Friday, January 30, 2015

Best of Show- Quilt Manawatu, Symposium 2015

I know Symposium closed over a week ago now, but I needed time to recover before posting! I live in Northland so it was a long road trip to get to Palmerston North, but of course to was worth it. Anyway on to important stuff....Quilts. 

The best of show “Is It Art” by Melanie Martin of Tauranga.
I thought this was a superb quilt, I especially loved the clever use of ombre fabrics that did make the word QUILTING look like it was spray painted.


The quilting was also really fantastic and I wish I had taken more photos to show that, but you can see a little detail of the quilting in the background of the label photo below.


Photo of Melanie Martin in front of her quilt (from the Bay of Plenty Times)

Use this link to read the Bay of Plenty Times interview with Melanie Martin

Updated Also pop over to The Slightly Mad Quilt Lady and listen to Charlotte's interview with Melanie.

More quilts in post to come, see yah later

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Show n Tell December 2014

Here's a quick round up of the Show n Tell from the Xmas Meeting. I didn't get to photograph everything, sorry if I missed yours.

  JJ's Christmas Quilt' made by Sue Farrier.

"A Gentle Swell" made by Donna Rowan

Kath Graham made this Xmas tree for friends who live in a camper van, and don't have much room for decorations.

Pauline Schon made this for her daughter. As she has chooks that look just like this.

Christine Donelley made this for a challenge at the Blenheim Quilt Club.

Carol Roland made this from a kit purchased from Donnas Quilt Studio, at the Auckland Festival of Quilts. She said it was very easy and only took her a day to make.

Jenny Gough made this for her Grand Daughter who is getting married in February. She has travelled widely with her Fiance, Africa being her favourite place. So Jenny is sure she will love this quilt.

By Dawn Dahlberg, made for her son. Pattern and fabrics from Tulis Textiles.

Made by Jane Robinson. "A quick quilt made for my 8th grandchild born in August."

Baby quilt made by Lyn Madden

Christmas table runners made by Ann Field, using techniques from the Hexagon class. They are gifts for family.

The Christmas Challenge (a traditional star) entries.

Janet Greeks has taught a sampler quilt over the course of the last year, demo-ing a different block or technique each club meeting. These photos show some of our members completed blocks.

Sorry the photos are blurry, but they were folding them up as I was taking the photos. I'm sure we will see some completed quilts next year hanging in show n tell, and I will get better photos then.

Sunday, November 23, 2014

What I’ve been up to

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A couple of weeks ago I sewed together my Scrappy Trip Around the world blocks.  I've put it aside since then, to think about maybe adding a border or not.
When I make up my mind I’ll show you the top, till then here it is folded up and waiting.

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I am now busy sewing little nine patch blocks for a double nine patch quilt I am making.

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Here are some of the completed blocks, about another 11 or 12 to do, then I can sew them all together. I haven’t pressed them yet. I'm planning on having a big ironing session one night while watching TV.

What are you doing? Leave me a comment or send me a photo.

Monday, November 17, 2014

Show n Tell November 2014

Wow Saturday was our November meeting! That means the next one will be our Xmas Meeting, gee the year really has gone fast.
Here's the Show n Tell from Saturday.

"Practise makes perfect, or at least it helps" so Janet Greeks says. The top quilt was quilted using her long-arm, and the small white one (below) was quilted on her normal domestic sewing machine.

Shelia Udjur made this quilt, pattern from the Stack Shuffle & Slide book from our club library.

Embroidery by Pauline Schon made during a quilting week on Norfolk Island.

 Also by Pauline a Cot quilt, as she is going to be a Great Grand Mother shortly.

Crazy Quilt made by Riki Going, read her story all about this quilt below. I'm sure we all can identify with parts of it, if not all.

Close up's of some of Rikki's quilt.

'Momento's from My Recent OE' by Lynne O'Donnell.
Lynne's 16 year old grandson wanted a small gift from each country she visited so key rings were it. When she came home she decided to make them into a wall hanging rather than letting them live in a shoe box. A great way of displaying them and her grandson loves it.

These next quilts are some of the 20 quilts that were made by a satellite group at their recent weekend retreat at Mangonui. The quilts are to be donated to the Womens Refuge.
Well done Ladies.


And lastly here's a photo I took of a forgotten husband, sighted at the recent Auckland Festival of Quilts. He was very comfy with his hot drink and beanie. Is he yours? I know he's not mine as I feed mine a bit more than this chap is obviously getting.
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