Friday, December 2, 2016

Snap shots from the show weekend

Firstly I have thank all the people who left such wonderful comments on my last post. Your words of congratulations mean a lot to me. 

As promised  here's the long version of my adventures at Modern Quilt Show Australia. It's a bit more like a diary of my days rather than a quilt show post. It feels as though there are lots of quilt photos from the show on the internet already. I guess this post might be more about how the days flowed? Anyway lets just jump in and see how it goes...

On Friday morning as the sun was rising I travelled down from the mountains to the bustling city. A train and a bus ride later I arrived bright and early at the very grand Glebe Town Hall.

It wasn't long until members of the Sydney Modern Quilt Guild , the wonderful team organising the show turned up. 

The reward for being early was being able to see the empty hall with it's ornate details.

Those columns could be applique panels.

Such a great space - big and airy with high celings

This is the view standing under the light in the center of the room looking up. Hello modern quilt inspiration!!

Soon it was all actions go with lots of volunteers all pitching in to build the stands, and hang the quilts. Clever planning and great team work meant it all happened in record time.

I took a quick snap before rushing off to do something else, I thought I'd get better photos another time but it didn't happen. Anyway, here is the hall set up with quilts. The grandness of the hall makes the quilt display look smaller than it was but there were a lots and lots of quilts to see and admire. Every time I walked through the exhibition I would notice new quilts or details I hadn't seen. 

Once the set up was done I had a few hours in the afternoon to wander through Sydney. It was a part of the city I had lived before moving to the Blue Mountains so it was fun exploring and seeing things that were familiar and what was new.

I liked his little detail on a building. More modern quilt inspiration.

 A walk through Spice Alley,  an alley tucked away in between tall buildings filled with little shops offering all types of asian food.

 In the evening Mr Daisy and I returned for the opening of the show.

The highlight of the evening was the trunk show by Carolyn Friedlander. It was a full house!

Carolyn is lovely, so natural and down to earth. I really enjoyed hearing her story and her show of quilts was enjoyed by all. I've seen some of Carolyns quilts on the internet but to see her different designs made in different colourways, the scale of the quilts, and even to see her choices for backing fabrics. She uses colour so very well, and creates beautiful thoughtful quilts. Her background in architecture shines through but gosh we are lucky she found quilting and designs her unique fabrics and quilts for us to enjoy.

By coincidence there is a podcast about Carolyn on this week's Crafty Planner podcast. Check it out here.

Then there was the part of the evening where they announced the awards. My name was called out for 1st place in the Modern Traditional category, and then again for Best in Show! It was with big happy smiles and a racing heart that I pinned my ribbons onto Fair and Square.

Here I am getting a congratulations hug from Anna Maria Horner!!

There were three judges They were Anna Maria Horner, US super star fabric designer, author and quilt, needle work and cloth pattern designer.  Carolyn Friedlander another quilting super star from the US who rocked the modern quilting world from her first range of fabrics. She designs quilts and also writes books. The third judge was Lisa Cahill, the Associate Director of the Australian Design Center. So interesting to get someone with a design background that isn't a quilter. 

How fabulous are these ribbons made by the Sydney Modern Quilt Guild! Being a Bernina fan means I treasure my Bernina ribbons. Bernina Australia sponsored the Best in Show prize of a Bernina 215 sewing machine. They are the best model for carrying to classes, and even for everyday sewing. It's a compact machine with the personality of a big model. Love it!! It was great that Kerrie and Bree from Bernina attended the show and were there to present me with my award. 

The sponsor for my First place in Modern Traditional was Material Obsession. I didn't want to open my parcel straight away. It looked so pretty wrapped in some of Kathy Doughty's fabric with special Material Obsession ribbon so I saved it until the next morning to open.

And what I found inside were all these treasures:

A bundle of Flock Together by Kathy Doughty of Material Obsession
Kathy's latest book
A book of New York Beauty quilts by Bill Volckening
A pair of big Tula Pink scissors
An interlocking adjustable ruler/templates by Karen Kay Buckly

On Saturday morning Mr Daisy and I took advantage of being in Sydney by going out for breakfast to one of our favourite Sydney restaurants, Auto.lab. This is one dish we had , watermelon, rosemary oil, creme fresh with purple basil leaves. Watermelon never tasted so good!

Saturday at the quilt show and the hall was full of friendly faces and abuzz with happy chatter.

I've known my friend Leonie forever. We were florists together and then somewhere along the line she started making quilts. That was when I first learnt what a quilt was. It took me another 10 years before I decided to make one too.. the rest is history. 

She was like an official photographer taking photos of me in front of my quilts.
LeoniePeony and RachaelDaisy

In front of Fair and Square

And with my other entry in the show, Chunky Blooms. Colourful flowers using different applique techniques on a denim background. I do love my denim. More about this quilt another time. 

Saturday evening's feature was the Anna Maria Horner trunk show. I've been a fan of Anna's fabrics since I used some from her Drawing Room range when I made my first quilt. Seeing her quilts and hearing her quilty story was an absolute treat.

I wish I'd taken more photos of the weekend. Especially of the wonderful friends I got to spend time with, Dawn from Melbourne, Serena and her friends from WA, Catherine Butterworth from Sydney and many others.. 
I do love this photo of my special quilt buddy Leanne from Mt Vincent Quilts with Anna Maria Horner. 

To finish off here's a little cat on the footpath. I don't know why he was there but I like his big smile. 

Tuesday, November 29, 2016

Best in Show!! Fair and Square

Oh my golly - it's happened again!!!

My quilt Fair and Square won First Place in the modern traditional category at the Australian Modern Quilt Show. 

And when they announced Best In Show it was My name they called. 

Here I am in front if the award winning quilt. It's another one of my giant yoyo quilts. You can call me a crazy yoyo lady if you like :)

This is just a quick post. I'm still catching my breath after a busy weekend. I'll be back with more photos soon but in the meantime I'd like to send out some thankyous to:
  • The Sydney Modern Quilt Guild for putting on an amazing show. 
  • The volunteers who helped. 
  • The judges, Anna Maria Horner, Carolyn Friedlander and Lisa Cahill. 
  • Anna Maria Horner and Carolyn Friedlander for coming to Australia, teaching workshops and spending time at the show. They both added such a special magic to the weekend.
  • Thank you to all of the sponsors for supporting the show 
  • especially Bernina Australia who supplied the Best in Show prize of a fabulous sewing machine.
  • and Material Obsession for their super duper pack of fabric and awesome sewing goodies that was the prize for First Place in Modern Traditional.
  • All my friends, family and lovely people who have congratulated me and complimented my quilt.
  • Last but not least Mr Daisy who is my biggest fan.

Thursday, November 24, 2016


Thanksgiving isn't a holiday here in Australia but I do like the idea of being thankful and goodness knows I have a lot to be thankful for. Too much to list here but here are just a couple of things I'm thankful for today.

The latest Simply Moderne magazine arrived in my letterbox.

Lo and behold - there's an article about me and photos of my quilts. 

I couldn't resist a photo of myself holding up the photo of myself. The photo in the magazine is a photo of when I won Best in Show at Sydney this year. I think I had that happy but shocked look on my face for quite a while afterwards.

Ever since Carol from Simply Moderne saw my Undercover Colour quilt hanging in the 2015 Sydney Quilt Show she knew she wanted it as a pattern for the magazine. It's always fun seeing how they display and photograph quilts. They've made it look so perfect for Christmas. 

For those who havent seen this quilt before the twist is that each of the shapes flip up to reveal a colour underneath. It was my way of making a colourful quilt for the red and white challenge at the 2015 Sydney Quilt Show. 

It would be wonderful to see it made in other colours with different surprises behind the shapes. 

No it's all about me, there's lots of other great things in this edition, in fact the magazine is jam packed with wonderful things. This is just a taste of the other great features. 

A pattern called Tennessee Lightning by LeeAnn of Nifty Quilts

A really interesting article by Kathy Doughty of Material Obsession. She talks about our stashes, how to organise them and use them. Kathy also has a great hexagon pattern.

There are features about quilt shows in Tokyo and Vermont with lots of quilt photos.

Articles about two of my favourite quilting legends, Ruth McDowell

And Keiko Goke who's quilts always make me smile. 

Plus more patterns and projects to make, other featured quilters, every page is inspiring eye candy.
Here's the cover again so you know what to look out for or buy here direct from Simply Moderne/ Quiltmania.

The Australian Modern Quilt Show is this weekend!!! As the sun rises tomorrow morning I'll be catching the train into Sydney to go and help set up the hall and hang quilts. I'm very thankful to have two quilts in the show. They're two new ones that I'm looking forward to sharing with you but I'll be busy at the show so won't be able to blog about them until next week. If you haven't found me on instagram yet I'm @bluemountaindaisy and I'll post photos of my quilts and the show there.  I love blogging but I've finally seen how convenient, easy and fun instagram is. 

Here are all the details of the Modern Quilt Show. Make it if you can, I know it's going to be a really great show.

So happy Thanksgiving everyone whether it's a holiday in your country or not, it's always good to be thankful for all the wonderful things in our lives.

Monday, November 21, 2016

Happy Days in Daisy Town - A finished quilt.

Finally, after showing you lots of houses, it's time to show you how they all came together in a quilt. 

I admit I dithered over hot to put the blocks together because I felt as though I had to do something super special because so many people had contributed to the quilt with their beautiful house blocks. Some of the options I played with were pieced people or trees amongst the houses. I thought it could be fun to add a quote with pieced words, or a quirky border of some sort. Maybe I should use one unifying fabric or colour as sashing between all the blocks. 

In the end I realised I was overthinking it  - it was the houses themselves that made this project special. It didn't need fancy things added that would take away from the beautiful pieces people had sent me.

So keeping the focus on the blocks. I added joining strips here and there, and made some cubby houses for areas that were bigger. It was like playing with a giant puzzle. It came together without too much trouble. The main thing I added was a flower in the bottom left corner on Karen's block to tie in with Kelly's blue daisy in the top right corner. The flowers are by no means matching but they do add just the littlest bit of coherence to the quilt. I also hand quilted the quilt with lots of different coloured perle8 thread with different patterns to suit the different houses.

You have to love a husband that spends his day off messing around with ropes and ladders to help me get a photo of a quilt amongst trees. 

I hadn't sewn on a hanging sleeve so colourful pegs had to do.

However it a gust of wind came along and blew the quilt around.

Before long some of the pegs flew off!

But it made me think the quilt was trying to show off it's backing.

So here's a photo with a tree in the way... as you can see I used a mix of fresh green and blue fabrics. I love raiding my stash to make pieced backings. 

Some of the houses had special placements in the quilt. These two houses are made by Marg and Shay. They are best friends who met through blogging. In real life they live on different sides of Australia but in Daisy Town they're neighbours.

I put LeeAnn Nifty's quilt in the middle of the quilt because her house was the beginning of the quilt. 

Other blocks just looked right together. 

When I invited people to make a house I said there were no rules with the blocks: no particular style,  colour or even size restrictions. Seeing the quilt gives you an idea of the range of different sizes and styles. It one of the things I really like about the quilt.

As for the name - I think Happy Days in Daisy Town says it all. 
Happy Days in Daisy Town by Rachaeldaisy,  90 x 60 inches.

Thanks to all of the wonderful people who contributed to this fun quilt, and thank you to all the people who have followed along reading about each of the houses. I hope it meets your expectations.  

If you're new to this project you can jump back in time to previous posts to read more here.


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