My Waverley Quilt Show

A banner to quicken the pulse

A banner to quicken the pulse

Every two years my local quilt group presents the work of their members. I have been a member for 15 years and I went to my first Waverley Quilt Show just a few months after I moved to the area.

Every Quilt Show visitor received a bookmark

Every Quilt Show visitor received a bookmark

The quilts on display were all beautiful and represented every genre of patchwork from traditional to modern; hand pieced and quilted to machine pieced and machine quilted.
This year I entered my “Big O” Birthday Quilt. My friendship group, World Wide Wanderers, secretly worked on this quilt for a year. They even covertly contacted my husband to find out places of personal significance to me and then represented these places with its floral emblem.

My Big 'O' Birthday Quilt

My Big ‘O’ Birthday Quilt

 

Appliqué detail

Appliqué detail

I was so pleased to show off this quilt to the community. It represents so much more than a special birthday. It is a treasure from my dearest friends.

More appliqué detail

More appliqué detail

If you would like to see more quilts from our show, including the Viewer’s Choice Award winning quilt, visit Rose Lewis Quilting.

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Catching up with like minded friends is a treat

I’ve missed catching up with my patchwork groups for the past three months or more.

We meet twice a month and, although I rarely manage to go to a weekday meeting, I do try to go to the Saturday meetings, but it has just not been possible for the past few months … I’ve either been out of town, or working, …. and I’ve missed the company.

One year we cut up a piece of wrapping paper and each member had to translate her piece into a textile representation. We were very pleased with the way the finished pieces came back together in fabric.

Over the years we have made quilts for each other, shared workshops, gone on shop hop road trips and had weekends away but just spending a day together relaxing and sharing ideas and stitching is so refreshing.

Some years we hold our Christmas lunch at someone’s home and others we go out to a cafe.

We do have our own private blog, where we can share photos of our stitching, or family events, in between meetings but there is nothing quite as good as sitting with a group of women over a cup of tea (or coffee in my case), enjoying a cake while stitching and talking.

My quilt, made by the members during our “row by row” challenge.

So Saturday was a treat for me!

I got to catch up on the news in person, meet a new member to our group and generally relax with like minded company. Bliss!

Do you have a patchwork friendship group?

Have you, like us, set yourselves challenges or made share quilts and round robins?

I would love to hear about your experiences.

Tuesday Treats: Do you enter Quilt challenges?

Quilt Challenges can be a great way to extend your skills and “challenge” your boundaries but, sadly, people often avoid entering because they think that they are “not creative” or that their stitching is not “good enough“.

So, as the sponsor, I was thrilled to see the clever pieces that had been entered in the Victorian Quilter’s Inc 2012 challenge. Congratulations to the winners :

First Prize:  Fran Batrouney
Second Prize: Ramona Resurreccion
Third Prize:  Janet Kidson

Fran won first prize with her entry “The Jungle & Totem Poles”

The challenge was entitled “Loose Threads”,  and the participants were free to interpret the words in any manner they wished, on a quilt that was approximately A3 in size.

Ramona won second prize with her entry, ” Bush Retreat’

The winners each won a box, or bag, of Aurifil threads and, this year, all the other entrants also received a sample pack of Aurifil threads as a thank you gift for having the courage, and taking the time, to enter the Challenge.

Janet won third prize with this piece, titled “Backlit Orbweb”

There wouldn’t be any quilt shows if people didn’t participate, so next time you start to make excuses for not entering a quilt remember that old saying “practice makes perfect”.

It is certainly true when it comes to patchwork competitions, and an easy way to start is to enter one of your local Guild’s  small quilt challenges.

Like the “Loose Threads” challenge, they are often no bigger than an A3 page size, and may even be smaller, so they are a “low risk” way  to get started.

  • They will not use up very much fabric
  • Should not take months to stitch
  • You can experiment with new techniques, or colours.
  • When finished, they don’t take up a lot of storage space.

So next time your Guild, or favourite magazine, promotes a small challenge, be brave and have a go.

Photos of the above winning quilts have been posted with the permission of each owner.

Prize winning quilts use Aurifil

Despite being one of the short months in the year, June felt much longer than usual as I managed to fit an extended trip to Sydney into the usual everyday business activities.

A classic photo of the Sydney Opera house at sunset by Ian Scott

A classic photo of the Sydney Opera house at sunset by Ian Scott

The original reason for the trip to Sydney was the annual Quilt & Craft Expo.

The Aurifil stand at the Quilt & Craft Wholesale Trade Expo June 2011

The Aurifil stand at the Quilt & Craft Wholesale Trade Expo June 2011

This is the wholesale trade fair for textile crafts, where you find distributors for patchwork fabrics, threads & craft tools, pattern designers & button makers all showing their wares. It is a great opportunity to network with the business side of the craft industry, a place to meet other shop owners from around Australia, talk to the designers and get inspirational ideas to  take home.

We made a feature display of the new mini spools of Lana wool blend at the Expo

We made a feature display of the new mini spools of Lana wool blend at the Expo

I stayed in Sydney for the week after the trade show to visit some of  our Aurifil retail outlets, so I had an opportunity to attend the Quilt Exhibition for the first time in many years.

Wow!  There were some very beautiful quilts on display and I was particularly excited to recognise the names of Aurifil customers on some of the award winning quilts.

Chris Jurd won first place in the  "New traditions from Old Favourites" category with this quilt

Chris Jurd won first place in the "New traditions from Old Favourites" category with this quilt

Chris Jurd is a well known designer & teacher in the NSW patchwork world. This wonderful quilt won first place in the “New traditions from old favourites” Open category and is just spectacular in real life. Chris enjoys foundation piecing designs that look complex, and she says that Cotton Mako’ 50  is ideal for this type of stitching.

A close up view of some of the blocks in Chris Jurd's award winning quilt

A close up view of some of the blocks in Chris Jurd's award winning quilt

You can join classes, taught by Chris, at the Cottage Quiltworks in Warriewood,  Berrima Patchwork in Berrima, Home Patch in Bathurst and Hobbysew Wollongong and Kings Park.

Sharon made this stunning Bethlehem Star quilt in modern, eye catching, colours

Sharon made this stunning Bethlehem Star quilt in modern, eye catching, colours

Sharon owns Morning Star Quilting, a machine quilting service at Avoca Beach and has been the recipient of many awards since she started Longarm quilting in 2006.

You have to agree that the fine detail in the feathers and cross hatching look very pretty stitched out with Cotton Mako’ 40.  Sharon won fourth place with this quilt in the “Traditional Professional” category.

Sharon machine quilted this beautiful complex design of feathers & cross hatching with Cotton Mako' 40

Sharon machine quilted this beautiful complex design of feathers & cross hatching with Cotton Mako' 40

Two more quilts that had the  “Wow” factor for me, were made by Catherine Butterworth. When I saw the first quilt, “Hexagon stars for Ulladulla” I loved the complexity of design and colour.

Catherine's quilt "Hexagon Stars for Ulladulla"

Catherine's quilt "Hexagon Stars for Ulladulla"

Then several aisles later I found this quilt, also by Catherine, called “Googly Eyes”, named after the effect created by the fussy cut fabric in the sashing stars.

Catherine's quilt, with the fussy cut "Googly Eyes"

Catherine's quilt, with the fussy cut "Googly Eyes"

When I contacted Catherine for permission to show photos of her quilts here, she replied:

“Yes,  you may use a photo of my quilts, and yes I pieced and quilted them with Aurifil. I prefer 50/2 for piecing and stitch in the ditch quilting. I then use either 50/2 or 40/2 for the free motion quilting. If it works for you when blogging, feel free to mention that I teach classes for both of them. “

If you are interested in taking classes with Chris Jurd or Catherine Butterworth please send me an email request for their contact details.

You can see all the award winning quilts for the 2011 exhibition at the Sydney Patchwork & Quilting Guild website.

I had to finish the post with another classic photo of Sydney at night by Ian Scott

I had to finish the post with another classic photo of Sydney at night by Ian Scott

Go to the website to see the full colour range, or to purchase Cotton Mako’ to make your own wonderful quilt.