All over for another year… and a very long post!

Lots of people make Quiltwest possible, including a fantastic committee and lots of volunteers, here are a few photos from the set up and a selection of quilts that were in the exhibtion,  I am also sharing a wrap up from our wonderful contemporary WAQA group.

Remember too if you live locally,  we will be holding our Open night from 7-9pm on Wednesday night 6th June, at the Stirling Adriatic Centre,  in Jones Street.  If you are already a WAQA member, bring a long a friend, and let them see why you love being a quilter.  If you are not a member, come along and see why being a quilter, can change your life for the better!!  There will be lots of our groups in attendance, show and tell and lots of answers to all your quilting questions. Light supper provided.

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Also a very small selection of the beautiful  quilts on show, it was a pleasure to volunteer in a ‘white glove capacity”, it gave me the perfect opportunity to really enjoy all the quilts on show and meet some very lovely people.  I am not sure I will ever be in the same league as some of these quilters, but I will have fun trying and experimenting!!

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Happy Universe by Wendy Stacy, won a Bernina encouragement award. The blurb for this quilt read, ” Design by Willyne Hammerstein. My take on her La Passacaglia depicting the orbiting planets around sunny bright stars” This quilt was so colourful and made me feel happy. It was a delight to look at it.

Jocelyne had a few quilts in the show, this is one of them.  Again a beautiful design and an original.

Flutterby-Life ( Theme “Architectural Professional) Best original design. Quilt by Jocelyne Leath.

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“Marked by time” by Megan Byrne. Won second prize for the theme, “Architectural Professional. Megan’s quilt was composed of dyed,rusted, painted and commercial fabric, raw edge applique and free motion quilting.

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It was also a pleasure to meet Helen Owens, her hubby, daughter and new grandson. Helen’s quilt “Counterpoint” has been in the making since 2005.  There’s no hurrying a good thing!!

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Always a pleasure to run into Meg Cowey. Her quilt pictured here, “Liberty Rose” a quilt for her new grand-daughter. Using 100% Liberty of London fabrics. About 100 different prints have been used, some pieces being only the size of a stamp.

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It was great to finally meet Silke in person (see earlier blog post). Pictured with her quilt that was on display with others from the AQC Borders & Bridges challenge . These quilts were stunning and great to see them at the Quiltwest exhibition.

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Students from La Salle college enjoying the Quiltwest exhibition.

 

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“Kimberley” by Glenda Olesen. “20 years of collecting aboriginal fabric and many photos of Rock stratas in the Kimberley made this quilt evolve. Stitched while travelling. Quilted with pearl thread cotton for the stratas”

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‘Red letter day” by Stephanie Knudsen won first prize for Modern Quilts professional. ” A letter to my mother, are we losing the hand written letter, will our triumphs and failures be forgotten in the future?”. Improvisational piecing, upholstery fabric, linens and cottons.

Tracey pictured with her award winning quilt. I will be doing a blog post shortly on this very talented lady.

I hope you have enjoyed this very small selection of photographs  of the amazing quilts that were on show, hope to be able to feature more blog posts of the makers and their quilts in upcoming posts, so stay tuned.

Contemporary News

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QuiltWest is now over – many sighs of relief from entrants and organisers both. It was a wonderful exhibition. Congratulations to all those involved in any capacity.  There was huge interest in our map display and our activity samples too. The Viewers’ Choice for the maps will be revealed at our meeting and a gallery  of all the quilts will be posted soon.

For June Show-and-Tell, we are inviting all members who exhibited quilts at QuiltWest to bring them in for a closer look and for explanation of special techniques or effects you used. Whenever we hear the maker’s motivation and intent for creating a textile piece, it adds enormously to our understanding and appreciation of the creative skills involved. Hints and tips often spark inspiration and provide opportunities for follow-up activities in our group.

There will be a 1 x 20 minute presentation by Meg Cowey on a variation of foundation paper piecing that she picked up at AQC.
Following lunch Sheila Pye and Phil Thomas will present a talk on how the judges select prizewinning quilts.

If you wish to read more of this post head over to their blog:_https://contemporarywa.wordpress.com/ and remember representatives from this group will be in attendance at the WAQA Open night.

 

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