Over The Fence in AUSTRALIAN QUILTERS COMPANION (Issue 73)!

Ivory Spring

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Hello Friends, I hope you had a blessed Memorial Day weekend.  Ours involved a bit of whirlwind traveling.  We are home now, and are back to our normal schedule.

I have been anticipating my copies of the latest Australian Quilters Companion to reach me from Australia… because I am being profiled in the issue – a small fish like myself!  A huge thank you to the editor for the lovely feature!

It felt sort of weird reading about myself in the profile — because in the core I am a private person and always do my best to not stick out.  I don’t even like to look at my own pictures. But at the same time, I also felt like the feature was an effective way for me to connect with my quilting friends.  So I am torn… In this particular article, you will find out one of my “darkest” skeletons in the…

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Have you seen our latest issue?

QC#73 has been on newsstands for the past week. Have you seen a copy yet?

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On the QC#73 cover is Lisa Kerr’s and Louise Lott’s Allambee quilt.

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Above: On the DVD accompanying the issue, Katrina Hadjimichael joins us to share her tips on how to use jelly rolls to maximum effect.

We have packed this issue with loads of terrific projects to make and articles to read. Sharon McConnell from the USA joins us for the first time with a bright and fun precut-friendly quilt, and we have the next wall hanging in Hazel Foot’s New Zealand floral series. Jess Frost is back with a bright and bold pieced quilt and we have a joint project from Wendy Sheppard and Lynette Anderson. There is a stunning quilt made by Ann Langley from Reece Scannell Australian-print fabric and you’ll find the final instructions to Rachael Porter’s Victorian Tiles quilt. Deborah Louie has been busy road testing the new Bernina Q20 quilting machine and she reports on her time at the New Zealand Quilt Symposium.

Learn how to make Katrina's Jelly Friends quilt on this issue's DVD.

Learn how to make Katrina’s Jelly Friends quilt on this issue’s DVD.

We also visit art quilter Neroli Henderson in her St Kilda home and we meet Wendy Sheppard. You will love perusing just some of the entries from The Auckland Festival of Quilts and the New Zealand National Quilt Symposium and you can find out just how Lucy Carroll created her stunning Yellow Box quilt.

Look for QC#73 at your local quilt shop or newssagent.

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Above: Diamond Dance by Jess Frost.

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Right: Starfish Sparkle by Ann Langley.

Calling all quilters!

Ballaarat Quilters Inc., and Museum of Australian Democracy at Eureka (M.A.D.E) are proud to announce a national quilters’ challenge for 2015. The theme for the challenge is ‘Songs of Freedom – Celebrating Democracy’.

The theme is based on one of M.A.D.E’s permanent exhibits ‘The Power of Numbers’ which demonstrates the power voices using five different songs of protest. Entries must reflect the theme and one or more of the songs used in the exhibit. Lyrics of the songs and more information can be accessed at: http://ballaaratquilters.com/2015/04/04/quilters-challenge-with-m-a-d-e/

Entry forms must be received by 28 August, 2015.

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Left to right: Suzanne Lyle and Sally Wellard of Ballaarat Quilters, and Fiona Crawford, in front of the Democracy Machine exhibit in M.A.D.E’s foyer.






Launch of the Brother Under 35s Quilt Competition for 2015

The past decade has seen a huge revival in home sewing, in the areas of both garment making and home décor. Quilt making has also enjoyed a rise in popularity among young people as they discover the joys of this age-old craft.

Brother Australia, together with Quilters Companion magazine, aim to encourage and nurture young quilters and so for the third time they have joined forces to launch the 2015 Brother Under 35s Quilt Competition. Nation-wide there are many quilt competitions, but this is the only one dedicated to young quilt makers.

Clare Mooney, Editor of Quilters Companion magazine said, “We are very excited to be working with Brother again on this terrific initiative to encourage and nurture young quiltmakers. Quilting is a great social activity and a wonderful creative outlet for both women and men. Just ask any quiltmaker and they’ll say that after they made their first quilt they were hooked. We want to help build the next generation of quiltmakers.”

“Inspiring a younger audience to sew and bring their creative projects to life is part of Brother’s commitment. Our wide range of innovative products; like the revolutionary ScanNCut, can truly make it easy for young talent to create. The Brother Under 35s Quilt Competition is not only a great platform for young quilters to be recognised, but it also rewards them with fantastic products that will inspire them to achieve their next sewing and quilting projects” stated Laura Penuela, Marketing Manager, Home Sewing Machines at Brother International Australia.

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Leigh Davenport Jurd with her winning quilt Light in the Darkness

Leigh Davenport Jurd placed second in the 25-35 age group in last year’s Brother Under 35s Competition and is looking forward to entering again this year. “I saw the competition advertised last year and as I was already 32, I figured I should have a go before I’m too old to try!” Leigh explained. “I decided I would make something based on the theme, see how it looked, and if I was happy with it I’d submit it. I really enjoyed seeing my work hanging in a public exhibition. I trained as a printmaker at university, but since having kids it’s been too challenging to work with acid etching and the printing process. Sewing is much more flexible as I can stop and walk away if I’m needed. But I do miss exhibiting, especially the social side of it.” Leigh is looking forward to entering this year’s competition.

The theme for the 2015 Brother Under 35s Quilt Competition is My State. Entrants are encouraged to use their imagination to interpret the theme however they like. “We expect that entrants will have widely differing ways of interpreting the theme” said Clare Mooney. “My State could mean the state they live in or even a state of mind or feeling. We are eagerly anticipating the entries we will receive.” Entries will be accepted into five categories: K-6 primary school, 7-9 secondary school, 10-12 secondary school, 18-24 years and 25-35 years.

There is more than $10,000 in prizes on offer over the five categories, including five brand-new Brother ScanNCut machines and five brand-new Brother NS35 computerised sewing machines. These prizes alone are worth a total of $7500. There are also book and fabric packs and Quilters Companion packs to be won.

Quilts must be received by Friday 27th November. For full terms and conditions and to enter, please visit under35quiltcomp.com.au

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14th Annual Brother International Quilting Contest

Did you hear the announcement of the winner of the 14 Annual Brother International Quilting Contest for Australia last month?

The Australian entries were judged late last year in Sydney, and I was thrilled to be asked to be part of the judging panel. There was an amazing array of quality artworks which made the decision all the harder. In the end we awarded first prize to Dale Robson of West Wollongong, NSW for her quilt Black Tide. The work was inspired by the sight of black oil spilling across the Great Barrier Reef, creating the contrast between beauty and destruction.

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               Black Tide by Dale Robson

Dale said, “There are a number of ecological threats to the wide variety of life supported by the Great Barrier Reef; this quilt represents just one. Over the last 3 decades there have been 283 oil spills in its waters, damaging the delicate ecosystem of the reef. Let’s protect our precious reef against the “black tide” so we can enjoy its beauty well into the future. Black Tide is a whole cloth quilt constructed on hand painted cotton sateen with a collage of fabrics, textiles and yarns. The oil spill is represented by black vinyl and metallic thread.”

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The top 10 Australian quilts were chosen to join Asia Pacific entries in Tokyo and be part of the International Quilting Contest.The overall winner of the competition will be announced by Brother shortly.

The Brother International Quilting Contest is a creative initiative from Brother HQ in Japan for the Asia Pacific region designed to encourage participants to create an Eco themed quilt; the theme is inspired by Brother Earth which is Brother’s commitment to build a sustainable future.

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Handi Quilter Academy 2015

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Proudly presented by Blessington, is the Handi Quilter Academy 2015!

If you own a Sweet Sixteen, ProStitcher or a Longarm Machine and Frame, or if you dream of owning one of all of them, this event is for you! There are exciting international tutors attending just to show you all sorts of hints and tips about your Handi Quilter machine.

AccuQuilt is also coming to the academy, with wonderful classes to choose from and you can try out the new GO! Big Electric Cutter and make some fabulous projects to take home.

Just click here to find out more.

WHEN: 1.15PM Thursday 9th, Friday 10th and Saturday 11th April

WHERE: Fairmont Resort, Blue Mountains NSW

EARLY BIRD BOOKING:  a reduced price is available until 5pm, 10th February, where you can save $300!