Abigail Sheridan de Graaff
Abigail Sheridan de Graaff
The Quilt Convention is a quilt show that features the best of Australia from the past year from each state guild. It also has a number of other travelling and international displays that are just fantastic to…
One of the jobs I’m not overfond of is the dreaded tails. Every time you start a quilting path there’s another two threads to tie in. And I do like to do custom quilting, so I always have lots of tails.
Now, I try…
Happy christmas! I hope you have got out your favourite tipple and a few mince pies, and you are looking forward to quiz Number two!
Quiz Number Two is a bit more challenging, but that’s ok, we’ve got all day. The…
Revenge of the tree decorator – Teresa Barrow
Just remembered that I shrink wrapped the fake Christmas tree last year …. genuinely ….. after years of have you done it yet? (equivalent to toddlers in the back s…
I’ve just had a week of holiday in New Zealand visiting family and enjoying old haunts. I also got lucky enough to go to two quilt shows and a couple of shops. (I mean quilt shops of course, the rest don’t cou…
Thank you for sharing your trip and the pictures. Brings back a lot of memories for me. There is something quite special and different too about quilting in the antipodes – I suspect it is a bit like NZ regionalist painting – the light is different, and so the way light and colour is used in quilting is quite different too.
Corinne, you are so right. The light is so different and so is, I think, the colour perception. I think New Zealand has a very saturated palette with the blues and greens, whereas Australia often has a dustier palette, more olive, dark teal and rust. I noticed Switzerland tends to have a clear clean palette, whereas England has a very soft palette. These are generalisations of course, and I know we all pursue our own particular tastes. Did you like my pic of Ruapehu?, so lucky to get it so clear from a plane window.
Loved reading this Sue. Rose City Quilters was the second quilt show I ever went to – after helping out at Kowhai Quilters Quilt Show in Feilding. Ruapehu looks magnificent – such a great road trip head up or down SH1. This has bought back so many memories and is all located in our patch of NZ – thanks!!
I’m glad it brought back happy memories Abigail. It seemed like it was a weekend for quilt shows, though I missed the one in Wellington – I could have gone, but the traffic getting back out is horrendous, even leaving at 4.30 we crawled down to Kapiti, (the plus side was getting some good photos of the island). It’ll be good when the new road is finished. The Horowhenua quilt show was at Nga Tawa and the rose city one at PNGHS. I was so pleased with that photo of Ruapehu, I got Ngauruhoe, Tongariro and Mt Taranaki as well. Amazingly lucky.
Well, firstly, yay for holidays. I’m off to visit family, which is nice, but I need to make sure I’m well prepared for waiting at airports, and have small things to do while relaxing with family. I fly bec…
The brief we were given for the Sew a Row was ‘ice’. Now, I live in the subtropics in Australia and it’s a long, long time since I’ve been in the ice and snow. In fact the last time I was in the snow was …. aroun…
This was an interesting read for me this morning. My daughter’s friend who moved from Northern Ireland many years ago to live in the South Island is currently holidaying here with us in Cornwall where we now live. We were talking last night about the type of houses in her area and to see photos of what she was describing this morning before I get out of bit is a bit freaky. Love your patchwork.
Thanks Jenny. I’m glad you like it. The universe can be a bit weird, can’t it, You never hear of something and then it crops up again and again. I never understood British row houses in children’s fiction – how you could see people on the street from inside the house, and talk to neighbours over the fence so easily. Postmen knocking and train carriages with lots of doors were also a bit of a mystery. Then, as an adult, when I visited my sister in London, a lot was explained!
I was lucky enough to go to the Sydney Quilt Show and meet Sharon Bradley who was demonstrating her new product ‘fusamat’. I’d seen the product advertised but was a little unclear on how it worked. So I stopped for a…
I’m really excited about the Quilt Africa Challenge being run by Miriam Galadima Benson from Nigeria. You can follow the link to read her blog post about it.
African fabrics are so exciting to use and so d…
Fantastic fabrics! I’ve made a couple of quilts using African prints, they’re very easy to get hold of in London although most seem to be imported from the Netherlands. I’ll take a look at the website, it sounds intriguing. Another really nice blog Sue. Your writing is always so interesting.
Thanks Gini, African fabrics are hard to get here, so it’s nice to be able to order direct from Miriam in Nigeria. They are amazing prints.
Lovely quilts and great ideas for the next one. I’m not sure how Bloggers Corner works. How can I read your previous blogs, Sue?
Hi Suzanne, lovely to hear you enjoyed my blog. I’m trying to work out how you can search for past blogs, but so far I haven’t worked it out. I will let you know when I work it out myself!
You are right, it’s so hard to search. Most of mine have been tagged ‘quilting” . At least a lot if mine come up if I use that tag. Everyone’s name is at the bottom of their blog, so you can see who you are reading. The only other thing I can think of to do is copy the links and paste the message in a reply. I’ll try that.
Hi Suzanne. The search engine only seems to search titles in the blogs. So I think I need to add something to my titles that will make it easy to search. In the meantime, if you search ‘Sydney’ ‘Australasian’ ‘English paper piecing’ ‘storage’ ‘sids’ you should get most of mine. I also have my personal blog under Duckcreekmountainquilting.com. Thanks so much for taking an interest and highlighting the problem.
I asked the blogaratti….. https://ukqu.co.uk/members/susiana/blog/ should list all my blogs
Beautiful and inspirational Sue. I love African batiks and find myself buying and hoarding instead of buying and sewing. You have given me something to think about, thank you 🙂
I just find them so different from anything we get. They have such a clear aesthetic value. I love them.
I had a wonderful day at the Sydney Quilt show run by Quilt NSW. The standard of quilts was very high and the prize winning quilts were all wonderful. Here is a quick tour of my favourites, not in any particular…
Wow what great quilts. Great to see what people are making in Australia – such a wide variety of quilts and beautifully done. Thanks for sharing.
The quilts were stunning especially the prize winners. It’s hard to do a show justice in a small post. Glad you enjoyed it.
Absolutely stunning, thanks for sharing these amazing quilts 🙂
thanks Alison, I really enjoyed just being there.
Labelling is that last little bit of making a quilt that sometimes gets neglected in the rush of meeting a deadline and giving a gift. It is so important though, and something I try to do when the quilting is nearing…
Great advice. Thank you Sue.
Great advice here – especially about the labels for pictures of quilts. I love commercially produced labels – and have a hundred or more – most of my labels are had embroidered with satin stitch, although a fancy font has me doing back stitch. I’ve always put the label in the bottom right corner of the quilt – unless it is a small wall hanging – then it goes in the centre!
I think at our last quilt show, the whole right or left debate got settled as ‘on the right as you view the quilt from the front’, so that means on the left from the back. I’m like you I put the label on the rhs, so now I really have to think about it.
I always put labels on quilts I make for others – never thought about the ones I make for myself. This got me thinking, whilst reading your Blog, that when I am ‘gone’ no one will know who made my quilts, or when. Will rectify that this week!!! Thanks for the advice and info! x
It’s interesting isn’t it, to sudddenly find we are not valuing ourselves the way we value others. Happy label making.
One of the things I always seem to be struggling with is storage. Firstly. Sewing requires a lot of gear and secondly the gear seems to be all odd shapes and sizes. I’m sure I can’t be the only person who spends hal…
Wow you’ve got sooo much stuff Sue 🙂 I kinda wish I had your storage problems but as a newbie I keep my fabric in square plastic art boxes, I have 10 lol – I know, it’s a bit sad isn’t it!!! I look forward to the day when I’ve got fabric stuffed into every corner – I’m sure your blog will come in very useful then x
Ok, that’s embarrassing. I’ve been quilting for nearly 40 years, both my daughters have an interest in textiles, so, it’s not all mine, (at least, that’s my story and I’m sticking with it).
I believe you Sue 😉 xx
I’ve only fairly recently classified my tools in a similar way (cutting, measuring, writing, etc), and it has been brilliant for making it both easy to put away and to find again. Some other great ideas in your post that I will probably try out too. Thanks for this blog.
It’s good when suddenly you work out the thing that makes everything easier. You wonder why you never thought of it before
The last two quilts from the best of Australia are here. The first of these is entitled ‘Darwin to Katherine’ and is by Annie Rodomski from the NT. The thing that is very special about this quilt is that if you are a…
The best of the show from NSW is a work by Pamela Brockwell entitled Star Link. This quilt beautifully displays the skill of the quiltmaker in piecing, applique and quilting. The use of colour values in each star…
The AQC is not a quilt show from one particular state or territory in Australia. Rather it showcases the best of each state and territory show. Australia has 6 states and two territories, and for those who aren’t…
The AQC is one quilt show I have never been to before because I live too far away. This year, however, the stars aligned and I couldn’t stay away. Zarina, a quilting friend from Malaysia, was able to go and the o…
This is the third post in my series about EPP. This is looking at the type of stitch you might want to use to join your pieces.
Traditionally EPP uses a whip stitch, but there are now many alternatives and it’s r…
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