworky things

Sue B made her Japanese style Boro bag in two day-long
classes, held one month apart at Hobbysew at Kings Park.
The first day was spent choosing fabrics, deciding layout
and preparing them for stitching. 
Sue spent the next three weeks stitching the fabrics together
- you can how worthwhile it was for her to take the time.
The last day's class was completely taken up with constructing
the bag, complete with zippered pocket and a side pocket in the
lining - she 'popped' the handles on when she got home!
It's just beautiful Sue.
Marilyn's zip top bag from our workshop with Miriam in September
is a beauty. Marilyn brought lots of purple and red fabric, expecting
to make a purple and red bag that 'matched'. After studying the
colours in her feature fabric, with the notorious red hat ('that
doesn't go'), she found herself pulling out lime and darker greens,
pink and cream highlights that were there all the time.
The reverse is just as much fun ...
... as her zipper tags!

Dawn chose some fabric squares from the end-of-year
challenge table, and went to town!

Diana made a patchwork Santa,
getting a jump on Christmas.
Soup bowl cozies for the craft stall at our 2018 Quilt Show in
April. They can be used to protect your hands from a bowl of 
hot food, or as a bowl holder in the microwave - the 
corners give you something to grip to remove the bowl 
safely without burning your hands. The cover is quilting 
cotton, and the lining is two layers of 100% cotton 

Tuesday, October 31, 2017

November events

Untethered Fibre Artists
31 October - 12 November 2017
Wallarobba Arts Centre
25 Edgeworth David Ave, Hornsby

Modern Quilt Show Australia 2017
presented by Sydney Modern Quilt Guild
3 - 5 November 2017
Petersham Town Hall, Sydney
107 Crystal St, Petersham NSW 2049 

11 - 12 November 2017
Campbelltown Civic Centre

Linda Butcher
Australian Quilt Study Groups
Susanne Cody, Gillian Hamilton - quilt and coverlet collectors
2 pm Saturday 11 November 2017
The Glover Cottages, 124 Kent St, Sydney 
Please bring along your own coverlets for show and tell, 
especially any that have been entered in quilt shows. 
Entry $5 members, $10 non-members. Afternoon tea is provided.

Sunday, October 29, 2017

Last week's show and tell (1)

Pam has finished hand quilting her large quilt, made with a 
collection of aboriginal prints. It is constructed of one large pieced 
block, cleverly rotated to add interest to the layout. The colours 
glow. One for next year's show?
A long term project interrupted became the perfect wedding
quilt for Louise's son and daughter-in-law a few weeks ago.
Much of it was already done, and a friend offered to help
out by quilting the background! Each curved seam is 
creating rich texture. The newlyweds will have it very soon.

Jo-Ann and Roslyn bought the same kit at a Sydney Quilt
Show a couple of year's ago, and have each been hand
piecing their Avenue quilts. Jo-Ann decided she wanted her to
be a wall hanging, finishing smaller than the pattern and kit
allowed, so she has generously given Roslyn the extra fabric so
she will have a larger quilt. Jo-Ann added the fabric strips
between the blocks for a little more colour. The design is by
Louise Papas
, and the kit is available from Amitie Textiles.
Elaine bought the pattern for her alphabet quilt many years ago, 
thinking she might have grandchildren one day. She now has four 
grandchildren, and finished the quilt last week! One of the children 
asked her to include some numbers as well as letters, so of course, 
she did. It is hanging in their 'sleepover room'.

End-of-year challenge progress - Susan chose some blocks
and fabrics donated by Diana. She has made up more blocks
from the donated fabric and some from her stash to make a bed sized
quilt. The paler pinks compliment the rich jewel tones beautifully. 

Sue's husband Mark suggested that their daughter who is returning 
from a long stint in an isolated area of northern Queensland 
would like the colours in the quilt, so hers it will be.
A very slow burner, it took Jill four years to complete this
42" square quilt made from off-cuts and scraps from
one our raffle quilts, hand quilted with Aurifil 12 wt thread
in a mix of colours. The free-cut curved facing-on-the-front is
a compromise between straight edges with square corners and
the organic curves of the improv piecing.