Best in Show!! Fair and Square

Best in Show!! Fair and Square

Oh my golly - it's happened again!!! My quilt Fair and Square won First Place in the modern traditional category at the Australian Modern Quilt Show.  And when they announced Best In Show it was My name they called.  Here I am in front if   the award winning quilt. It's another one of my giant yoyo quilts. You can call me a crazy yoyo lady if you like :) This is just a quick post. I'm still catching my breath after a busy weekend. I'll be back with more photos soon but in the meantime I'd like to send out some thankyous to: The Sydney Modern Quilt Guild for putting on an amazing show.  The volunteers who helped.  The judges, Anna Maria Horner, Carolyn Friedlander and Lisa Cahill.  Anna Maria Horner and Carolyn Friedlander for coming to Australia, teaching workshops and spending time at the show. They both added such a special magic to the weekend. Thank you to all of the sponsors for supporting the show  especially Bernina Australia

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Thankfulness

Thankfulness

Thanksgiving isn't a holiday here in Australia but I do like the idea of being thankful and goodness knows I have a lot to be thankful for. Too much to list here but here are just a couple of things I'm thankful for today. The latest Simply Moderne magazine arrived in my letterbox. Lo and behold - there's an article about me and photos of my quilts.  I couldn't resist a photo of myself holding up the photo of myself. The photo in the magazine is a photo of when I won Best in Show at Sydney this year. I think I had that happy but shocked look on my face for quite a while afterwards. Ever since Carol from Simply Moderne saw my Undercover Colour quilt hanging in the 2015 Sydney Quilt Show she knew she wanted it as a pattern for the magazine. It's always fun seeing how they display and photograph quilts. They've made it look so perfect for Christmas.  For those who havent seen this quilt before the twist is that each of the shapes flip up t

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Happy Days in Daisy Town - A finished quilt.

Happy Days in Daisy Town - A finished quilt.

Finally, after showing you lots of houses, it's time to show you how they all came together in a quilt.  I admit I dithered over hot to put the blocks together because I felt as though I had to do something super special because so many people had contributed to the quilt with their beautiful house blocks. Some of the options I played with were pieced people or trees amongst the houses. I thought it could be fun to add a quote with pieced words, or a quirky border of some sort. Maybe I should use one unifying fabric or colour as sashing between all the blocks.  In the end I realised I was overthinking it  - it was the houses themselves that made this project special. It didn't need fancy things added that would take away from the beautiful pieces people had sent me. So keeping the focus on the blocks. I added joining strips here and there, and made some cubby houses for areas that were bigger. It was like playing with a giant puzzle. It came together with

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The last lot of houses

The last lot of houses

A flamingo house! Rachaeldaisy Yes, this is the last lot of houses. I'm sure you've seen by now why I've shown all the houses before showing the quilt. All the little details and fun fabric choices don't show as well in photos of the full quilt and they're too special to be overlooked.  Anyway, there's quite a few houses to visit today so without further ado let's get on our way and have a look. Kelly from Pinkadot Quilts sent a block that had a giant blue mountain daisy in it, daisies in the sky and ric rac trim along the roof. I love that it's so sunny and happy. Kelly from Pinkadot Quilts Cameras have certainly improved since I took this photo The colour is a quite wrong but I wanted to post a before photo of the block that Karen from Sewing Tales / @karens_photos sent.  It's hard to tell the scale of the blocks but this was by far the biggest. She left lots of space around the house in case I needed to trim it to make i

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