Off on holiday

Travel project prepared and ready to go………..

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Canberra Quilters Exhibition

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On 12 – 13 August I was in Canberra to help my sister celebrate an important birthday. It is a great good fortune that the CQ Exhibition is held on the second weekend in August, so that when I do make the long trek to Canberra to see my sister on her birthday, I also get to see the quilt exhibition (and vice versa).

As usual the display was outstanding with many breath-taking quilts.  I was pleased that the Best of Show title went to a contemporary style quilt. Iggy is quite extraordinary. The winning quilts are on view on the Canberra Quilters website here. I did not take any photos myself, because I forgot to take my camera with me, and my phone (iPhone 2!) is so archaic that the photo quality is not good enough to republish.

My niece did take a picture of me next to…

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Which red?

I have made this wall-hanging for a friend in the UK as a flat warming present.  It is a modern flat and I know she has a new red settee.  But I am not sure which red – so my design includes a few!  The design is based on a hanging which my friend, Meg (ourhousequilts.wordpress.com), recently made.  Hope the foil survives the trip to the UK!

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Fields of Grass

Liz Humphries is a member of the Contemporary Quilt Group in Perth, which I am co-convenor of.  She does some fabulous work and it is so different to what I do.  Inspired by her stitchery talk, I purchased Judy Wilford’s book, Embroidered Landscapes, which she recommended.  I have worked one of the projects in the book, following instructions to the letter and produced this.  I am rather pleased with it!

I even laced the back as instructed.  Now I just have to decide whether to mount and frame it.  By the way, it is tiny – about 14cm square.

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Playday

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I had a ‘play-day’ yesterday with my quilting friends and whilst they dyed fabric in the microwave (producing some wonderful results), I decided to give Inktense pencils a workout.  Good results but whilst using fabric medium, as opposed to water, does stop the bleeding, it does change the feel of the fabric.

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Jordan’s Quilt/Playmat

I had fun making this for friend’s little baby girl, Jordan, born 10 days ago.  A bright eye-spy quilt which will provide wonderful spotting opportunities for her and hopefully form the basis of stories to be told by her parents.

See if you can find her name!

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Mother Goose Quilt

I received an enquiry, via WA Quilters’ Association, from someone who wanted a children’s quilt, that had been made probably 5 years ago, duplicated.  I was sent a photo.  My heart sank when I saw it was based on a panel of fabric which had obviously been ‘out of print’ for a long time.  However, after about an hour of internet research using Google, Pinterest and eBay, I was able to track down the range of fabric that had been used, the manufacturer and a fabric panel that was for sale on eBay.  So I have managed to reproduce the quilt using the same panel, albeit with different borders.  A great result!

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