Benefit Auctions

Being a member of Studio Art Quilt Associates, I decided this year I would submit a couple of small pieces for auction, to help in a small way to raise funds for the SAQA exhibition programmes, and I guess it is another platform where people will see my humble work….. These are the two pieces  – the first,   postcard sized, is an Eastern Yellow Robin  for the Spotlight Auction, and the second, Silver Gulls, is for the Benefit Auction. I had fun making them. The postcard is already on it’s way to America, if it hasn’t already arrived, and the other will be soon winging it’s way to Lisa Walton , vice president of SAQA who has kindly offered to take the Oceania Membership Group’s donated quilts to the USA.

The past 10 days have also seen me quilt and bind a charity quilt top  – one of the Linus quilts – made by another Queensland Quilters member, so I will be handing that back this coming Tuesday at the QQ Inc March gathering. Just a teeny contribution…. and it keeps my hand in just a bit with the machine quilting…

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Then there were a couple of tiny miniature pieces I did for fun, that were not birds for once!!! I have had these tiny frames in my stash for years so with a bit of the old crackle medium and acrylic paint I dressed them up a little and made these wee gifts…. 2″ x 2″ and 2″ x 2.5″ respectively!

I have a mind to have a go at the Coastal Threads Art Prize, “Coastal Fringe” if I can get my act together… I have yet to finalise my subject, but with a March 30 deadline I will be on to it this week! Next on the list following that is a commission! Exciting times.

 

 

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.

 

Nebula Revisited

The pattern is out!

Playing around on the computer in my quilt design software and thought I would experiment a bit with the colour choices…

Autumn Nebula

Autumn Nebula: in time for the northern hemisphere fall – or maybe that’s nearly over! So just in case, here is a promise of the snowy winter wonderland to come!!

ICE NEBULA
ICE NEBULA

For some more colour choices see my post Nebula again

Queensland Quilt Show

That’s the show over for another year! It was a fabulous show with many wonderful quilts executed exquisitely and beautifully – great to see an interesting collection of modern quilts there, my latest enthuse! (more in another blog) I managed to take out the 2nd prize for Professional – Mixed techniques with this quilt, so you can imagine that was an exciting day!

Aitanga-a-tiki-kapakapa o Aotearoa
Aitanga-a-tiki-kapakapa o Aotearoa

and my good friend Brenda Wood of  2Sew Textiles won two first prizes! Amateur Art: “Dune View”

Brenda and Dune View

and Amateur Pictorial!!! this one named “Bellbirds Too” was her remake (in a different design)  of her Bellbirds quilt that was stolen from the show in 2013! Brenda and Bellbirds tooBellbirds Too

We both went back to the Show yesterday to see all the quilts again – and the ones that we had not had time to see on our first visit. Such a good show, congratulations to all the wonderful hard working Committee and helpers who made it possible! Many many thanks, Ladies. You can see all the winning quilts here: Queensland Quilt Show.

Also a huge thank you to the sponsors of my prizes: Wabi Sabi Designs Find their website here, and Schoolhouse QuIlters here is their facebook page.