Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Happy Halloween

Alas, no candy corn in Oz.
Eat some for me.

Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Blogger's Quilt Festival

Instead of typing the minutes from a recent meeting, I've been enjoying Amy's Blogger's Quilt Festival. At the time of writing this, there are over 400 entries. I'm sure you will find plenty to look at and enjoy. Grab a cuppa and head on over before it's too late.

Sunday, October 21, 2012


I'm meeting with the girls on Tuesday to swap 30 of these lovelies.
It will be interesting to see the fabrics that the other girls have used.

We've had lovely weather this weekend.
I'm finally warming up.
Still need a sweater in the evenings - and blankets at night.
Secret Christmas sewing is progressing nicely.
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Wednesday, October 10, 2012

Stitchery Workshop

I took a day off work last week to attend a stitchery workshop
with the lovely Helen Stubbings of Hugs'n Kisses.

We had a large, airy room to work in.
The bottom right picture shows our project.
This is the class sample.
I will eventually show you what I got up to.
Helen is a good teacher.
I may just learn to stitch yet.
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Saturday, October 6, 2012

What is a Quilt?

My guild is proposing a new exhibition category called Abstract Art Quilts. They are going to be allowing entries with only two layers in this category only. I'm curious as to how other people/guilds view 'two-layer' quilts.

In my time on the exhibition committee the emphasis was always on the traditional definition. Under the Conditions of Entry published in the handbook, No.5 states "A quilt is defined as three layers of material held together by stitching at regular intervals, or by being tied at regular intervals." Is it proper to change that definition for one special-interest category? Can two-layer and three-layer items be properly judged next to each other? Can quilters entering in other categories make the case that they should be allowed two-layered items? Can a traditional quilt compete with an abstract art quilt for 'Best of Show'? Should they be in competition?

My Grandmother made this queen size quilt.
 noun \ˈkwilt\
Definition of QUILT
a : a bed coverlet of two layers of cloth filled with padding (as down or batting) held in place by ties or stitched designs
b : patchwork quilt 1
: something that is quilted or resembles a quilt quilt
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Origin of QUILT
Middle English quilte mattress, quilt, from Anglo-Frenchcoilte, from Latin culcita mattress
First Known Use: 14th century

My Great Grandmother made this double bed quilt.
Definition of QUILT
transitive verb
a : to fill, pad, or line like a quilt
(1) : to stitch, sew, or cover with lines or patterns like those used in quilts (2) : to stitch (designs) through layers of cloth
c : to fasten between two pieces of material
: to stitch or sew in layers with padding in between
intransitive verb
: to make quilts
: to do quilted work
 quilt·er noun
First Known Use of QUILT

Quilting has been moving in exciting directions in recent years. We have seen the rise of new quilting styles like the Modern Quilt movement. Quilts are being recognised as great works of art and being sold for sums of money reflecting their true worth. There are new embellishing techniques and media other than textiles being used (i.e. pencils and paint). This is a great era to be a quilter. There are no bounds to what can be done.
Small quilt I made.
But at what point does a quilt stop being a quilt and become textile art? How does a guild dedicated to promoting the "quilt" deal with members who fit more properly in to the textile art category? Do they simply change the definition of quilt to pander? Or do you think they change the definition of quilt because how we quilt is truly evolving? There are certainly many historical examples of two-layer patchwork 'coverlets' that were viewed as quilts in their day. In our warm Australian climate does every quilt need to have wadding?

8" Art (?) Quilt made by me.
Purists will always have difficulties with change. But are we "throwing the baby out with the bathwater?" (i.e. too quick to discard something valuable.)

These are all interesting ideas and questions. I would love to have some feedback with your opinions.

From Wikipedia - Making Quilt Art:

A quilted work of art is generally defined as two layers of cloth held together by stitching. In most cases, a middle batting layer made of polyester, cotton, wool or silk is also incorporated.
Although quilt art originated in traditional quilting techniques, quilt artists now may use many different processes to create their artwork, including paintingdyeing, stamping, piecing, collage, printing (often incorporating a photograph printed onto fabric), appliqué, and other complex cloth processes.
Addendum: I had tea with a lovely non-quilting friend last night and briefly explained the issues. She stated that it would water down the essence of what a quilt is. What do you think?

Perth Royal Show 2012

We had a lovely day at the Show with great weather and no rushing about.
The first order of business was to see who got what in the cooking section.
This year my dear mother-in-law came first while my brother-in-law came second.
The other photo is an example of the other entries.

We checked out the quilts.
And the other amazing creations in the cakes/biscuits. 
Scarecrows were a theme this year so here are a few those items.
And then the amazing embroidery on this box.
The photo does not do it justice.

Hope you've been able to do something interesting!
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Wednesday, October 3, 2012

Rainbow Block Swap

So this new blogger is not going to let me do a lot of things I suspect. Need to figure it out eventually. Anyway, here are the blue blocks I received in September's block swap. Certainly an interesting mix. Definitely a couple that lean way towards green and even a couple of cream. No matter. It is a scrap quilt after all.

Here are two examples of the idea behind the swap made by another group in our guild. 
They really enjoyed it. Their quilts are so cheerful and they really like that they've shared fabrics.
October is RED. Yum. So here is my selection of charm squares. Some of my lights lean way towards pink and the reds range from bright to red-orange to deep burgundy. I'm going to work on these for a little while as I take a break from Secret Christmas Business (only a short break - Christmas is closer than you think). 
We have a wonderful 30C+ day today. I'm actually in a short sleeve top and skirt. Yeah! But when the sun drops, will back in to the cool weather clothing. It will be a while before the heat comes and stays. In the meantime, we will enjoy these beautiful spring days. I hope your local climate is amenable to your activities.
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Monday, October 1, 2012

Scrappy Potholders

My oldest daughter had a birthday recently. As she is trying to de-clutter and simplify, my best option was to give her something to be used and not too precious. She does enjoy cooking so potholders seemed obvious.
Bright charm squares and scraps. QAYG. One layer of insulbrite and one of cotton.

Nothing else to show. Secret Christmas Business.
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