Zen Magpies by Helen Godden. The birds were painted on silk sateen, then free motion quilted. Black thread on white fabric. How hard is that?? Every single misplaced stitch visible.
Just look at that quilting!! There were dozens of FMQ designs across the quilt. Centre bottom is a jigsaw. Did you see that? And a teeny dragon fly dead centre.
Fantasy Meets at Midnight by Anne Keys. A fun mixture of machine applique, beads, and fantasy figures. Lots of colour too which was a great contrast to the black background.
Ethel's Diary by Eileen Campbell. This was an awesome quilt. The quilter used her Great-Aunt Ethel Booth Seward's diary, kept between 1876 & 1904. There are photos of family, friends and home and text from the diary itself, all with a feathery quilting surrounding it. Not only was it beautifully made, but it appealed to my love of family history. I also thought it was one of the most beautiful ways of immortalising a family.
Close up of one of the photos & some of the text. Wish I had had the time to read it all.
The homestead "Tyntyndyer".
Overgrown by Wendy Williams. This quilt was inspired by the annual Floriade festival in Canberra. I loved the colours in this and the naive flowers. Such a happy profusion of colour.
The felt flowers showing the embroidery and the quilting.
Each year there is a section with miniature quilts. I guess there are about 25-30 on display at any one time. I am always dumbstruck by the time and patience of the people who make them, as some of them are incredibly tiny. The criteria for a miniature is not just that it be small, but it has to be a replica of the "real" thing in miniature with all the parts of the quilt in proportion.
Micro-organisms by Chrissy Sheed. Lovely riot of colour, and only about 12" square.
Silken Treasure 2 by Rachelle Denney. The tag says that Rachelle felt like doing something small. Well she has, and the quilting is gorgeous. I am a big fan of fans, and these were superb. Two very well deserved ribbons!
This year was apparently the 30th Anniversary of the Quilter's Guild Show, and the symbol of the 30th Wedding Anniversary is pearls, so the challenge this year was "pearl".
Embrogenesis the Birth of a Pearl by Gabrielle Russell. Ribbons, laces, beads, satins - loads of lovely texture.
Pearl, Ribbon & Old Lace by Yvonne Line.
Esmerelda's Pearl Wedding by Wendy Vermuelen. The tag reads "Esmerelda Emu is celebrating her 30th wedding anniversary. She and Edwardo are about to light the candles on their cake. Esmerelda is resplendent in her diamond encrusted pearl earrings and a string of Lombok pearls which Edwardo has given her to celebrate their 30 years of wedded bliss" Chuckle!!
On the Wing by Pam Hill. Coloured with ink pens and Inktense pencils and blocks and embellished with crystals.
I didn't bring home any fabric for myself, but I did come away with two lots of fat quarters. In the photo above, are 6 pieces of Riley Blake fabrics to be shared between my daughter & Miss 7. Miss 12 is angling to make a "cat" quilt, so the ones below are for her. Not many catty fabrics around at the moment sadly. Still, this is a good start, and I am bagsing the left overs (grin)
Having talked about all these gorgeous creations, I'm off to make some.
Til next time...... Keep on stitching.