Wednesday, August 31, 2016

Hunters Hill Quilt Show 2016

I'm not sure if I'm a super slow blogger these days or if time is moving by at an extra fast pace. Either way I can hardly believe that it's been about 3 weeks since the Hunters Hill Quilter's show. 
Well, better late than never, here are some photos.

The Hunters Hill Quilter's show is one of my favourite shows for it's mix of colourful quilts. Whether the quilts are traditional, modern, contemporary or in a class of their own this group has a great way with colour and fun and sometimes unexpected fabrics. It's also the one quilt show Mr Daisy always says "Yes!" to seeing with me.

It was a perfect sunny winters day. The sunshine made their banner glow, a perfect welcome. 

We followed the bunting of quilt blocks... the grand entrance of the Hunters Hill Town Hall.

Inside was a hall full of beautiful and wonderful quilts. I didn't take photos due to not knowing the rules about which quilts I can show or not. 

But never fear - I did get permission to show some quilts ...

One of the things that sets the Hunters Hill Quilt Show apart is their room of Waggas.

For those who don't know Wagga's are an Australian utilitarian quilt traditionally made from old blankets, tailors samples, hessian and flour sacks, really anything tough and sturdy. Generally not big, but big enough for one person and small enough to easily carry. Made more for function than looks waggas we're often used by Aussie swag men, shearers drivers.

I think the Hunter's Hill quilters selection of waggas definitely have looks as well as functionality.

Not only are the Hunters Hill quilters keeping the important Australian tradition of waggas alive but the sales of these quilts is used to raise money for their designated charity. 

I was chatting to some of the lovely ladies as I took photos and they said that the ones I kept being drawn to were by Jessica Wheelerhan. That makes sense, I love her quilts. You can find her on instagram @birdie_beetle.
This one is a knock out!! Jessica dyed the feature fabric herself.

I love the texture the stitching gives this quilt.

In fact the texture is a big draw card for me with these quilts. It's wonderful to see corduroys, wool, suiting fabrics all mixed together.

I loved the colours and shapes in this quilt. It matched the chairs it was resting on.

Cute little foxy face!

From deep earthy tones to bright and exuberant hues!
Material Obsession always has a stall at the show. It was like a quilt show in itself. A wonderland of beautiful quilts and fabrics.

It was a great chance to see Kathy Doughty's latest fabrics, Folk Art Revolution in person and see her wonderful quilts showcasing them. The thing about Kathy's fabrics is that she has designed them with a quilter's mind. They have clever patterns and repeats offer a variety of cutting options.

Here's Kathy. I wonder if she dressed to match her quilt. Even her necklace matches the blue of the wedding ring circle. Love it!

When we stepped outside and the perfect weather lured us into going for a walk. Hunters Hill is a beautiful part of Sydney. Lots of big grand homes that lead down to Sydney Harbour. 

We love where we live in the Blue Mountains but we don't get water views like this so we like to soak them in when we can.

Such a perfect day, and so peaceful. There was no one else on this pier but us. 

Soon we wandered off on our merry way...

A slow amble because I like to stop and take photos. I can't help seeing interesting patterns in our surroundings.

We even found a fence that looked like a wagga.

So that was our day in Hunters Hill enjoying quilts and clear blue skies. If you want to see more quilts from past years you can pop back in time to a post here. 

Wednesday, August 24, 2016

A Fun day with QuiltNSW

QuiltNSW has 4 general meetings a year and although I've been a member for a few years now I've never been to one. It seems I've always had something else on, work, sewing classes, places to be, things to see etc. Well, the stars were aligned this time around and I was able to attend.

The meeting was held at the Burwood RSL. The venue was perfectly ostentatious. I approve of any place that has carpet that looks like a quilt! 

We were upstairs in a big room that soon filled up with the sound of nearly 90 happy, chatting quilters. 

The meeting started at 10am and moved at a steady pace all day. I was continually amazed at how many different things were fit into just 5 hours.. 

First up was a demonstration by Elaine Lye about how she makes her wonderful button necklaces.

 You can see Elaine's yellow button necklace in this photo.

I couldn't help but think this green one could be a mermaid's magical seaweed necklace washed up on a beach.
As you can see these necklaces are fabulous jumbly jiggling creations of mixed buttons and treasured trinkets. A clever thing about Elaine's design is that they be adjusted in length so suit different outfits. I was also interested in hearing her suggestions about sorting out buttons into colours and tips for washing them.

Elaine usually teaches her button classes over a day but she managed to condense a lot of information into a short time. I wont be surprised if lots of quilters are wearing beautiful button necklaces to the next meeting. 

Soon the demonstration was over and in a blink of an eyelid the buttons were replaced by a table of quilts. What followed was the Eastern Suburbs Quilters doing a talk about their group. It was great to watch their slide show and learn about the activities they get up to, their workshops and hear about their community quilts.

We were treated to  a colourful parade of quilts the group had made. Lots of different styles and all wonderful. As you can imagine there were lots of Ooohs and Aaahhs from the crowd.

Next on the agenda was the QuiltNSW committee meeting with different members reporting their news. Then before we knew it was lunch time. The Burwood RSL has a huge bistro with a menu that would make everybody happy.

After lunch it was Sarah Fielkes turn with the microphone. She talked of her quilting journey and then shared some of her favourite quilts.
 Afterwards we were allowed to rummage through and have a closer look at the quilts

Sarah's Honeycomb quilt from her book Little Quilts

Once again day was efficiently ushered along and soon people were lining up with their show and tell. Beautiful quilt tops, quilts, flying butterflies and japanese bags all made an appearance.

I was last in the show. I only talked for a short time about my quilt. I really just babbled about my quilt and before I knew it people were clapping and it was over.  It was great answering questions. I've taken note of what people ask about my quilt so I can incorporate them into a proper talk about my quilt in case I'm ever ever asked to talk about it again.

Unfortunately I didn't get any photos of me or my quilt... Editors note: Thanks to Michelle for sending a photo.  Here I am...

In fact when I got home I kept thinking of the photos I wished I'd taken. Oh well, here's my list of photos to get at the next meeting. 

*The Library books - At lunchtime tables were set up with lots and lots of quilt related books. Not only was it like being in a candy shop deciding which books to borrow, but it fun to see what others had chosen. 

*Quilters with their hand sewing - If there's ever a place you're not going to get funny looks for sewing it's at a quilt meeting.

* Lovely friends - happy smiles!!

*The pop up shop - Kate Quilts had such a fun selection of pretty, modern and quirky fabrics. 

I'll leave you with a photo of what I bought at Kate's shop. I was very restrained but couldn't resist these cute little pug faces and of course I couldn't live without needles in a colourful bottle.

Tuesday, August 16, 2016

Exciting happenings!

It hit me the other day that this year has flown by like a giant mythical bird and it's now August!! 

You really know next year is approaching when diaries start appearing. When they do I always watch out for the Quilters Companion Diary to see which wonderful quilt they have chosen for the cover. They make their choice from the hundreds of patterns and projects they publish in their magazines. With lots of beautiful quilts to choose from I don't know how they decide.

So you can imagine my surprise and joy to discover they've chosen my quilt Yoyos a la Mode for the cover of Quilter's Companion 2017 Diary. Oh my goodness - what an honour!! I keep alternating between happy dancing and pinching myself to see if I'm dreaming.

It's certainly makes a bright and happy cover and will hopefully make people smile when they jot down important dates throughout the year.

This news is hot off the presses so I don't even have a real copy yet but they are on sale now - 
You can purchase a copy of the diary here 
or watch out for it in newsagents. 

If you would like to read more about Yoyo's a la Mode you go back in time to this post

As for fun dates ,  I'm looking forward to being at the QuiltNSW meeting this coming Saturday with my Whizz Bang! quilt. The guest speaker of the day is Sarah Fielke.  Elaine Lye will be doing a demonstration of embellishments and necklaces with buttons and beads. And the pop up shop is Kate Quilts. All in all it promises to be a fabulous day. 


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