Dancing through the Sydney Quilt Show 2012

Here we  go - It's the big Sydney Quilt Show 2012 post!!!

Shall we start with a bit of dancing to get you in the mood... This is how they kept us early birds entertained as we lined up waiting to get in. Feel free to join in...

Autumn Rollover by Pamela Westmacott. All those autumn leaves in the borders are appliqued with some raised for a 3D effect. There's a whisper in the wind that Pam is going to start a blog soon, I'll keep you posted...

The Springwood Show Raffle Quilt won a prize!! 4th prize in the Group category.
 Here's the block I pieced, now I can say I've exhibited in the Sydney Quilt Show :). The white blocks were perfect for showcasing Suzie Anderson's beautiful quilting

The Shire's Preoccupation with Real Estate by Robert James is an unusual name. 
 It might help explain when I tell you this quilt is made of paper including real estate advertisements. The backing and binding is paper. The wadding is bamboo. 

This next quilt was so beautiful. It's a shame the camera can't pick up the subtle textures of the woven Japanese fabrics, but what you can see is the wonderful use of value, and fabulous quilting. I really love the way the quilting has added extra shapes to the piecing. Taupe Medallion was made by Jenny Anderson.

OMG - that 3012 triangles!! Infinity by Deborah Laurie was based on a quilt from the 1880's. Wonderful colour play!
 Oak and Sumac nearly drove Maree Blanchard crazy sewing all the flying geese. I'm so glad she persevered because this is such an electric quilt it practically hums.

Cinzia White says her hexagon quilt , Raconteur could be finished in a year if she could stay on task...

The teeny weeny tiny piecing is mind boggling!!! It was such a fun quilt to look over and point out different blocks or colour combinations. 

Strelitzia spectaculum by Denise Aubin was so striking. The flowers are puffed up and quite 3D. The quilting is amazing. Spectacular!!

 Composition in Yellow stopped me in my tracks!! Creater Judy Hooworth was this years featured quilter. It was great to see a range of her inspiring work.

Last Hurrah No 1 by Jan Duddle is so breathtakingly beautiful!!!

Karen Malone's Southern Stars is based on a 1880's Texan quilt. The piecing and quilting is perfect!! 

From razor sharp precision to wonderfully wild and wonky this next quilt would have to be one of my very favourite of my favourites. The United Republic of Me by Jessica Wheelahan

Chris Jurd's Lotus Flower was inspired by an 1850's quilt. Isn't it just so beautiful? I love those opening buds.

Chris's other entry in the show is a sampler of funky baskets!! You can see she had fun coming up with these  foundation pieced blocks and playing with fun fabric combos. Aptly named Basket Case.

By strange coincidence there was another quilt in the show called Basket Case, by Kathy Doughty of Material Obsession fame. This quilt is brilliant- looking at it feels as though you are looking at a piece of a giant quilt!!

 And how's this to further the coincidence our two Basket Case quilters are teaming up. Chris has designed a BOM especially for Material Obsession. Chris's clever pattern and techniques plus Material Obsession fun fabulous colour choices sounds like a party you don't want to miss out on!! Here's Kathy Doughty showing us the quilt, sorry the photo is blurry, oops.
Here's a better photo of Square Dance by Chris Jurd - the hottest new BOM in town!!

To finish off here's a few photos of the Material Obsession stand...
 Love the giant Churn Dash!!

Well, there you go... I hope you enjoyed my selection of quilts.
If you want to see more quilts pop over to have a look at Linda from Quilts in the Barn blog post about the Show.

Ps Chris Jurd is this week's Friendly Friday guest - make sure you come back to see her house block... it's a beauty!!!! :)

Dancing through the Sydney Quilt Show 2012


  1. You highlighted a good range of quilts that were there. Some of them were quite mind boggling in workmanship and design. I loved the seven sisters quilt, the quilting was beautiful.

  2. WOW! What stunning quilts! Each one was my favourite til I scrolled own and saw the next!! Southern Stars or Lotus Flower were the absolute standouts for me! Thanks for a great tour!

  3. Wow, brilliant quilts. Thanks for sharing, almost like being there myself! I love that Strelizia one, what an amazing piece of art.

  4. Thanks for sharing these beauties. I continue to be so inspired by the wonderful quilers in Australia!

  5. I am amazed by these quilts! I love Material Obsession...completely in awe. Who would have ever thought ..........a giant churn dash?

  6. OMG 3012 triangles!!! Wow!!! I love all of the quilts. The hexagon quilt with the tiny tiny little pieced blocks is amazing!!! I would just keep love to look at each individual hexie!!!!
    Your diamond block looks wonderful!! It took me a second to realize what shape you used. The quilting adds a whole different level of interest =D sooo neat!!!!

  7. So much inspiration all in one place! I can't wait for you to feature Chris! She's so incredibly talented.

    And I'm thrilled you had the opportunity to attend and be inspired. I know there are great ideas whirling around in your head now.

  8. Oh Fabulous!!! Wow...these are great examples of how fabric selection and color can add so much excitement to a quilt! I am so green with envy that you got to rub elbows with Chris and Kathy!!! Thanks for the tour Rachael!

  9. incredible!! thanks so much for sharing!

  10. Infinity or insanity? I love that one! The basket case was also super cool.
    Thanks for giving us a tour, can I say I have been to a quilt show in Australia?
    Did you buy anything?

  11. What a show! They are all so beautiful.....impossible to pick a favorite!

  12. Wow gorgeous quilts! I loved the dancing in line shot ;-)

  13. Bwhahaha, love the dancing :oD That puffy flower one is amazing!

  14. Thanks for the show tour. It was like being there again.
    And after all our brainstorming at camp the BOM is now called Square Dance!
    Can't wait til Friday.

  15. How nice of you to go all the way to Sydney, just to bring us photos of the show! I'm so impressed at the talent represented there. You Aussies are amazing!

  16. What can one say, but "Wow!"? Thanks for sharing your photos!
    best, nadia

  17. Hi Rachel,

    Thank you for the little write up and great display of photos of quilts. I hope to get my Blog up and running shortly I am a bit slow on the uptake. I will miss you this weekend. Cheers

  18. Wow, thanks for your wonderful photos of some magnificent quilts!!! Maybe should try and get up there next year!!!

  19. Your block looks perfect in the Raffle quilt and what a beauty it is!
    Thanks for posting such a nice wide range of quilts. I loved the folk art flower quilt - what a great one.
    Dancing at a quilt show? I LOVE IT!!
    That's what we need more of in the world, dancing. Sometimes me and Hanna do a little public dancing just for fun.
    I'm going back for a second helping of these wonderful quilts - thanks!

  20. Wayyyyyyyyyyy too much eye candy to process it all in one reading ...I'll have to flick back and take a second and third look!

  21. Nice selection of quilts! There was so much exquisite applique and piecing.


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