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So Beautiful

My friend Angela has been quilting her old embroideries and the latest one is quite stunning.  It was a cross stitched embroidery stitched by her late mother-in-law, so it held special memories.  She turned it, from an embroidered table runner

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To a stunning work of art by mounting it on a background and then quilting it.

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This is then an heirloom for future generations.  What a wonderful way of transforming a piece of embroidery.

Trying to avert a disaster.

I made a hexigon quilt back when my daughter was still at school.  Every saturday I would watch her play soccer and hand stitch hexigons.  I forgot about how many I stitched and in the end had enough for a Queen sized quilt.  I had it on the bed in the guest bedroom and it has always been one of my favourties.

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When we sold the house I put it on my bed in the townhouse.  My daughter was living there doing her PHd at the time and unbeknown to me her dog, Chester, must have got into my room and slept on my bed.  Trouble is he didn't only sleep, he peed on my quilt.   I didn't discover this until last week when the weather turned cold and I got the quilt out to put on the bed  in town.  There was this terrible yellow stain on my quilt.

Chester has been dead for a few years now, so the quilt has sat in the draw 'fermenting'.  I brought it home to the island to try and rescue it.  I started with washing, no difference, then soaking, but, no difference, I added bleach, no difference.   Finally I made a paste of bleach and Sarb fabric stain remover and painted it onto the white fabric, not the floral.  Now, it hasn't taken all the stain out and if you look closely you can see it but I think I have saved the quilt.

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I didn't realise how attached to this quilt I am.  I had always thought of it being handed on as a heirloom and all that hand stitching!

I bet Chester is saying, "What me?"

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(Still love you Chester.)


Design Idea

I think this quilt by Wendy Williams is a great design concept for embroidery or quilting.  The background has been painted, the fish embroidered separately and then appliqued in position and then the cloth has been line quilted.

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Now this artist has used fish but you could use birds, or butterflies, or flowers in fact there are a so many other objects you could use to embroider on and then mount on a background like this.  I think I will use this concept to make a pillow cover.


More of the Quilt Show

Many of the quilts on display I have seen in magazines and thought "they are great".  But the photography doesn't do justice to the detail, which is stunning.

Gloria Longman is a case that Illustrates this.  This is a lovely image.

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But when you look into the stitching the detail is stunning.

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And this just continued on and on.

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Just overload for me.  No wonder I was so tired at the end of day, or rather by lunch time.


Australian Quilt Convention 2022 - Brisbane

This is the first time the the convention has come to Brisbane and the first Quilt show with lots of exhibitors we have had in a couple of years.  Because there was so much to see and do I will have to spread this over a number of posts.

As the shops were the first thing you see I will start with that.  My first stop was at the Bernina workshops to catch up with Bree Ledington.  Bree started in our local shop straight out of college.  Even then she showed so much potential.  Now she is an area manager with Bernina in Sydney.

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I know my friend Martin would be so proud of her.

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Then I walked all the stalls and didn't buy one things.  I can't believe that.  Shopaholic me didn't buy one piece of fabric or any other textile related thing.  I just got tired really quickly. Added to this the shops I was interested in were over-run with customers.  I wasn't up to fighting my way into the melee.

I looked at Natlie Bird's stand.  I still have lots of those little pre- printed designs to finish but it was interesting to see how they were used in a quilt and other items.

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Then Hatched and Patched

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I still have a number of patterns that I haven't made up but I was looking for her new book and just couldn't get near the counter, so that saved me some money.

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I know this is published by Quiltmania so I headed there but no luck.  Looks like I will have to buy it on-line.

Then I headed for the stalls that had Japanese fabric, but I couldn't get near them either.  So all my money stayed in my wallet!

Next was the exhibitions of Quilting.  So many quilts!!

All the photos of past winners of the Rajah Awards were up on display.

(This award is called the 'Rajah Award' in tribute to the historic Rajah quilt made by convict women en route to Australia in 1841. This award will acknowledge an individual who has made outstanding contribution to their community through quilting.)

I saw a very young image of my neighbout, Margaret, and lot of other quilters I have known.  But, my friend Pam wasn't there.  I really thoughts she should have been.  Then this morning I find she is the 2022 winner of this award, so now her picture will be up there with all the others.

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to be continued.


Inspired by my friends

I have two groups that are concerned with textile related activities to which I belong.  The Embroiderers' Guild and my patchwork group.  The women who are members of these groups constantly inspire me with the work they produce and the wonderful friendship and support that they give to me. 

I have belonged to my patchwork group, Maberly Quilters, which is limited to 20 members, for over 20 years now.  I missed the Mother's Day breakfast because of the weather but still felt included because of all the photos that arrived on my phone as the morning progressed. (They let me know what a good time I was missing.)

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And these friendships have continued, even when members have moved away.  It is here that I met my good friend Angela and her quilting is so impressive that I don't have words to describe it.  She bought this panel at a local shop and turned it into this.

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and pieced and quilted this quilt for a relative.

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The group meets twice a month and most people have some thing for show and tell.  Some great jokes, or updates on family life.  One member Pat has been making rope bowls that I have shown before and some of us, (I would love to make this) have been inspired to try it.  Sue made a great set of place mats.

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Then there had been discussion about using 2" square of fabric.  Now some quilts are starting to appear.  This was from Barbara and I know there are others in the pipeline.  (Not from me!)

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So I feel very grateful to my love of textiles and all the wonderful people who it has brought in my life.

Worth the wait

Back at Xmas 2021 my present from a group member, Debbie, didn't arrive.  Debbie's husband has motor neuron disease and she had more important things to think about than my present.  But last week at our meeting there was my present and I just love it.

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This little bag holds my coffee cup and other odds and ends. 

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The lining was a challenge fabric that had to be included in the present and I don't think I would like anything else in it's place.

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  It is a simple pattern but works super well.  I might make some more as gifts and I am thinking of how I might add some embroidery.

Back Home

Well I'm home again after my little trip to the country where I have been judging at some country shows.  I do love doing this.  You meet the nicest people and get to see some wonderful work.  The weather was considerably cooler, and that was very pleasant.  It was cool enough to have a quilt on the bed at night.  I also get to look in shops that are new to me.  I saw a lovely writting desk that I would like for the townhouse.  My son won't like it, (he lives there) but it would be great in my bedroom.  The town house is modern and Guy often works from home so he has the living area set up to take all his computers, so it wouldn't fit there at all.  It would be an indulgence for me as it is an antique and not that cheap.  (I'm trying to talk myself into this.)  I didn't buy it but if it is still there next time I go up I will.

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The other thing I like to do is the op-shops.  Only Vinnies this time but I still managed a good haul. One thing was this lovely doll for my grand daughter.  Cost $4.00.

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And this mat that I will unpick for the embroidery to repurpose.  I have a machine finishing class soon and this will make a good demonstration piece.

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See the price? 50cents!!  You couldn't buy the buttons for that.

(I bought lots more which I will keep for later.)

A gift from my "Buddy".

My patchwork group has decided to allocate each member a "Buddy" this year.  This is the person we will make our Mother's Day and Xmas gift for.  We have also been asked to do little tasks of kindness for out Buddy each month.  We will not find out who our buddy is until the end of the year.  Last meeting my Buddy gave me this lovely table runner/mat.  Just perfect for the small table I have on the front deck.  My husband has just finished replacing all the wood in the floor here so it is looking very nice. 

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The colours of the fabric are so bright and fresh.  A lovely gift.

I am off judging at some country shows for the next few days.  I just hope that the roads are all open after these floods.  I do enjoy getting out to the country and meeting people.  There hasn't been much of that over the last year or so with Covid.