Sunday, 22 May 2016

Umbrella Prints Trimmings Challenge

After watching from the sidelines for a while, this year I took the bull by the horns and actually produced an entry for the Umbrella Prints Trimmings Challenge.  Umbrella Prints are an Aussie textile house, specialising in making yummy fabrics. I've been using them for years and love the earthy natural tones and strong design motifs.
In line with their environmental sustainability focus, their annual Trimmings Challenge challenges crafty folk to take but a small packet of Umbrella Print Trimmings, and turn them into something fab.  And quilt-makers get our own category to make some quilty goodness (yay!).

My Trimmings pack was indeed small in size, but with a good variety of prints.  Some of the trimmings were teeny weeny!

To further challenge myself, I decided to add only two other fabrics - both solids, in very similar tones, to add some depth to the areas of negative space, but also to highlight the Umbrella Prints!

I am currently going through what will retrospectively be referred to as my "Flying Geese Period", so this popular motif seemed perfect for this project.  The variety of sizes of trimmings meant I could make a variety of sizes of Flying Geese.
I was guided by the trimmings, and simply made the Flying Geese in whatever size the trimmings would allow.  I grouped each size of Flying Geese together and arranged them in an improv style with the two toned solids. 

And, here's a shocker - I matchstick quilted it!

This is the finished product!  The quilt is called "Goose with all the Trimmings".

Sunday, 21 June 2015

Oscar's quilt

Oscar's Quilt

My favourite part of my #everybabygetsaquilt project is 1. every baby gets a quilt and 2. I get to watch every baby with a quilt grow up with their quilt.  Case in point, Oscar B.

This is Oscar's quilt, made from a pattern in Quilty Magazine called Stamped by Ellen Luckett Baker of The Long Thread.  I made it as a scrap quilt, with a grey background. The geometric design required precision, which therefore required patience.

When it was done, I went a bit bonkers with the whole echo/matchstick quilting thing:

But it turned out ok.

 When Oscar B was freshly hatched, the quilt came in handy for strolls in the pram, and most importantly, sleepy time.


And now Oscar B is even more grown up, and the quilt makes a great picnic rug.    

 Yay Oscar B! x

Monday, 15 June 2015

Modern Quilt Show

Modern Quilt Show?  Don't mind if I do!

A couple of weekends ago I popped up to the beautiful NSW coastal town of Kiama to visit the Australian Modern Quilt Show. Accompanied by some of my adventurous quilty pals, we flew up to Sydney, drove to Kiama, drove back to Sydney and flew back to Melbourne.  In a day.

And it was worth it!

The Show was hosted by the Wollongong Modern Quilt Guild, and featured dozens of quilts showcasing the best of modern quilting in Australia.

I was delighted to have two of my quilts accepted for exhibition, both in the improvisation category. Maeve's Quilt is one of my recent quilts, made with Ink & Spindle fabrics.

Maeve's Quilt
And yippee, my old faithful quilt Lawless received a Judges' Commendation!  

- No, I did not intentionally dress to colour-match my quilt, but it is a happy coincidence, no? -

'Twas a great Show, and a great day!  All the winners are listed here