Saturday, 21 May 2016

QAYG with Capital Quilters

Great class today with Captial Quilters in Lower Hutt and with the large number of blocks created, we had fun playing around with block layouts.

Next class is at Krazy Cow in Levin on the 11th June and Sawmillers in Te Marua 18th June.


Friday, 20 May 2016

Tote and Gloat

Nothing like spending a day with other quilters.  Rose City Quilters in Palmerston North held their annual Tote and Gloat event last Saturday.  Its like attending a massive club day with lots of merchants and about 500 quilters/shoppers.
There were quite a few club challenges.  Follow this link to view the winning quilts.

Also on display were the Aotearoa  Best of New Zealand ‘Flight’ Challenge.  20 quilts currently touring the country.  I feel its best that I do not post all my photographs of these quilts until such time as they have completed touring.To view the quilts touring schedule please follow this link.

I am sure there will be an article on these clever quilts in the Next Issue of the New Zealand Quilter magazine.

Here are just two of the 20 quilts on tour.

Revenge of the Birds by Claire Smith
Close up of center.  Notice the clock parts on the birds.  Very clever.

I'm Flying by Camilla Watson

Close up of the detail.

All the merchants had inspiring quilts with lots of colour on display.  This is Quilters Lane from Masterton.

Rose City Quilters had a display "30 years of Viewers Choice".  It was amazing to view quilts from the 1990s through to 2015 that were chosen by viewers.  Here are just a few.

Christmas Cracker by Wendy O'Neill

Sheryl Meech 2005 ( I didn't note the name of this quilt).  Very Kiwi
Rhapsody in Blue by Erilyn McMillian 2006
Close up of Rhapsody in Blue

Three of a Kind by Wendy O'Neill 2013

Bucket List by Debbie Jacques 2015

Waka by Anna Williams 2007

Its all a challenge by Sonja Revell 2012
Two colour quilts by Sonja Revell 2014

Opposites by Lorna Newsome 2008

The show and tell was inspiring.  Quilters from a range of clubs from Palmerston North down to Wellington showed their quilts which were then hung and displayed.  Here are just a few.  I do not have the names of the makers.  

Jocelyn Thornton's Millefiori quilt.

Close up of Jocelyn's quilt

Goodnight  by Debbie Jacques.
This conjures up childhood memories when TV would close down late at night.
Won the Advanced section of the "page out of a book" challenge.

I am definitely going to Tote and Gloat again next year.  Its great to catch up with quilters from other regions and see their work.  Very inspiring.


Monday, 9 May 2016

Quilt As you Go - Coastal Quilters

I had fun weekend teaching two Quilt as You Go classes for Coastal Quilters in Plimmerton, New Zealand.

For those of you booked to attend my future classes, these blocks made may help you with your fabric selections.



Now for something a little different - Alison has made this amazing sewing machine cover.
Check it out:
The back. The draw bridge is actually a pocket containing her
rotary cutter and scissors
The front
Pin cushion Well.  Is removable and attaches to her sewing machine.

The Turret

Contains a tin with pins another sewing notions.

This is Alison's own design.  Very clever
and unique.

12th May - A wee update.  Alison had turned her QAYG blocks into a hexagon baby quilt.