Friday, February 26, 2016

The Raffle Quilt Tour

Our 2016 raffle quilt is continuing its journey...

and is now at Post Office Patchwork in Glenbrook.

Judy Tyrrell was only too pleased to receive the quilt and immediately started thinking of the best place to hang it for everyone to admire. 

So make a trip to visit the shop, see Lots Of Dots and buy some raffle tickets. While there you're sure to find yourself some fabulous fabrics treats from the great choice of civil war, repro, pretty Tilda, fun childrens prints, Dutch chintz or bright modern fabrics.  

The shop is easy to find at 33 Ross St, Glenbrook, just look out for the open sign with the colourful happy flags,

and Judy's big welcoming smile. 

For those who don't live nearby Judy will have a traders table at the show so you'll be able to stock up on goodies when you come to see the show in April.

For more information about Post Office Patchwork or the classes visit the website here
Or you can keep up with the latest news at their facebook page here

Saturday, February 20, 2016

Entry Form Tips - Copyright Consent

How are you going at filling out your entry forms?

In our previous post we talked about writing descriptions for our quilt entries. This week I thought we should mention Copyright Consent.

In our terms and agreements we ask that entrants must obtain any necessary copyright consents to exhibit their quilts and publish photos. 

Don't worry - It's not as scary as it sounds. Most quilts don't need copyright consent.

It is NOT necessary to have permission to display and publish a quilt made from a commercially available pattern, including a quilt kit, Block of the Month or a quilt pattern from within a magazine or book. 

That pretty much covers most quilts that are made other than those designed by the entrant.

In other words if you haven't designed the quilt yourself and it does not fall into one of the above categories then you are required to obtain copyright consent from the original source, that could be a designer or museum. You can email or write them a letter.

If you have any questions about this or need need clarification email us at springwoodquiltshow@hotmail.com. 
It's as easy as that. 

So if you haven't already picked out your quilts that you want to show this year, now is a good time to get them out, measure them up and enter them using our online form or print a form out and send it to the address provided. It's exciting to think of all the wonderful quilts that we'll be seeing in just a couple of months time at the show. 

Saturday, February 13, 2016

Tips for writing a quilt description

As we're all measuring up our quilts in preparation to fill out entry forms for the upcoming show I thought we could have some blog posts about entering quilts and filling out entry forms.

I know from chatting with others that a stumbling block when filling out the entry form for some people is the Description section. This is the blurb that is printed on the white card that hangs on the quilt that tells veiwers about the quilt. It can be hard to write about your own work or to think of what details to include. The simple trick is to remember what information you like to read when you see other peoples quilts.

Here are some suggestions of things you can include in your descriptions:

Inspiration - What inspired you to make the quilt? Was it a particular fabric? An antique quilt,  a photo or even a song?
Is the quilt the result of class/workshop or a special pattern.
Did you make the quilt for a special occasion  - to welcome a baby, celebrate an anniversary or birthday.
Did you design the quilt yourself? - once again what were you inspired by
Talk about the techniques you used to make the quilt.
Does the quilt feature a special element to look out for?
You can even get creative and write your description as a poem.

Once you have thought of the information you'd like to include in your description now the trick is to limit it to 275 characters. To save you counting each letter yourself you can use a free online charter counter such as this one. It will tell you the number of characters as you write and it's easy to edit. Once you are happy with your description you can simply copy and paste what you have written into the online form or write it onto a printed form.

Hopefully some of these tips will make it easier to write your descriptions. If you have any tricks or tips about writing quilt descriptions please share them with everyone by writing them in the comments.

Sunday, February 7, 2016

First stop on the Raffle Quilt tour.

 Just a short and sweet blog post to let you know the raffle quilt has started its quilt shop tour.

The first shop is The Home Patch in Bathurst. It will be hanging there for everyone to see for the next 2 weeks. What a great excuse to head to Bathurst, replenish your stash and buy lots of raffle tickets for your chance to win some great prizes.

Thank you to those wonderful quilters who have already entered their quilts and volunteered to help out during the quilt show. A friendly reminder that the deadline for entries is the 18th of March. The more quilts the merrier so keep those entries coming in.