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.