I had the opportunity to attend the AMQF (Australian Machine Quilt Festival) cocktail party last evening and after the event we were able to spend some time looking at some of the wonderful quilts on show. I’m going to share a few but the images are only for your enjoyment, certainly not to use for any other purpose. I really loved this quilt and it went on to win Best of Show. It’s different, it’s a whole cloth and I love the fact that the image is drawn on the surface of the fabric and of course the little trees are just charming and remind me of someone I know quite well. Methylene Blue Mandalas, made and quilted by Katherine Jones inspired by cells under a microscope stained with methylene blue stain.
To me this chosen profession has the reputation of being honest, respectful and I like to think of myself as a team player. (At least I try to be) I share my ideas on quilting with students because I love what I do and I have a passion that keeps bubbling to the surface. I have little or no control over the creative ideas that are always there under the surface and they often burst out with a sense of the ridiculous.
My personal view is that every person that creates something is an artist. An Artist is a collector of imaginings and experiences. They are selective and only collect the things they enjoy the most and it really depends where you put yourself to receive those things… you’re not necessarily going to get the experience or be influenced if you are home on the couch.
Women in cars, buses and carriages of all kinds descended on the town on Friday but they didn’t come empty handed. Quilts for show and tell, coolers full of cheeses and wine and other dietary ‘necessities’ and the stories unwound as the conversation flowed.
I know I’m preaching to the converted but I’m artists with attitude and I just love the unpredictability of creating with textiles. The refining of the process comes with a little experience and the imprint of practice. Then again, you can never be certain of the finished project. So I just begin.
We didn’t get invited to relatives or even our parents houses for Christmas with our troops.
Its not that they were badly behaved, to be honest they were more polite than most, but the sheer number put the fear of dread into the most staunch of family members.
I’m about to leave for our local Guild meeting. The Quilters Guild of South Australia. There will probably be 200 people there.
We will meet, share ideas, quilts and other such wonderful things and marvel at our ingenuity and talent.
We sew on magical machines, we have the best plied thread, and we use computers, and work in fancy studios.
After a beautiful day yesterday when we thought spring had finally arrived, the skies opened up with a vengeance and its been raining and storming ever since. We had 30000 lightening strikes in the state last night. I was admiring the white blossom on the trees yesterday, it appeared so quickly and today it looked like snow as the wind buffeted it in a violent swirling motion. I had a break yesterday and I've not had much time to quilt but I am almost finished the house quilt. Now that I've added the extra applique, I think its too busy.. but its too late now. OK, so it will just be a very detailed quilt. Related articles The Taupo Quilt. Finishing the Wolf Quilt. Quilts 1700, to 1945 Creative Nudge – Make it Your Own
Night falls and I start this stupid cough, it makes me so tired trying to catch my breath, but I do believe its getting better. Bronchial Pneumonia is the diagnosis. Its cold at night now even though the days are warm and sunny. There is a promise in the air that Autumn is here and winter will soon be upon us. That's the time for me to flee. In a week and Keith and I will be off to the Australian Quilt Festival in Melbourne, then just a few weeks after that and I will be off again to warmer climates. I've been working on the information for the Southern New Mexico Festival of Quilts today and should have it for complete viewing in a day or so. I'll add video and a fee interviews to the web page. There will be two completely new classes. Miss Rainee tells me there is a bumper group of vendors again this year and bookings are coming in from as far away as California. The family celebrated the …
I've finally had time to sit at the computer and begin work on my photos. I will add albums each day to my web page and I ask that you respect the owner of the quilts by not downloading and distributing the images. Quilts click the word to view. This is my 12th consecutive year at Houston. This event has been good to me, I've been lucky enough to win BOS and numerous other awards over the years. I also won the Jewel Pearce Patterson Award and I have a loyal band of followers from all over the world who visit each year. Good morning Pati from Mexico…. (she has coffee with me each morning) Walking those big red carpeted aisles each day brings forth new ideas, new images, old friends and acquaintances. This year, I've seen innovative ideas in fabric design. A new machine for quilting and for the first time museum quality antique textiles. You can find the ordinary and mundane… mixed with the exciting and new. I bought vintage handwoven kimono …