Monday, June 17, 2013

The Sydney Quilt Show 2013


Sunday was my 5th Anniversary of quilting!! 

It seems like yesterday that Gbf and I thought it would be fun to have a look at the big quilt show round the corner from where we lived at the time.  We were overwhelmed and amazed by all the beautiful quilts and fabrics that decked the halls. Coming away from the show with a rotary cutter, cutting board and ruler was the best thing I've probably ever done. 

Five years later and I'm strolling through the aisles, once again amazed by all the beautiful quilts of all styles, shapes and sizes, but now I have the added bonus of recognising names of friends, blogging friends and favourite quilters. Here are a few of these quilts. 

First up is Homage by the Springwood Quilt Show Committee.

Homage won 1st prize in the Group/Collaborative Category. I helped make a few of those hexagons so I feel like a mini winner.
This is the 4th time of of 6 entries that The Springwood Quilt Show's quilts have won first prize, not bad eh?

The next quilt is the very deserved Best in Show, and winner of other categories too -  the magnificent Rings and Roses by Janet Treen of Quiltsalott. This quilt has everything, lovely fabric choices, perfect piecing, stunning applique, a fabulous quilting design that includes trapunto and beautiful hand quilting. 


This quilt deserves a standing ovation!!



The next quilt really jumped out at me. I really love the way it sparkles with colour. Leanne Harvey of Mount Vincent Quilts has called her kaleidoscope quilt Loulou. 


Leanne is a Professional long arm quilter and I love how she quilted the grey diamonds and the curls in the points. Look at all those fun fabrics!! 


 Here is Chris Jurd's entry this year. It's called Hatchet. What is there to say about the quilt but WOW!! The block was inspired by an antique quilt and then was tweaked and placed on point. Chris will have patterns for this in her Etsy shop soon or you could leave her a comment on her blog Patchwork Fundamentals to pre-order.


Civil Dahlia is Pamela Westmacott's beautiful version of Chris Jurd's Ancient Dahlia Quilt. 
Absolutely beautiful!! Gorgeous fabric choices, just look at that border fabric!!


Perfect quilting too, done on her trusty domestic machine.  



Here is  Trip around Australia made by Verity Hinwood. 
I just love the fun wonky nature of this quilt. It has an airy feeling to it with the illusion of the stars, squares and rows of triangles floating against the white text background. The border frames it perfectly, not too heavy, not too light, just right!!

Not only did Verity create an amazing quilt but she also designed the fabrics. The text fabrics features names of Australian towns and places, the other fabrics depict native flowers.
You can see her fabrics on her website Veritas Designs


Hello Super Stars!

The Material Obsession Stand is always a work of art in itself. I just love the hanging hoops and the pillar of cushions and pillows. And piles of gorgeous fabrics!!


Looking at 400 beautiful quilts can really make you hungry so Gbf and I headed off to a favourite nearby Chinese restaurant where we had this fun dish. The yellow "cups" are made from corn bread. You scoop in the filling and gobble it up. 

And on the way back through Darling Harbour I was mesmerised by this fountain. 

Gbf mentioned that the water droplets sounded like an audience clapping
There's that standing ovation for Janet's Best in Show quilt I thought.  :)

All in all it was a fabulous quilty day!!

37 comments:

Sooli said...

Some beautiful quilts there,I love Rings and Roses and can't wait to see it when it travels around Australia down the track. It looks amazing in a photo, I can imagine its even better up close! Your lunch looks brilliant, yum!

regan said...

WOW!!!! What a show! And thanks for adding the links to all of the blogs.....I can't wait to see what else these fabulous quilters are doing! Of course, I already follow Janet's blog, and was thrilled for her and her stealing the show! :o)

I'm so glad you walked into that quilt show 5 years ago! You have such a talent, Rachael, and every quilt you make is a stunner! And I'm so glad you are a blogger.....it makes my day when you've posted! Thanks!

Chookyblue...... said...

thanks for sharing the quilts.........and even better they belong to ladies I have met - Leanne, Janet, Chris and Pam.....makes it even more special.........congrats on your 5 yrs of sewing........you have done very well in that time you should be very pleased........

Lucy @ Charm About You said...

Amazing quilts! I can't believe you've only been at it 5 years! You and quilting were certainly meant to be :)

Chris said...

Wow Rachael you've covered all your friends" quilts so well!
Thanks for the plug.
It was a great show this year - maybe you'll have something in next year?

Pinkadot Quilts said...

It looks like a wonderful show. Congratulations to Janet it's an heirloom to be sure and one of my favorite bloggers too!

Heather said...

Wow, I can't believe you have only been quilting for 5 years! Such talent. Thanks for sharing snippets from the show, the quilts I have seen in blog land are spectacular. Congrats too on the group quilt win.

Tazzie said...

How I would have loved to zap over there this year, but it was not to be. Thank you for sharing pictures of some of the amazing quilts, what fabulous eye candy.
Be sure to have a great day
*hugs*
Tazzie
:-)

smazoochie said...

I love seeing your highlights of the Sydney Quilt Show. I also love that Gbf goes with you.
5 years?!? You & quilting were meant to be together, how lucky you found each other! (Gbf too!)

Melissa P said...

Five years on and the quilting bug is still going strong! I'm so glad you went to that first quilt show! We'd all be missing out on your vision of beauty and color.

Thanks for sharing these photos of gorgeous quilts!

Vickie said...

I almost feel like I've been to Australia. All the quilts you shared are beyond beautiful ! Did you pick up some new treasures from Material
Obsession ? The cornbread cups seem funny to me, red beans and cornbread are a Texas staple, never would have thought about ordering it in a Chinese restaurant ! I'm off to go check out the links you provided, have a great day Racheal !

Marie said...

Thanks for a glimpse of some of the work from the show, I always like seeing what everyone is working on, and Janet's quilt is to die for. Happy anniversary!

liniecat said...

gosh what a feast of fabric......love the hexi quilt and the circles and roses must have been a gem to see for real too!

Sasha said...

Happy quilting anniversary!!! Those are some seriously amazing quilts. I can't even imagine being a judge in a show like that. I think my favorite might be the kaleidoscope. I just love all of the colors =D

Cathy H said...

Thank you for sharing some photos of the beautiful quilts....for those of us unable to make it to the Quilt show......Janet's Rings and Roses is just amazing...and I love the Trip around Australia quilt.....Cathy

Grit said...

Wonderful quilts. Thank you for sharing.
Grit

Kate said...

Loved the Springwood raffle quilt! Beautifully made and the prize is well deserved. Pretty sure I spied you and Gbf there on Sunday???
PS your Octopus's Garden is a-mazing.

Janet said...

I'm glad you got to show some of my favourite quilts, Loved the same things as you I think. Congratulations on your anniversary, I would have thought you've been doing it longer because of your talents with fabric.
Thank you for your kind words, I'm still pinching myself.

Every Stitch said...

Great post and it was a great show - wish I could have gone back another day - one day was not enough! Nice to see you showcase your friends' quilts so beautifully - they were amazing up close too. I also can't believe you have only been quilting 5 years - well done!
Hilda

Shay said...

The CW quilt is absolutely beautiful. There are some really talented quilters out there and we get to see all the eye candy which is so inspiring!

Terry said...

Inspiring walk through the show. Thankyou for a wonderful post.

audrey said...

Thanks for sharing the beautiful quilt pics! How fun that you had a tiny part in one of the ribbons. I bet it is an interesting walk through when you remember what you saw and felt during the first trip. Amazing how much that sort of thing illuminates the growth I've (you've) made as a quilter!

Tami C said...

Thanks for sharing your visit to the show. It's something I will never be able to attend. The quilts were just beautiful!

✾Jamie Lee Cooley✾ said...

That is unbelievable you've only been quilting 5 years! How incredibly talented you are!

Nifty Quilts said...

Thank you for the trip to the show! I love all the quilts you chose to share. Happy 5 years!!

quiltsomore said...

Hi Rachael, The Quilt Show was great and the Quilts were of a high quality, so many of them too. I really enjoyed you last blog such a tale. thank you for the kind write up.

Heidi said...

Thanks for sharing, Rachael !
Amazing quilts . And I just can't believe it's only 5 years since you started quilting !!!

Karen said...

Looks like a fantastic day. The quilts are gorgeous!

Karen said...

OMG on so many levels. Firstly I will get to see the quilts next month at the show here and secondly and more importantly, I figured out how to leave a comment. You are the first to be blessed.

Leanne said...

Hi Rachael, thanks for your lovely words about my quilt. Happy Quiltaversary !!! It was a great show this year. I thoroughly enjoyed myself. We will have to try and catch up one year :)
Cheers
Leanne xo

Rebecca said...

Only five years...it seems like you were born to quilt. Happy Anniversary and may you make many more.

Do you get a bit twitchy when you go to a quilt show? It seem like a place where a quilter could become rather frenzied.

Melody said...

Amazing quilts, thank you for the pictures.

Karen said...

Glad you had a great day. I went on Saturday and had a lovely time wandering around. I mainly bought some spotty fat quarters. I did splurge and get myself an alpaca cardigan and it is so warm and comfortable. I wore it this week to work and didn't get too hot in the office. So its a winner. Off to my son's school disco tonight so I will definitely be wearing it again tonight. It certainly has turned cold this week in our neck of the woods.

Queen Of The Armchair aka Dzintra Stitcheries said...

Just beautiful Rachael....AWESOME! You have done so very, very well when buying your first quilting supplies! Just amazing Rachael!

Sharon said...

Wow, those are some gorgeous quilts! Thank you for sharing!

I can't believe you've only been quilting for 5 years! Aren't you glad you started? You've got a real talent for it - I love seeing your quilts! I'm glad that you're blogging too, so we can all see your quilts!

Lurline said...

A wonderful, informative Post - I am so very thrilled for Janet!
Hugs - Lurline.

Katy Cameron said...

Looks like a fun day was had by all :o)

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