Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Alice's Tea Party

We've added another quilt to the page of raffle quilts.

Alice's Tea Party was Springwood Community Quilt Show's raffle quilt for 2008.

Designed by Blue Mountains quilter Lynne Alchin, Alice's Tea Party takes its inspiration from the Mad Hatter's Tea Party. Fun applique designs and sweet stitches perfectly capture the whimsical tale from Alice in Wonderland. Don't you just love that polka dot teapot?

This beautiful quilt is a feast of festive colours and delicious blocks of cakes and flowers...

a tower of tea cups!

This jug would brighten up any table with it's beautiful flowery pattern. 

Alice's Tea Party won 1st prize in the Group category at the 2008 Sydney Quilt Show.

Very sadly this beautiful quilt was destroyed in the October 2013 Fires in Winmalee, Blue Mountains. These were devastating fires that destroyed many homes, but thanks to the Blue Mountains Rural Fire Service, who is our designated charity, no lives were lost. 

Linking up to the Blogger's Quilt Festival,  a fun event where you see all types of quilts from all around the world.  You can see our other beautiful quilt entry in the festival, Homage here

Friday, May 15, 2015

Homage, a raffle quilt.

It's Bloggers Quilt Festival time, what a great excuse to revisit a raffle quilts from the past. Let's travel back to 2013 to see the Springwood Quilt Show's raffle quilt, Homage

This beautiful quilt gained the name Homage as a tribute to the early patchwork pioneers of Australia and also a commemoration of the 200th anniversary of the crossing of the Blue Mountains, a major, and important achievement in the settlement of Australia.

Homage started with the committee member sharing fabrics from their stashes. This ensured an even mix of colours and prints whilst introducing variety. It was great helping each other pick fun fabric combinations. Then it was a matter of starting to cut out the shapes and english paper piecing the blocks. 

Each member had approx 20 hexies to piece as homework. 

By the next meeting the hexies were ready to lay out. As you can see they looked wonderful together. There was lots of oohhing and ahhing over the different hexies, it was like an I-spy of pretty fabrics and clever piecing.

Marilyn and Moira carefully measuring the center so the John Hewson panel is centered properly.

The committee hard at work piecing the quilt top.

And it came together perfectly. Susie Anderson added a whole other layer of beauty with her amazing quilting. 

Homage was much admired and was a very popular raffle quilt at the 2013 Springwood Community Quilt Show. 
And then the cherry on the cake was the wonderful news that it won First Place for Group Quilts category at the Quilters Guild of NSW Quilt Show in Sydney. 

To see more of the Springwood Community Quilt Show raffle quilts go to our raffle quilts page at the top of the page.

And for a past Bloggers Quilt Festival entry of a different type of quilt, read about Mountain Magic here

Sunday, April 26, 2015

The Wrap Up- Third Day

 Visitor from Ireland- Margaret Nangle-enjoying the quilt show with Chris

Our hard working committee- tired but happy

One of Anne Sommerlad's Seasons designs

Lauren and Liz looking for a project

Viewers Choice Winners

Wendy, Lyndal and Caroline

Raffle Winners:

First Prize:- Judy Taylor

Second Prize: Lesley Neuhouse

Third Prize: Denise Mathieson 

 Volunteer Awards:

Mike English

Christine Mathews

Petal Davies

Martha Krstich

Rebekah Watson

Lucky Door Prize:

Denise Roughley

Pictorial quilt by Beverley Haywood

Pulpit Rock

Lots of variety at the show

 A special 'thankyou' to all volunteers. Without your help we would not have a show.

 Can't wait for next year. Who will our guest quilter be? Keep watching this blog and it will be announced soon. See you next year.


Saturday, April 25, 2015

Day 2 - Springwood Community Quilt Show

A selection of quilts again from day 2 of the show. Big crowds all day even tho it was Anzac Day.
Ancient Dahlia

 Mariners Star
Mariners Garden

Japanese pussy cats - Fire and Furr I think it was called


We had a different winner for todays Viewers Choice but I have no pic yet. It was Lynda Jones, In Full Bloom, a McKenna Ryan quilt. Pic tomorrow.
Last day tomorrow so plenty of time to come along and check out all the amazing quilt, stalls and the café too.

Friday, April 24, 2015

Day 1- 10th Anniversary Show

Guest Quilter- Rhonda and Isobel
Rhonda was kept busy today answering questions and sharing her expertise with visitors to the show. 

 Karen- from the Stitching Post displays her wares.

Patchwork Alley- Lots to see and buy! 

Have a break and enjoy the Devonshire Teas 

Special quilts are everywhere

A very busy day with people enjoying the magnificent quilts, stalls and tasty snacks from our wonderful cafe.

Thursday, April 23, 2015

10th Anniversary Show- Getting it together!

Oh,those hard working volunteers!
It's been a busy day today setting up, hanging quilts and taking 5 minutes out for a cuppa. Lots of wonderful people to help out and make the day seem so short. 

View of stage- Guest Quilter- Rhonda Pearce
Rhonda is our special guest this year for the show's 10th anniversary. Come along and see some of her award winning quilts on display on the centre stage. Have a chat about how to achieve various effects and techniques. 

Rhonda's special skill is hand applique- another gorgeous design.
Robyne works hard to hang this quilt at the side of the stage. 

Two of our lovely quilts on display this year!
These are just a few of over 100 quilts on show at the 10th Anniversary Springwood Community Quiltshow. Come along and join us for a weekend of  fun, great quilts, lots of stalls and a well supplied cafe. See you there.

Sunday, April 19, 2015

Last week of preparations

During the last few weeks, we have been busy! Jobs include: publicity shots and articles, sorting entries, designing the layout, ordering frames and poles, preparing rosters, collating entry information for the labels, and here you can see labels being cut into 2 to make both label and receipt, before being punched and pinned ready for Thursday morning as quilts are delivered.
This week shifts up another gear as we start to sort and load supplies and equipment. And then there are the cafe preparations ...