Sunday, 2 July 2017

BEST OF SHOW - Sydney Craft & Quilt Fair 2017

Last month at the Craft & Quilt Fair returned to the Darling Harbour Convention Centre, now known as the ICC and it was a fabulous array of displays, guests, stalls, workshops, make and take its, but the Sydney Quilt Show by Quilt NSW was outstanding.  Over 400 quilts on display by members of NSW Quilt Guild. Well done everyone.

One of my very favourite quilters extraordinaire is PAM BROCKWELL and she so deservedly won the coveted prize of the BERNINA BEST OF SHOW 2017, award sponsored by Bernina Australia for her quilt STAR LINK.
Pam wandered by our stand to have a chat, prior to the big announcement, when questioned, she replied, 'yes, I won a few awards, but not sure which' and we thought how humble she was and so unassuming, since we knew/supposed whatever she entered would be stunning. She was knocked for six when the announcement was made because she had eyed off another quilt which she thought had it in the bag! (all Aussie sayings for our International readers, google such)
What a vision!  Pam explained the connection between the stars and the circles and all the quilting designs surrounding each to keep it all in perspective and inter-connecting. Such thought, such planning. She told me she wasn't happy with the grey outer edges, so went back to her stash and made hundreds and hundreds of little scallops, colour coordinated them to surround the entire quilt to set it off. Pam has such an eye for fine detail. Star Link is not a normal type theme for Pam to make and she was urged by a friend to make something more contemporary with a modern flair.
JUST LOVE IT


The Awards: Bernina Best of Show 2017
First in Combined Pieced & Applique Quilt (Professional)
Excellence in Domestic Machine Quilting Award (Professional)


Star Link - Pam said: 'Foundation paper piecing and using my stash for the stars and dots and trying to show the colours changing green, yellow green to yellow and so on around the edges of the quilt. That and the circular quilting is my link in "STAR LINK", inspired by 'Stars on Mars' by Gail Stepanek & Jun Hutchinson."

First in the Pictorial Quilt (Open) was awarded to 
HELEN GODDEN for her quilt 'VIVID'
Helen is another well-known quilter and always presents amazing pictorial quilts but this one is sure to be a favourite with anyone who has visited Sydney during any festival. 
Vivid - Helen said: 'Capturing the colour and carnival atmosphere of Sydney's Festival of Lights. Hand painted original composition, painted with Lumiere acrylic paint and glow paint on black calico. Free motion quilting on a Sweet Sixteen'. 

Second place in the Pictorial Quilt (Open) was awarded to BERNARDINE HINE for her 'DELIGHTFUL DAISIES' which also won the award for the Best Use of Dyes and Pigments.
Delightful Daisies - Bernardine said: 'I wanted to capture these daisies from a garden I visited in a painterly way, that made them look fresh and carefree in the warm sunshine.'




It also won the 
JUDGE'S AWARD




First Place in the Applique Quilt - Professional Section 
was awarded to
JANET TREEN for her quilt 'AMELIA'S FAMILY ALBUM'.

My apologies, but the quilt was so large, I couldn't stand back far enough to capture the entire size of it, so have missed the lower edge. 
The quilt also Won the Award for Retaining the Tradition: Best Traditional Quilt - Professional.
Amelia's Family Album - Janet said: 'This quilt was made for my daughter and is in the style of a Baltimore Album Quilt. Block designs are from book by Elly Sienkiewicz apart from three of them and the border which I drew myself.'

The Long Arm Machine Quilting Award - Open was awarded to 
ROBYN CUTHBERTSON for her quilt 'REFLECTIONS IN BLUE'.
Reflections in Blue - Robyn said: 'I've always been fascinated by mandala designs and thought they would make an interesting wholecloth design. This design is entirely hand guided using my A1 longarm machine and is quilted on cotton sateen using Glide Thread.' (which is available on my website)
This quilt also won 
FIRST PLACE in OTHER TECHNIQUES (Professional) 
and EXCELLENCE IN LONG ARM QUILTING AWARD (OPEN)

SECOND PLACE in PIECED QUILT - PROFESSIONAL 
was awarded to 
LYN CRUMP for her quilt LIMEBERRY TART.
LIMEBERRY TART - LYN said: 'Two years out from an '0' birthday I decided to make myself a quilt. Lime from my past, berry from the present with a drizzle of chocolate. 14,301 half inch hexagons, took almost three hours every day for 25 months to complete.'  OMG !!

There were so many other wonderful quilts, winning awards and not so lucky this year, so I give you the link to see them all HERE.

I am quite sure there will be many more wonderful quilts on display at the Craft & Quit Fair in Melbourne later this month, so do try to attend. Nothing beats seeing the quilts in person, plus there are so many other features at the shows and, of course, you may visit the PUNCH WITH JUDY stand and say hello! PLUS, behind our Stand A11 - the return of our NIFTY NOTIONS demonstrations! I know you will be happy about that.

ANNOUNCEMENT:
THE AUSTRALIAN CRAFT INDUSTRY AWARDS
are being held again this year (2016 was not held)
There are so many categories that you may nominate for so here is the link
BUT you only have until 10th July to do so, 
extended from the previously advertised date of 30th June.
I would appreciate you nominating Punch with Judy for any that you feel we may deserve.


Wednesday, 31 May 2017

Best Of Show - Perth Craft & Quilt Fair 2017

Last week we exhibited at the Craft & Quilt Fair in Perth at the Perth Convention Exhibition Centre. The West Australian Quilters' Association held their QuiltWest 2017. In conjunction with Expertise Events and Bernina Sewing Machines, the Bernina Best of Show was awarded to:
TRACEY BARELI for her quilt
"BIRD IS THE WORD"
This quilt also won FIRST PRIZE in the Mainly Applique Professional 
and Best Longarm Machine Custom Quilting
Tracey said "The Pattern is from the Book "Applique Mastery" by Phillippa Naylor. All applique pieces have been free motion sewn, with a little machine Blanket Stitch. Free Motion quilted."


CONGRATULATIONS TRACEY

Runner Up was awarded to 
MEGAN BYRNE
for her quilt
"GORGEOUS GIRL"
I apologize for not capturing the poster of details of the quilt
but you will see the detail in this image.
Besides being Runner-Up overall, " Gorgeous Girl" also won the 
PICTORIAL QUILTS OPEN

PHILIPPA THOMAS
won the BEST USE OF COLOUR
for her quilt
"FLIGHT OF FANCY" 
Philippa said "Inspired by Susan Carlson's 
amazing animal quilts and using her glue applique technique, 
this fantastical bird will make you smile".

The BERNINA ENCOURAGEMENT AWARD
was won by 
ROBYN FREEMAN
for her quilt
"GLACIER STAR" 
The quilt also won FIRST PRIZE 
TRADITIONAL: AMATEUR
Robyn said "Foundation Pieced by machine and quilted in sections by domestic machine".

Now this entry was in the ABSTRACT section and though never won any prizes, I really was fascinated with it, so am sharing.

"PRIMORDIAL SOUP"
made by HELEN O'HARA

Helen said "3.8 billion years ago life began. Cells divided and connected together in new ways to form our most ancient ancestors. Cut and fused with soldering iron, heat distressed.


Tried to capture the side view so as you could see the three-dimensional form.
If you look again at the first photo, those centre pink circles
are the ones supported by the fabric "rods"  shown in the photo above.

I hope you enjoy viewing some of the winning quilts and we congratulate everyone who had an entry or display.  There were so many and I think everyone thoroughly enjoyed the artistry.

Sunday, 5 March 2017

THE SEAMSTRESS - SCULPTURE

In the past, I have often given a report on the brilliant sculptures exhibited in the Spirit of the Land Festival held locally at Lockhart and is a colourful and vibrant celebration of the land. With artistic sculptures, fine arts and photography, lively markets, boutique stalls, fabulous foods, vivid open gardens, amazing entertainments, stylish vintage vehicles and will be held again on Saturday 7th and Sunday 8th October 2017. Plan your year now to attend this year as it is a fantastic experience for all ages and co-incides with the Lockhart Picnic Races on Friday 6th October. Grey Nomad Wanderers, mark it on your calendar.
Many times I have shown Winners and other entrants of past Festivals, but this time I would like to share an absolutely brilliant and amazing sculpture by a local, via a friend of one of my staff, who has so generously given me permission to show images of "THE SEAMSTRESS" which was a private commission and not an entry in the Festival. I was gobsmacked and asked permission to share. 

His words:
"THE SEAMSTRESS" and another large artwork were commissioned by a private collector in Sydney. They are installed in a secret garden in an industrial estate in inner Sydney. "The Seamstress" is a depiction of the buyer's mother and his 2 1/2 year old sister circa 1950. Times were hard and the child had only empty cotton reels to play with. 
The tabletop is a slate slab which was once the entry step to Great Grandmother's rural homestead "Butherwah" circa 1880, the underside worn into a scalloped curve from 80 odd years of foot traffic entering and leaving the house. 
The drawers of the table are cut down bronze post office mail box doors. The only original sewing machine parts are the handwheel, the treadle and name plate, which I reversed so it would face forward so people could see the word 'Singer' as they looked at the front of the sculpture. I hand-made a needle and used copper wire as thread. 
The sewing machine was made using a variety of mechanical and hydraulic car jacks and odds and ends for the smaller controls. When the treadle is operated, the lady's hip, knee, ankle and foot move in the normal fashion as I made each joint articulated on that leg. (Children love making her work by moving the treadle up and down.) 
Her skirt was made from a reproduction medieval chain maille long shirt by individually separating hundreds of steel rings and re-joining them to accommodate the lady's figure. This sculpture is private and is not able to be viewed by the public. 
It took about 6 months to complete. 
The images of her shoes were inspired by Dorothy in Wizard of OZ........her face was before the hair was added and her hands before being connected to her body. 
The fabric being sewn is lead sheet off a roof and if you look closely, the buyer asked me to include a subtle butterfly which I pin pricked with a needle into the lead sheet. (You will see the butterfly in the hands image)" 

 

Amazing beyond belief, don't you think? Keep in mind, everything made from "stuff" laying around anyone's farm virtually.  Due credit to the sculptor and I sincerely thank him for allowing me to share. I hope he receives accolations from around the world - contact ANDREW WHITEHEAD SCULPTURE via his Facebook page. I have been asked not to include personal names. 
A must view though is the video on his Facebook page. Several other magnificent sculptures are shown as well.
AGAIN, A HUGE THANK YOU TO THOSE CONCERNED FOR PERMITTING ME TO SHARE THESE IMAGES AND STORY BEHIND THE SCENES WITH YOU. I look forward to your comments.

Sunday, 30 October 2016

Attending the International Quilt Market at Houston, Texas, USA, 29 - 31 October, 2016. 
One of the displays is by Cathy Wiggins sponsored by Olde City Quilts.


 

Cathy's "WESTERN ROUNDUP" is hand-quilted, machine quilted and painted, made of leather.
She said 'With this piece, I wanted to bring the look of the traditional pieced quilt into the world of quilted leather. Beginning with one-colour cowhide, I created the illusion of pieced blocks with leather dyes. I wanted to use all portions of the hide so I layered the scraps to create the irregular shape at the bottom.  No part of the hide was wasted. I then went in search of the perfect western-styled conchos to embellish the design'.
"GET 'EM GIRL!" used the same techniques as above using an original sketch.
Cathy said 'Yes, girls can rope cows too. I wanted to create this image in two parts to further represent the energy behind the action. She is so close, but not quite close enough to send the rope. The organic shape of the hides adds to the rustic feel of this western art piece. Western conchos add a bit of sparkle'.
I apologize that I missed the description of Cathy's Bronco Rider but it uses the same techniques as above.
The full display of Cathy Wiggin's Leather Quilts.
These Wild West-Style Quilts are made entirely of leather. Bronco riders, ropers, cowboys and cowgirls.

THEY ARE AMAZING!

Saturday, 13 August 2016

Canberra Craft & Quilt Fair Winners 2016

Attending the Canberra Craft & Quilt Fair this week and Canberra Quilters Inc. once again have put on an amazing display of quilts.

The BERNINA BEST OF SHOW 2016 
was awarded to BRONWYN HILL 
who also won 1st Place in the Art Quilt (Open) section
for her quilt "BEAUMONT"
 The quilt is in three pieces measuring 231cm x 90cm overall

The close-ups show the incredible detail

2nd Place in the Art Quilt (Open) section was awarded to
KAREN TRAVIS for her quilt "HUMMER"
The quilt was also awarded the 
Bernina Amateur Encouragement Award
Quilt measures 120cm x 95cm




Congratulations to both Bronwyn and Karen

ROS HANIGAN visited my stand so excited that she had won 
1st Place in the Large Quilt (non professional) section
for her quilt "MY GARDEN IN AUTUMN"
Ros said it took her 12 years to hand quilt. What a feat!
Quilt measures 264cm x 213cm
Footnote:  
Ros enrolled in our Westalee Online Ruler Foot Course today too!

Helen Sullivan is demonstrating the Westalee products on my stand in the absence of Leonie West who is attending the Festival of Quilts in Birmingham, England. As you see, was quite popular and Helen is doing a brilliant job sharing her knowledge on the stand and at a daily seminar. 
THANKS HELEN

Hope you can visit over the weekend
Punch with Judy is on Stand A02