Look at what some soldiers were up to during the the last century wars in Crimea , India, South Africa, Prussia, Austria and France.
Patchwork and Quilting !!!!
Quilts were made for all sorts of reasons by soldiers using uniform fabric. Some were made for therapeutic reasons , others just to stay out of trouble and others just to be creative . These were mostly in Intarsia style, a technique that differs from most of the Quilts we see today. Quilts of wool without batting or backing, tiny pieces (many under and inch ),top stitching and embroidery on seams, pieces sewn together on the edges without seam allowances were seen throughout most of the exhibits.
I can go on and on but for now enjoy a selection of these antique beauties. - Nonie
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War and Pieced ( Annette Gero collection of military quilts) at the American Folk Art Museum,NY.
Woohoo!!!... finally uploaded some photos of ... the BIG ONE, the Sydney Quilt and Craft Fair that took place from July 9-13 . To give you a general feel for what I saw...
These are some of the shops that were selling their goods at the show...
These were some of the gizmos and some of the talks/demonstrations I attended, and, some talented people I met..
One of the Exhibitions within the exhibition, this one was this years AQC challenge titled "Ten". I managed to take some of the entries before my camera finally ran out of battery...well there were more than 400 quilts displayed and both days I went my camera was working overtime taking happy snaps whenever I could.
If you would like to see all of the quilts from this challenge I have included a link button....I will post another blog before the end of the year with some more quilts to feast your eyes upon..promise...Maro
Quilt 1 - Scrappy rose with a swirl
Firstly I handled strips . It took me 2 days to sort through and to pull out the the wider strips (2 inch and over). Then came Quilt 1.
Quilt 2 - Chevron - quilt as you go.
Still had lots of strips. The selection was getting a bit narrower around 2 inches and under. I also noticed that the colors were getting a bit more subdued which really had me itching to add new fabric but I managed to hold myself back.
coming up next ....
I have sorted though the scraps again and removed all triangular shaped pieces. There seem to be a lot of similar ones - mostly unused pieces from older one block wonder quilts and pieces that were trimmed off from the mariners compass quilts I made last year.
By the way , I now have only one (overflowing ) box + a bag of selvedges .
Will keep you updated .- Nonie
Once every two years the community of Hunters Hill Quilters in Sydney put on a quilt show in aid of a chosen charity. This year, as they have done since 2003, they were supporting Giant Steps, a local school for autistic children. Having helped raise funds myself for Nicosia's Autism society in the past and recently having set up a special charity section at our Patchaouri 2014 exhibition for the Sophia Foundation for children, I was really keen to go and see how things happen for charities in OZ and in a quilty way!! They raise money from admission to the event , a raffle , the sale of donated quilts and through the sale of various handmade smaller items. I managed to take some really quick photos for all you quilters to get a feel for what was there...sorry about the quality but the lighting was not great for photos and you had to be really quick before someone stepped into the picture!!
There were a total of 51 quilts displayed by the members of Hunters Hill Quilters this year . I have linked a few buttons below to sites for those interested....Maro
PS. Happy first day of Spring/Autumn !!
We would like to thank everyone for helping us create the Sophia Foundation quilts at our Patchaouri 2014 exhibition last February. It was loads of fun, for young and old, and was wonderful to see how much thought and care people put into placing their "patch of love" onto the design board .The look of delight on the children's faces when they realized that their fabric square would stick just by caressing it was priceless. With all the excitement we managed to finish 2 quilts. The first a classic one patch and the second we decided to create a 4 patch square from the same colour family to create a different look .
Both quilts will be used by the Sophia Foundation for Children to raise funds for their charity work in Cyprus. The quilts are to be raffled after the summer heat subsides and in time for the lucky winners to use them this Christmas. Will post all the details once the raffle is organized but for now enjoy the summer and a huge thank you to all who participated in making these quilts from start to finish and edge to edge and ...definitely brimming with love...
Making scrap quilts, or even just going through your scraps , is like taking a sentimental tour back into "quilt time".