Sunday, May 16, 2010

I've been framed

The Phebe quilt is based on a central medallion surrounded by a number of frames. While I have been appliqueing I have also been constructing some of these frames. Three of them are attached now.

I love watching the progress of quilts. The way each addition changes the look of the piece is amazing. I am well into the second applique frame, but it will be some time before it is all finished. In the meantime I will be working on the stars which make up the next two frames.

There is a definite chill in the air in Melbourne so of course I went to my wardrobe to pull out some woollies - and to be honest - some were looking a bit shabby. You know - that place "can't quite wear this to work but it's still OK for home"? So I felt the need to get out the old knitting needles. Decided on some glorious Noro Kureyon yarn. This took only a few hours,

but I have to say my hands ache after a night of knitting. Phooey to the aging process, I say!

We had an "almost" fabulous day yesterday - SSS day and it was Di's turn to be invaded by the group. It is always so wonderful to go to Di's place in the hills. She has a beautiful property, she's an amazing cook and hostess and of course I don't need to tell you about her sewing. But just after we arrived, poor Di developed a terrible migraine - and went to lie down, leaving her fabulous partner Brian to attend to us - and of course we helped ourselves to the delicious lunch that she had made. We hoped that she would reappear, but alas she didn't. Still it was great to catch up wth her for a few minutes, and the rest of the gang. Meghan looking fabulous after her trip to Europe which I'm sure she will tell you about over at SSS.

The bell is beeping on my oven so I must dash. I'll finish with some more photos from AQC as promised. A couple of traditional quilts, lovely workwomanship

and a couple of contemporary ones

the second one is by Sue Cody who teaches in Sydney - I loved this quilt.

Hope all is well in you world,

Kisses, Deb

Saturday, May 8, 2010

Another quilt show (PART 1)

Good morning dear friends. I have been trying to get some photos of the AQC up since last weekend but alas have had no time. By now you will have probably seen many of these quilts at other sites, oh well, hopefully something new will appear here.

If you are not from Melbourne, the show is held at the old Exhibition buildings - truly beautiful building surrounded by lovely gardens. I didn't think to take a photo, but luckily Sue -Anne did - go have a look here.

I will post the photos in installments - otherwise the post will be huge. So today a few of my favourites.

My absolute favourite was a version of the Wickersham quilt. When I first saw the pattern, I didn't really like it but this version is fab! I think the sashing makes all the difference, don't you agree?

I absolutely love the clear colours in this quilt - and of course the geometry appeals to my maths brain.
Here are a couple of close ups.

The white dots are wool felt blanket stitched on - genius!

These two close ups are of quilts that were featured in Quiltmania a few months ago. I really like them - one reminds me of Christmas decorations.

I didn't think to take bigger photos sonce I already had them in the mag - sorry - thoughtless of me.

This one is a very nice reproduction of a quilt in Anette Gero's book The Fabric of Society.

A close second favourite was this one

Not your traditional quilt - quite medeaval - the background is like a brick arch. I took a close up of the machine quilting because it was like a mosaic.

So much talent out there!

Not the best photos - but the lighting was bad at the show with lots of natural light coming through the windows behind the quilts - made it hard to photograph.

I will have some more photos to show soon.

In the meantime I'm working on the second applique border for Phebe (and nothing else). A photo of the first one over at SSS.

I hope you enjoy some of the work that our talented Aussies are producing. Have a lovely weekend.


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