Friday, June 24, 2011

My Grandmother's Doll Quilt

My grandmother made this little doll quilt later in her life. It was occupational therapy while recovering from something or other (living in Oz the details were sketchy as they didn't want to worry me or something like that. Very frustrating.) These fabrics are not cotton. Think polyester.

These prints scream sixties and seventies to me.

The herringbone stitch is a nice touch.

A rogue woven fabric - a coat? skirt? vest?

My grandmother loved her polyester suits. But I'm sure she didn't have this many. I believe the fabrics were shared amongst the group in recovery.

Nothing like a good op-shop to find this stuff.

Incredibly, my family sent me a bag of polyester scraps and a huge polyester flimsy... which I've blogged about before but haven't done anything with yet... it's mind boggling and will probably be cut into small quilts. That one didn't have any hand stitching like this little beauty.

I'm sure my grandmother had a green poly suit...

What's hiding in your cupboard?

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Monday, June 20, 2011

QW 11 - Last One

Our intrepid leader, Sheila Pye.

Take-down is officially a construction site so we are all supposed to wear our vests.

The quilts are dropped and bagged as quickly as possible.

Deconstructing the stands begins immediately.

All the bits are counted in to the storage bags.

It takes ages to fold all those calico back drops. They have to be folded a certain way so we can fit ten in the plastic crates.

All of this is counted so it's ready for the next outing.

The quilts are folded carefully.

The quilts are laid in numerical order ready for collection.

The quilt owners present their numbered ticket to collect their quilts and sign them out of our custody.

It takes two long days to erect the stands, hang the quilts, and prepare the displays for the exhibition. (Not to mention the two and a half days prior for processing, judging and photography etc.). Take down takes only two hours (or less).

That's it for another year. I'm off the committee now. I've happily served for six years, but if I stayed any longer, it wouldn't be happy any more. Time to share the glory with someone else stepping forward. I look forward to enjoying the exhibition next year as a "civilian".

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QW11 Best of Show

You didn't think I'd forget Best of Show?

Quiltmaker: Rebecca Stewart-Bartell
A 30-something mum of three children. Her husband helps watch the kids while she quilts.

Photos just can't do this amazing quilt justice.

Sunday, June 19, 2011

QW11 No. 23

Another very favourite quilt...

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Saturday, June 18, 2011

QW11 No. 22

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Friday, June 17, 2011

QW11 No. 21

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Thursday, June 16, 2011

QW11 No. 20

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Wednesday, June 15, 2011

QW11 No. 19

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Tuesday, June 14, 2011

QW11 No. 18

These are the student quilts. They range in age from 5 to 17.

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