Tuesday, June 19, 2012

More Quilts from last week’s Sydney Quilt Show 2012

In her Margaret Cormack-designed quilt “Blossom Time” Sue Murtagh, a fellow Paddington Patchworker, made clever use of a single feature fabric cut in a different kaleidoscope style for each block.
Don’t you love Sue’s sashiko embroidery!
Another Paddington Patchworker, Sue Rowles, is a big fan of Bonnie K Hunter’s stashbuster quilts. I love them too but I’m ashamed to admit my “Double Delight” is still in several hundred pieces in a box in the corner!
Sue entered her eye-catching finished version of Bonnie’s “Orca Bay” Mystery Quilt.
My friend, Linda Billett of Artisan Quilting took a few weeks off quilting other people’s quilts over the Christmas holidays to have a little quilting fun of her own, and  “Randomly Ruffling Your Feathers!” was the result.
At first glance it seems a perfectly demure, exquisitely quilted braid quilt.
But look a little closer! Can you see the butterfly?
And the rabbit, the bird and the dragonfly?
I enjoyed spotting these whimsies among the feathers, but my favourite was Linda’s own dog, Cleo, looking like a hunting dog from a mediaeval tapestry.
At St Mark’s Quilters we’ve made quite a few quilt-as-you-go string quilts, so Di B, Sue and I were immediately attracted to Meg Orr’s “Just a Touch of Autumn”, and we were delighted when Meg herself, white-gloving nearby, explained her creative process. Look at the half-square triangles in each block – a very effective way to use a large-scale print you can’t bring yourself to cut up.
Finally let me show you Lisa Walton’s “Blue Corridor”, a majestic and ethereal quilt inspired by the parabolic arches of the corridor in Gaudi’s Casa Batllo in Barcelona.
Lisa has now written a very comprehensive blog post showing just how she achieved this masterpiece. Be amazed!



  1. It was indeed a great show. I was so tired when I finally reached the quilts (at 3.30, having been there since 10am) that I didn't notice the detail in most of them but I did love the braided quilt and "Just a Touch of Autumn". I took photos of those to give me inspiration later.

  2. Thanks Di, Rachel and I went to the show with Eddie and Eleanor so we missed out on some of the quilts on display. It was 4 of us going to the show or no visit so we did well I thought. It is very nice to see some of them and read the extra information. Eddie had Rachel's phone with a favourite app and Eleanor slept a while so they did well too considering, Bronwen C

  3. Thanks from Victoria for a peep at these. Lovely eye candy.
    Could not work out which is a 'touch of autumn'
    am getting somewhat blind.
    Am sorting out my 'den of iniquity' otherwise the study/sewing room...the chaos usually reminds me of the den....
    But I found the pieces you kindly sent me years ago and also found what I had done on that piece of work. Somehow the two had not yet met. No excuses now.
    Thanks again. The St Marks group looks great.

  4. Hi Di
    It was wonderful to see you again at the awards ceremony after a couple years. Lucy still has the hearts quilt from her transplant about nine years ago. I felt this year there were so many quilts for everyone's taste. There were so many amazing quilts. Cheers Kerry

  5. It's great to see all these beautiful quilts again! I really loved the quilting on the braid quilt but I didn't notice the hunting dog so thank you for showing us.


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