Sunday, November 5, 2017

Some Favourite Quilts from the Festival of Quilts Show

These are by no means all of my favourite quilts that were on display. I was going to take more photos on the 3rd day of the Show, but the need for me to be at home, and help with tree clearing on our really large property required me to stay away. Keeping the husband happy.
They say happy wife, happy life, but in my case ....A happy Italian makes for a happy life. haha!!

Anyway here are some of the photos I took.

Unfortunately my photo doesn't do credit to this amazing work. The quilting was fabulous.
Annie won a Bernina Sewing Machine

Dianes Patchwork of the Crosses won 1st Amateur Large Quilts
Diane won a Bernina Sewing Machine.

Liquorice Allsorts pieced and quilted by Judi Schon

 I hope you have enjoyed the photos. Until I blog again
thanks for dropping by.

Saturday, November 4, 2017

Auckland Festival of Quilts.....

A great weekend with over 200 quilts on display. After scribing for one of the Judges for 2 days, I arrived on Friday morning to help on the door.

Thursday night was pretty special, as after I arrived home I received a phone call to say I had won 2nd place in the Large Bed Quilt category with my 30 stars quilt.

 I asked the quilter to quilt a small flower in the large white hexagons, and to do simple quilting, which I think worked for the era of the quilt. I have used a different 30's fabric for each star, and in some cases I used some original feed sack fabric that was given to me by a friend in USA.

My evenings over the last couple of weeks has been spent watching Overlander on its a fabulous series. Quite raunchy but a lovely love story so far.

 Outlander is a British-American television drama series based on the historical time travel Outlander series of novels by Diana Gabaldon.

While watching this, I am covering 5/8" hexagons. No design in mind yet, only the colours I want to use.

 If you are reading this, and are local, it would be great to see you at the Show.

Bye for now

Saturday, October 21, 2017

My Second Class...

at Quilt Symposium was a workshop by Chris Jurd from Australia. I was so happy to do this workshop, as I love all the quilt's Chris designs, and it was the first chance I had to take one of her classes.

This was my effort for one day. The class is called Pickled Fish. 
The fabrics for the spikes ended up the opposite way accidently, but we decided it didn't really matter as there was enough contrast. 

My sister joined me after the symposium for 3 days of shopping and looking around the city. We didn't venture far, as we were walking and busing. Also we only had 1 day of sunshine....2 more of rain! It rained almost everyday I was down there.
Me and my mates waiting for coffee!

Rememberance wall of those who died in the earthquake. 

 Even with all the repair works going on in the city, Christchurch is a beautiful city, especially when the sun shines.

We had the opening of the Quilt Symposium in the Christchurch Transitional Cathedral, also known as the Cardboard Cathedral.

Sad to see the Cathedral is still in a state of destruction after the earthquakes of 2010 and 2011, but I understand, plans are underway for restoration.

The day we had beautiful sunshine, was so hot in comparison to the rest of the week, we were caught out wearing winter clothes.  The temperature got up to 24 degrees celcius.
Had to have an icecream!

By for now

Friday, October 20, 2017

Mystery QAL

Before I went to Christchurch I was participating in a Mystery QAL with Lori from Humble Quilts.  I always enjoy sewing along with Lori, be it a mystery QAL or a Doll size Quilt swap.

The name of the quilt is Palmateer Point and is based on an Antique Quilt. It measures approx. 21".

This is still only a top, but will be hand quilted when I can.

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