The Springwood Quilt Show 2015


The quilt show's not 'today' anymore, in fact a week has flown by since the The Springwood Community Quilt Show, like a rocket with turbo boosters, but here are my photos of this year's show, better late than never. 


I don't know who started the tradition of strings of pretty blocks that decorate the way to a quilt show's entrance but it's such a lovely welcome. 

As a sucker for a house block this sweet one caught my eye. A happy home amongst the trees in the mountains. 

I guess I don't need to tell you that the hall was filled with lots of wonderful quilts. There seemed to be more applique this year, and some great quilts made for men featuring motorcycles, football teams and favourite rock bands. I didn't take photos out of respect to the quilters without their permission but I'll make up for it by showing you the amazing work of Rhonda Pearce. 

Rhonda was this year's featured quilter and her quilts were breathtaking. 

This impressive quilt was up on the stage which is why it's taken at a strange angle, though I nearly did faint when I saw the amazing details up close.

Perfect, teeny tiny quilting stitches. 

beautiful applique

gorgeous fabric choices.

It's easy to see why Baltimore Classic won First Place for Traditional Applique and Viewers Choice at the Houston Show, 2013. The inspiration quilt is hanging in a museum in Bath, Uk and dates back to 1847. 

Insanity is the name of Rhonda's pretty hexagon quilt. It's her most popular pattern and has been made by many quilters around the world. I just got this close up photo because I didn't want to fall off the stage.

Now if the previous quilt was called Insanity, I wonder what Rhonda will call this quilt. She finished piecing it in time for the show so it's just a top, not a quilt yet. 

Lots and lots and lots of tiny hexagons. It was quite mind boggling to consider the work that has gone into it.

Next up is Rhonda's version of the Ann Randoll Coverlet which was adapted from a quilt given to the V&A museum, London, by the Coate Family in the memory of Randoll Coate. c 1802. I stood for ages in front of this quilt admiring all the beautiful fabrics, perfect piecing and applique.

My Patchwork Journey is a lovely name for this next quilt. I really liked the pops of hot pink throughtout this quilt. Once again he details were perfection. A huge thank you to Rhonda for giving me permission to share some of her patchwork journey through these photos. 

It wouldn't be the Springwood Quilt Show without Isobel hand quilting her beautiful quilts, and chatting to everyone who stopped by.

As for the quilts I had on display they were mostly ones you've seen before.  
Gypsy Carnival which I described as "an experiment with prairie points, taking them from the edge and giving them a central role."

Conversation featuring Jessica Wheelahans printed fabrics. You might remember this quilt from the fun photo shoot I had with it. (The colourful part along the bottom belongs to the quilt hanging behind it.)

Grandiflora, This quilt is a few years old now but it spent some time overseas in the US and then had a holiday in Ballarat. My quilts travel more than I do.  

Here's a quilt you haven't seen before. Ric Rac Razzamatazz is my contribution to a book that is coming out soon called Desert to Sea. It will feature several Aussie quilters and has been compiled by Jane Davidson, also known as Quilt Jane.  I'll show better photos of it soon. 
And this is the back of my 5th entry, which I'm not going to show as yet... but check out the backing. It's rare that I make a backing from one fabric, usually preferring the scrappier look of mixed fabrics. I decided on this fabric but I knew a mismatched seam down the center would annoy me. It took a lot of pinning to get the pattern to line up but it was so worth it. 

Thank you to all the lovely people that left wonderful messages and kind compliments on the viewers choice slips. The quilters get them with their quilts and it really is special to know that someone liked a quilt enough to choose it as a favourite. 

And thank you to all those who came up to say hello to me. It really made my day!! Quilters are the best, most friendly people!! 

So that's my Springwood Community Show wrap up for 2015. Next year's show is already promising to be a beauty with a very special featured quilter and I know you're going to love the raffle quilt. Follow the Springwood Show blog if you want to keep up with all the latest news. 
The Springwood Quilt Show 2015

44 comments

  1. What a fabulous quilt show with such gorgeous quilts.

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  2. I do like the idea of the blocks at the entrance. That is a wonderful idea. Makes you feel very welcome.
    Rhonda's quilts are amazing. What an incredible amount of patience she must have.
    How lovely to see your quilt on display, too. You have added some lovely colour and original design into the displays.
    Can't wait to see more about the quilt going into the book and of course the front of the one at the end.
    It goes to show that it doesn't have to be the big shows that have amazing displays. Well done!

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  3. Thanks Rachael, for showing us all those beautiful quilts, I was going cross eyed looking at all those little hexagons that Rhonda used!! Simply beautiful work, so many hours!

    I loved all the quilts that you hung, can't wait to see the front of that one you wouldn't show though!

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  4. there sure are some amazing quilts there..........thanks for sharing........

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  5. Thank you for all those pretty quilts.I love them all, but my heart is closest to the hexie works.

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  6. Looks like a wonderful show. I agree the blocks leading to the entreance is a lovely idea. I loved your quilts and the backing of the unseen front is great!

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  7. Hi Rachael ,wow what awesome quilts and I love the ones you made,Thankyou so much for sharing with us xx

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  8. Looks like a great show!Thanks for sharing (and teasing us with the back of the quilt - I wonder what is on the front)!

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  9. Thank you so much for sharing photos of these amazing quilts. I must admit that my eyes are drawn to yours because of the amazing colours. But the intricacy of Rhonda's quilts are just amazing - I cannot contemplate having the patience and time to make such amazing quilts!

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  10. What an incredible show. Rhonda's quilts were to the moon and back. Wow! And, of course, yours look bright and spunky and full of energy. That's what makes shows so fun.

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  11. So much to inspire in those thousands and thousands of stitches--applique, paper piecing and quilting. Amazing!

    I love the delightful look of every Rachealdaisy quilt. They really stand out. And your perfectly pieced backing shows off that AMH print. Can't wait to see more!

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  12. so much talent and yours lady you amaze me! so fun!

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  13. Amazing quilts. I couldn't finish one like those in a lifetime! Thanks for sharing them!

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  14. Thank you for sharing such a lovely show! I sit here feeling sorry for my horrible sinus infection, but at least I have pretty quilts to look at. Your photos and words have brightened my day!

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  15. Lovely photos of your quilt show Rachael, those pieced and appliqué quilts by your featured quilter are amazing. What a ,overly body of work to share with us.

    Thanks, looking forward to your bit reveal!

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  16. WOW and WOW........between you and Rhonda you've got it covered!! No pun intended and just what IS on the front of that beauty of yours? I am going to foreward this on to a great quilter I know and I am sure you will have ANOTHER FAN!! Thank you so much for keeping us informed.

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  17. Wow--looks like an amazing show--thanks for sharing the awesome photos!

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  18. What a show! And thanks for sharing!
    I think I met Rhonda Pearce at the Houston show once, anyway, I remember an Aussie who did amazing, tiny detailed work.
    Oh you tease, for not showing your 5th (!) quilt in the show!

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  19. Thanks Rachael for taking me to the quilt show. Great quilts on display. Loved seeing your bright, sunny happy quilts hanging!

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  20. Lovely idea to have blocks lining the route. Sounds a great show. Nice to see some of your quilts again.

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  21. Great start to my day looking all these beauties!
    Thanks for posting. I have fallen in love with Grandiflora, just bursts with colour.

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  22. Thank you so much for sharing those amazing quilts, so much work in them. Loved seeing your quilts hanging too, I adore your use of colour. You are a tease for not showing your last quilt.

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  23. There are some magnificent quilts on show - so much detail! I really like each of yours Rachael as they are original designs, brimming with colour and creativity, making them extra special.

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  24. Thanks for all the photos. I just didn't get there. I planned on it but it was just one of those weekends.
    It's nice to know that the quilters get the viewers choice slips I always wondered about that.
    Your quilts look great.

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  25. I love house blocks too!! I think I used to always draw the classic house as a child with the smoking chimney and all! Springwood looks a hoot. I agree Quilters are the best companions, our tribe, our community. I mean how else "gets" the madness of tiny hexagons and the joy of the back of a quilt, fabric and stitches and everything..... I used to look upon the young lads .......wait till I finish, not creepy at all.....in the Warhammer store, and know that they too had the male craft gene, with their little figurine and paint choices and styling and imagination, same same but different. Crafters are the best!!

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  26. I so knew I would get to go to this show eventually!!! Thank you, I loved it

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  27. Rhonda's quilts are truly amazing! I cannot begin to imagine the amount of time it would take to complete just one of those! And I loved seeing yours, including that tantalising 'sneak peek'! Now, who might the special featured quilter next year? YOU????

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  28. What amazing work! Rhonda's quilts are amazing! My hands hurt just thinking of all that applique. And how exciting to hear of your book contribution! I am so happy for you! Well deserved, Rachael! I can't wait to hear more :)

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  29. The Ann Randoll coverlet is pure art – look at all that amazing work.

    So lovely to see your amazing pieces amongst all those lovely quilts. I love your work Rach. Ric Rac Razzamatazz is amazing- and congrats on it being in a forthcoming book. That is fantastic!

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  30. Thanks for the mini tour! Those are some amazing quilts. Your ric Rac Razzamatazz looks like it was a lot of fun to make. I look forward to the hidden quilt, if the front is anything like the back I am sure I will love it!

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  31. Wow, there are some real beauties there. I love all of your entries and can't wait to see what surprise is on the front of that amazing floral backing!

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  32. Thanks for sharing the quilt show. There certainly were some beautiful creations on display. It was lovely to meet you on the day.

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  33. Thanks for sharing! Wow, Rhoda's quilts are exquisite! Where does she find the discipline and patience to finish them! Incredible!

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  34. I am all a'goggle with the mind-boggle of this show. It just doesn't seem possible that hands make such things and then to realise that only hands can make quilts like these! Your quilts are wonderful and I am looking forward to the follow up posts. Congratulations.

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  35. Wow Rachael! You have kept these quilts a good secret! I love your ric rac quilt - such fun colors and the Gypsy Carnival (great name) is wonderful. I somehow reminds me of a NY beauty variation.
    Rhonda's quilts are over the top amazing. Thanks for sharing so many closeups!

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  36. Wow, what a wonderful quilt show! I wish that I could have been there. Thanks for sharing the photos with us. So many gorgeous quilts and I like your prairie point quilt :-)

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  37. Thank you so much for showing those quilts, Rachael. Rhonda's work is breath taking! Your quilts looks fabulous hanging there - love the backing on your "mystery" quilt, and congrats on being published - how exciting!!

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  38. Hello Rachaeldaisy, it was great to see you looking fabulous and meeting Mr Daisy at the Quilt Show. Your blog is as always a great picture show of a variety of I will say artists all master pieces. Your quilts are always bright imaginative in design. Rhonda' s quilt was amaaaaaazing.

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  39. Rhonda's quilts really are incredible. Very inspirational! Lovely to see your quilts hanging in a show even if it's only a back. lol There really is a thrill to seeing them displayed where others can enjoy them. Congrats.:)

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  40. Wow Rachael, What an amazing and inspiring show! I had the fortune to see some of the Australian quilts at Houston last year. I am blown away by the talent you all have!
    I am curious to see your fifth entry. The back is beautiful. Congratulations on being published in a book. I can not wait to get my hands on that book so I can see that Ric Rac Razzamatazz from up close - As close as I can get!

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  41. Thank you for sharing all of yours and Rhonda's quilts ! Your Springwood quilt show pictures are always such a pleasure to view. What a wonderful idea to have all those pretty blocks to greet you and pull you inside.

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  42. Your quilts look so great! And they fit right in among all the other amazing quilts! All are definitely your style. I could spot them from across the room, I'm sure. And I know they would be my favorites.

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  43. Wish I could have been there - Rhonda's quilts are truly amazing, I can't imagine finding the time to make all those with all the detail, wow! And YOUR quilts - holy cow. Jaw-dropping gorgeousness!!!!!

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  44. WOW! So much to say -- where to start? What an amazing quilt show -- thank you so much for sharing the quilt pictures!!! I LOVE LOVE that Baltimore Album -- I have some blocks that my Mom did and that setting would be really pretty. And your quilt! Congratulations on being in the book. Can't wait to see the front of your other quilt!!!

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