Sydney Quilt Show

Posted: June 14, 2013 by Mo Crow in Lace
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Ellen-Rankin-Formation-FlyingThe Sydney Quilt Show is an annual pilgrimage
“Formation Flying” by Ellen Rankin from Victoria was my favourite for it’s subtle clarity
Materials : Calico for main part, cotton print wood grain design for border. Sewing cotton calico backing. Cotton wadding.
Techniques : Machine embroidery for birds on front calico surface. Stabilised with Tear-Away.. Small motifs representing features on the landscape, machine embroidered to “tie” the quilt together. Border machine stitched then hand finished on back of quilt.
Quiltmaker’s Statement : Free can be defined in other ways, unimpeded motion or movement, being exempt from external authority, interference or restrctions, enjoying personal rights or liberty. The birds represent freedom in every sense, flying across the landscape; they are at liberty to choose how and where they fly. They are free!
Ellen-Rankin-Formation-Flying-detail-2detailsEllen-Rankin-Formation-Flying-13-detailhere’s a link to the quilts for this year’s challenge AQC Challenge 2013: Free
the winner of the Free Challenge was the well known quilt maker and teacher Helen Godden, her horses were good but I loved her piece in the Open Art Quilt section
Helen Godden Zen Magpies 3Helen Godden “Zen Magpies”
Quiltmaker’s Statement: What’s black, white and quilted all over? Painted on Silk Sateen, the magpies sing their song with such joy and freedom. Surrounded by quilted doodle-mania, an exposion od decostive free-mition fun. Over 100 different designs, the quilter has found her Zen!
Helen Godden Zen Magpies detaildetail
Helen-Godden-Zen-Magpies-detail-3the Cavalcade of History and Fashion had a fabulous display of Edwardian lace with a very informative presentation
lace-presentationwe learned how to recognize hand stitched net lace and I was amazed to learn it is based on variations of buttonhole stitch
amazing-lacebeautiful antique lace the presenter found in Ireland last year
amazing-lace-1an exquisite example of hand stitched & bobbin lace
amazing-lace-2an unusual combination of lace & fur
and here’s a pic of the Habu silk wrapped paper I found to play with!

  1. deanna7trees says:

    that quilt is fabulous. the patience it takes to do all that quilting. and loved seeing the lace. thanks for sharing this.

  2. Eliene says:

    Some beautiful work here Mo….I really do like the Zen Magpies…but now I look forward to seeing what you do with the silk wrapped paper as that does look very interesting.

  3. nadia says:

    Hi, Mo. Nice choice of quilts here–the contrast between the two bird quilts is striking. I am ambivalent about Zentangle designs (I mean everybody’s doing it), however, Helen Godden put them to good use and what quilting technique. The lace is gorgeous. The display made me think how life has changed for women–we’re running too fast to have time for lace.
    best, nadia

    • Mo Crow says:

      Interesting to learn that lace was incredibly precious & handed down through generations, even Queen Victoria took the lace off her wedding dress and reused it several times for other ceremonial occasions like christenings etc & that in order to wear those clothes the lady needed a lady’s maid to help her into the corset and layers of petticoats as there were no zippers back then and that to go away for a weekend required at least 6 outfits! dresses for morning tea, afternoon tea & evening dresses x 2 as a lady couldn’t be seen in the same dress two days in a row and then there were the separate outfits for tennis boating, horse riding etc. It was a fascinating presentation!

  4. margaret johnson says:

    What scrumptious pics. Love those Magpies. Me being a lace collecter, its nice to see close ups of it. Glad you had a great time, and learnt lots about the lace too. ox

    • Mo Crow says:

      I’m still buzzing, what with over 500 beautifully made quilts and then there’s all the stalls with cloth, lace, thread & other bits and bobs, it starts in Melbourne in April each year.

  5. deedeemallon says:

    I am floored by the magpies, too. Had no idea that ‘zentangle’ was a thing, so maybe I’m more impressed than I should be? but, it’s the BIRDS I like, much more than the quilted back.

  6. Helen godden says:

    Great photos…better than the ones I took. Glad you liked Zen Magpies. It has been selected for Houston this year so I wait by the phone til mid September hoping to get a call. Either way, bei g selected for Houston is huge and I’m always proud when my Aussie pictorial quilts ate accepted…love spreading the Aussie message. Could you email me those pics sometime please? Helen godden

  7. fiberels says:

    Ohhh Mo, I can imagine you must lóóóve that magpie piece !
    (ha, love the machine stitched zentangles !!!)

    YES ! that is really some wonderful thread for you !

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