Wednesday, September 23, 2015

Dancing blocks and a visitor

  This group of Lots of Dots blocks wanted to get out on the dance floor...
to twist this way
and then twirl back the other way. 
To spin around...
and boogie the night away...
under flashing disco lights.

Here's proof that we'll do anything to bring you you best quilt show we can. At our last committee meeting we discovered we had a visitor in the form of a white tail spider. Without hesitation Marilyn bravely leapt onto a chair and assisted by Suzie, managed to capture it in a glass. Once the spider was safely outside it was straight back to the meetings agenda. 
I just hope we don't have to wrestle snakes one day. 

Wednesday, September 9, 2015

Hanazono -The 2009 Raffle quilt

We've got another flashback to a past raffle quilt to add to our Raffle Quilt page. We love this quilt and know you will too!!

Today we're showcasing Hanazono, the raffle quilt from 2009, the 4th Annual Springwood Community Quilt Show. This beautiful quilt was designed by Blue Mountains quilter Anne Sommerlad. Anne is a popular patchwork and quilting teacher and prolific pattern designer who uses a variety of techniques. This quilt alone combines applique, hexagons, some stitching and is a great opportunity for fussy cutting.

As you can see our raffle quilt was set with a beautiful blue floral border

and here is another version with a different border fabric.

By now you'll be wondering where the name Hanazono comes from. Hanazono is Japanese for "Temple Flowers", the ideal name for a quilt of flowers made with Japanese print fabrics. 

The beauty of this quilt is in the details of the 25 blocks, well chosen fabrics that bring the hexagons to life as flowers, a wonderful variety of blooms and shapes. 

Let's take a walk through the temple flowers and have a closer look. 

The blocks are set off perfectly with a bold floral to create a beautiful fabric garden.
Are you tempted to make this quilt? Here's the link straight to the Hanazono pattern on Anne's website.
Visit Anne's website Anne Sommerlad Designs for more information about classes or her to see all her amazing patterns, or pop over to Anne's facebook page.
Anne also has a stall at the Springwood show every year so you can see her beautiful quilts, buy patterns and say hello in person. 

To see more of the past Springwood Community Quilt Show's raffle quilts have a look at the Raffle Quilts page here.

Thursday, September 3, 2015

Lots of Lots of Dots Blocks!

Spring has arrived here in the the Blue Mountains.

and so have more 2016 Raffle quilt blocks, 

bursting with colour like spring blooms. 

As always with these Lots of Dots blocks it's great to see the variety of dotty fabrics that committee members have used.

Big dots

Small dots

Pink dots

Flowery dots

Even leopard spots!

It can be hard to tell the scale of individual blocks in photos. Here are the last two blocks shown together. 

Here they all are for a sparkling group photo.
There are still more blocks to arrive but I'm sure you'll agree the design wall is already looking wonderful!!