Tuesday, 24 May 2016

Are you coming to the Quilt Show?

Waverley Patchworkers has been working towards their quilt show for 12 months now and it is finally time for the show.

Naomi Hynes and friends have made an absolutely beautiful raffle quilt which will be displayed at the show.

Waverley Patchworkers Raffle Quilt

Tickets are being sold for this beautiful quilt for only $2 each.

The quilt show is being held at the Mt Waverley Community Centre, Miller Crescent, Mt Waverley. Victoria Australia. It is across the road from the Mt Waverley railway station, so it is possible to avoid trying to find a car-park and come by train.

The dates are Saturday 28th May 9am -5pm and Sunday 29th May 9am to 4pm.

Entry is $8.

I have heard that the quilts in the show are absolutely fabulous and not to be missed, there will also be a cafe, shops and quilting demonstrations.

We are trying to encourage new quilters to our club and with that in mind we are going to provide beginner classes for 4 weeks after the show, for the bargain price of $10 for all four classes. If you are a beginner or have a friend or relative that is interested to learn how to piece or applique, please come along to the show and sign up for the classes.

There will also be an applique display and a display from the Waverley Art Quilters. The Waverley Art Quilters are going to show some of their quilts on the topics of Jeffrey Smart, Flinders Street Station, Sydney Long, Industrial and Hundertwasser. Here is a sneak peak at some of them.

We only run our quilt show every two years and last time visitors were very impressed and thought our show was a marvelous event not to be missed.

As I am the current President of Waverley Patchworkers, I will be there at all times. Please drop by and say hello, I'd love to meet you. I am looking forward to catching up with many friends.

Here are a couple of close ups of the wonderful quilting in the raffle quilt.

See you at the show!

Bye for now,

Tuesday, 17 May 2016

Heather's Quilting Emporium Retreat

I have recently been away for a luxurious two night stay in Moama, NSW at Heather's Quilting Emporium. A friend of mine won a prize at last year's Victorian Quilters Showcase for a two night stay and she was allowed to bring 3 friends. I was lucky enough to be chosen!

We had the most wonderful time and Heather could not have been more kind and thoughtful. She had thought of everything to make our stay a memorable one.

First we were shown to our rooms, here is my room.

After we had all unpacked we all met in the giant sewing room for a coffee.

The sewing room had two seating areas, a large table, cutting board station and ironing boards.

There was even a cosy fireplace.

Heather said that some people go out and look around the town or go to the neighbouring town of Echuca, not us, we stayed in that sewing room for three days, chatting, sewing, checking out our phones and Ipads and eating.

We didn't go hungry because we were served the most delicious food.

Heather also has a shop on site where we could buy fabric and threads etc, just in case we ran out or just wanted to buy. We did of course, she had some lovely batik fabrics that I just had to have.

We did actually leave the sewing room for a short time to inspect the garden.

This was the view out the back, it was beautifully isolated and felt so relaxing.

It was only a two night get-away but I felt so relaxed and had such a wonderful time that I really felt as if I had a holiday.

Here we are happy and relaxed on our retreat.

As well as talking non-stop; I did my homework for the Art Quilters group. It was a little underwater scene.

 On the way home we dropped into two patchwork shops, South Fabrics in Echuca and Canterbury Quilts in Bendigo. We just had to have afternoon tea at Beechworth Bakery in Bendigo as well!

Here are my purchases, I am looking forward to using them soon, I have an idea in the back of my mind for them.

I would highly recommend Heather's Quilting Emporium for a get away with your quilting friends. There is room for 4 but Heather has plans to change the double beds for singles so that 6 friends can stay.
Heather regularly has teachers up there for workshops so keep a lookout for a class that might interest you as well.

Thank you Heather for a quilting retreat to remember. In fact it was so good we are thinking of making it a yearly event.

Bye for now,

Tuesday, 10 May 2016

Material Girls

The Highway Gallery in Mt Waverley held an exhibition of textiles from around the world and named the exhibition Material Girls. The exhibition had fashion, craft, photographs and fabrics from India, China, Japan, Vietnam, Africa, Australia and Holland just to name a few.

There was a beautiful red silk hand-painted kimono from Japan.

Japanese Kimono
A beautiful embroidered jacket from China.

Perankan top from China
There were so many beautiful garments from all over the world. The gallery asked the Waverley Art Quilters if we would like to exhibit our Indian inspired quilts in the show. Here are a few that were in the exhibition.

Lois Munro

Heather Molinia

Linda Steele

Margaret Cooper

Pat Yong
It was lovely to see our art quilts on display. The exhibition is over now so I cannot suggest you go and see it. It is great to have a gallery that is interested in showcasing textiles and so
Waverley Patchworkers is very happy to support them.

Bye for now,

Tuesday, 3 May 2016

My 60th Birthday

Last month was a big month for me because I turned 60! I grew up in a very quiet, conservative family who didn't believe in making a big fuss about a birthday and so parties were a rare event. I decided that if I was going to turn 60 I might as well do it in a big way and I ended up with three parties.

Here are all my birthday cards and would you believe they are all different, who would have thought that there are so many 60 cards although to be fair they didn't all have 60 printed on them.

My children organised a High Tea at The Windsor Hotel for the family the day before my birthday. It was very elegant and I always love it when the entire family gets together. After we had eaten the waiter brought out a little cake for me.

Here is a photo of me with my two daughters and little granddaughter Savannah at The Windsor.

It's not a very good photo of my daughters but I am pretty sure they don't read my blog!

The next day was my actual birthday and I had a luncheon at my place for my friends. I was thrilled that two of my friends from Adelaide came over to be there, it helped make the day very special. It was so much fun to have so many people that I like all in the same room. I wish that I had have thought to take a group photo with everyone in it.

This is what the table looked like before we started eating.

That night the family came over for dinner and my daughter Bec had made me a sewing themed cake. I couldn't believe the trouble that she had gone to, it was delicious as well.

So here I am a woman in her 60's but the parties I had really helped soften the blow and made me so happy. I am so grateful that I have such a hardworking, supportive husband, four beautiful children, a dear little granddaughter and some wonderful friends. I am able to spend my time sewing and quilting and although life sends all sorts of ups and downs, I have a wonderful life.

It was a big week for us because two days later my son graduated with a Bachelor of Music degree in Composition. No more children at school, hooray!

AQC, my birthday and Cam's graduation made it a very busy week.
Bye for now,

Tuesday, 26 April 2016

AQC 2016 Part 2

I really enjoyed my day at AQC (Australasian Quilt Convention) this year. I caught up with many quilting friends from all over Australia as well as morning tea with an online friend from the Southern Cross Crazies (hello Claire), I spoke about my quilt in Brenda Gael Smith's presentation of the A matter of Time exhibition, I bought some quilting supplies and I did white glove duty in the afternoon. It was a long day but so much fun.

AQC always have a challenge and this years theme was Tradition with a Twist. As usual all the entries were so diverse, here are some of them.

A Happy Place by Alison Withers won first prize. She had included many traditional blocks in her quilt.

A Happy Place by Alison Withers
Second prize went to Twist'n Time by Christine Dowell.

Twist'n Time by Christine Dowell

Blue Willow by Jennifer Horsfield

Carousel by Yvonne Chapman

Twisting Time by Sue de Vanny

Wedding Wonder by Deb Layt
There were so many wonderful entries, it must have been so hard to pick a winner.

I always appreciate other people's work a bit more when I have tried something myself. I have recently embroidered a nest and was interested to see two quilts with nests in them.

Nest by Julie Haddrick

Nest by Cait Gordon
I loved a quilt from a South Australian quilter Adriana Newton that featured a snowy scene. My photo does not do it justice; it was incredible and quite vibrant.

Snow in Shinjuku by Adriana Newton
The Best of Show from South Australia was by Lisa Maree Davis.

Meeting Michele by Lisa Maree Davis
Pamela Brockwell from Canberra quilters won Best of Australia with her quilt Canzonne Rosso that she made from a Sharon Schamber pattern.

Canzonne Rosso by Pamela Brockwell

Canzonne Rosso detail
I was impressed by this large peacock quilt by Katherine Jones.

Peacock by Katherine Jones

I think my favourite quilt was by Cat Larrea from Alaska.

Clam Chowder part 1 by Cat Larrea
It will be hard to see from the photo why this is my favourite. It was made with little rectangles of fabric that looked like paint brushstrokes, this gave it a water colour effect. I wasn't the only one who liked it though, I was talking to a friend from the Design and Composition course I did a few years ago and she showed me a photo of her favourite quilt and lo and behold it was the same one that I liked. If I ever get some spare time I would like to try this technique.

The talk of the quilt show at AQC was Stevie by Susan Carlson; he was massive and measured 20 foot wide. If you click on Susan's name it will take you to her website where she has lots of progress shots of making this huge quilt.

Stevie detail

Stevie by Susan Carlson
I can't help but notice that most of the photos that I take are art quilts; they are the ones that seem to interest me the most but there were many beautiful traditional quilts as well.

Bye for now,