Friday, 22 June 2018

My Day at the Sydney Quilt Show

It is always a great day out at the Sydney Quilt Show organised by QuiltNSW at the Darling Harbour Exhibition Centre,  meeting up with friends, colleagues and students and a bit of shopping.

Great fun to see the hoop display at the entrance to the quilts.  Here is mine.



I had two quilts hanging in the Show this year.  The first is “Highbury”, the 9th quilt in the Jane Austen Quilt Collection.  
The beautiful quilting by Helen Hayes really showed up well in the lighting.








My other quilt was made for the special “Southern Stars” theme category in the Show.  
It is called “Desert to Sea” and is completely machine pieced using my paper foundation piecing techniques.












Now here are some of my favourites from the Show.  I have a photo of the quilt and then a photo of the quilt label so all of the makers are identified and acknowledged as per the photography rules governing the Show.

There were many contemporary, modern and art quilts on display, including the fabulous Best of Show winner Jenny Bowker.
I had the privilege to stand by this quilt during my volunteer duty and was able to listen to Jenny talking about the extraordinary journey she took in making this dramatic quilt.  More information about this quilt can be found on Jenny’s blog here.


My dear friend Deborah Louie was awarded two ribbons for her quilt called “Shattered Squares”.






 Catherine Butterworth never disappoints, amazing colours and quilting.





Sarah Fielke quoted Jane Austen.


Sorry this is blurry.



Of course I always love the traditional quilts, especially those with English paper piecing.

This star one by Marty Syrett was beautifully made and hand quilted.




This hexagon quilt by Kathleen Davey was very striking and clever.






This quilt by Susanne Cody, also with hexagons, was very beautiful.  Great fabrics.






There was a magnificent Auntie Green’s Coverlet by Gerri Johns which was just amazing.






Check out this amazing quilt by Dianne Johnstone, all bias strips and hand quilting.










Check this out.  It is so small.  Fabulous quilting by Linda Crouch.








Hope you have enjoyed the Show as much as I did.

Sunday, 17 June 2018

More Lovely Class Work at The Stitchers Cupboard

Classes at The Stitchers Cupboard have been very busy this week.  Lots to show.

This is one of the flowers from my Dresden border on “Highbury”.



Kerry made a variation for her version in pinks and browns.  She expertly fussy cut the Dresden petals from her border fabric and when they were joined they created a gorgeous spider web effect.  She made eight leaves per flower instead of four.  Looks fabulous.




Irene is making steady progress on a beautiful version of “Hartfield”.  Lovely work.





Christine finished a magnificent “Netherfield”.  Lovely colours and 98” square, it will look awesome on her king sized bed.






Maryse pieced together more borders for her striking “Hunsford” in blues and reds.

We fussy cut the border fabric, great effect when mitred at the corners.

Sharron placed the hexagon border around her very pretty “Highbury” Centre.


And me?  Here is Sunday sewing on “Donwell Abbey” Borders.

So happy one of my favourite shows has returned, Season 4 of Poldark on the ABC.  Yay!