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ABC Radio Interview

I was recently asked to do an interview with ABC Radio Brisbane about my quilt BEV 10-08. The hostess Rebecca thought she was going to interview me about my Honeycombed Hummer quilt. Luckily I had a photo of the quilt with me (not the best quality). Bev 10-08 will be handing in the Australian Quilt Show in Brisbane this coming week. Once she is back with me, hopefully, I will have heard if it has been accepted into 3 Quilt Shows in the US. Then it will be overseas for the next 12 months, so a very limited time left to see it in Australia.

The interview is linked above.

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BEV 10-08


These are my latest entries in The Australian Quilt Show run by IntoCraft that debuted at AQC in Melbourne last week. The quilt above won First Place Modern then was also awarded Best of Show.

The Honeycombed Hummer

Also debuted at AQC and received a Judges Commendation in the Traditional category. This is a LegitKits pattern wirh my added EPP border.

Both quilts will tour around Eastern States of Australia before returning home in December.

Additionally Circling Sevenstar is about to hang at Paducah Quilt Week. Fingers crossed she is admired favourably. Might even send it on to Houston while it is Stateside.

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Geata Teaghlach pronounced garta ch-eye-lokh

During a visit to Great Britain in 2005 I took many photos with the idea that one day they would make themselves into a quilt.  The Chirk Castle Gates in Wales really impressed me.
When a friend encouraged me to try Ice dyeing while I was in Victoria for The Best of Australia Awards in April  this year, I knew that my idea of a wrought iron gate quilt had found its quilting muse.
I took this photo on the 23rd June after I had played around for a while with scale to make sure I was using the pieces of fabric to highlight my vision of what I wanted to achieve.
Drawing tools,  stencils, reference books, template,s trusty lead pencil and the ever present eraser
It was only after I was happy with a design in pencil that I then committed it to ink on  quilt size piece of paper.
Sketching different fills as I go.
Pulling threads  from all over the place in the stash to achieve what I envisioned, before I started to trace the design. Once I had had the design on my paper, I traced the main details with a fine tip  gel pen.  Then I used at least 3  Blue Water Erasable Leonis Pens to trace the design onto my top. I don’t have any pictures of the actual top all blue penned.
I had decided I wanted a thicker thread look with my quilting so decided to run two threads through my thread stand and the eye of the needle.
The Perfect backing fabric was also in my stash, possibly from a similar era as the inspirational photo. So on the 4th August the quilt was loaded onto my  longarm machine.  you can see some of the blue markings here.
The quilting is no where near the same as Chirk Castle, I was using the picture to reference where I would stitch a solid line between metal pieces or leave it open to appear like it was a solid piece.
I wanted to depict a stone base to the wall of the gate.
I am actually standing on the table of my longarm machine here to take this photo from directly above the centre of the quilt.
There is a garden path and gardens in the foreground of the quilt.
The Southern Cross a constellation visible above Australia is beaded into the background.  There are 8 different shades of maroon thread represented in this “Diamond Sky”, gradually fading as they distance themselves from the gate.
after two weeks on my longarm I was able to take it off the machine, have a sticky beak first, then give it a cold water bath and start the process of blocking it.
I felt curved binding replicated the  idea of gates, but still felt it needed something a bit more
The label gives an insight  to how I chose what I felt were the major design elements, within the quilt.  The name is for my mother, My Father used Morse Code to mark his items in the workshop during his apprenticeship.  Can you find my Morse code links?  There was also a story from a Great Aunty in my youth of something shady in the family past. I learnt this year that my Great Grandfather, of my father’s side,  when he sailed to Australia changed his surname from Smith.

Geata Teaghlach pronounced garta ch-eye-lokh –  Irish for Family Gate – in all her painted glory.
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Quilt Designs for Feathered 5iever

Unfortunately the Artist Statement touring with Feathered 5iever has been totally confusing, so I thought I would share some of the design processes for the quilting of 5iever, while it trips to Sydney with hopefully a corrected label.

First photo taken on my phone and I knew the balance wasn’t correct and that start would need to be moved.
It wasn’t fitting with the swirl I envisioned, so reconstruction began
Moved and flow feels better, spiral idea starts to form
Then the idea of the secondary star came into play.
I wanted to feel the scale of the swirl, before I started quilting.  This was on the quilt top for quite a few  weeks until I got to start quilting.
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Feathered 5iever

Feathered 5iever my entry in Queensland Quilters Show for 2018 won Best of Show and is currently touring Australia.
This small photo of the binding shows the inserted triangles within the binding, all quilted on  my domestic machine after binding attached to the quilt and hand sewn to the back.  Sometimes it is the finer details of challenging yourself that bring the greatest rewards.