Saturday, June 20, 2015

Sydney Quilt Show 2015

The show was at Glebe Island again this year and what a great venue. So light-filled and easy to get to with public transport - free bus or ferry.
What a great exhibition this year! Over 400 quilts to see and over 100 in the Red and White category. Amazing work from all our talented members.
One of my entries this year was Go Girl, quilted by Leanne of Mt Vincent Quilts. And what a fab job she did!

The quilting was designed around the centre oval fabric - geisha playing the guitar, with snakes and skulls all around. Quite subtle really!

 Full pic below. Tho I didn't win an award it looks great hanging among all the others. It took a bit of tweaking to square it up beforehand.  I washed then blocked and it worked perfectly.
There were a few quilts made by students of mine and by good friends...

 Becca's NYB from a class in Dorrigo
 Rachaeldaisy's entry in the Red and White was given a Judges Commendation
 Pam's Irish Chain - pity you can't see the quilting
 One of Leanne's entries - my favourite. Quilting was very interesting

Leonie's Emperors Wheel with the centre below
 Ancient Dahlia - so sorry I can't remember the maker's name
 And our Springwood Quilt Show raffle quilt - no prize but looked very pretty .
All the show winners are on the Guild's website here along with the Red and White winners.
Better start thinking about next year's entries!

Wednesday, June 3, 2015

I had the pleasure last weekend to be a tutor at the Community Sewing Day on the Central Coast.
Together with Lindsay from Sew to Grow we had two workshops in a huge sewing space with another 60+ girls sitting and sewing around us. Read Lindsay's blog post for all the stats and a more detailed run-down on the event.
 My class was an Introduction to the New York Beauty block and some great results appeared.
Our little corner on the day.

Lots of cutting and folding with that magic card!

Thanks to Lyn, All about Sewing and Blueberries for the great organisation - not to mention all the food!
Must mention lovely Rachaeldaisy who took out Best of Show at the Modern Quilt Show in Kiama last weekend. 1st and 2nd in her category and BOS - well done Rachael. And we are so lucky to have her as our new publicity officer for the Springwood Quilt Show. She's off to a great start already - check out her posts about our previous raffle quilts.

Couldn't finish without  showing my granddaughter's birthday cake - Peppa Pig AND Frozen!
A three year olds heaven. And the cake was delicious too!

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Snake Gully revisited

Last weekend was my fourth visit to Snake Gully in Muswellbrook, a town in the Hunter Valley wine country. My hosts Liz and Robert are so welcoming it really feels like home with lots of country cooking thrown in.
The projects for the workshop were Pickled Lillies and Square Dance and the girls made a good start on both.
They've made a new sign since my last visit - I didn't count the buttons but there were lots! They looked like lollies.
 More Pickle blocks
Square Dance blocks were coming together at the same time with lots of different fabric combos. They all looked great.

Matiah (14 yo) is working on the borders of her Chocolate Stars from a previous workshop,
with Square Dance in the background.
 Kay's table centre from last year also came out for show-and-tell.
And this is a regular visitor I am told - can't remember her name but what a cutie!

I have a two day workshop coming up for Quilt Escape at Cottage Quiltworks in Warriewood 6-7 July.
It's a big 20" foundation pieced block so you only need five for the top plus half and quarter blocks and you've got a big quilt.

Give the shop a ring if you're interested in a fun class at a great venue.

Have you seen this bookazine yet? It's a collection of past scrap projects from Quilters Companion magazine and I have one in it. Outstanding quality and 19 top class designs for you to make. At only $20 it's a bargain! On sale now at newsagents.

Tuesday, May 5, 2015

Eye candy

Lots of pics today from my recent quilt camp...
Lorraine's Rattle Snake from a Karen Stone pattern. Beautiful Kaffe fabrics with different greys.
Lots of locals each morning to greet us.

This was a great idea from Janette via Sue Cody. Two fabric boards with polystyrene either side then wrapped in calico. Draw your hexie size on it and play around with the placement before sewing. Who would have thought!

Just goes to show nothing will stop us sewing. Christine had a fall on the slippery paths and has an ice-pack on her supported knee. No stopping her!

One of my projects on Saturday via Lorrie Cranor. My first go at this style and I love the result.

Pam's been powering away at her George 111 blocks. All hand pieced and only hundreds to go!

Wendy's Emperors Wheel above and Lorraine's below. Well done girls!
 Sharon's doing amazing things with her Scrappy Windmills blocks too.

I'm a tutor at the Community Sewing Day on the Central Coast on 30th May. Three  different tutors with totally different projects.
If you're interested ring All About Sewing at Charmhaven or Blueberries at Wyong for details.
A pic from Sue of her Reproduction Beauties quilted and bound - looks amazing! 

And a pic from the weekend's Berry Quilt Show. Apparently there was a Chris Jurd Corner of quilts. How good do they all look together,
Totally unrelated to quilting but here's my new grandson Zac. 3 weeks old and such a chilled out little man.

Thursday, April 30, 2015

Day 2 and 3 Springwood Quilt Show

This quilt wasn't in the show but it's not a post without a pic is it!
Day two and three pics from the show are on the show's blog here and here. Enjoy! and congrats to the three Viewers Choice winners and the winner of the raffle quilt.
It's entered in this years Sydney Quilt Show in June and we're keeping our fingers crossed for another prize in the group category.
Meanwhile I'm off to quilt camp this weekend. Can't wait!!

Friday, April 24, 2015

Day 1 - Springwood Community Quilt Show

A few,pics from day one of our local quilt show. Mine and students' quilts 
Heathers collaborative quilt and it was big!
My Crown Jewels
Viv's Garden Party
Moyra's Lollipop Trees
Karen's NYB quilt
Jenny's Lots Of Dots

Christine's Noodle Box
My Asian Strings
Lesley's Mariners Garden
And Wendy Gurry's Japanese Creation which won Viewers Choice for day one. Stay tuned for more tomorrow!