quilting tastes

Most art quilters will say that they started with ‘traditional quilting’, and I guess by that they are referring to the type of quilts they made. Traditional quilts are made of blocks with even sides with points matching or appliqued patterns, in sizes that are used for beds or as a cover. Sort of like this one:
This was my first quilt. A sampler quilt no less, which is also a common starting point for many.
It had pieced blocks and applique.
I remember buying the fabric for it at a quilting fair in Brisbane and asking for advice from some of the stall-holders, and having doubts over putting these patterned fabrics together!
I also did all the hand-quilting with the help of a stencil to mark the pattern.
In the years since making this I think my style has changed, and even though I still like my first quilt enough to hang it on a wall at home – and not hide it away-, these days I prefer quilts with different attributes. I like uneven or wonky sides, raw edges, bits and pieces, rough textures and irregular effects. So, that seems to me that my tastes have changed over the years.
However, I was looking at this little quilt the other day…
with its irregular sides, no binding around the edges, blocks a little wonky and my early attempts at free motion quilting- can you see the lizard?!
This quilt was made as part of a brown bag challenge with Gatton Quilters.
A bag of scraps and instructions were sent around a group of people and each contributed some further fabric in the chosen colour scheme to construct a block. I think my instructions were along the lines of a pieced block using pieces or strips of varying widths, however…

I realised that my tastes haven’t really “changed”..
because this quilt was also actually made years ago, not long after my first quilt. So, even then I liked things to look a certain way, and ever since have been experimenting and trying for a little different each time.
I like the thought that maybe I haven’t changed, but just been developing and extending my skills and abilities. There’s always room for improvement!

traipsing around

Between a visit to Melbourne and then home for Easter with visiting relatives, I’ve had a very busy time of late.

Melbourne skyline from the 34th floor

a rainy Melbourne skyline from the 34th floor

Melbourne was a whirlwind of shopping and sight-seeing, as well as visiting the Australasian Quilt Conference. I saw some beautiful quilts on display…
top left: "Rings & Roses" by Janet Treen, NSW, winner National Quilt award

top left: “Rings & Roses” by Janet Treen, NSW, winner National Quilt award

(unfortunately I didn’t get the names of the other quilt makers in this photo).

…did a little shopping for fabrics and bits and pieces, and attended a talk by Reece Scannell on colour. I didn’t attend a workshop this time, but we certainly managed to fill in a whole day!

We went on a winery tour and tasted some beautiful Australian wines, and even found this giraffe in the middle of the city!
Deakin Building, Federation Square

Whenever I go away I always take a little sewing with me to fill in those odd spare spots of time, so this time I took the last of the little border blocks from the Lollipop Trees quilt that I have been working away at for some time. And I got them all finished!! so now the quilt top can be assembled. Can’t wait to see it all together. These are the last of those little blocks:

French braiding

The combinatin of blues and creams and that dark red that feature in many reproduction fabric ranges is just so pleasing to the eye. This quilt was made by Bev and she asked me to quilt it for her.
She utilised the French braid pattern to make a beautiful top, set off by a narrow blue ‘peeper’ around the border.
Because it had such a busy design, the quilting wouldn’t be taking centre-stage so Bev just wanted an all-over design.
I quilted it in a freehand curly loopy sort of design! avoiding the peeper so as not to pin it down.
I used a dark cream thread on top and bottom; the backing was a dark red with a cream design so the thread sank into it really well.
It was a lovely quilt to work on.

sewing day

I had a fun day sewing with some friends recently. Just sitting around, each working on our own things, with a little show-and-tell, a few cups of coffee, lots of chatting, the usual!
I was sewing down the binding on my spiderweb quilt, which I’ve shown here before. When it is finally finished I will show it on here, that’s if I can get it away from our smoochy cat…
Trudy was working on a little purse made with hexagons of blues, browns, reds and creams, also nearly finished with just the handle to add on:
Pauline has been making blocks for a ‘Dear Jane’ quilt, using reproduction-type fabrics. She has lovely neat work:
and Barbara is doing some redwork:
At the end of the day it was lovely to look across and see water back in the dam after some recent rain, so Dublin joined me for a little stroll:
Have a good week!