Beautiful quilts

My mother in law visited from the UK 3 years ago and was here for the EPQ quilt show and attended a few meetings on Wednesdays with me.  The girls from Wednesday were lovely enough to give Barbara some blocks as a present for her help at the show and as a farewell gift. She has now created two quilts from these blocks and sent me some photos.  I thought everyone might enjoy seeing them. Chris C. Barbara Cassidy_EPQ block quilt_2013_1 Barbara Cassidy_EPQ block quilt_2013_3

Upcoming Craft and Quilt Fairs

Some dates to add to your diary, for more information go to Expertise Events

The Creative Textile Show in Canberra on May2-4 is a new one this year and is a welcome replacement for the textile art show that was previously in Brisbane. An easy drive to Canberra from Sydney!

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Patchwork is Everywhere

Have you been watching the Winter Olympics in Sochi? The bravery and skill of the athletes amazes me, no way would you catch me hurtling down a mountain head first on what looks like a travel ironing board!

But, I am really loving seeing patchwork everywhere through the games. On the banners, the competitor’s vests and all types of signage. 2014Olympicbanners 2014SochiOlympicbrand

The designs are, of course, based on a patchwork quilt. The designers, Bosco, wanted a design that would reflect the traditions of the Russian culture and reflect the ideals of the Olympic Games.

They stated “they had a wealth of choices to represent Russia’s rich diversity, but in the end we settled on something familiar, warm and welcoming: the patchwork quilt”. Patterns in the quilt pieces were taken from fabrics, ceramics, folk art painting and clothing.

Its fantastic to see quilts being used in such a high profile way, maybe it will encourage a few others to take up this traditional art form.

The official Sochi.ru website shows the patterns that were used to derive the designs, there is a sliding bar that links with images of the patterns that link to information about each pattern and photos showing the location of the patterns in the banners. Its well worth a look. Click here to be taken to the site. Then click on Look of the Games.

From the official 2014 Sochi-RU site, this is how they describe the choice of the quilting theme: The Sochi 2014 Look of the Games concept is a logical continuation of the philosophy behind the sochi.ru brand. It offers a new interpretation of different cultures, traditions and ethnicities which together form a united and powerful visual identity. At the heart of the Look of the Games concept design lies the principle of the “patchwork quilt” – a combination of 16 designs representing the most famous traditional Russian arts and crafts, ranging from Gzhel to Khokhloma. – See more at: http://www.flarefabrics.ca/blog/index.php/patchwork-as-olympic-motif/#sthash.jJvFl6YT.dpuf

Snow Quilts

Simon Beck walks all day across the frozen lakes of Savoie, France to create beautiful quilt patterns in the snow. Each takes him about 5-9 hours to create to the finished size of three soccer fields, however sometimes snowfalls prevent him finishing his work. Simon walks on raquettes (snow shoes) to create the intricate patterns and says that his initial reason for doing so was for exercise as he can no longer run due to feet problems. Now, he more enjoys taking photographs of his creations and is considering buying a new camera! Go to mymodermmet for more great pictures and click here for a recent updatesnow quiltsnow quilt 2

When is a quilt not a quilt?

When it is wood of course!

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This beautiful ‘quilt’ is actually a wood carving by Fraser Smith. He creates the most stunning sculptures of textile items including quilts, coats, other clothing and hats. to see a gallery of Fraser’s work on his website click here

Into Craft recently featured an interview with Fraser Smith and a link to his YouTube clips, to see both click here.

First Quilter in Space

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When astronaut Karen Nyberg is launched to the International Space Station, she’ll bring something entirely new to the space frontier: the art of quilting.

“I enjoy sewing and quilting,” she explained during a televised interview from Moscow. “I am bringing some fabric with me, and thread. I’m hoping to create something. I don’t know what yet it will be — that’s part of creativity. It comes with the feeling of the day. So I have the supplies at my hands to create, if I get the opportunity and the creative notion to do so.”

When she’s launched into space on May 28, she’ll be taking four “fat quarters” with her (pieces of fabric that are 18 by 22 inches), along with some needles and thread. But up-cargo limitations and safety issues mean she can’t take a sewing machine, an iron, paints, a rotary cutter or other common tools of quilters.

Read more about Karen here

Best of Show

Eastwood Patchwork Quilters is proud to introduce the Best of Show  winner of the 2013 Biennial Exhibition – Louise Smith.

Louise is a long term member of EPQ and attends the Tuesday meeting almost without fail. Her enthusiasm and expertise is demonstrated in the outstanding quilt that she produced.

Louise Smith and her Best of Show quilt - Bonaparte and Bohemia

Louise Smith and her Best of Show quilt – Bonaparte and Bohemia

Louise also won the Traditional Predominantly Hand Quilted and Best Hand Quilting awards for this quilt.