Sunday, April 26, 2015

springwood

2015 Springwood Quilt Show Raffle Prize Quilt
Earlier in the week the worst storms for 10 years, unleashed terrible damage and some loss of life on a large part of the east coast of New South Wales.Flash flooding, fallen trees, damaged houses - some washed of their foundations by the flood waters. 215,000 homes and business without power.

We were fortunate to be spared any damage to property or life. Our Emergency Services,  once again, did extraordinary work under difficult conditions. The SES (State Emergency Service) is a manned by volunteers.

The sun arrived just in time for the weekend. I made it to the Springwood Quilt Show at last and what a show it was!

Needless to say I purchased a fistful of raffle tickets and will find out at around 3.00pm today if I'm holding the winning one.

The quilts were fabulous and I even got to meet a couple of the quilters including the famous Rhonda Pearce whose Baltimore Classic won a slew of ribbons. In 2013 the quilt won first place in its class at the Houston Quilt Show .

My pictures did not do justice so here is a image from 2013.
Reproduced with the kind permission of the Appliqué Guild Australia Inc

Rhonda is so charming and talented. And patient. It took two years just to stitch the appliqué blocks. Rhonda had other quilts on display - each one just as remarkable as the others.

This was just a quilt top - but oh, what a quilt top! Her quilts are such a big size too.

Rhonda is renowned for her hexagons and her Insanity quilt is just that. My photo of this quilt was rubbish but here's one from a couple of years ago. That outer hexagon border is made up of teeny tiny hexagons!

It was terrific that you could take photos of the quilts but they were laid out pretty close together and the show was busy so taking pictures of the quilts was quite challenging.

This was my favourite quilt of the show and as I was thinking out loud about how I might be able to stuff it into my handbag and take it home, the lady standing beside me laughed.  It was her quilt!

The lovely Martha Krstich is on a mission to make quilts from her rather substantial stash of 5000 fabrics. Even the back was scrappy. 

Here are some of the other wonderful quilts from the show.













This is Rhonda at the show yesterday - she's quite the celebrity but a sincere and humble person who was surprised at all the fuss.

Those of us standing there admiring Rhonda's quilts agreed that even though her quilts are to be left to family members they really are museum pieces and we all hoped that future generations would have the pleasure of seeing them displayed.

It was also ANZAC Day yesterday and the 100th anniversary of the Australian and New Zealand troops landing on Turkish soil in 1915 at Gallipoli.

There were commemorative ceremonies held in Gallipoli, Villiers-Bretonneux, Canberra, at the Australian War Memorial and all the major cenotaphs around the country with record crowds in attendance.

So many young men lost - many of them from small communities and often from the same family.

Small country towns - like Springwood - have a World War I Memorial and the local community paid tribute to those who served and sacrificed in all the conflicts in which Australia has participated. Veterans and descendants of veterans marched down the main street with grateful thanks offered by the crowds.

On this day, many people wear a sprig of rosemary for remembrance and funds are raised for the Returned Servicemen's League and Legacy (an organisation established after WWI to care for war widows and their children).

Even though the Gallipoli  offensive was a defeat, it is widely considered to be the event which led to the coalescence of the Australian identity. Prior to this Australians often thought of themselves as Britons living overseas.

What a terrible price our young men paid to achieve that.





Monday, April 20, 2015

convention

Photo reproduced with kind permission of msmidge.com.au
The Australasian Quilting Convention is held in Melbourne, Victoria and I would love to attend it one day. Not just for the quilts - the Royal Exhibition Buildings are absolutely stunning and Melbourne is a fantastic city.

Great places to eat, shop and stroll. It's my opinion that the National Gallery of Victoria is the best in Australia.

So, since I couldn't go, here is a link to the blog of ms midge who did and she took lots of great photos of the quilts.

Enjoy!

Sunday, April 12, 2015

refreshment


I took a break from sewing those rather dull HSTs to head into the city with friends for some high tea. China cups. Silver teapot. Finger sandwiches. Scones with jam and cream. Petite cakes and tarts.

Yes, I like my tea rather milky. Our venue was The Tea Room in the Queen Victoria Building - one of my favourite buildings in the city.

Image from wikipedia
It really is a confection in stone, tile, ironwork and stained glass that was almost destroyed in the 1970s to make way for more concrete and glass office towers. 

I'm so glad it was saved.  Here's Queen Bess after whom the building was dedicated and named.
Image from wikipedia

Image from alltouristattractions.org

Image from restaurant.australia.com
It's a very popular venue for weddings as there are lots of nice spots to take photos and some of the special aspects of the building are its stained glass and *patchwork* floors.
Image from trevorstravels.com
Image from flickr
Image from flickr
Image from flickr
 Image fromoldenglishtiles.com.au
I would love to have taken my own photos but the place was bustling with visitors, tourists and office workers.I guess it's asking too much to have it all myself for a couple of hours.

(at least this post had some patchwork in it)

Sunday, April 5, 2015

unimpressive



These half square triangles are looking about as impressive as the weather in Sydney the last few days. Drab. Dreary. 

Believe it or not - that fabric is blue.

I'm using the Magic 8 method to create some HSTs to finish off another UFO. The method works well although  - Doubting Thomas that I am - I added an extra inch just to be sure and trimmed them back to the size I needed.


There is a nifty ruler designed for that purpose - Eleanor Burns' Quilt in a Day Square Up Ruler.  I haven't time to order one from Punch with Judy so I'm improvising.

After reading Carrie Nelson's post on the Modafabrics blog I'm also starching a lot more.

Carrie has recently written a series of articles on sizing, thread, tools and the like. All stuff you know but doesn't hurt to refresh.

Like the Mars Bunny here


Best wishes for yours, however you choose to mark the occasion.

Sunday, March 29, 2015

milked


Ta-da! Here is it is - at long last.
 (did I milk this one for all it's worth)


Used some of the leftover fabrics for the backing.
 Seemed a shame not to use them.
 

Seriously, how cute are those owls?!

I love the effect of the quilting on this one.
Machine quilted on a Janome QC6260 using Stitch No. 10, Width 4.0, Length 3.5,  auto tension and Gutermann Cotton Quilting thread.
   Just need to add the label and it's ready for gifting.