Time has flown again and it’s time to do a catch up on my recent quilty travels. In late April I went down to Melbourne to the Australasian Quilt Convention. It’s a four-day event which combines workshops, quilt exhibits and social events. It’s the 2nd time I have attended and I think it might become an annual pilgrimage.
I did a one day Studio Practice workshop with Luke Haynes. It was a delightful day which pushed my creativity to the limit which is just what I wanted. There was also an exhibit of some of Luke’s quilts which are more stunning in “real life” than images on screen. I also attended his lecture in the evening which was entertaining (he has a great sense of humour and cheeky grin) and insightful in terms of how far we can push our creative boundaries.
The quilt exhibit included some quilts from Mexico, the best of Australia quilts from annual shows and quilts of Tula Pink and Elizabeth Hartman who was also over for the Convention. All in all a thoroughly enjoyable visit.
I then took the train down to Geelong to visit a friend who has recently retired – trying to keep my envy in check! We caught up on all our news and walked along the foreshore to a delicious seafood lunch. I loved the cheerful artworks along the promenade.
Then in the last week in April I went on a day a trip with quilty friends across the Blue Mountains west of Sydney to go to an exhibit of Brigitte Giblin’s quilts called Quilts in the Shearing Shed, which as the name says, was actually in a shearing shed. All funds raised by the event were donated the local Bush Fire Brigade.
There was a great turnout and some wonderful quilts as you can see below. I loved all the colour and admired the skill in the piecing and fabric choices.
My EPP project of Brigitte’s Tessellations pattern is slowly progressing, although I keep dithering about fabric choices. I seem fine until I get to the last round of pieces and then am struck by indecision. I have decided to just press on and do the middle rounds of each block and then make some decisions when I place them all on my design wall.
On the way down the mountains we stopped in to see the annual Springwood Quilt Show. The show is always a mixture of the quilts of semi-professionals and hobbists like myself.
My favourite in the show was this one by Michelle Shiels. The fussy cutting and use of colour were just superb.
All in all I think I must have seen over 500 hundred quilts in a 3 week period – tons of inspiration and ideas for future making.
The state NSW Quilt Show is on later this month and I think that will be the last show for me for the year. It will be time to stop looking and to start stitching.
Apart from stitching my EPP project I enjoyed making this cushion for a young work colleague who is a dog-lover, but who also loves seeing photos of my fluffy feline companions. I’m pleased to say she loved it and I learnt how to do a side zipper and pompom binding in the process. As anyone else noticed how pompoms are suddenly back in vogue again? Everything old becomes new again.
On a final note I treated myself to a present after recently suffering another bout of pneumonia and have booked in to a one day workshop later this month with British quilter/maker Janet Clare. I’m hoping to make a small collage of Cosmo and Pepe or at the very least improve my applique skills.
Til next time – be well, enjoy making and stay safe in this troubled world of ours.