Monday, August 17, 2015

Busy, busy!

Over the last three weeks I haven't had time to scratch myself let alone do any sewing. Firstly I had the privilege of judging the 2015 Canberra Quilt Show. It was an amazing experience and the committee looked after me so well. You can see the results here The standard was very high and my job was difficult with lots of possible winners. I congratulate all those prize winners but really all quilt on display were winners!
Then it was off to Mudgee for a weekend workshop with Mudgee Quilters. Two projects happening with lots of NYBs and Mariners Madness quilts started. Mudgee is a beautiful old town in a major wine growing area and our venue was perfect for a weekend of sewing.
Thanks to Liz for organising the workshop. 
Back home for mid-week classes then it was off to Tamworth for two days of NYBs and my Square Dance quilt. The venue this time was the beautiful Calrossy School. Tamworth is another big old country town and the Peel Country Quilters went out of their way to make my stay so enjoyable. 

More NYB blocks. Such a variety with great fabric choices all weekend.
Some Square Dance blocks coming together.

Organiser Wanda ferried me around all weekend and we got on like a house on fire. A great group and a pleasure to guide thru the finer points of foundation piecing.

Julie sent me this pic of her version of my Botanical Beauty quilt. A great way to display those Colours of Australia fabrics. Thanks Julie.
As my reward for a few hectic weeks DH and I are off on a road trip to Adelaide via Broken Hill. I haven't been to either city so I'm really looking forward to the journey and time out for a while. Wish me luck!

Monday, July 27, 2015

Recent class action

I'm seeing lots of Strippy Samplers appearing lately - all different but looking great..
Pam's above

These rows are a combination of three separate quilts. I've made the girls add a row of their own making - see Sue's butterfly blocks.

Jenny's quilted and bound hers and used lots of unusual vintage fabrics. Love it!

It must be two years ago I taught in Caloundra and Debbie has sent me some pics of her finishes.
Colourful NYBs and she's used the border from Mariners Madness around her tree of life to great effect.

 Jenny again with the centre block from her Asian Strings quilt. It could be a logo for WWF couldn't it. I'm sure there'll be a finished quilt from her next class.
 Jessie has spent quitter a while on this NYB quilt and has gifted it to rellies in the US. How lucky are they!

And Lisa is well on the way to finishing her Red Dust BOM. Have I mentioned this is available thru Hobbysew stores?

For the first time in 15 years of teaching I had to cancel a class! I felt so bad about it but we've had snow here and the highway was closed so no getting over the mountains to Mudgee.
Luckily it's been rescheduled for next weekend so all's good.
And I'm off to Canberra this weekend for secret quilting business.
More about that later!

Friday, July 10, 2015

Amazing work with lots of pics!

How's this for a great collection of fabrics! It's made by and is her version of my Emperors Wheel quilt. I just love how she's put her own spin on the design.
Below is a block from Janette's Lots of Dots quilt. Doesn't get much better than this for impact.
Looking completely different is Robyn's compass quilt for her niece. A study in black and grey.
This is a full shot of Janette's Dots quilt top. Have I mentioned this quilt will be our raffle quilt for the 2016 Springwood Quilt Show? We start work on it this weekend.
I've recently been to Quilt Escape at Cottage Quiltworks in  Warriewood, teaching two days of this Atomic Star quilt. Great fun as always. It's a time consuming project so no finishes but they are well,on their way.
Jenny is working on  these Asian Strings blocks - looking good!
Another workshop with Kiama Quilters saw this beauty arrive for show and tell. What a stunner! It started as my Reproduction Beauties quilt but includes some Karen Stone blocks and even some original designs from Cinzia White. There was so much to see in this quilt and the big Paisley was perfect.
I have a BOM going at the moment thru Hobbysew stores - Red Dust. This is one of Gae's blocks. Well done!
Janelle has been doing some fussy cutting for her Chocolate Stars quilt. It never ceases to amaze me the results you can get when playing with the design on the fabric. Look at that circle happening behind the brown star.
Sue and friends are tackling my Strippy Sampler. Curved and string piecing for this strip with lots more to go.
Daphne has started my All at Sea quilt using lots of different blacks. The red and cheddar really bring it alive.
This Birds in Paradise has been in the works for a while and has finally come together for Dennise at Blackheath Hab and Fab. Loving that grey spot! In fact loving the whole quilt.
Completely different style below but Vivian's NYBs are stunning. She's very particular with her fabric choices and it sure has paid off.
Caroline is working her way thru Winbourne with lovely results. That hint of yellow is great.
Beautifully quilted is this Oriental Mariners from Lesley. Another long term project but when it all comes together like this it's all worth it!

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!