QuiltWest 2014

26 05 2014

Update: With one exception, NONE of these quilts are mine and I can’t tell you about the patterns used or the quiltmakers, except as attributed (however, most quilt makers would be from Western Australia). They are photos of the quilts I particularly liked at an exhibition. PLEASE DO NOT attribute any quilts (except Citrus Explosion) to me.

The annual Perth Craft Fair was on last week, finishing yesterday (Sunday). Part of the Craft Fair is QuiltWest, the annual exhibition from members of the West Australian Quilters Association. Some 250 entries were received, and there were special exhibitions as well, so about 300 or more quilts were on display. I took some photos of some of them (there were too many to photograph them all!), but as I was using my phone’s camera and as amateur photos like these don’t do quilts justice, you’ll just have to imagine how good all these quilts were 😉 There are some amazingly talented women (and one man) out there!

(I won a 3rd prize in the art quilts category for my ‘Citrus Explosion‘ — the prize was a pack of various Moda charm squares [large and small] and 2.5 inch squares. Thanks PK Fabrics!)

Official winners: http://quiltwaphotos2.wordpress.com/quiltwest-2014-slide-show-all-winners/

Some of the quilts from the special exhibitions:

Hang Ten, by Yvonne Chapman. Quilt of a woman surfing a wave at sunset

Hang Ten, by Yvonne Chapman

Detail from Hang Ten, by Yvonne Chapman. Waves arcing over the setting sun

Details from Hang Ten, by Yvonne Chapman















Quilts in the Living Colour special exhibition (for more details and professional photos see: http://livingcolourtextiles.com/gallery.html):















Quilts by members of WAQA:





My ‘Citrus Explosion’ which won a 3rd prize in its category.


My orchid quilt









Lisa’s AMAZING King Bed quilt! 104×104 inches = 10,816 one-inch squares of scrap fabrics


Close view of Lisa’s ‘Hundreds and Thousands’ quilt. Even the blacks were different shades…

Quilts on the Handi Quilter stand:


I like the fresh lemon and lime colours in this quilt


Whole cloth quilt by Helen Godden, who marked circles then couched various areas of the circles in knitting yarn to create this multicoloured effect. Clever.



26 05 2014

I was in the city, at a hotel’s restaurant, by myself. Seven young people came in and sat down. And every one of them took out their phone and communicated with whatever was on the screen. No conversation between them, and no eye contact until their meals were served, when they did put down their phones.


Found on Facebook:


Community Quilt 143

26 05 2014

I started and finished this one at the Community Quilts stand at QuiltWest, so I was talking about my design choices and how I did the FMQ’ing as I was quilting it. That was an interesting experience. Even more interesting, Sandra, the lady who made the quilt top, came and watch me work on it too, then came back when it was finished to get a photo of it.

I can’t tell you what threads I used as I didn’t write them down. But as I was at the Craft Fair doing this, I was using a Bernina 750 Quilters Edition sewing machine, not my usual Sweet 16.

Because I was demonstrating, I needed to do a design that I had a lot of ‘muscle memory’ for, so I did my open headbands. That way, I didn’t need to concentrate on my quilting so much if I was talking. And because the fabrics in this quilt were so ‘busy’, I didn’t want to do a complex design to detract from the fabrics.

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Sandra and her quilted quilt!






Black swans

24 05 2014

Our estuary is a haven for black swans, though they are usually too far out to get a decent photo of them. However, on a trip into town the other day, some were hanging around a car park and about to get back on the water, so I pulled over, grabbed my phone, and took a couple of shots through the windscreen.

Look how green that grass is — it’s amazing what a bit of decent rain will do to dry brown grass in just a matter of days.

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A is for Apple

19 05 2014

A is for apple, B is for bee, and D is for dolphin! And all come together in this wall hanging.

Last year, one of the fabric painting techniques Velda Newman showed us to do was how easy it was to paint an apple. My apples had just been lurking in the sewing room, and I wondered if I’d ever use them in a quilt. Then I was hunting through some fabric and found my green jelly roll strip quilt top, and for some reason put them close together on the design wall, and Voila! a new quilt top emerged. This one can be for a nursery or an early childhood classroom. With the painting on the apples, I wouldn’t recommend it as a baby quilt/play rug. Although the artist acrylic paints are unlikely to be a problem, it’s not something I’d want to risk.

Anyhow, here’s how this wall hanging came together — I fused the apples to the quilt top, then stitched around them with blanket stitch on my domestic sewing machine, added the batting and backing, stitched in the ditch along all the seams, then stitched the lower case letter ‘a’ (for apple) in all the spaces between the lines. Then I surface stitched the apples in four different colours of thread — red, orange-red, yellow, and pink. I added a border that contains bees (‘b’ is for bee), and then noticed that a couple of the batik fabrics near the bottom of the quilt contained dolphins (‘d’ is for dolphin). Thus ‘A is for apple’ is born!

This art quilt is now available for sale from my Etsy store: https://www.etsy.com/au/listing/618937617/a-is-for-apple-wall-hanging-art-quilt











The back:



19 05 2014

Not me! My first pair of Machingers quilting gloves! I’m retiring this pair after faithful service for 3 years, 150+ quilts, and some 13.5 million stitches on my Sweet Sixteen. I have two other pairs, so it’s time for this first pair to be retired.

Yes, they look grubby, and yes, I’ve washed them, and yes, they still work, but the rubberised finger tips are almost worn through, and the elastic wrist bands are floppy and won’t stay on my wrists anymore.

I wear them for every quilt, and find I have to grab the quilt much more if I don’t put them on.

So it’s the bin for these faithful servants… The new pair is already out of the packet and ready to go to work.


AutoCorrect fail!

15 05 2014

From a Twitter conversation I had with a friend the other day. She’d just returned to the US from a trip to India and had started off saying something about the airport. Read from the bottom up.


It made me laugh, anyway! Lady airports and fleas and all…

Community Quilt 142

11 05 2014

This pretty quilt was almost perfectly square, which was some achievement considering the triangular/bias blocks in the border! How to quilt it?

I started by stitching in the ditch around every stinkin’ coloured piece of fabric… Yep. Every one.

Then I auditioned some designs by putting a plastic sheet over the top of the quilt and marking on it with a marker, erasing, marking again, etc. until I got something I thought would work. The borders were always going to be cross-hatched to match the fabric seams and the angles of the little coloured squares in them, so that was easy. And I decided not to stitch the coloured fabrics, just the white space.

For the main star blocks, I did all sorts of things — 3-petal half flowers with a curlicue in the centre of the central petals; art deco style triangular type things in the squares (some facing one, some facing out), then finally big art deco style lines in the odd shapes.

I used my Line Tamer ruler for the cross-hatching in the borders, and for the very large outlines of the odd-shaped diamonds; everything else was free motion, including the stitch in the ditch straight lines.

I quite liked the overall effect.

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Threads used:

  • Top: Fil-Tec ‘Glide’ (40 wt trilobal polyester, colour ‘Cream’ #20001)
  • Bottom: Fil-Tec Magna-Glide pre-wound bobbin (white)


Community Quilt 141

11 05 2014

How to quilt this large quilt? I started by stitching in the ditch around all the blocks to stabilise it. Then I tackled the sashing strips and border as the fabric design ‘told’ me to do vertical stripey things. I added a spiral at each green corner join.

For the main blocks, I did a 3-petal flower type thing in the cream triangles. And then I came to a screeching halt. What to do in the 3-strip centre blocks?

I decided to alternate the motif, doing a curvy matrix in one, then a star in the other. The star goes from mid-point to opposite corner, to opposite mid-point etc. and I think it was quite effective. I used a soft green thread for these centres.

No rulers or marking pens were harmed in quilting this quilt 😉 It was ALL free motion. Even the stitch in the ditch… I’m getting much better at almost straight lines on my Sweet Sixteen.

This was a big quilt. I think it took about 6 hours to quilt.

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The back:



Threads used:

  • Top: Fil-Tec ‘Glide’ (40 wt trilobal polyester, colour ‘Cream’ #20001); Madeira Rayon (40 wt rayon, colour 1047)
  • Bottom: Fil-Tec Magna-Glide pre-wound bobbin (white)


Enjoying the green grass

11 05 2014

We had our first decent rains this week, and almost overnight the landscape went from dry yellow/brown to lush green shoots.

And the kangaroos are loving it! I see lots on my drive into town, but this week they’ve been much closer to the road, so I took a few photos, especially for my US friends 😉

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