Friday, 4 October 2013

Other people's finishes: the Hamilton Craft Fair and Quilt show

It seems like an eternity ago that BQF, her mummy and I traipsed down to Hamilton (an hour and a half drive south of Auckland, and often affectionately referred to as The Tron) to go to the craft fair and quilt show. I managed to resist buying much (although I have a sew line glue pen to try when I next grab my EPP out) but I did love love love some of the quilts in the show. Because I don't have my own finish to brag about this week, I thought you might like to look at some of these!

These photos are just awful, because it was inside, I only had my ipad, and people kept getting in the way.  But these were my favourites, which I took pics of in the hope I would one day be inspired to try something similar myself. 

First is this great quilt made from a template.  This photo does not begin to show how bright and vibrant this was, and look at the hand quilting. I also now have a new appreciation for those curves!

'Communist Partee' by Debra DeLorenzo - started in a Kathy Doughty class

This is the whole quilt.  If you squint, and imagine brighter colours, you'll get the idea!

Bed quilt sized!

This art quilt was truly amazing. I don't think I'll ever be trying anything like this, but you have to admire the skill that goes into art quilts. 

'I am Nujood and I am free!'  Gillian Shearer, NSW - about a 10 yo Yemeni girl who obtained a divorce from her 35 yo husband to play with her friends and go back to school.

Check these yoyos out. And that quilting!  Again, these photos don't begin to do the quilt justice - those yoyos were very pretty soft colours. 

It turns out I forgot to get the quilter's name.  Eeeekk.

Here's the whole quilt. That's right, there are 324 yoyos. Craaaaaazy. That's yoyo dedicatIon. 

What hours of painstaking labour looks like.

And this was my favourite. Those little strips were about 1/2". I totally would have nicked off with this quilt if I could have gotten away with it!

'Kermit's 9 Patch' by Debra DeLorenzo - traditional courthouse steps using Japanese fabrics

Here's the whole quilt. Another example of a truly awesome amount of work!  I bet this would have Amanda Jean in a scrap frenzy (I feel like I can talk about her as if we're besties, or maybe even distantly acquainted, because in my mind we are). 

That's 14 x 14 blocks.  How's your maths?

And finally, for a bit of fun, here is Roger discussing with BQF how he feels about her sewing some more on her quilt top.  I'm suspecting he is not feeling entirely supportive of her crafty needs. 

Yeah, no, I don't think so Mum.

Are you inspired my quilty friends?  What have you been up to this week?  I feel like I have only just survived this week, but perked up on getting home this evening to discover hubby had baked a cake. I know, right?!  What a sweetie. 

Linking up to some linky parties for some linky love. Howdy visitors. Thanks for stopping by and have a lovely weekend :-)


Maartje Quilt said...

What a lovely quilts! Amazing the one with all those circles! Thanks for sharing!
Cuye cat!

Anonymous said...

I am with you I would run off with the quilt given half the chance. Pics are amazing.

a maidenhair fern said...

I can hardly wait to see what that reunion quilt will look like.

Esther F. said...

I am with you on walking out with the certain quilt. Is is AMAZING! Thank you for sharing,
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hydeeannsews said...

oh, roger! what a nasty look. he could rival my baby with that one and she really does give the best scowls.

so much inspiration. i think i'm liking the yoyo the best!

Laura said...

Wow - what beautiful quilts! TGIFF is running a comp this month and only including posts that have a link on the page and an actual finish. Feel free to relink when you have an entry!

sharpie said...

What wonderful inspiration! Thanks for sharing these lovely glimpses!

Susie said...

Great quilts. Quilt shows are always inspiring aren't they?

Sarah Craig said...

Wow, those are amazing quilts! Thanks for sharing such wonderful eye candy! Whoop whoop!!

Anonymous said...

Woah! I love that 1/2 inch strip one!