Saturday, October 10, 2015

Raffle quilt progress - The background fabric!!

Over the last few posts we've been showing you the wonderful Lots of Dots compass blocks as they've been made. If you thought they've looked good then wait till you see them on the background fabric...

Words like "Wow","Amazing" and "Hooley Dooley!!" came to mind when I saw the blocks on the background. I'm sure you'll agree that the dark inky colour makes the compass circles snap, crackle and pop like fireworks at a festival.

The tone on tone blue circles and swirls in the fabric show up better in this photo. They echo the circles and dot theme perfectly and create a sense of movement.

3 cheers to the industrious committee members who helped hand sew all the compass blocks to the background. It's not a quick task but a rewarding one and great for having time to appreciate the creative thought and work that has gone into each block.

 Next it's off to Suzie Anderson to add her magic with her longarm quilting. This quilt just keeps getting better and better!!

Wednesday, September 23, 2015

Dancing blocks and a visitor

  This group of Lots of Dots blocks wanted to get out on the dance floor...
to twist this way
and then twirl back the other way. 
To spin around...
and boogie the night away...
under flashing disco lights.

Here's proof that we'll do anything to bring you you best quilt show we can. At our last committee meeting we discovered we had a visitor in the form of a white tail spider. Without hesitation Marilyn bravely leapt onto a chair and assisted by Suzie, managed to capture it in a glass. Once the spider was safely outside it was straight back to the meetings agenda. 
I just hope we don't have to wrestle snakes one day. 

Wednesday, September 9, 2015

Hanazono -The 2009 Raffle quilt

We've got another flashback to a past raffle quilt to add to our Raffle Quilt page. We love this quilt and know you will too!!

Today we're showcasing Hanazono, the raffle quilt from 2009, the 4th Annual Springwood Community Quilt Show. This beautiful quilt was designed by Blue Mountains quilter Anne Sommerlad. Anne is a popular patchwork and quilting teacher and prolific pattern designer who uses a variety of techniques. This quilt alone combines applique, hexagons, some stitching and is a great opportunity for fussy cutting.

As you can see our raffle quilt was set with a beautiful blue floral border

and here is another version with a different border fabric.

By now you'll be wondering where the name Hanazono comes from. Hanazono is Japanese for "Temple Flowers", the ideal name for a quilt of flowers made with Japanese print fabrics. 

The beauty of this quilt is in the details of the 25 blocks, well chosen fabrics that bring the hexagons to life as flowers, a wonderful variety of blooms and shapes. 

Let's take a walk through the temple flowers and have a closer look. 

The blocks are set off perfectly with a bold floral to create a beautiful fabric garden.
Are you tempted to make this quilt? Here's the link straight to the Hanazono pattern on Anne's website.
Visit Anne's website Anne Sommerlad Designs for more information about classes or her to see all her amazing patterns, or pop over to Anne's facebook page.
Anne also has a stall at the Springwood show every year so you can see her beautiful quilts, buy patterns and say hello in person. 

To see more of the past Springwood Community Quilt Show's raffle quilts have a look at the Raffle Quilts page here.

Thursday, September 3, 2015

Lots of Lots of Dots Blocks!

Spring has arrived here in the the Blue Mountains.

and so have more 2016 Raffle quilt blocks, 

bursting with colour like spring blooms. 

As always with these Lots of Dots blocks it's great to see the variety of dotty fabrics that committee members have used.

Big dots

Small dots

Pink dots

Flowery dots

Even leopard spots!

It can be hard to tell the scale of individual blocks in photos. Here are the last two blocks shown together. 

Here they all are for a sparkling group photo.
There are still more blocks to arrive but I'm sure you'll agree the design wall is already looking wonderful!!

Thursday, August 27, 2015

A Generous Donation

Members of the committee recently attended a special luncheon at Bygone Beauties to hand over the cheque to the Blue Mountains Rural Fire Service for the large sum of $10,000.
Pictured Left to Right is Bygone Beauty's proprietor Maurice Cooper, committee members Rachaeldaisy and Robyne Stuart, District Manager of Blue Mountains Rural Fire Service Superintendent David Jones, committee members Susie Anderson and Ann Murray. 

Superintendent David Jones has said the money will go towards " improving communication technology to ensure we work towards meeting the needs of the community.
As part of this we want to improve our technical information flow from fire ground to Incident Control to ensure we have meaningful, accurate and timely information. This donation will go a long way towards helping us meet our needs.
The reason we wish to improve our information flow is to ensure we can provide a timely and accurate level of information to the public through the NSW RFS website and the “Fires Near Me” application on smart phones.
These two avenues of information rely on the Incident Control feeding our ICON system which in turn provides an information stream including Situation Reports and Mapping. Additionally, we can feed information through Social Media to help inform the community of current status and issues from fires.
Overall we are aiming to help improve community resilience by ensuring the community is up to date as quickly as possible. This in turn allows the community to feel informed which gives them confidence and resilience to difficult situations during a major fire event."

While we were at Bygone Beauty's we enjoyed wandering around the newly opened Treasured Teapot Museum.  Large well lit cabinets display Maurice Cooper's extensive collection of teapots. It's one of the world largest collection and it's easy to believe, there are teapots everywhere!! 

Even on the carpet that was specially designed for Bygone Beauty's.

The teapots of all shapes and sizes were such a treat to see. 

Each year Maurice sets up a display of teapots at the Springwood Quilt Show. When we mentioned the raffle quilt for the 2016 show was Lots of Dots he immediately said "Teapots with Dots" so I think we're in for an extra fun dotty display of teapots. 

If you're a Blue Mountains local I can highly recommend a visit to see the Treasured Teapot Museum at Bygone Beauty's. For those of who you only come to the mountains for the Springwood Quilt Show, it's just a 20 minute drive away so you can easily pop up to Leura and have a look. 
And while we didn't have the devonshire tea I've heard it's one of the best around and I know for a fact the scones are made using an old family recipe.  

For more information about Bygone Beautys or the Treasured Teapot museum pop over to their website here.

Saturday, August 22, 2015

The lucky raffle winner with the Anniversary Quilt.

Here we have a photo of the 2015 Raffle Quilt with the lucky winner Judy Taylor. 
Judy had to be patient and wait another 6 weeks after finding out she'd won because the quilt still had to have it's moment in the spotlight at the Sydney Quilt Show. We're happy the 10th anniversary quilt is now in it's new home. 

Wouldn't you agree that one of the best parts of making a quilt is giving it away?

Saturday, July 25, 2015

Three more blocks...

Three more raffle quilt blocks have come spinning into existence.

Wowee!! Aren't they wonderful!! 

Here's the inspiration quilt again so you can see if you can spot which blocks they are. I have to admit it took me a while to figure out which one was the aqua petal compass. It's always interesting to see how different colour choices can vary the look of a block.

If you're interested in making you're own Lots of Dots quilt you can buy the pattern at Chris Jurd's etsy shop PatchworkFun. If you start soon you could have it finished in time to show at the quilt show next April. Imagine a whole row of Lots Of Dots quilts in all different colours, now that would be sight!!