Tuesday, October 30, 2012

AMQA Inc. Quilt Show

At the end of September I attended the Australian Machine Quilting Association Quilt Show for 2012.  This show was held in conjunction with the Australian Machine Quilting Festival at the Adelaide Convention Centre.  I was pleased to be able to enter a couple of quilts that I quilted for Sandy and Carol. Here are the photos of their quilts hanging in the show. 

Sandy has made a beautiful quilt as part of her sewing group, they shared fabric so there are a lot of variety in the thongs. 


 Sandy's quilt 'Aussie Thongs'



Here are a few close ups.

The border is made of log cabin blocks and the quilting design is called 'Beaches' by Anne Bright.

The bright colours work so well and the background fabric was  a great choice for a beach.

Sandy should be quite proud of her quilt as it caught the eye of Ricky Timms who had come to Festival to teach.  I was told he thought it a great quilt.

I really like the flower thongs and you can also see the quilting pattern in this photo, a pair of things, a shell, some water lines.

Another quilt I entered was made by Carol.  Carol must have an enormous scrap bucket as she has made at least 4 of the Bonnie Hunter Mystery Quilts.  Bonnie Hunter is well known for her scrappy style.

This quilt is the pattern 'Carolina Christmas'.

Carol's quilt 'Fantasia'

Carol does wonderful piecing and her quilts are a dream to quilt.  The preparation and care taken by Carol make for a great result.

Some close ups.

 Not sure what these are called, whirlygigs, friendship star variation.

The star within a star block. Carol decided on a pattern called Fantasia by Lorien Quilting for this quilt. The curves balance it nicely. 

Pieced borders are very typical for a quilt designed by Bonnie Hunter and Carol does them so well.  

In this photo you can see the quilting goes off the edge of the quilt but you can also see the line of stay stitching Carol has done. 

Stay stitching on a pieced border is a good idea.  It prevents any of these small seams starting to undo when the quilt is handled which can then become a problem when quilting.

A long post but I wanted to show a number of photos of each of these quilts. 

 If you are interested in knowing more about either AMQA Inc. or AMQ Festival please follow the links on the right of this blog.

Happy Quilting

Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Friendship Challenge

Quilt by Raylee
These 2 quilts have 3 things in common!  Go on, I hear you say.  Well these 2 quilts are what a Kim and I came up with in response to some simple parameters for our friendship challenge. 

At the Inaugural Australian Machine Quilting Festival in 2010, the speaker for the Gala Dinner was Kimmy Brunner from America.

Quilt by Kim

Kimmy described how herself and a friend had challenged each other to make a quilt using specific colours, lime green and pink, I believe.

Well Kim and I discussed and decided on our challenge requirements whilst waiting for our flight home.

Red, Black, one other colour and at least one circle.

As you can see both quilts fill these requirements, but oh so differently!

It was great to see these quilt hang near each other at the Australian Machine Quilting Association Quilt Show, held in conjunction with AMQ Festival 2012.

 I received a text from Kim on her way home from Festival, time to think about our next challenge.  Will let you know.

Happy Quilting

A Busy Year.

Checking back to my blog today I was shocked to see that despite my last post I did not get myself into a habit and show you things regularly, it's actually been longer than before.
In the past year my husband has gone on long service leave from the Defence Force, I have taken on an executive position of an Australia wide association, been needed at school by son #3 a fair bit, done a fair bit of quilting, and more recently spent a week in Adelaide at the Australian Machine Quilting Festival.

I have seen on a few blogs I regularly check that they have a button which says something like IBOT, which stands for I Blog On Tuesdays.
What a great idea.  I don't need the button, I just need the day that it should happen and I plan to stick to it unless there is something that just cannot wait.  I did think about my week and have to admit that Tuesdays is probably the better for spending some time at the computer.
So after a busy year I do have lots to show you and my plan is to do that on Tuesdays. Watch this space.

Block detail from Blue Gentleman