Wednesday, October 11, 2017

Christchuch Quilt Symposium 2017

Wow, I am sitting here in the lounge at the hostel waiting for our shuttle to the airport wondering where the last six days have gone. They flew past in a flurry of busyness, including classes, lectures, exhibititions, events and catching up with friends. It was my intention to post daily but there just wasn't time, so I will do a catchup over a series of posts.

Symposium was held at St Andrews College with several exhibitions also around the city. Here are some pics of the school.












Us out to dinner at Tutto Bene. 

Will post more once I get home, until then happy stitching everyone.
Donna-Maree











Saturday, September 30, 2017

Tauranga Patchwork & Quilters Exhibition Part 3

This last week has been very busy and after a wait here are more pics from the exhibition.

General overview shots








The following two photos show some of the detail of the butterfly of the winning Challenge entry by Sandra Bentley, isn't it amazing.





Absolutely stunning, Dance of the Dragonflies by Sandra Bentley


Flight also by Sandra Bentley



Two pieces by Dorothy Dixon, Feathers and Myrtle

Various entries from our Rosemary Rush class. 

Check back soon for the next group of photos from the exhibition. Until then, happy stitching everyone.

Donna-Maree


Sunday, September 24, 2017

Tauranga Patchwork and Quilters Exhibition Part 2

Yesterday was an absolutely beautiful day here in Tauranga and that combined with the election meant that it was a bit quieter at the exhibition. 

Here are a few pics but I will get lots today on my camera.


Quilters produce others things than just quilts and this dress is simply stunning.


There are four gridlock quilts in the show (more pics of those coming) however this one caught my eye and I had to have a closer look at it as I was walking past.


At first I thought the streaky colour was in the background and then I realised that it is the quilting thread and what a fantastic effect it gives the quilt.


My friend Denise Lee made this quilt and it has been a pleasure seeing it being created, however this is the first time I have seen it in person totally complete and it is simply stunning.

I love it when you discover something that adds to your quilting experience and on Friday I discovered Fusamat which is an applique ironing mat designed by Sharon Bradley of Waitomo Sew Worms, that I have tried out already and I love it. Check out Sharon's website Here


You can put your pattern sheet underneath the mat and then you assemble your applique on top like you normally do and press to fuse your applique. This mat stops the glue from the vliseofix from spreading and squishing out from under your fabric and getting on your iron or ironing board and therefore there is no need for baking paper or silicone sheet. 

The extra bonus is that because you can see through the mat and you have your pattern underneath you know exactly where to put the pieces when building your applique. The mat can tolerate very high heat which makes it perfect for the soldering iron for those creative projects.

The mat also has an unusual texture which stops pieces from moving around as you go to press things. The mats come in six different sizes depending on your needs. I love mine already and the mat is making applique so much easier and enjoyable, so here is to progress on another WIP (work in progress).

Milly, the puppy is now seven months old and she had her first proper groom the other day and is looking so much like a dog and less like a puppy. I just had so share a pic.




Don't forget the exhibition is on again today, with merchants, refreshments, club sales tables including a special babies and tots table - come on in and check it out today.

Happy stitching everyone.
Donna-Maree



Friday, September 22, 2017

Tauranga Patchwork and Quilters Exhibition part 1

Our club exhibition opened today and what an awesome collection of quilts we have on display. 

Our challenge was to use a recognisable amount of a particular fabric that was provided


with a 'Pacific Passion' theme. These are the results...


1st Sandra Bentley (that butterfly is 3D)


2nd Marilyn Muirhead


3rd Lynda Warn


Merit - Melanie Martin


Merit - Jill Whitcombe

Other entries were...


Julie Eagle


Rae Champion


Dorothy Dixon


Chris McIntyre


Julie Cufflin


Lauren Heale


Lois Parish-Evans

Rose Hansett


Denise Lee


Gail Dumbleton


The Rust Dyeing 12" X 12" pieces by our stitching group hanging together.

I will post more quilts in exhibition tomorrow and Sunday, so stay tuned folks.

Happy stitching everyone,
Donna-Maree
 








Monday, September 11, 2017

The countdown is on

Christchurch Symposium is only 24 sleeps away and yes I am counting!


There is a large group of us from Tauranga attending this year and we are in for some fun. 
I have two classes, both my first choices. I would have been very happy with my second and third choices as well. I do believe that you get the classes you are supposed to get, not necessarily the ones you thought you wanted. Things have a habit of working out that way.

I have a three day class, Paint and Stitch from your Original Photos with Susan Brubaker Knapp from USA. I am no artist and this class will definitely be pushing me outside my comfort zone. I have fabric painted a challenge entry before and surprised myself by how much I enjoyed it. Being able to take a class where you cover taking your concept to completion is what enticed me to apply for this class. I would like to know more about the whole process from choosing your subject through the painting process to the thread sketching. I am hoping that I don't get too behind the class.


My second class is a two day class, Enriching your Quilt with Hidden Imagery with Ruth de Bos from Australia. Being able to add a second story to my quilts in the background quilting is what attracted me to this class as this is something that I have been thinking about for some time now. I like quilts to have the distance impact but are often disappointed with quilts when looking at them close up. 


The thing that I sometimes find hard about taking classes is the lack of thinking time. When I work at home I have put a lot of thought into what I'm going to do and how I'm going to do it, well before I go anywhere near my sewing machine. In a class you are given new information which you need to absorb, make sense of and then use almost immediately and sometimes I find this difficult.

Day classes to me seem very rushed and then there is all the gear that you need to cart to class, set up and then pack away at the end of the day. When I did two day classes at Taupo, I enjoyed the more relaxed pace and being able to leave things set up in the classroom at the end of the day, so I'm looking forward to that.

Time to get more organised, see you soon.
Happy stitching everyone
Donna-Maree


Tuesday, August 08, 2017

Nothing like a holiday

There is nothing like a holiday is there, a change of routine, new places, new experiences.

Hubby and I went to Sunshine Coast Australia to visit with family and meet the newest members to the family, my nieces partner AJ and their son Harlan. My great nephew has made my sister a grandmother for the first time and of course we wanted to spend time with them all before Harlan gets too grown up.

This trip took place at beginning of June when the temperatures here in New Zealand were starting to get a little cool. We flew back into New Zealand on the shortest day and we all know that things get a lot colder after that, and they sure have.

We thoroughly enjoyed getting back into summer clothes for several weeks and being able to enjoy meals outside again.

The view from our apartment, surfers were always out there long before we got up each morning. They are just black dots in the water until you look closer.


Sunset at Noosaville, where we had dinner out on the patio. Sheer bliss.


Hubby with greatnephew.

Rainbow beach, where the beach becomes the road.


Dicky Beach, very cool beach.


These birds always fascinate me, however my sister says the ibis are a nuisance and are always in rubbish bins and scavenging, a bit like the pukeko here in New Zealand.



Had never seen Pelicans in real life until I saw these. Absolutely fascinating, I couldn't get over how big they are and yet they can move so quickly.


Another sunset, this one is down by Mooloolaba Fish Market.

We can't wait until we get to go over again, although we get photo updates it isn't quite the same as having cuddles and conversations with loved ones.

Until next time, happy stitching everyone
Donna-Maree