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Monday, 21 July 2014

Crazy Quilted Journal Cover

I received a lovely surprise email last week. Joy had done my Crazy Quilted Journal Cover class at the Bay Quilters Retreat a couple of weeks ago and she has already finished hers.

Obviously Joy is no beginner embroiderer, her work is beautiful and she added some of her own touches as well.



I especially love to get a photo of finished class pieces because I love to see the different colours that people use. Hopefully some other people will send me some photos when they have finished.

Thank you for sharing your lovely work, Joy.

Bye for now,
Linda

Tuesday, 15 July 2014

Round Robin-Arlene's Block

I am participating in a Round Robin with the Southern Cross Crazies and last month I had Arlene's block to work on. The blocks measure 6 inches square and Arlene wanted a garden theme.

She had made blocks in green, blue and pink and I chose a pink block to work on.


I have worked on a block by Arlene before and I always find them a challenge because she uses busy fabrics in her blocks. It is hard to see the embroidery against the busy prints which is why I usually use plain or tone on tone fabrics.

Here is the block when I had finished it.


I used the pink lace butterfly motif for some texture and the pansy buttons to try and take the eye away from the long straight seam in the middle of the block.

Unfortunately I forgot to take photos of the blocks that other people in the group had done.

I have already sent these blocks off to the next person n the list and have a new set to work on. The next set to do has another underwater theme.

Bye for now,
Linda

Monday, 7 July 2014

Bay Quilters Retreat

I spent a lovely couple of days with the Bay Quilters group who were holding their retreat at the wonderful Peninsular Golf Club.

I arrived on Friday afternoon and the sun was shining and it was afternoon tea time. I enjoyed a delicious cappuccino and could see the golfers having a game. What a lovely course they have.


A dinner was held on Friday night which was delicious and we had such a fun night chattering away. After dinner I was the guest speaker and I had brought three suitcases of my quilts with me to show everyone.

The next day I was teaching crazy quilting and they were making a journal cover.
They were so lucky that they had a table each when they were foundation piecing their bases on their machines.

When it was time to start the embroidery we pushed some tables together so everyone was closer together and could chat while they were sewing.

 
 
 
Here is a photo of the class at the end of the day, still smiling although they had to take in so much information. They had done some beautiful stitching and all the covers looked so different. I am sorry that I forgot to take some closer photos of their beautiful work, hopefully they will send some photos when they are finished.


We were all very well fed, the food was amazing and as usual I always forget to take photos when I am away teaching but I did quickly grab my camera when we had scones for afternoon tea.



 Thank you Bay Quilters for making me feel so welcome; it was a really wonderful retreat.

Bye for now,
Linda

Tuesday, 17 June 2014

Red and White Challenge

This is the last post about the Waverley Patchworkers Quilt Show 2014. As well as all the beautiful quilts on display we also had a challenge. The challenge was Red and White with a Touch of Black. They were to measure 9" x 12" and could hang vertically or horizontally.

We had 69 entries which is a huge number for a challenge and all them were wonderful.

This is what greeted all the visitors when they arrived at the show.

Here is a close up of a few of them, because it was a challenge and viewers had to vote for their favourites the quilts weren't named so I can't tell you made them.





 
 
I did a challenge quilt as well and of course mine was a crazy quilt.
Crazy about Red and White by Linda Steele
 

We had the hall decorated in red and white and we even had red and white cup cakes. They were delicious and I must admit that I had more than one. These were made by Helen a Waverley member who is obviously a good cook as well as a beautiful embroiderer.

The Waverley Art Quilters also had a small display of their work. We could only show four of our topics but they looked wonderful and were admired by many people.


The Waverley Patchworkers Quilt Show is on every two years so the next one will be 2016. A scary thought because they come around so quickly.

Bye for now,
Linda

Tuesday, 10 June 2014

Waverley Patchworkers Quilt Show 2014

The Waverley Patchworkers Quilt Show is over and it was a very successful show. The quilt show committee and I had worked very hard in the 12 months leading up to the show. There is always so much to be done when you are planning a quilt show, but no matter what you do, members still have to finish their quilts and visitors must make the effort to come.

We had over 120 quilts and 69 challenge quilts and 33 art quilts on display, so there was plenty for everyone to see. As well as the Waverley demonstration table we had 7 shops, The Patchwork Tea House, Lilly Patches, Threadbear, Oz Quilts, Mrs Martin's Quilt Shop, Craftpaks and Sewn and Quilted.  Jim and Michelle from the Ringwood Sewing Centre who had so generously donated the viewer's choice prizes were there all weekend demonstrating the Handi Quilter Sweet 16, so there was something for everyone.

When I had a chance I took some quilt photos, so here is a snapshot of some of them.

My Baltimore by Angela van der Linden
Angela's quilt was designed by Noelene Houghton and quilted by Eileen Donnelly. She said that it took her 10 months to do the blocks and 10 years to complete the border. She must be relieved that it's finished at last.

Nile Journey by Jennifer Keogh
This is one of a series that Jennifer is doing to depict different styles over time.

Splash of Autumn by Sue McConchie
Sue's quilt was inspired by Sarah Dent and quilted by Lorene Horsnell. This photo doesn't do this quilt justice, it really glowed.

Garden Quilt (circa 1933) by Coral Moore
Coral's quilt was designed by Josephine Craig and quilted by Desley of Addicted to Quilts. The design was taken from a photo in Margaret Docherty's Birds and Roses book.

Mary Brown Revisited by Liz Willing
Liz was inspired by an antique quilt that had been exhibited in Houston. She designed and quilted it herself.

Hexagon Madness by Helen Rossiter
This photo doesn't do this quilt justice either, it was so vibrant. Naomi Hynes from the Elegant Stitch quilted it and Helen said that she didn't realise that hexagons would be so addictive.

Love Letters by Joyanne Paspa
 
Joyanne's quilt was designed by Allison Niclair and Robyn Geyer and was quilted by Desley Maisano of Addicted to Quilts. Joyanne made this quilt for her daughter's wedding an she personalised it by added their initials and engagement and wedding dates.

Effervescent by Linda Crouch
Linda made this is a Dena Crain workshop and I love the colour and the overlapping circles.

Thanksgiving Quilt by Val Grandin
This was a pattern by Crabapple Hill Studio and it was quilted by Naomi Hynes of The Elegant Stitch. This was one of my favourites, I suppose I liked the embroidery.

Fog in the Hills by Helen Feutrill
Helen designed and quilted this herself and she was inspired by a photo taken on the Black Spur. This was my favourite quilt, I love the atmospheric perspective she achieved.

Australian Beauty by Margaret Brook.
These colours reminded Margaret of Australia and the quilt was designed by Lessa Siegele.

These few quilts give you an idea of the variety and high standard of the quilts on display. There were so many more beautiful quilts.

Here is a blog post by Vireya, a visitor to the show; she features some different quilts and it is interesting to read an outsiders perspective.

I have taken photos of the wonderful red and white with a touch of black challenge quilts but they will have to wait for another post.

Bye for now,
Linda

Wednesday, 4 June 2014

Waverley Patchworkers Quilt Show 2014-Prizes

The Waverley Patchworkers Quilt Show was on last weekend. It went really well with many happy visitors enjoying the wonderful quilts. This is a post about the prizes and awards that were given out because the Waverley Patchworkers website is being revamped and is currently under construction.

The Waverley Patchworkers Quilt show is not a judged show but they give out three awards at the opening of the show to honour three members who have a special place in the hearts of Waverley Patchworkers.

Dawn Burrows was the founder and first president of Waverley Patchworkers and the award is chosen by the current President. The Dawn Burrows Award went to Helen Feutrill for her quilt More than Just Grapes.

Helen Feutrill More than just Grapes
Helen designed, made and quilted this quilt herself and she was inspired by a photo taken at the Stanton and Killeen winery, she used a fusing method and quilted it by machine. It was such a lovely vibrant quilt.

The June Lyons Award is the retaining tradition award which for Waverley means that it is made and quilted by one person, the award is chosen by the Quilt Show committee and they chose Morris Magic by Jan Smart.

Jan Smart Morris Magic

Jan used a Michele Hill pattern and made the quilt entirely by machine; she noted that she had to make 10 metres of bias for the vines.

The Marie Hart Award is given to a beginner quilter who has been quilting five years or less and this year the quilt went to Di Schwab for her quilt Stairway to Cat Heaven.

Di Schwab Stairway to Cat Heaven
Di used a pattern by Barbara Dubovsky that had been in a 1977McCalls Quilting magazine and she made it for her sister Judi who passed away in Dec 2013. Di machine appliqued and quilted the quilt in memory of her sister's beloved cats.

The Waverley Patchworkers had 2 Viewer's Choice Awards because there were two halls of quilts and visitors could choose a winner from each room, the Red Room and the White Room.

Rose Lewis won the Red Room prize for her huge quilt Through the Garden Gate.

Rose Lewis Through the Garden Gate

I won the viewer's choice prize in the White Room for my Christmas Crazy quilt. I couldn't believe it, I had been so busy at the show that I didn't give my quilt a thought and I didn't even get a chance to vote! Thank you to those who voted for my quilt, it is an honour because there were so many beautiful quilts in the show.

Linda Steele with Christmas Crazy

You can read about how I designed Christmas Crazy by clicking on this link

One of the highlights of the quilt show was the Red and White with a Touch of Black challenge. There were 69 challenge entries and they were all so different and wonderful.
There were two challenge quilts that had exactly the same number of votes. The committee members who were doing the counting all day  had to go back and check the number of votes to make sure.

1st Prize went to Naomi Hynes and Rose Lewis.

Naomi Hynes

Rose Lewis
Third prize went to Jan Smart.
Jan Smart


The person who won the raffle Quilt had ticket number 0609, she is a new quilter that only started last September and she was so excited to hear that she had won the quilt.

Waverley Stars- Raffle Quilt 2014
The winning quilts were wonderful but there were so many other beautiful quilts that could have just as easily got a prize. In my next post I'll tell you more about the show and put up some other quilt photos.

Bye for now,
Linda



Wednesday, 28 May 2014

It's Quilt Show time

Do you want to see some beautiful quilts, traditional, art and pictorial, shop at 7 wonderful quilting shops or have a delicious coffee and cake or light lunch?
The Waverley Patchworkers Quilt Show is on this weekend. The committee and I have worked so hard on this show hoping to make it a success. There is nothing more I can do except set up the show on Friday and hope people come on Saturday and Sunday.

We printed 3,000 flyers and have none left, so maybe some people have saved them and are planning on coming. I have had displays in 3 libraries and have had the dates in all the Guild newsletters and the patchwork and quilting magazines.

This week the local paper wrote a lovely little article about the show.


There was also an article in the Waverley Review an online magazine. http://www.monashweekly.com.au/story/1802811/waverley-patchworkers-quilt-show-see-magical-artworks/

I hope any readers who live in Victoria can try and make it to our show. We have a record number of quilts. Our challenge this year was red and white and a touch of black and we have a record number of entries for that as well. I am pretty sure that we have over 65 challenge entries which is a huge number for a challenge.

The Waverley Art Quilters will have a display as well so there is something for everyone.

The Quilt Show is being held at the Mt Waverley Community Centre, 47 Miller Crescent, Mt Waverley, Victoria.
Saturday 9am - 5pm and Sunday 9am - 4pm.
Entry is $8.

I have been so concentrated on the quilt show that I couldn't do any sewing. I felt too scattered and couldn't concentrate on anything, so I spent my time in front of the TV at night winding threads onto embroidery cards. Remember when I bought all those wonderful new threads?
Well I know from past experience that I won't use them when they are kept like this. So this mindless activity has given me something to do in my spare time. The threads are all wound now and ready to be put in my thread boxes in colour order.
Next week when the quilt show is over I can start sewing again.
Hope to see you there.



Bye for now,
Linda