Monday, July 11, 2016

May and june

May and June goings on......

Yes I know as usual its been ages since the last post.. what can I say..... been busy.

June is Quilt NSW show month and what a show it was

This photo shows how happy Jan , Bev and myself were that our quilts were acknowledged by the judges. Well one proud teacher here....
Jan and Bev are both from MY Sewing Supplies classes, the once a month class. Both showed their own version of my Floral Garden Baltimore quilt.

Such a happy day from the left Jan , me and Bev on the right.

This is Jan and her stunning quilt. Jan won 2 ND prize Predominantly applique Amateur. FIRST time entrant woo hoo. Such a spectacular quilt.

Jan took her time doing the most stunning job of the stitching. Look the sashing has applique too and those full luscious borders . A huge credit to you Jan. I'm so very thrilled and proud of you.

Bev also with her version Baltimore. Bev started with the stripe sashing fabric as her pallet and it grew from there. Get this, Bev won same category as Jan's , Judges Commendation and Best Domestic machine Quilting Amateur.  Congratulations Bev spectacular. Wow first time entrant too!!! The stitching also was wonderful and beautiful placement of colour throughout the quilt.

How special it is , I cant articulate in words , to have the trust from student's, to keep going it will, be beautiful. This Baltimore is a very large  long term project.  So much work, so much commitment, so much time sitting blanket stitching. Then the machine quilting a huge quilt is hard. Yes hard BUT they persevered , head down and got on with the job. So if your in the process of making yours , keep going , pick it up when you get a chance , little bites ,it is well worth the time .

Oh yes I won Judges choice Jane Gibson ( pictured below with me)   and Hangers prize . wow thank you  For my Secret garden quilt. Lots of lovely comments from the public.

The Best of show was Rachaeldaisy
The most stunning quilt . I loved it ... Rachael is a delightful lady so talented.
Wonderful NSW lady winning best of show ... The way it should be .. Congratulations...

There was a beautiful hoop display by Bob James of some members work.

 This one was mine.

This I don't say lightly at all. The results from ALL of my classes where you go home apply what I teach you in either  the monthly classes or specialty classes as a guest tutor. You go off, and apply learnt techniques makes my heart sing with pride.. I am so lucky  to have this as my job. Thank you everyone. Thank you for entrusting me .

Now some photos of work in classes lately no names just beautiful work

First Machine quilted Quilt a cot tumbler

Garden Cushion magic

daisy paths quilt

 Hearts and Lollipops
 Clam cushions

Great free motion quilting
 The happy quilt and a happy quilter :)
woo hoo very happy quilter here after first machine quilted quilt was finished and looks sensational

Hearts and Lollipops

daisy Paths and stunning detail below

Hearts and Lollipops

 Another Baltimore look how the peeper shines here around the navy blocks

Tumbler bold in black, grey and red

 Quilt and colour going on here
Free form work in triangles

Hearts and Lollipops  and border detail

 A Very pretty pair of cushions

Hexagon wall hangings

 Softly does it Hearts and Lollipops

 A new garden cushion next to the original  so pretty together

Trapunto cushion looking stunning.

Well I'm exhausted after all of your hard work. Fantastic everyone.

Ill post again soon. Lots going on for me at the moment .
Off to Quilt Encounter in 2 days. This is the annual retreat for the South Australia quilt guild . Teaching 5 days and really looking forward to meeting you all. Also having time with my friend the talented  Gina Burgess, a good catch up and a sew between friends . who could ask for more ...

Happy Quilting X Deb

Tuesday, April 19, 2016

AQC 2016

Well AQC has ended for another year. The Australian Quit Convention at the Royal Exhibition building at Carlton Gardens Melbourne was a huge success. Congratulations Judy and Garry Newman for another wonderful Convention

The exhibition building before opening

I love this above photo taken right next door to the exhibition building, where it is reflected in the glass of the museum
Michelle Marvig and I travelled together and were roomies, both teaching this year.

We had a lot of fun together, supported each other, helped carry bags, quilts, and enjoyed our time together .This is how it went down.

Thursday  am flight from Sydney met Michelle at the airport checked in , cuppa while we waited to board then nice smooth flight Phew!!!! all the way to Melbourne.
Arrived by a very nice limo to our accommodation at Quest Apartments Royal Gardens .No time to unpack straight across the road to the convention for meeting with Judy Newman to meet other tutors.
There was a buzz with 18 tutors in all teaching for 4 days.
Then off to our class rooms to unpack and set up. I had a room full of 20, Bernina 720's I was very happy....Thank you Bernina Team for all the setting up and the great support throughout the convention.

room 2 for me
 I was pretty happy how nice my room looked. I took an extra suitcase of quilts to line the walls for inspiration. I had 2 x 2 day classes The little Garden Machine Applique and Free form medallion both with 20 students. It very full on and exciting, I  worked hard to make sure everyone was happy and learnt a lot.

 The exhibition hall looked wonderful with the quilts on display.

After room set up back to motel for a  quick change and off to the cocktail Welcome  party. Where they had a photo booth and we needed no excuse to ham it up  with Sue and Sandy from The sewing Connection at Pakenham. I love those ladies so much fun and great company. I am teaching there again this year in August . See my teaching schedule tab for further information.

The vendors hall is terrific only quilt related no extras , I managed to purchase a few bits and pieces and a great new rotary cutter.

 I managed to get a quick look at my quilt "Hair" at the A Matter of Time Collection, and here I am with Brenda Gail Smith the curator of this beautiful exhibition of 32 quilts.

A matter of Time

Susan Carlson from the USA exhibited this amazing crocodile quilt. Made for her son.... wow    huge and so popular very hard to get a decent photo. Susan is one of the loveliest ladies and so much fun. We met a few years ago in NZ at Symposium and she remembered me. He had fun together...She is soooooo  talented oh my goodness...  Crocodiles name is STEVIE more than 6 metres longggggg

Annette Gero had an exhibition of War quilts from 1800-1950 stunning indeed..

Victoria Finlay Wolfe had a collection of quilts with a theme of double wedding ring and these 3 were my favourites.

Classes were terrific the first 2 day class, A Little Garden is Machine decorative stitch applique, It is always hard for students to work on unfamiliar machines but we managed to get through and have a wonderful inspirational time and some great work. They are all so excited to get on their own machines at home and explore their stitches. Thanks ladies I loved the class and your company.

All the flowers are so different and so pretty.

The second class was Free form Medallion and wow they blew me away with the final results. First few hours is a bit scary cutting without rulers and not knowing what you are going to create but they handled it beautiful and look at the results.
A great bunch a ladies. Thanks for the great time

Thank you girls

I had 2 quilts in the tutors exhibition my Jacaranda on George and my A Secret Garden Quilt both doing me proud.

Another cute challenge was the Paws and Whiskers exhibition, celebrating our pets.. oh so cute..

 Sonya Pritchell from New Zealand was awarded the best quilt voted by the public , her stunning cat above...
 Look Doreen MR LOU....

Also I had my Evolution quilt hang with Denise Sargo's winning snow leopard quilt. Mine is called Avoca 20 years on and won viewers choice at Hazelhurst gallery. A wonderful honour.

Saturday evening   was  Gala dinner night. Everyone popped on their finest clothes put on the lippy and danced the evening away. This is my favourite part of AQC to be honest ... I am a party girl if you didn't know it ... love to dance...
We were entertained by Pavarotti, Robbie Williams and Elvis.. woo hoo what a night. The impersonators were all wonderful. Together with a wonderful meal equals to a great time.

The Rajah Award went to the wonderful Beth Miller from Canberra. A sensational choice. This award goes to a person in the quilting industry who has made an extensive contribution to the industry. And Beth has.  Congratulations Beth .

The Shining Light award went to Sofia Uriarte watch out for this talented teenager. Funny though she can quilt like crazy but didn't know who Elvis was, Lorena her mum has something to answer to   Ha Ha    . It was fun....
AQC is a great time for like minded quilters to gather and have time for their art, meet new friends and generally have an amazing time. If you have never been ,try one year to attend I know you will love it . I so enjoyed seeing many of my friends again, quilters are wonderful people and at AQC everyone is so happy and thrilled to be there.

Anyway this tired tutor and her great mate Michelle hopped into a cab and off to the airport where we toasted a terrific time was had a AQC with a champagne. two buggered girls indeed but happy and contented that everything went well. Michelle classes were a huge hit...
Home now for a while for me only Sydney once a month classes which will be lovely.

In July my next away gig is quilt Encounter in South Australia. My first time teaching for the South Australian Guild, so looking forward to it. There I also will catch up with my friend Gina Burgess a terrific quilt tutor . A few champagnes on her top balcony overlooking the vast ocean and town views I can very much handle.

Till Next time Happy Quilting X DEB

On a sad note due to a family illness Vanessa has cancelled my June workshop at Vanessa's wool and Craft in Parkes. Sending you all my love Vanessa .xxx