Monday, August 20, 2012

Finishes, Birthdays and More

I finished my blue/yellow 'Made in Cherry' quilt. If you came to our recent Quilt Show you may have seen me machine quilting it, and trying to explain what I was doing to non-quilters.
Working on the demo table is always a fun thing to do at the Quilt Show, it's really fun answering questions from interested people.
The most asked question was 'Is that design programmed in your sewing machine?' So then I had to explain about free-motion quilting. :-)


I didn't have any blue pegs Sonya, so I used yellow instead!

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I'm happy with my quilting, it's nowhere near perfect by any means, but I feel like I getting better!


So now I'm going to start on my other Made in Cherry quilt. I pin basted it using this closing tool I bought from Carol Mahoney (merchant at our last club meeting). It really saved my fingers from getting scratched and sore.


In other news I bought some stickers to bling my Janome. 

Why don't sewing machines come in different colours like cars? Wouldn't that be fun when buying a new machine saying "I'll have that one, but in red please."

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My youngest Brad turned 18 a couple of weeks ago, we talked him into coming with us (Mum & Dad) to Auckland for the weekend. Parents of teens will understand about him not being keen to go away with his Parents! But he actually enjoyed the trip :-) . Here he is in the Sky Tower.

The other birthday was the Sky Tower, it turned 15 on the weekend.
The last time we had been up the Sky Tower Brad was about seven years old, and he couldn't remember it at all, so I'm glad we went again.


Sky Tower Auckland, New Zealand

Here's some photos I took from the Sky Tower.


Rangitoto Island  in the distance. (it's a dormant volcano) 


Mount Eden another old volcano in the background


CBD as the lights are coming on.


The Auckland Habour Bridge (top right)

Thursday, August 16, 2012

Show n Tell August 2012

Well the meeting last Saturday went really well, and we even had quite a bit of show n tell. Usually after a Quilt Show there's not much at the next meeting, but we were lucky that new member Daphne Humphreys bought several of her quilts to share with us all.

Daphne Humphreys make this hand pieced quilt over 20 years. 

The design came from a photo in a book that her great-grandmother gave her. The original quilt is in the Royal Albert Museum and was never finished.


Daphne loves hexagon and crazy quilting. She has embellished each block. Amazing.


I love the Kowhai flowers on this block


Daphne made this hexagon quilt in country colours for her Son


detail of all the interesting fabrics


These large hexagons are Daphne's are 'Crazy Quilt Journal Project for 2012' 


Love this one!


What a great way to celebrate an anniversary.


Terri Mills made this lovely machine embroidered bowl using wash-away 


Pamela Danher made this crazy quilt using up a lot of her scraps. Pamela said it was fun and quick to make as it has no batting, but is backed with a heavy furnishing fabric and tied.


close up of one of the crazy blocks


This beautiful scarf (it's folded in half) was made by Dorothy Terpstra


Jenny Gough bought this on a recent trip to America. She fell in love with it, but thought she wouldn't be able to afford it. 
 When she asked about the price she was told $18 plus tax. Jenny's husband now wonders why she buys fabric to cut up when you can buy quilts so cheap!


Carol Mahoney of Carols Quilts was our Merchant and Guest Speaker at the meeting.  Here she is talking about some of her quilts.

She has recently started her own business selling templates, she has all sorts from hexagons to kiwis. I bought one of her tools and I'll show you that in another post.

Friday, August 10, 2012

More Photos from the Quilt Show

This post has some of the smaller works from the show. There were many quilts on display and I didn't take photos of everything. So if I have missed out your quilt sorry, but enjoy looking at these again.


'All that Glitter's is not Gold' by Shirley Julian

Copper Shim, Velvet, Silk & Brocade


'Incopperable' by Elizabeth Percy
Copper Shim & fabrics


'Shimbollock' by Lynne O'Donnell

Copper Shim & Felt


'Pohutukawa' by Pauline Schon


'Land-Use Change in Canterbury' Triptych by Donna Rowan


'Variegated Thread Play' Reversible wallhanging by Sandy Robinson


detail of Sandy's quilting


'Dock Ropes #8, AKA Rope of Life' By Mathea Daunheimer


close up of Mathea's quilting


'Rolling Hills and Sea' by Lynne O'Donnell


'Kaikorua Flax' by Shona Patterson


'Dresden Plate Folly' by Donna Rowan


'Kotuku' by Sonya Prchal


'Passionfruit Flower' by Sonya Prchal


'A Secret Garden' by Shirley Julian


'It's Fun to Just Play' by Shirley Julian 

Metal Shim, Tyvek, Fabric Paints and Handmade Beads

Check out the next post below for some of the bigger quilts from the show.
See everyone tomorrow at the club meeting, bye

Some photos from the Quilt Show

OK here's a few photos from last weekends quilt show there will be another post to come so come back later to see some more.


'Coffee an Cream' by Jennifer Cullen. 

This won the viewers choice for bed quilt on our opening night.

Congratulations Jennifer


'Love Hearts' by Evalyne Thomson

This won the viewers choice for a wallhanging on our opening night. 

Congratulations Evalyne


'Jewel Box' by Helen Poot


'Cappuccino at the Lone Star' by Wendy Magee


'Colours of the Lake' by Verity Baines


'Emily's Quilt' by Pauline Schon

Quilted by Judi Schon


'Decadent Victorian' by Allison McRae

Quilted by John Nielsen


'It's Christmas' by Allison McRae

Quilted by John Nielsen


'Australian Flowers' by Dorothy Terpstra 


Close up of one of the 3D flowers on Dorothy's quilt


'Remember You're a Kiwi' by Leeann Hansen


Close up of the border, I'm really happy with my quilting! 

It must have been all that help Oscar the cat gave me.

More photos from the show to come so check back later :-)


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