A “quilty” day out

Last Saturday I had a day out in the Blue Mountains with some “quilty” friends to visit the annual Springwood Quilt Show.  It was my first visit to the show which is a local community event and raises much needed funds for the volunteer bush fire brigade.  Most of the quilts were traditional and many were hand pieced and appliquéd.

As you know traditional is not my style, but I enjoyed the chance to have an up-close look at the techniques and ponder fabric and colour choices.  I was particularly interested in looking at the hand pieced quilts given my recent interest in hand piecing.

These pieces of fussy-cut hand piecing by Jan Organ caught my eye.

Fussy cutting 1

Fussy cutting 2

Some of the work was simply stunning and the hand quilting on some of the quilts was minute and meticulous. I know no matter how hard I tried I would never be able to achieve that level of perfection.

Unfortunately the quilts were displayed in quite narrows rows which made taking full sized photographs difficult.

Here are a couple that I liked. I liked the colours in this quilt by Lynne Alchin called Tequila Sunrise and the fact that the applique was not overdone.

Appliqué quilt

After a morning tea of scones and jam (yum!) we had another look at the quilts.  I voted for the quilt below called Lolly Pops, Lollypops by Moyra Sanderson for the viewer’s choice award.

Lollipops quiltNeedle case

I did a tiny bit of shopping- I couldn’t resist this little need case.

We then set off down the mountains for a luscious lunch.

RainbowAs we were leaving the cafe we were greeted by this green blue sky and a stunning double rainbow (unfortunately it didn’t photograph well on my iPad).

We were told that a bad hail storm was happening down the mountains, but as it would take us about 45 minutes to get there we decided to risk it.

As you can see the warning was correct and this is what greeted us on the side of the freeway.Hail 1More like snow than hail. We found out later that five factories had collapsed from the weight of metres of hail on their roofs.  Needless to say we were very happy it had stopped before we got there.

Saturday was also ANZAC Day in Australia and this year it marked exactly 100 years since Australian and New Zealand troops came ashore at Gallipoli, Turkey to fight the Turkish army in World War 1.

Whilst rosemary is traditionally used as a symbol of remembrance for the Gallipoli campaign, in recent years the red poppy (traditionally used to remember the battles in the fields of Flanders, France) has become a general symbol of remembrance and many makers in Australia have been creating poppies for displays around the country. These crocheted ones were hanging in a tree across from the cafe where we had lunch.

Crouched poppiesAll in all a good day out!

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