Friday, August 19, 2016

The 2017 raffle quilt has been revealed

Well, not the actual quilt but the design for the quilt.

We couldn't be more pleased! It's a beautiful hexagon sampler incorporating applique and clever piecing and the result is this wonderful pattern.

Here it is in another colour way.

The raffle quilt has been especially designed by our 2017 featured quilter Anne Sommerlad. 
It was great to hear her thoughts and ideas behind the pattern 

The design has been percolating in her mind for a while as a follow up to her popular quilt Hanazono.

The Springwood Quilt Show was the perfect excuse to bring her idea to life because Hanazono was  Quilt Show's 2009 Raffle Quilt. What a great way to pay homage to a past raffle quilt. 

Over the past few years we've made raffle quilts in bright dots, pretty 30's repro, civil war prints, blues and whites. For this quilt we've decided to use Japanese and oriental themed fabrics.

A mix of colours against pale background fabrics with a dark navy that will make the sashing pattern really pop!

The table was a flurry of activity as we swapped and chose fabrics for our blocks. It's great to do this as a group so there will be some uniformity with fabrics and to help each other with fabric selection. but there's always room for each quilter to add their own flair with their choices.

So we've got the design, picked our fabric and now we're ready to sew our blocks. 
The thing we don't have yet is a name. All suggestions are welcome.

Monday, August 1, 2016

Local quilt shows

I recently read a piece written by Kelly from Pinkadot Quilts blog, and member of the PennOaks Quilts Guild in the US. It's short and sweet but Kelly makes some great points about visiting local quilt shows and with her permission I'm sharing it with you. 

Kelly wrote:
"If you have the opportunity to attend any small local show please do so. For our guild it is the major fundraiser and helps us to pay for our programs. It is getting harder and harder for guilds, especially small ones to put on shows. For the price of a yard of fabric, you can see some awesome quilts and vendors! I promise you will not be disappointed!"

Now the Springwood Community Quilt Show and a lot of Australian quilt shows are a bit different because all the money we raise goes to the community through designated charities or back into running the show. A lot of work, organisation and increasing costs go into putting on a show and it's having people attend makes it all worthwhile.

What a great point Kelly makes about the entry fee! How lucky that in Australia the entry fee for most quilt shows is the price of a just one fat quarter! It's such a small payment to see and be inspired by lots of beautiful quilts and a chance to shop at several vendors stalls.

So have a look around for local quilt shows near you.  Here are a couple coming up in the next couple of weeks around Sydney:

Camden Country Quilters Guild is hosting their 27th annual show this coming weekend, 6th and 7th of August. 
The doors open at 9.30am at the Camden AH&I Hall, Cnr Murray St and Argyle St. The Guest Exhibitor is Margaret Sampson George. Morning Teas and light lunches will be available and you'll be able to shop at the craft and merchant tables. featured quilter
For more information visit the guilds Facebook page

Hunters Hill Quilt Show. Friday 12th- Sun 14th August, 10am - 4.30pm  at the Hunters Hill Town Hall. 
The Hunters Hill quilters only put on a show every two years so don't miss out on this great display of members quilts. In addition to a hall full of quilts is a room of Waggas for sale. There will also a display of baby quilts made for the Grace Centre for Newborn Care at Westmead Children's Hospital. Material Obsession will be there will tables full of colourful sewing goodies and you'll enjoy taking time out for a coffee or tea with some locally made treats. 
For more information visit their quilt show Facebook page

Pop over and visit Kelly's blog Pinkadot Quilts - her quilts will add colour to your day!

And because every blog post should have a photo here's another beautiful quilt called Jackie's Sampler by our 2017 featured quilter Anne Sommerlad. 

Monday, July 18, 2016

Featured Quilter for 2017

We're pleased to announce that Anne Sommerlad is our featured quilter for the 2017 Springwood Community Quilt Show.

Anne is a Blue Mountains quilter and prolific pattern writer who teaches throughout Australia. If you haven't attended a class with her you have most likely seen her name appear in Australia's leading quilt magazines. She has just finished a DVD filming for Quilters Companion (#81) featuring machine applique products and also has projects in the current issues #80 and upcoming issues #82, #83.

Anne's techniques cross the whole spectrum of quilting from piecing, foundation piecing, machine and hand applique in styles from traditional to modern. Here are some pictures of just a few of her many quilts to show you the variety of styles she works in.

Chocolate Truffle

Catherine Wheels

Elizabeth Jefferson's Coverlet

Funky Felines


 Free-Form Flowers

Raspberry Sundae

You can see we're in for a treat to see a whole display of her quilts taking center stage at the show! To see more of Anne's quilts visit her website and wander through the 5 pages of quilt patterns. With so many beautiful quilts to choose from it'll make you wonder how will she decide which ones to hang at the quilt show.

You can read more about Anne on her website, Anne Sommerlad Designs and follow her on Facebook here.

Friday, July 8, 2016

The raffle quilt goes to its new home

The winner of our 2016 raffle quilt was Lynda Toohey of Glenbrook.

Chris Jurd had the pleasure of delivering the 2016 Raffle Quilt to it's new home with Lynda this week. Luckily the sun came out for long enough to get these photos.

Lynda is an infants school teacher and a cross-stitcher and embroiderer. Although not a quilter herself, she can really appreciate all the hard work that went into the making of the quilt.

Lynda goes to Springwood Quilt Show every year with her sister to see the local entries. She made a special trip to the Sydney Quilt Show this year to have her photo taken with her prize winning quilt.

Lynda’s not sure whether she’ll hang the quilt on the wall in her lovely home or use it on a guest bed. Either way it will look wonderful.

Monday, July 4, 2016

2016 Sydney Quilt Show

The fun continues - we have more photos from the Sydney Quilt Show...

It's always a wonderful feeling to walk around the show and see quilts made by our wonderful Blue Mountains quilters amongst the many rows of quilts. Here are a few quilts made by quilters who are long time supporters of the Springwood Community Quilt Show. ( all quilts shown with permission from the quilters).

First up is Mariner's Carnivale made by Francoise Matter.

Francoise has used wonderful jewel tone fabrics perfectly to show off  Chris Jurd's Mariner's Madness pattern to it's best.

The description for Francoise's quilt reads:
"Mariner's Carnivale -  This quilt began at the Galong Retreat 2015. Our teacher was Chris Jurd. It was fun learning Foundation Piecing and using what I had in my stash."

Next up we have a beautiful Japanese inspired quilt called Fights of Fancy by Petal Davies. 

The description for this quilt reads - "Flights of Fancy is my representation of Japanese art and design using kimono silks and cotton fabrics and a range of techniques including Applique, Afghani piecing, hand and machine piecing , free machine embroidery and embellishment and soluble fabric."

The quilt includes so many beautiful details. The kimono silk adds a beautiful textural sheen. The quilting is reminiscent of Japanese raked sand zen gardens.
Petal Davies was the designer of The Springwood Community Quilt Shows 2011 Raffle Quilt, Mountain Magic.

From a Japanese garden to a Blue Mountains Aussie landscape. Suzanne Laird's 
Tree of Life - Mountain Bush Walk is a delight to behold.

Suzanne describes her quilt : 
"Tree of Life - Mountain Bush Walk
My interpretation of the Tree Of Life celebrates my bushwalking experiences in the Blue Mountains. Flower, Tree and Bird Forms were combined and reinterpreted in colours representing the delights of being in the bush. Cotton , linen varied threads."

Don't the flowers look happy, I'm sure those banksias are dancing. 

Such beautiful birds!! Suzanne's quilting also adds interest and an extra design feature through out the quilt.

And now for some shopping! 
There were quite a few familiar traders that also set up shop at the Springwood Quilt Show. I took all these photos first thing in the morning before the crowds of shoppers arrived. 
Lets say hello ...

Post Office Patchwork - Big smiles from Glenbrook in the Blue Mountains.

 Cherry Pie Designs - gorgeous quilts and beautiful fabrics.

Linen and Threads is the sister store of the Stitching Post in Katoomba.

Hatched and Patched, Anni Downs' stand was a wonderland of her unique designs.

Here's Karen ( on the right) from Sew Can I. Karen was working her magic at the Bernina Stand during the show. And yes - she did make her own tunic using Tula Pink fabric, isn't it great!

If you haven't already seen our award winning raffle quilt or want to see more Sydney Show quilts pop back and see the previous posts. 

Wednesday, June 29, 2016

Prize Winning Quilts

What a week at the Sydney Quilt Show! So many beautiful quilts as far as the eye can see. Of course the Springwood Community Quilt Show committee are still over the moon about our raffle quilt Lots of Dots winning first prize in the Group/Collaborative category. This makes 7 wins out of 10 years of entering our raffle quilts in the show, a great achievement.

Lots of Dots is a Chris Jurd design and the quilt was a group effort with members of the committee all pitching in to sew the blocks, assemble the quilt and of course our lovely Susie Anderson of Leura Quilting did the long arm quilting. 
Here are some of the members of the committee that made the quilt.  

Chris's smile says it all!

The Springwood Community Quilt Show is a not-for-profit show so the sponsors prizes are very much appreciated and will be great for utilising in our future raffle quilts and prizes for the show. 

Three cheers and many thanks to XLN fabrics for a very generous prize. They are the company that bring beautiful fabrics such as Kaffe Fasset and friends, Amy Butler and other Free Spirit designers, Marcus Fabrics and Quilting Treasures to our shores. Visit the XLN website to see the latest ranges. 

A huge big thank you to Accuquilt!! I took a photo of their stand early in the morning just before the show opened because for the rest of the show all you could see were the crowds milling around to learn more about their great products. 

Thank you so much to Vlieseline who sponsored a big bag of their products. There's lots of wonderful creations to be made with these.

The Springwood Quilt Show community had some other wins too!

Chris Jurd's String Stars won a Judges Commendation for String Stars quilt in the Small or Wall Quilt Professional category

The description reads - " "String Stars" foundation pieced using a modern palette and including varied borders. Machine and hand quilted with number 8 thread."

 Pamela Westmacott received a Judges Commendation for her quilt Razzle Dazzle in the Entrant's Top/Commercially Quilted, small quilt category

Pamela's description of the quilt reads - "Razzle Dazzle - a Chris Jurd class project pattern with my own design incorporated into this anything goes design. Another good scrap buster design of Chris's which is open to each individual's own interpretation. I enjoyed the challenge. "

The committee couldn't be more pleased that Rachaeldaisy's quilt Whizz Bang! won not just first place in the Mixed Techniques/Anything Goes category but also Best In Show!!

Whizz Bang! will be travelling around Australia to other Quilt and Craft shows but when it returns it will have it's turn to hang at the Springwood Community Quilt Show. 

To see more winning quilts from the Sydney Quilt Show visit the Prize winners Gallery here.

Thursday, June 23, 2016

First Place!!!!


We are so pleased to announce that our 2016 raffle quilt Lots of Dots has won first place in the Group Collaborative category at the Sydney Show.

Chris Jurd, the designer of the quilt is proudly holding the First Place rosette, while the committee members who all helped make the quilt were doing the happy dance and cheering. 

A huge thanks to the sponsors and their generous prizes. 

It was an amazing day all round but it whooshed by so quickly. We'll be back with more award winning quilts made by the Springwood Quilt Show community soon.

In the meantime you can see the award winning quilts on the QuiltNSW website and follow along their facebook page and Instagram for action packed updates.