Saturday, 5 April 2014

Can of Worms

Judy and I went to see the Australian Quilters Association Members' Exhibition at the Box Hill Town Hall yesterday.

Unfortunately, this is the only picture of a quilt that I can show because it was outside the exhibition.

I know this potentially 'opens a can of worms' but I personally don't understand why you shouldn't be able to post photos on a blog, of quilts that are on public display. The issue isn't the taking photos as you were able to take them for personal use. A request to accredit the makers and designers could be a requirement. I just think it's a shame that we can't share these wonderful quilts more widely - what do you think?

The exhibition was very inspirational and it was fascinating to read about and see all of the different versions of the 'Elizabeth's Legacy' quilt including Jan Mac's
I then went home motivated to tidy up my very messy sewing room and do some prep. I got the inspiration for the ring of rose fabric from Miriam's Jane Pizar block. This is what I'm talking about - sharing ideas from each other!

Antique Wedding Sampler Block #9
Also did some appliqué for the CCCQ - I hope those wrinkles iron out.

Chester County Criswell Quilt block #18 
On the way to the exhibition I picked up Judy and grabbed some pics of her AWS design wall and a better photo of her block #  to update my last post.


Tuesday, 1 April 2014

This 'n that

I have finished a very special block that Kathleen designed as an alternative for the CCCQ quilt.

I saw the blocks that she had designed featured on Sharon's blog here. I wrote to Kathleen and she very kindly sent me her patterns. I've got a new printer and some freezer paper sheets so I was able to print them out directly from her email. This eliminated the step of having to trace the pattern - yay! Love anything that minimises preparation. Technology is wonderful when it all works - thanks again Kathleen!!

Judy has finished block #5 for AWS. I love the birds in the leaves, the touches of blue in the flower heads and the small burgundy leaves. We both agreed that those small leaves were quite tricky to needle turn.

This is my version that I finished the other week.

I've also finished block #7. I sew the first seam of the stems on the machine to save time.

And then slip stitch the other side by hand.

The finished block.

Hubby and I also had a weekend away in beautiful Gippsland. We started off by the sea...

...and then ended up in the green rolling hills.

We stayed in this B&B.

That had a lovely cottage garden with old-fashioned plants.

And leadlight windows - this could be a great appliqué design! 

Did some stash building at Gippsbeary Cottage for a potential English style frame quilt.

And picked up the latest issue of Leanne Beasley's Vignette at Candleberry Country 
This is the back cover - love that bee stitchery (a label for the Honeybee Quilt).

 Speaking of Leanne Beasley, I've also done a few more squares from her 'Sew Laugh Love' design.


Til next time

Saturday, 22 March 2014

Castlemaine Appliqué Group exhibition

The Castlemaine Appliqué Group put on an outstanding exhibition last weekend. You might want to grab a cuppa as this is long post :)
My new camera got a real work out but I'm still figuring it out so I apologise in advance  as some are better than others! I'll just let the pictures do the talking - the labels come after the quilt. 

Judy at Castlemaine station checking Google maps to find the exhibition

This background fabric made the quilt look like velvet

This has given me some ideas for the broderie perse on AWS

Blurry but cute!

LOVE this background fabric and the quilting!

Beautiful broderie perse


We were very excited to see not one but two Antique Wedding Sampler quilts!!

This was a standout quilt for both of us, the applique skills and the fabrics - just fabulous

It's always great to see a Morrell - this was a stunner!

'Mrs Williams and I' by Jan MacFadyen - of Sew Many Quilts Too Little Time who I met for the first time and we had a great chat together

Caswell quilt blocks by Lyn Wright
This quilt was just incredible, luckily a 'quilt angel' helped us to see more

Loved the use of colour in this quilt

Phew and this was just a sampling! Just amazing.
Back home on the train, a nice smooth ride compared to the Warrandyte bus! 

Appliquéing a CCCQ block 
Checking out Judy's new purchase
A huge thank you to everyone involved and congratulations on such a successful event!!!