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Quilt Inspiration


Last weekend my husband and I attended a Quilt & Craft Show for the first time. He managed to find enough to keep him interested while I attended some half-hour seminars, then we toured the various craft exhibitors and the quilt exhibition together. Of course we both took our cameras along – well actually he wanted to record the visit and make some movies for the fusion AV we’re meant to be putting together, so he lugged the two Nikon DSLR’s while I had the little Nikon Coolpix.

Within a few minutes of being at the show, I was reprimanded by the teacher of the first seminar for photographing the quilt she’d just hung up on the wall! Oops – it was her design and I had not asked permission. 😦 After this I was much more careful, and either asked or took more general shots.

However there was no problem with photographing the quilts being exhibited. Again I was inspired by the many different styles and colours of quilts, and the creative talent of so many sewers.

The seminars I attended taught me a little about colour & contrast, cutting triangles (something I have yet to do) – you can even cut them with a wavy curved edge if you have the right ruler!, stained glass quilting, and making quilts from pre-cuts. There was more new terminology to add to the quilting vocabulary: jelly rolls, bali pops (what are those?), layer cakes and charm packs.

The following photos of the Quilt Exhibition were all taken with the Nikon Coolpix.

Firstly, a couple of quilts from the Best of Australia Exhibition:

‘Fantasia’ by Marney Leerson

‘Knotted Logs’ by Margot Kitchen

Then there was the Hoffman Challenge (New Zealand) – each entrant had to create a quilt that was not square or rectangular, and use a recognisable amount of the Hoffman Challenge fabric in their work:

Left: ‘Matsu Under The Torii Gate’ by Di Partington
Centre: ‘Spikey Curves and Swirls’ by Juliet Fitness
Right: ‘Waterlilies’ by Pam Ross

‘Beyond The Garden, The Bay and The Hills’ by Susan Worthington

Here are some of the finalists from the Australian Patchwork & Quilters / Australasian Quilt Convention (AP&Q AQC) Challenge – the theme was ‘What the World Needs Now’:

Left: ‘A Ray of Light’ by Michiyo Fukumoto
Right: ‘Door to the Future’ by Val Giles

Left: ‘Shining Water Surface’ by Hideko Ryuki
Right: ‘Green History’ by Noriko Takamatsu

Left: ‘Understanding Through Education’ by Sue Broadway
Centre: ‘No Cross Words’ by Ann Visman
Right: ‘Fabric of Society’ by Georgina Gordon

‘Forrest Flutterby’ by Lyn McIntyre

‘Forrest Flutterby’ detail – this was my favourite quilt of the exhibition

Last but not least, Aotearoa Quilters with their 2012 Challenge quilt theme ‘Connections’:

Some of the ‘Connections’ quilts

‘Stepping Stones’ by Ruth Nicholas
‘Its All in the DNA’ by Judith Ross
‘Active Neurons’ by Sophie Wood

Left: ‘Party Lines’ by Natalie Murdoch
Right: ‘Connecting Threads’ by Juliet Fitness

Left: ‘Stratification’ by Jeanette Gillies – overall winner
Centre: ‘Chained’ by Helen Beaven
Right: ‘Well Connected’ by Irene Anderton – merit


For more inspiration see the Quilt & Craft Show website at http://www.craftfair.com.au/wp/Hamilton2012/
The AP&Q APC quilt challenge is on their website at http://www.aqc.com.au/Melbourne2012/app/pages/view/quilt_challenge2/
More info about the Hoffman Challenge (NZ) and photos of this years quilts can be found here: http://www.needlenthread.co.nz/gallery/
Aotearoa Quilters have a gallery on their website here: http://www.aotearoaquilters.co.nz/galleries/quilt-challene-galleries/



Author: Janice

Married to a very lucky man (he sometimes agrees), I'm learning to be a better wife, homemaker, & step-mum to two adult children and their other halves. I enjoy thinking, writing, nature, travelling, reading, photography and other creative pursuits, and spending time with friends & family (not necessarily in that order). I work part-time with children & their families. I have too much stuff (working on that) and am not a morning person... that about covers it for now.

2 thoughts on “Quilt Inspiration

  1. Love your blog also. I look forward to following you.
    Quilting to me is therapy. If I have had a bad day I just go to my sewing area and start doing something.
    Pretty soon I am consumed by my project and forget about anything else.
    Happy Quilting

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