Berry Quilt Show

Last Sunday my friend Bronwyn and I took the train from Bondi Junction to Berry to see the The Modern Quilt Show which was organised by the Wollongong Modern Quilt Guild. It was a really interesting and inspiring exhibition. Many more quilts than I expected. It was certainly worth the early start to make the trip. And it was market day so we had a look around there. Some lovely plants but didn’t really fancy bringing them back on the train. Also have limited space now that I am a balcony gardener.

I did buy a pack of fabric from Material Obsession. I am really inspired by the colours and have had them sitting on the sofa arm so I can admire and plan. I love them so much I have planned the whole living area around these colours in my head while they have been sitting there. Lots of things happen in my head but finding the time to make them a reality is another thing entirely.

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We returned by train in the late afternoon spending some time in the waiting room at the station with a number of ladies (and one gentleman) who had also been to the quilts including a lady from Kiama who had won a raffle quilt and a lady from Hunters Hill who had exhibited her quilt. I have since read the MO Blog and there are photos of the show and the lady from Hunters Hill (Beryl) is shown with her wonderful quilt and the story of its inception.

The train trip back was really pleasant and Bronwyn was able to knit an entire beanie on the trip there and back. Can’t do that when you are driving! And I suspect it was not a lot slower than driving judging by the pile up of traffic at Gerringong. And at much less cost than I would have paid for petrol. We will be making more trips by train.

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Elliot’s quilt

Elliot's quilt

This was made using colourful prints from a range designed on a locomotive theme. As a rule I don’t buy matchy matchy fabrics. I don’t do I? It somehow doesn’t satisfy my hunting and gathering instincts. But these really appealed to me and I had bought them for the stash. I wanted to do a quilt fairly quickly so I used them in a quilt of simple squares which I think made the most of the prints and colours. Some of the rolling stock couldn’t be cut into squares because they weren’t complete motifs as they were close to the cut edge of the fabric. But I managed to join them together into a strip which I used at the top of the quilt. Simply quilted around the squares then finished with a scrappy binding.

Ben’s quilt

Made for the baby of a sailing family, I based this quilt on one I saw in an old Australian Patchwork & Quilting magazine. It was called Night Fishing by Cynthia Nicklin.

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With his name embroidered as the boats name and his birthdate as the sail number, I added ‘And I shall sail away to the land of Nod’ in the bottom right corner hoping that it would have a subliminal effect. (If it was just that easy!)

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And I had it quilted by Sue of Sue’s Top Finish as I really wanted to get it finished and hand it to the new owner.

Quilt for Olivia

Another child’s quilt in simple squares with a scrappy binding. I am still having trouble with blogging. I am trying to blog from my ipad and iphone as my recent photos are on them. Seemed a good idea but when I look at the blog they appear quite different on the different devices. Not all the posts were appearing. But I am determined to make it all work!

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A closer look

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And the butterfly backing  –  a lovely Japanese fabric

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