Amazing day

This was a day right up there with those pinnacle of your life days – you know the ones, high school and University graduations, Wedding day, Births of the babies days…. today was the day I won the Bernina Best of Show award at the Queensland Quilt Show!!  still on a high, can’t stop smiling!!

Thank you to the judges, Glad Howard, Lyn Hewitt, and Rachelle Denneny;  to  QQ President Judie Bellingham and the management committee of Queensland Quilters Inc; Bernina Australia; all the other many Queensland Quilt Show Sponsors, and Expertise Events –  wow what a day! Thanks to all my lovely friends and acquaintances and fellow quilters and all the ladies(and men!)  for your fabulous support and kind words and admiration today, it was a fantastic experience and you all contributed so much to my brilliant day!

Completely excited that my textile art piece won, and now we are off to Melbourne for AQC and Best of Australia awards early next year, so exciting to be a part of that!! Will be celebrating all week.

Many thanks to Bernina Australia for their wonderful and continuing support of the craft of patchwork and quilting, to Queensland Quilters Inc who organise the quilt show, (see the rest of the fantastic and beautiful winning quilts at the link) and their dedicated members who do the most amazing behind the scenes work for many months in the lead up to the show, and to Quilt and Craft Fair (Expertise Events) for hosting the show. It all takes a great deal of planning and plain hard work to bring it all together every year so that the rest of us can not only enjoy making our art but also sometimes reap the rewards, such as I have been blessed to do so, today. I am so happy, so grateful and just plain astounded. Thank you all.

 

Quilting with rulers

Enrolled in an online ruler quilting class recently… This weekend I managed to get started… Two projects, one is the class sampler, in beige, taupe, red and brown,  which will be a large quilt, and the other a table topper…. Under which I plan to hide my cutting mat! The rulers are designed by Leonie and Bill West : find information about them at  http://www.westalee.com.au/

I was the lucky winner of a voucher from Punch with Judy  for an online class, at the 2015 Queensland Quilt Show.  I am so glad I chose the  Ruler class !! There are also other classes you can take, but I am doing the introductory one.

These are the first blocks for the table topper – because I made them first, while waiting for  the pale beige fabric to come into the store… I do think it is important to support your local fabric suppliers.

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And here are the first blocks I have done for the class sampler

 

Have to say, having the greatest fun!

Here are some more blocks:

More to come as I get them completed!

Tetra spinner fever

Loving Illustrator! Designing fabrics! Starting with the basics, moving through a sequence from a simple idea to a more sophisticated end product, learning so much about what can be done …. Developing a pattern and instructions is an interesting journey – I love a challenge!

Purists might prefer to stick with a more traditional method printing to fabric sheets and  piecing the tetraspinner, or painting and embellishing at their leisure, taking time to put it all together for fun;  kids can make them from paper and coloured pencils and card; those short on time might rather enjoy the speed of construction aspect with purchased pre printed panels! So I am offering all three, and two sizes. Overkill you may think, but these are going to make great fete items, gifts for those hard to buy for folk, party icebreaker entertainment, diversional therapy! Not to mention the fun to be had making one, or two, or three….

Fabrics will be available in a small selection of colour ways, once I check swatches! Keep an eye out for them on Spoonflower

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Original hand painted and beaded, cotton printed panel and cotton printed triangles designs, Spoonflower fabric print made up.

 

 

2015 – how productive were you?

Do you reach the end of the year and wonder: whatever happened to it? Where did the time go? Did you spend it well? How do you assess it?

An interesting exercise was to take a look at how little or how much I achieved in 2015 in the textile art world. My feeling was that I maybe had not accomplished a great deal particularly in the area of actual textile ART, even though I seemed to be constantly busy, juggling part time work, home duties, designing and sewing.

To find out, I made up a Timeline.

There was some time out in November , and a holiday in January, apparently, but for the most part, it was a pretty steady year… on analysis, I found there was a very real relapse into traditional style quilt making, part of my designing and writing patterns , and some experimentation with the new movement of Modern quilting. I guess the alphabet  can be counted as art….  and true art work was completed (although commenced in 2014) for the two exhibitions, and there were little forays into thread sketching  and quilting… example: my quilt for the Queensland Quilt Show 2015

What next?  The timeline proved just how much I did accomplish, and encourages me to tackle the new year ahead with 12 whole months in which to draw,  paint,dye, stitch, applique, and quilt.  My aspiration for 2016 is to set aside traditional quilting, and to create a number of landscape and seascape textile artworks, with the intention to  exhibit in 2017. And a new timeline at the end!

This quilt: NEBULA

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This quilt is now a pattern for purchase from  2SewTextiles.

Here is where to buy it: 2Sew Textlies Etsy shop

2Sew Textiles on Craftsy

Here is how it was in the making: starting with the centre diamonds: Actually, This was a practise piece, and I dispensed with those red bobbles in the end, didn’t like them!

Over/under almost celtic  applique diamond design for Nebula
Over/under almost celtic applique diamond design for Nebula
Nebula diamond detail
Nebula diamond detail
Nebula diamond stitching
Nebula diamond stitching