Best of the Best quilts in Melbourne

A little tardy I know but here is some eye candy – some of the inspirational quilts from AQC in Melbourne:-

Firstly – from the ‘Paws and Whiskers’ competition…

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And while we’re in the animal world – have a look at visiting tutor Susan Carlson’s work – Dingo Dreaming….

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and the AMAZING Stevie – Crocodylus Smylus – 20 foot long…

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There was a display of red and white quilts from Sydney –

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I don’t think I’ve ever seen needleturn that small – this quilt was quite incredible.

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And there was another competition fro ‘Tradition with a Twist’ – here’s some of what we saw in that category –

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There were war quilts from Annette Gero – quilts that had been made by soldiers – often from uniform fabric and whatever else was available –

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and there were the best of each state and the best of the best – quilts selected by each state guild to represent that state-

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There were fabulous art quilts and quilts by the tutors at the festival –

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And there was my quilt

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And there was fun times with friends –

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I think you should come with us next year – don’t you?

Until later happy quilting

Kaye

 

 

Good golly I met Miss Molli!

Names, names names darling that’s what we have for you today. Over the past few days I have walked the halls of the Exhibition Building with the who’s who of Australian quilting. And I have the stories and the photos for you right here. Call me the patchwork paparazzi if you like. Lesa, my partner in crime and I have rubbed shoulders with everyone who’s anyone in the world of prairie points and here’s what we found:-

Our first piece in the quilt sandwich of AQC was Helen Stubbings from Hugs ‘n Kisses. Helen designs the projects for the hexie and appliqué clubs and she had those any many more on display.

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It was useful to see the finished projects and gave us an idea of what to choose for the following months. Helen also had some other interesting projects that the stitchers in the group would love.

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Next up we had a laugh with Deb Layt. Deb has just published a book on her original technique she calls ‘Geoweb’. If her quilt ‘Fire and Ice’ is anything to go by this will inspire many people to read how she achieves such wonderful results.

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A frequent visitor to Apatchy Quilting, Lisa Walton was on duty at the show and in fact had to step in to cover Lenore Crawford’s classes when the latter was unable to attend due to illness. Quite big shoes to fill but I’m sure Lisa managed. We were discussing another class at Apatchy and she suggested her ‘Fusion’ class. It involves improvisational piecing and proved very popular at AQC with the classes being booked out in two hours. Way to go Lisa.

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While we’re on the subject of improvisational piecing, Deborah Louie, on the Bernina stand, was obtaining interesting results from improvisational stitching providing additional texture to quilted fabric.

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Marg Low had whimsical stitcheries on her stand, many of which she partners with buttons from Theodora Cleave. She has promised to send me a catalogue so that will be another blow to the budget.

We already stock patterns from ‘Don’t Look Now’ and the designer Kellie Wuhlfson had a delightful stand full of whimsical projects. I particularly liked the woodland creatures in the one shown on the left here-

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Another impressive display was from the guest artist Segolaine  Schweitzer. She works with wool and although we haven’t seen anything like this at Apatchy, it was very interesting and inspired us to think what we could do with our projects. Particularly interesting was her 52-block piece – that’s one block every week for a year – does that give you any ideas?

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Ironically we came to Melbourne and caught up on the Brissie gossip with Kez from CheraBella Buttons. You can always rely on her to know absolutely everything that’s been going on in town and she promised to drop in to  Apatchy to do a trunk show very soon so we will lock her into that when we get back! I didn’t get a photo with Kez because I was too busy talking to her!

Just up from Kez’s stand were the Bloc Loc people. I watched a demo on Saturday from Janna Andrews showing the rulers that she and her husband developed. These rulers have been designed to take the stress out of half square triangles and actually just about every other tricky piecing shape including the drunkard’s path block. These rulers ‘lock’ onto the diagonal seam and take your accuracy to a whole new level. I was quite impressed and thought of several girls who could benefit from one of these rulers (me for one). I think they will have to be on next month’s purchases list. Thanks Janna.

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Speaking of demos, the amazingly talented Helen Godden was showing everyone how to use the Sweet 16 machine to couch wool. Have you ever heard of a couched wool quilt? Helen said she thinks it is the first one in the world and I wasn’t about to disagree. Here’s the quilt

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And here’s Helen effortlessly making it happen.

Looks easy doesn’t it?

The highlight of the show was meeting Molli Sparkles. Molli blogs about his quilting adventures and I have followed his blog for some time. For much of that time he has been the darling of the modern quilt movement. And rightly  so. His photographic training ensures that his composition is spot on and an artistic eye ensures his quilts are striking. I did wonder how he would manage the crowd at AQC – more the sensible-shoe brigade than his usual followers and Melbourne such a conservative city. Knock me down with a feather boa though I should not have doubted – His Shineiness was in fine form. Even as his alter-ego Joshua Helms, the ambassador for Juki sewing machines, he was charming and I’m sure they sold more machines because he was there.

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Of course many people may not have known Molli Sparkles the blogger (and maybe you don’t. Have a look here then) but there were enough of the glitterati, as he calls his followers, to ensure that he was kept busy. We had a chat about the difficulties of running a successful blog. I would have liked to discuss this in greater detail but his public beckoned. He had a quilted sign on his table saying “Selfie with Sparkle” designed to encourage the fan photo and really how could you refuse?

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I’ll have to leave the stories about what’s trending until tomorrow as it’s midnight now and I’m back home and plum tuckered out.

Until then happy quilting

Kaye

Quilt Soup

Did you enjoy seeing all the True Blue quilts yesterday? Ready for more brilliant quilts? Ok well here’s a photo bomb session like no other. I tried to get a photo of the quilt as well as a photo of the detail. So here we go:-

'Summer Rhapsody', Joanne Johnson

‘Summer Rhapsody’, Joanne Johnson

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An amazingly tiny hexagon quilt didn't get the maker's name sorry

An amazingly tiny hexagon quilt didn’t get the maker’s name sorry

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'Coxcomb and Currants', Janet Treen

‘Coxcomb and Currants’, Janet Treen

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'Through the Garden Gate', Rose Lewis

‘Through the Garden Gate’, Rose Lewis

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A Michelle Hill extravaganza

A Michelle Hill extravaganza

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'Enchanting Stars', Jacqueline de Jonge

‘Enchanting Stars’, Jacqueline de Jonge

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Circle of Life, Jacqueline de Jonge

Circle of Life, Jacqueline de Jonge

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More Michelle Hill

More Michelle Hill

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Another one I didn't get the name for

Another one I didn’t get the name for

And another

And another

'Audrey', Andi Herman

‘Audrey’, Andi Herman

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'Aunt Millie's Garden, Wendy Hunt

‘Aunt Millie’s Garden, Wendy Hunt

'Priscilla', Bronwyn Hill

‘Priscilla’, Bronwyn Hill

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M is for Mast and M I'd for Mackenzie, Margaret Sampson

M is for Mast and M I’d for Mackenzie, Margaret Sampson

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'Quilt Police', Liz McAnish, Elizabeth McCallum, Mavis Wright, Marilyn Hall and Barb McIlvain

‘Quilt Police’, Liz McAnish, Elizabeth McCallum, Mavis Wright, Marilyn Hall and Barb McIlvain

Quilted Wallpaper, Robyn Ginn

Quilted Wallpaper, Robyn Ginn

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So there you have the B’s for best in Show and Brilliant design. Tomorrow we’ll do C for the Celebrities I met and D for the direction quilting seems to be going in the ‘what trends I noticed over the past two days’.

Until then, happy quilting

Kaye

Past and present glory

On a whim I decided to jet down to Melbourne for the AQC (Australian Quilt Convention), the bees knees of quilt shows in Australia. I had previously discounted the idea of going on the usual mundane grounds of cost and time. Then Luvvy said “why aren’t you going”? Why indeed I thought. So a few thousand frequent flyer points later and a quick hotel booking on wotif I found myself at the domestic terminal of Brisbane airport at an extremely uncivilised hour.

Following a recommendation I checked in to the Windsor Hotel. This hotel is the last of the 19th century hotels and is soon for renovation so there is a strange air of faded glory and lost regret in the building. I’m almost certain I saw Miss Marple sitting on one of the leather lounges in the foyer.

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The hotel is a classic beauty with sweeping staircases and stained glass – the bastion of graciousness of a bygone era. Unfortunately it lives in a time which loves only polished concrete and tempered glass and it will soon be “extensively renovated”. Time passes as it must.

But I digress. The business at hand is the quilt convention and so it was that I made my way up the hill to the Exhibition Building (another architectural masterpiece) to see what architextile masterpieces I could find. And I was not disappointed. I took so many photos that I will have to ration you lest you be overcome. I’ll start today with the ‘True Blue’ entrants for the AQC challenge. Unfortunately I neglected to get all the names of the quilters and their entries and I apologise for that and also for the fact that not all the photos are of the best quality (well the light was bad in some areas and I was working under pressure).

Prepare to be amazed:-

Winner - 'True Blue Jacko' Jeannie Henry

Winner – ‘True Blue Jacko’ Jeannie Henry

Close up of 'True Blue Jacko', Jeannie Henry

Close up of ‘True Blue Jacko’, Jeannie Henry

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'The Fallen', Neroli Henderson

‘The Fallen’, Neroli Henderson

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By Kathy Adams

By Kathy Adams

'Go Granny Go', Alison Laurence

‘Go Granny Go’, Alison Laurence

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'True Blue Mates', Yvonne Chapman

‘True Blue Mates’, Yvonne Chapman

'Fair dinkum Aussie dunny', Ramona Resurreccion

‘Fair dinkum Aussie dunny’, Ramona Resurreccion

'Who Knew', Debbie Guihof

‘Who Knew’, Debbie Guihof

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'The Big Dry' Camilla Watson

‘The Big Dry’ Camilla Watson

Close up of 'The Big Dry' by Camilla Watson

Close up of ‘The Big Dry’ by Camilla Watson

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'Beginning True', Sue de Vanny

‘Beginning True’, Sue de Vanny

'Really True Blue' Jan Clark

‘Really True Blue’ Jan Clark

Close up of 'Really True Blue' Jan Clark

Close up of ‘Really True Blue’ Jan Clark

Told you – more tomorrow

Until then be inspired and happy quilting

Kaye