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

Saturday, 6 August 2016

Final Post from Melbourne Craft & Quilt Fair 2016

So very proud of one of our Westalee Online Students 
for her quilt winning 
FIRST PLACE in the Victorian Quilters Inc section 
for TRADITIONAL TWO PERSON AMATEUR & PROFESSIONAL 
THERESE PARRY
"POPPIES FOR GRANDPA"
Therese was so excited when she told me and said she used her Westalee products to make the quilt.
Our other students will be delighted to see this, as I was.

I've shown you a large closeup of the poppies as they were done superbly. 
Therese said "Poppy applique original design. Traditional blocks. Block layout design inspired by 'Summer Still Life' by Natalia Bonner and Kathleen Whiting in American Patchwork and Quilting, August, 2013." Quilted by Leanne Kaufmann.
Quilt Measures 199cm x 199cm

Another feature at the show warmed my heart and they deserve some recognition. 
During the past 12 months, Victorian Quilters, through the Wrapped in Love Auxiliary at the Royal Children's Hospital, has distributed 1870 quilts to children with a life threatening illness. (how comforting) They have many, many sponsors, too many to list here, but are thankful for them all.
Marie Lee, VSQ Coordinator kindly gave me some more information.
The Very Snuggly Quilt Program has been operating for the past 15 years. As mentioned above, the amazing number of quilts given to the children in the last 12 months alone, with all fabrics and batting donated.
At the Craft & Quilt Fair, Expertise Events provided them space, Bernina Australia loaned them a Bernina 720 and two Bernina 570QE for use during the show. Horn Australia also provided a cabinet for the 720 so as volunteers may actually quilt the quilts at the show, as well as a Horn cutting table for their use.
WELL DONE VICTORIAN QUILTERS and your wonderful volunteers.

Next up is the CRAFT & QUILT FAIR in CANBERRA
SEE YOU THERE - STAND A02

Wednesday, 3 August 2016

More Winners from Melbourne's Craft & Quilt Fair

There certainly were some talented quilters showing their quilts in the Victorian Quilters Showcase at last week's Craft & Quilt Fair in Melbourne.
ROBYN COOTS won the award for Excellence in Domestic Machine Quilting, Professional as well as Runner-Up for Mainly Applique, Professional for her quilt 'SCARLET SURPRISE'.


Robyn said "This quilt is an original design. The applique is all hand stitched. Other elements include piecing and trapunto. The flowers are embellished with little black beads and knots embroidered with black silk to represent stamen/seeds."
I hope you can see enough of the detail of the applique.


The finishing of the borders amazed me. 
Seemed to me to be a fine piping curved around, was definitely inserted. 
Just look at the quilting designs too!
Quilt Measures 196cm x 196cm

"REFLECTIONS IN BLUE"
by ROBYN CUTHBERTSON
was Runner Up in the Long Arm Quilters One Person Section
Robyn said "I have long been fascinated by Mandala's and so with this quilt, I used illustrator to reflect design elements, to create a large Mandala design. The fabric is cotton sateen and glide thread was used." (Punch with Judy sells Glide Thread by Fil-Tec, by the way) 
Quilt Measures 145cm x 145cm

First Place in the ART QUILTS
PLUS the Westalee Best Original Design Award
was won by JOCELYNE LEATH
for her quilt "FLUTTER BY - LIFE"
Truly an incredible work of art. Jocelyne said "Our travels along the journey of Life, has its continuous ups and downs, with all forms of emotions experience. The whole picture appears fractured, as we ease from one heightened emotion to another."
Quilt Measures 150cm x 120cm overall
Note the detailed quilting designs



Hope you enjoy viewing these. Of course, there were MANY more.
Our next Show is at Canberra next week, hope to catch up with you there.