Friday, April 21, 2017

Australasian Quilt Convention

AQC time again! There is so much to look at, and it all becomes a bit overwhelming after a while. But what a wonderful show it was this year! And it was fun to catch up with a few friends old and new as I wandered around.

It was fantastic to see Kat Jones's "Bling" in person:
No one will believe me now, but one of the challenge pieces I'm working on this year is somewhat similar in concept to this. But I really did start working on it before I had ever seen pictures of Bling.

I found a podcast of an interview with Kat Jones here, recorded at Quiltcon. It was interesting to hear some details about how she created her masterpiece.

I loved the Mexican "Flora and Fauna" quilts. This Jacobean lily popped out at me:
But of course it is not a Jacobean Lily; in Mexico, where it comes from, it is an Aztec lily!

The Taiwanese art quilts were wonderful, although I don't have any photos of them. But the labels were problematic. I don't know if they were translated with Google Translate, or by a human who wasn't very proficient in English. It would have been nice if they had been edited by an English speaker somewhere in the process to improve the flow of the comments. Some seemed as if they may have been quite poetic originally, but the English was clunky and semi-literate. The same problem occurred a few years ago in a display of Japanese quilts. Better editing is required on future international quilt displays.

Elsewhere there were a few larger-than-life quilts like these beautiful Zinnias by Velda Newman:

But the biggest of them all was Norma Slabbert's Year 60 Quilt:
It is 11 metres long, so that's just part of it. It was displayed wrapped around an octagonal shape, so you could walk around it and see small sections at a time. Norma made one block every day for a year, starting on her 60th birthday. (Which I think would actually make it a "year 61" quilt but that probably makes me sound like a pedant.) Here's a close-up view of one small section so you can see the incredible amount of work that went into the daily blocks:

A couple of other quilts that caught my attention:
This is Vertigo, also by Katherine (Kat) Jones. In the podcast I linked to above, she talks about this quilt as well, explaining the colour graduation sections. Close-up of the quilting and the colour graduations on the sail:

And lastly, Modern Movement by Rachelle Denneny:
I loved the colour and the quilting in this. Close-up:
Rachelle used the same quilting design all over, changing thread colour for each column of squares:
I was not at all surprised to find out later that this quilt was awarded the National Quilt Award.

Thursday, April 20, 2017


The bulbs have multiplied nicely since last year.

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Evening Expedition

Misty evening in Ocean Grove:

Visiting at this time of day so that we could collect the two bee hives and bring them here.

Tuesday, April 18, 2017

A Little Progress

Actual stitching happening:
Those dark brown pieces were created, then added to my Pentagon Sunflowers, at a quilting day today.

Monday, April 17, 2017

Pretty Green

Bought myself this beautiful Echeveria "Coolvue" today:
It has about 10 rosettes, so I have a few plans for it when I split them up.

Sunday, April 16, 2017

Strathdale Quilters Show

Took a drive to Bendigo to visit the quilt show. Here are a few things that caught my eye:

This chair was bought at an op-shop for $1, taken apart and refinished, then re-covered with crumb-patchwork made from scraps thrown out by other quilters:

This quilt reminded me that I have Cathy Miller's Rose Window pattern somewhere:
 Great use of what seems to be a rather ugly batik fabric on its own.

The group's challenge involved making a 40cm square cushion cover to represent a season of the year. At least five fabrics had to be used in each piece.
The photo really does not do the array of finished cushions justice. Many different techniques were on display, including EPP, paper foundation piecing, felt, raw-edge and needle-turn appliqué, and every type of embellishment you could imagine.

 I had seen my favourite of the quilts before, Marj Gale's La Passacaglia, when I attended the Strathdale Quilt-In last August:
That's just a part of the whole quilt. It was nice to get a close-up view of how it had been quilted.

After the quilt show I visited a book fair and picked up a few bargains, so it was a good day all round. 

Saturday, April 15, 2017

Lack of Progress

The month is half over and I haven't made much progress on anything yet. I've spent some of the time searching for a notebook which contains my original diagram for my Pentagon Sunflowers, this month's UFO. I have looked everywhere without success. It must be in one of the boxes out in the shed which haven't been unpacked yet.

Today I gave up looking for it. I attempted to re-create it by photographing the template grid, printing it out and colouring it in. But guess what else I couldn't find anywhere?

Coloured pencils! I don't remember seeing them in the last couple of years, so they probably are safely packed away with the notebook.

I managed with a grey-lead and a pink chalk marking pen to come up with something that will do. So now I know what extra pieces I need to make for the quilt, and I've found fabrics for them as well. Maybe there will be some real progress by the end of the month.

Linked to Sarah's HELP for Hexie-holics. Mine aren't hexies, but the link-up is all EPP no matter the shape. Check it out!