Thursday, June 22, 2017

My 2017 Sydney Show Quilts

Spoiler Alert: If you are attending The Sydney Quilt Show and would rather wait to see my quilts in real life then save this post for another day. 

I had a great day helping set up the Sydney Quilt Show. It's always wonderful to see everyone pitching in and getting the job done with a smile. The exhibition hall is now full of beautiful quilts and exhibits. 

Usually I like to wait until after the show before showing my quilts because I think seeing photos spoils the surprise, or impact of the quilts for those visiting the show. However this year QuiltNSW is allowing people to share photos on social media as long as the maker/s and designer of the quilt are properly acknowledged. So I thought I'd jump in and show my quilts sooner than later. 

I actually have quite a few quilts and things hanging in different parts of the show so if anyone wants to see all my quilts here's a list of what to look out for and where you can find them. 

For some reason I can't download the photos I took at the show yesterday so these are photos from my archives. I'll share proper photos of the quilts in situ in a future post. 

First up is my Drop of Golden Sun Quilt which is hanging as part of the QuiltNSW Suitcase challenge exhibition.These are all 40cm x 40cm quilts made with the theme Re-cycled, Re-purposed, Re-loved. It's wonderful to see all the different interpretations and especially to see materials re-purposed in creative ways.

QuiltNSW have a wonderful hoop display showcasing different patchwork and quilting techniques. I have two hoops hanging, First up is my Yoyo Bloom.

and my other had to showcase the folded point blocks I love making so much.

On the Bernina stand you'll see my Bernina SuzyQ Flower Girl hanging amongst all the wonderful other Suzy Q panels quilted by quilters around Australia. 
You can stitch your own using the big Q20 machines in their special workshops. Book in at the Bernina stand but book in early, the workshops fill up quickly. 

If you visit the Material Obsession stand you may catch a glimpse of Merry Whizz, though the stand will be an eye dazzling wonderland of amazing quilts, projects and fabrics and you'll be captivating by everything you see there.

My dear friend, Whizz Bang! will be hanging in the Bernina Best Of Australia exhibit. I got to help hang it yesterday, it's always lovely to see a quilt again after time apart. Just a reminder I'll be there between 11-1pm on Saturday and Sunday if you'd like to come and say hello.

As for my Sydney Show Quilt Entries.

Yoyos a la mode, an oldie but one of my favourites. It's on the cover of this years Quilters Companion Diary so I thought it would be fun for all the people who have the diary to be able to see the quilt in real life. 

My other entry is very special to me. I made Zap Zing Zowie for the Textiles Out Of Context art exhibition held in March.  It takes the folded point techniques I've been exploring to a whole different level. I loved every minute of making this quilt. You know how some projects are a joy to work on. I'll chat more about this quilt in the future.

It's interesting that both my entries this year are in solid fabrics. I don't think of myself as someone who works a lot with solids, usually I love using pattern on pattern, but there you go, it goes to show I even surprise myself.  

Well - That's the Rachaeldaisy trail at the Sydney Quilt Show. Talking of which it's time for me to get ready to head to the show. I'll be on the train as the sun is rising. Beautiful views through the trees,  mountain scenes and then down into the vibrant bustling city of Sydney. Another fun and fabulous day awaits...

Just a friendly reminder about sharing photos for those going to the show.
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( though I don't really use facebook,  it's just confuses me, I don't know why, it just does.) 

Monday, June 19, 2017

A colourful Gypsy Carnival day!

On Saturday morning I packed my suitcase of magic tricks and headed down the highway to spend the day with the Illawarra Quilters. 

The quilt we were making was Gypsy Carnival. A fun quilt that brings prairie points from the edge of the quilt to center stage. It's a great chance to use a favourite feature print in the big circles. 

It's been a few years since I made the original so to refresh my memory and test a couple of new techniques I did my homework before the workshop and whipped up another one. It was fun to play with a totally different colour palette. I've nicknamed this version Sugar and Spice.

Believe it or not my fabric choices began with this little bug. A lovely person had given me some of this fabric and rather than let it get lost in my fabric collection I decided to use it straight away. 

All the other fabrics came from my stash.  I didn't have enough yardage of some so I used a mixture but it's a good example of the way fabrics can be substituted for others.

Back to our fun Saturday.  The drive from the mountains to Wollongong is about an hour and a half. I left nice and early in the morning when everyone was still sleeping so the roads were relatively quiet. You can imagine me whizzing along in my little red Daisymobile, singing along to the music and enjoying the scenery as it flew by. I find driving great creative time too, I often think of new quilts I want to make. As I arrived in Wollongong the sun came out from behind the clouds and added to the magic of the trip. A lovely sunny welcome.

The welcome continued as I walked into the hall where the ladies were buzzing around setting up tables and machines, power cords and irons. We hung up my quilts and other samples, set up bits and pieces and then we we're off and running with demonstrations, tips and tricks about the different ways I do things. 

The Illawarra ladies are a bit shy about have their photos taken for privacy reasons, for the same reason I wont mention names, but we do get to see all their beautiful blocks!
One of the great thing about classes is seeing all the different fabric combinations, how different colours can change the look of a quilt and express the makers personality.

Having said that the person who made this fun block is not a cat lover but she knows it's being made for someone who does. It's such a fun fabric. 

That center circle of this glowing fabric was from a panel. The print was a bit small and we didn't want to cut into the neighbouring prints on the panel so we cut the circles out and placed them on a larger circle. I like the modern look it has this way. There are always ways of making different fabrics work in a pattern.

The next block had the opposite dilemma. The design on this fabric was larger that the Gypsy Carnival circle. We measured it up and made a circle to fit. It was so worth making the most of the beautiful design. It reminds me of a kaleidoscope, or a painted cathedral ceiling. 

The Jane Sassaman fabrics are perfect for this quilt, so beautiful set against a sky blue background. 

Here is the same fabric but different coloured points and background. I love that one patterned point to add interest for those who take the time to look.

More Jane Sassaman fabric. Don't these blocks look great with their sashing. The grey check background is just the right fabric to make those colours pop.

We had a Frida in the class! Isn't she gorgeous!

And not just one great background fabric but 2! Double Wow!!

I'm in love with these beautiful summery colours, featuring Birds of A Feather fabric by Kathy Doughty

More pretty birds flying in a flock. I love how the 3 white background triangles stand out. When this block is in the quilt they'll add a wonderful "spin" to the overall look. 

These blocks featured fabrics bought on a trip to New Zealand. What a lovely way to remember a special holiday.
It's so perfect the way the background fabric looked like wood grain, especially as the fabrics had a botanical theme.

There was a block I didn't get a photo of that is going to be the base for a beautiful sashiko design! That is going to be a treat to see when it's done!!

This bright and happy setting is on its way to becoming the most wonderful big European size cushion(pillow). It makes me want to make a big cushion too!

The clever maker of this also brought in her top from the last workshop I did with the Illawarra Quilters a few weeks ago. Take a look at this!!

I love it when someone takes a technique I've taught and get's creative with it. Setting the petals like flowers and adding bright borders is so wonderful! and the yoyo flowers with felt, all that happy colour. I just love this to bits!! 

Another piece of show and tell from the Ric Rac Razzamazz workshop was this photo that made my day when I received it by email. I love the placement of colours and the layout. The yoyos haven't been added yet but you can imagine they'll add another layer of sparkle to the quilt. 

I love seeing all the pretty pincushions people bring to class. I thought this little elephant was particularly cute.

The same lovely quilter also made this mug holder. beautiful ribbon embroidery and fancy stitches. It was like a little garden, Soo pretty. 

So that's all I have for photos of my Gypsy Carnival workshop. It was just right for one day. Everyone made at least 2 blocks and worked on their sashing too. They'll make a spectacular show and tell when they're finished. 

Thank you one again Illawarra Quilters for the most wonderful day. It's always a pleasure to spend time with you!! I look forward to the next workshop playing with Chunky Bloom blocks!!


Exciting News Flash!!

For those of you on the south side of Sydney I have exciting news!!  I'll be teaching at My Sewing Supplies, Kirrawee in 2018!!! We can make Whizz Bang! blocks and turn them into a quilt, have fun with yoyos traditional or modern, you can bring along a project you want some Rachaeldaisy creative help with. It's next year so it gives me a chance to finish a few things I'm working on too. You know me, I always have a few things up my sleeve. Call the shop if you are interested to secure your spot in the class. Ph. (02) 9542 3513 . You can visit their website here - My Sewing Supplies.

Always one last photo - Here's a snap from where I sit at my computer... this is the wall behind my desk. Now you know what I look at when I'm writing my blog posts and I stop to think of a word or if I drift off thinking about things.

My next post will be about the Sydney Craft and Quilt Fair! Fun times ahead, Yay!! I'll be there on Wednesday to help set up and hang quilts. Following that I'll be there for the show on Thursday, Saturday and Sunday. If you want to find me I'll be near my WhizzBang! quilt in the Bernina Best of Australia exhibit between 11am and 1pm on Saturday and Sunday. Other times you'll see me wandering around admiring all the beautiful quilts. If you see me come and say hello. :)

Wednesday, June 14, 2017

From tigers to leopards with quilts in between.

I think super long posts are beginning to be my signature style. I just have lots to share I guess. 

It was another fun Whizz Bang and Beyond class at Material Obsession on Tuesday.

Heather has been working on these wonderful blocks and we decided on a striking way to show them off.

She'll be using these fabrics as the background.

Lee made this perfect star in her grey and yellow colourway. I couldn't resist placing it on a doily for the photo. 

She stocked up on fabrics for another project she is making. Such a lovely muted palette with lots of textural prints.

Over to Helena who works in brilliantly in brights!!

We all loved this fabric she pulled from her stash.

Helena also has great taste in black and white patterned pants. If we ever give up quilting we could take up cancan dancing.

Some of our class mates were away this week travelling and having adventures. Hello lovely ladies if you're reading this. 
We always have room for more if you're interested in joining in. Just Call Material Obsession on 02 9819 6455 or email or email me of you have questions. 

Material Obsession's entrance quilts of the day were these beauties by Kathy Doughty's and Wendy Williams featuring Kathy's Celebrate fabrics. Such a wonderful bright welcome.

Talking of Kathy's fabrics, remember a few weeks ago I shared my Bernina Suzie-Q Flower Girl quilt? 

Well now's a good time for the longer story.

A little while ago the lovely ladies at Bernina asked if I would like to make a quilt sample for their long arm Q20 workshops being run at craft shows. The idea was to quilt this lovely SuzieQ girl /geometric illustration designed by Sue deVanny.

So I let the panel hang around for a while on my design wall and just let ideas brew. It was the flowers in her hair that made me think of the fun flowers in Kathy Doughty's fabrics.

Big bloomy blooms...

and then there were these cute characters that looked as though they wanted to come to the party. 

So I started cutting and sewing and before too long...

 a garden had grown!!

A couple of things made this a super easy project.
1.Using Steam a seam lite to attach the flowers keeps them firmly in place when sewing and you know there'll be minimal fraying from the raw edges.
2. The other wonderful thing was the fabrics. The thin black line around each shape gave me something to follow plus hid any lines that were a bit wobbly. It would have be great to have more time to add more sketchy lines but maybe that can happen another day.

I have to admit to being a tad nervous that it was supposed to be a quilting sample and I got carried away sewing flowers all over it but I figured I'm known for being a rule breaker so it was worth a try. Luckily Bernina were happy and Sue de Vanny who designed the panel said she loved it too. Phew!!

 Fun party background!

 This is the Bernina Workshop stand at AQC. They'll be running the workshops at the Sydney Quilt Show so you can work on your own Suzie-Q panel using their fabulous Q20 machines.  You can also see the display of all the different Suzie-Q quilts quilted by many of Australia's top quilters.

It's nearly a week until the Sydney Quilt Show opens next Thursday. I'm so looking forward to catching up with my friends and seeing all the beautiful quilts. 

This year QuiltNSW has a new Photography Policy. I'm posting this as a reminder to anyone who posts photos anywhere on social media that they MUST acknowledge the quiltmaker(s) names and also the designer of the quilt. Not only is it paying the maker/designers the respect they deserve but also for copyright reasons. 
A handy trick is to take a photo of the information card that is hanging on the quilt. That has all the information needed. 

Here are some things that have been happening in my sewing room lately...

I seem to be into cute pink things at the moment. 

I've made another version of my Gypsy Carnival quilt that I'll be teaching to the lovely Illawarra Quilters this coming Saturday but that'll be a fun post of it's own... 

I've been spending a lot of time at my computer recently (I'm getting square eyes). On Sunday I went to my desk and found that Mr Daisy brought me a beautiful camelia from the garden. I was impressed that he'd also arranged it in a vase. It was such a sweet and special surprise. 

I started the post off with a tiger in a jungle so I'll finish with a leopard in an exotic garden. 

Wishing you fun times and smiles until the next time.


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