Back in Cyprus finally trying to get sorted with an array of things to do in order to get back into a routine of some sort, and reach my ultimate goal at the moment of using my fabrics again... Amongst everything, my stuff returned after nearly another 7 months of sitting in a container at a dock, or, floating about at sea. Yippee I thought, not realizing the mess and backache I was to endure for this elated emotion! Amongst all my boxes I came across my red and white materials. Having recently seen a publication at a friends house on an awesome red and white exhibition in New York (see button link below for a short tour by the curator and another button for Houston's Ruby Anniversary) and, finding this unfinished draft from last year I decided to finish it now I am back on NORMAL internet connection...yes Sydney, it was a bad experience, your communication avenues leave little to be desired!
At the Sydney Quilt festival last year the NSW quilters Guild had a theme...Red and White. There were a few hundred quilts which looked fabulous all together.The New York exhibition must have been mind blowing with about 650!
Enjoy some photos of some of my favourites...and those that I appreciate the work.
These were done by children...
The gallery photos may be enlarged if you click on them...
Whilst In Oz I also had the task of creating a special quilt for a couple who had decided to vow their love for one another in an unusual way in Cyprus. They held a party over 2 days in a field of olive trees. The youngsters camped in the tents overnight at the top of the field, the couple's tent was different than the rest and was orange. The cream coloured, 3 tiered cake was on a table dressed with a blue tablecloth in the middle of the dance floor. The guests were casually and colourfully dressed whilst the "bride" wore a red , crimson and white dress and the "groom " a grey suit and a paisley waistcoat. All they wanted as presents were socks and there were cute witches hanging from some of the trees. The pathway leading up to the event was lit in green and gold and there were also 2 rows of fabric covered lights over the other side. The guests were seated for dinner on long tables with pink or green tea lights and a full moon illuminated the event naturally. The happy occasion had a cute pack of postcards as an invitation and instructions for all guests, words from these which I took and embroidered after the quilting of sparkly stars. This quilt was inspired from photos and actual fabrics from "The Get Together Party" It is nice to know that they are reminded of their special weekend in winter on the couch or in summer when the air conditioners are in full swing!
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 !!
Unbelievable...got a call to say my stuff has arrived and will be delivered ...so I guess I am still waiting , but not for too much longer. So far it has been 5 months since I packed some essentials for the big move to Sydney. Have also still been filling in forms left right and centre and trying to source various crafty items. Found some bigger googly eyes and made up a few more kiddie purses....still haven't perfected the stitching on vinyl, pretty difficult for mum's machine. Have also made a few random cushions and a basket and some bunting for a special little girl's christening...