Monday, May 31, 2010

Student work

'Teachers open the door
but you must enter by youself'
Chinese Proverb
I'm always happy to meet former students & see their wonderful work. Janet was in my Leaf it Alone workshop at AQC in 2008 & also took a workshop with me this year at AQC. Here she is with the completed quilt from 2008. The quilting brings further dimension to the printed leaves.

Saturday, May 29, 2010

Opal Fever at Emerald #3

Sharon above with  her 'Opal Necklace'. Did you  notice the wonderful quilts hanging in the club room?
Jeri thanks for the lovely comments yesterday. I love to pass on my knowledge & it is very rewarding to see the smiles & results from workshops.
Shelley holding her 'Opal Necklace' & Kathie's 'Opal Fever' above.

Friday, May 28, 2010

Opal Fever at Emerald #2

Debbie with her quilted Opal Necklace & sparkly Angelina fibre swathes.

Thursday, May 27, 2010

Opal Fever at Emerald

Emerald Patchwork & Quilting Group have great club rooms with many wide tables for sewing & designing. Cutting tables, raised to the right height are down the back & a small kitchenette finishes the setup.

At the end of day 2, the students proudly display their work from the Opal Fever workshop. Close to Emerald are gem fields where sapphires & other semi-precious stones can be found.
Andra chose to use a mix of bright commercial print & hand dyed fabric. The variety of her small opals is cut from the wings & abdomens of printed insects.

Wednesday, May 26, 2010


Emerald at 7am as I step out to cross the road to go for breakfast. It did get busier around 8am.

I love the Western sky, the vast expanse of blue & the wonderful cloud formations.

Tuesday, May 25, 2010

Peggy & Bev's Place

My hostess Kathie took me on a tour of the Emerald fabric & sewing machine shops, of which there are 3 in town, all specialising in everything a quilter could need. Meet Peggy of Peggy & Bev's Place, a patchwork shop full of delicious colour! They are on Hospital Road.
Emerald was established in 1879 as a base for the building of the Western Railway & is now a hub for the cattle, agricultural & mining industries. The first & only set of traffic lights in town are being installed!

Monday, May 24, 2010

Flying to Emerald

It was a wet day in Brisbane when I followed the path to board the plane to Emerald.

As we started to descend for landing & got below the cloud the views were inspiring.

It was wet at the Emerald end also.

Saturday, May 22, 2010

Jane Dunnewold's blog

I was a follower of Jane's previous daily photo blog & have recently discovered her new blog
Existential Neighborhood. She has a way with words, is thoughtful & insightful, a real inspiration.

Friday, May 21, 2010

ATASDA exhibition

I was invited by Cooparoo Quilters to come to their meeting to see the ATASDA Maharajah touring exhibition. It was a feast for the eyes with many beautiful pieces in the Jasmine suitcase which houses the work as it tours. This embellished work in by Lyn Brown.

Fiona Hammond of Chiatanya designs beaded each part of her design with multiple rows of seed beads.
I'm flying to Emerald, Queensland today to teach my Opal Fever workshop over the weekend. Will post photos when I return. Dianne you will really enjoy the AQC experience in Melbourne.

Thursday, May 20, 2010

Tutor work- AQC #4

Last, but not least was the colourful, multi layered work of Sue Benner. After AQC Sue travelled to Queensland & taught & lectured for Queensland Quilters.

Wednesday, May 19, 2010

Sunnybank Quilters Biggest Morning Tea

Sunnybank Quilters, my local group were part of the Australia's Biggest Morning Tea yesterday. Money raised goes to the Cancer Council for research. Special guests included Lady Barbara of Melon Manor, above & her Red Hat Society friends.

The tables were impressive with the variety & quantity of home made biscuits, slices, tarts, cakes & sandwiches. The quilt display set the scene beautifully. It was a lovely morning with some recited poetry also.

Tuesday, May 18, 2010

Tutor work- AQC #3

This stunner is by Lessa Siegel, who is an AQC Rajah Award recipient. This award recognises the outstanding contribution made to the Australian quilting community.

This is a detail from the quilt by Suzanne Cody, unfortunately no website that I can find.
Deborah Louie does the most beautiful machine quilting.

Monday, May 17, 2010

Tutor work- AQC #2

Julie Haddrick from South Australia uses many dyeing & colouring techniques in her original work.

Eileen Campbell is noted for intricate machine applique & attention to detail.
Brenda Gael Smith dyes her fabric & machine pieces. This quilt had hand quilted detail.

Saturday, May 15, 2010

Tutor work- AQC

Birgitte, the 'Out of the Fold' exhibition was very interesting for the techniques used in an artful, skillful way & the consistency of size also defined the exhibition in it's hanging area. Today I'm sharing some of the AQC tutors' work, in no particular order.
The work of Frieda Anderson is known for beautiful hand dyes & nature themes. Above is a detail of 'Jack in the Pulpit'.

Rosalie Dace from South Africa made this quilt in response to the Copenhagen Conference, detail here. I love Rosalie's work for the energy it captures.

Friday, May 14, 2010

World Quilt Show

If you are an Australian quilter you are eligible to enter the World Quilt Competition. May 17  is the postmark deadline for Australian entries, traditional & contemporary work, for the World Quilt Competition. Entry forms are available for download from my website & accessible through the navigation bar at the top of the blog.
Please contact me if you have any questions.

Thursday, May 13, 2010

Tutti Frutti

The quilt 'Inside Out- Fruit Juice' pictured in yesterday's blog reminded me of a quilt I made in 2003 for the Quilters' Guild of NSW Challenge. I named it 'Tutti Frutti' & stitched fruit slices on a wash away base. The echoing of the circular motif was the objective.

Wednesday, May 12, 2010

More Out of the Fold- AQC

Thanks to Wendy who e-mailed to give me details of this quilt which caught my eye in the 'Out of the Fold' exhibition at AQC. It is by Jane Rowland, titled 'Inside Out- Fruit Juice'

This is a detail from Helen Marchant's 'In a Chair'.
I was particularly drawn to the textural qualities of Jan Rowland's 'Inside Out- Fault Line'

Tuesday, May 11, 2010

Out of the Fold- AQC

One of the special quilt exhibitions at AQC was the 'Out of the Fold' quilts from England. This group is mentored by Annette Morgan & many interesting techniques had been used in the works. 'Inside Out' above by Birgitte Hendricks made great use of multi-layers & the trees were raised from the surface- hard to see in the photo.
This highly textured piece with burning & slashing is by Annette. Sorry I didn't get the maker's name for the fruit slices.

Monday, May 10, 2010

The Quilter's Rest

Marion, in the Garden Trellis workshop used photos, taken on her cattle property to make larger tiles. These scenes were beautiful with early morning light filtering through the gum trees, green tree frogs & native flowers from her garden.
At her Kingaroy, Queensland cattle property 'Tamalba' she runs a bed & breakfast retreat for quilters called 'The Quilter's Rest'. It sounds & looks delightful with a large work room & beds for 8.

Saturday, May 8, 2010

Kangaroo Island & AQC

Diane, knowing how much you love Melbourne, you will have the best time at AQC 2011, with the new dates of April 14-17. I'm also teaching in California at the Pacific International Quilt Festival October 14-17, 2010 if you want to join me for a workshop or meet up in Santa Clara.
At quilt festivals it is always amazing to hear which part of the world students have come from. Annameike, above, lives on Kangaroo Island, off the South Australian coastline, near Adelaide. She has a Bed & Breakfast cabin named Bay-Ann Cottage with wonderful views. I hope to visit one day soon.

Friday, May 7, 2010

Garden Trellis workshop- AQC

Jenn from the Garden Trellis workshop, sharing her first tile with us.

Linda and her tile plus fabric for more.


Many techniques are covered in the workshop & Louise has quite a few of them on her pink piece.
Marion using a printed photo & multi-techniques.