Wednesday, 9 October 2013


My last post was about inspiration and this week it is about motivation. Last Saturday I had the pleasure of participating in the first 'appliqué day' for The Appliqué Guild of Australia . It was great to meet different people who's passion for appliqué had all taken them there. I even got to meet some of my bog followers :)

It was great to see the different projects that people were working on and the techniques being used.

Jennifer from Squilters placed her pieces under interfacing where she had drawn her own design - great for travelling.
Lynne from Treadles and Treasures was doing a type of back basting with machine stitching which is unpicked and then needle-turned. using the holes left by the machine stitches.

Dianne doing needle-turn

Joan (?) sewing hexagons out of beautiful Japanese fabrics

The show and tell was fantastic, I apologise for my photos as I was sitting side-on and I've tried to accredit names but sometimes I missed whose quilt it was. I am the worst person for names so if I've made a mistake or left yours out please let me know...

Charlotte by Veronique 
A proud blurry moment - my Morrell

Anthea - Yoko Saito pattern LOVE those Japanese taupes

Sue - Irene Blanck's Floral Beauty

Jenny - Irene Black's Mosaics

Sue - Baltimore pattern by Neil Chisholm (?)
Cot quilts - Jennifer Murray's on the right (sorry don't know the one on the left)

Margaret Mew - Maltaville Album

Chris - Blackbird designs (modified?)
Irene Blanck - Aunty Green's Garden

We were then very fortunate to hear Julie Adamson as the guest speaker. She was very honest in sharing her personal story into appliqué that included samples that demonstrated her journey from beginner to award-winner.

L to R Margaret Mew, Julie Adamson & Irene Blanck

One of Julie's early quilts made for her daughter.

A traditional pieced quilt that 'had' to have appliqué added and an early 'leadlight window' appliqued piece in the foreground.

The award winning quilt Tribute
Julie generously passed around examples of her work so that we could closely examine her fine appliqué skills and technique...

 Just stunning! She gave us lots of information on fabrics, threads and needles. My take home messages included - change things even by a couple of millimetres to get a result you'll be happy with and to be creative and 'make it your own'. The day has motivated me to seriously consider designing my own quilts.

I also did some sewing and finished the handles on Aunty Green.

I also got some good shopping ideas for a portable light and these handy pouches from Daiso. This one is all packed up with CCCQ block #13 ready to fly off to tropical north Queensland tomorrow (yay!)

A big thank you to all the committee members for organising a great day. 
Better go and finish packing.


  1. Looks like a wonderfully inspiring gathering!
    Julie's work is amazing.

    Travel safely and have a great holiday.

  2. It looks like you had a wonderful time. No wonder you feel inspired by those beautiful quilts. Enjoy your holiday.

  3. What a fun day and inspiring quilts. I love applique and have many many UFOs on applique! Great show and tell too - Hugs Nat

  4. Thank you for all the inspiring pics. :)

  5. Wish I was there. Unfortunately I live in Newcastle - too far to commute. I did manage to convince DH to take me to Quilts In The Barn last week, sorry I missed you. Love your Morrell - mine still in pieces. My Maltaville is a finished top and Chester Criswell is up to date. You and I share an interest in the same type of quilts. Love your blog as well!!

  6. That sounds like a wonderful gathering - just the place to pick up some useful tips - wish I could have joined you! Some beautiful quilts - thanks for showing us. Enjoy your trip.

  7. sounds like a wonderfully inspirational group of ladies - wish I lived closer! I love your Auntie Green quilt and the fabrics you have picked.

  8. It was a great day and I travelled from Adelaid to be part of the fun. Great Rendition of the day Carole. We all had so much fun and it was great to meet Carole in person after following her blog for ages and quite a few others. Everyone was made to feel most welcome and the organisers did a grand job. Have a great Holiday Cheers Lynne

  9. Lovely post Carole, you have captured the day perfectly. I am very envious of those clear pouches, wishing I had a Daiso near me. Have a great time away.