Sunday, July 25, 2010

A little show and tell.

Last Saturday was the regular gathering of the Sewing Sisters, this time at Sue's. The day got off to a bit of a false start for myself and my fellow travellers. It was my turn to drive and after collecting Ann, Deb and Kerry, I headed off to the Western Highway via every route but the correct one. After a major u-turn we eventually headed off in the right direction. And we arrived on time - a pretty amazing feat given the detours!

And what a sewing day it was! First up we photographed the Morrell Quilts for Deb's blog special. (I wonder what you call such a group of quilts - an association, a gathering, a panoply?) Then followed show and tell. The Sisters have been busy and here are some photos of the finished quilts brought along.

First up is Barb's beautiful version of another of Di's patterns, Antique Wedding Sampler.

Barb's work is so precise - her broderie perse blocks are done by hand with the finest buttonhole stitch you will ever see.
Below are two of my favourite of the pieced blocks in the quilt. The 'fussy-cutting' is a sight to behold.
Julie has finished her Burnt Quilt. Talk about a labour of love - Julie added extra borders to make this quilt fit a king-size bed.
My favourite part of this quilt are these rather quirky broderie perse peacocks.
Di's contribution to show and tell was this new quilt (sorry, I am not sure what name it has been given) that she has designed for a class at The Ballaarat Quilter's Weekend.

The centre of the quilt is a combination of broderie perse and appliqued hexagon flowers. I am rather envious of the folk that managed to get a place in Di's class at the retreat.

Sue has started putting together her Art Deco inspired work - the colours are so rich. And isn't the lady and her dog so reminiscent of the period! Oh and don't worry about the blank spaces - Sue has made life difficult for herself by sewing together some of the finished components, but eventually these blanks will be filled with applique scenes as stunning as the first.

And this is my contribution to the day - an almost finished Turkish Tiles Reinterpreted. Just two sides of the outer chevron border to go.

And back from Helen Hayes, a beautifully quilted Deb's Not Quite Telling the Truth Applique for Beginners. I just love the feathers around the centre. Now for the binding - not my favourite task.
Most if not all of these quilts should be on display in October. For those who have asked, "Quilts in the Barn" will be held on October 15th, 16th & 17th. Opening hours, 10am-4pm. The address is 23 Hartley Road, Wonga Park.

Looking forward to seeing you all there,



  1. What wonderful and inspiring quilts you've shown us! I'm envious of anyone taking a class from Di, too. Maybe she'll come to the U.S. one day. :)

  2. Thanks for showing these wonderful quilts.
    Wish I could see them in real.
    Love the peacocks.

  3. Wow, awesome pictures of fabulous quilts!! I *LOVE* the pictures of the Antique Wedding Sampler quilt and the Burnt Quilt! Fantastic inspiration - thank you so much for sharing these!

  4. The Antique Wedding Sampler quilt is a beauty. Your tile quilt gorgeous. Well, I could go on about each quilt shown as they are all wonders for the eye. What a talented group you are part of.

  5. WOW what absolutely fantastic quilts. I love all the quilts and what a talented group you are. Thank you for sharing these with us.

  6. How about organizing a traveling exhibit for those of us in the good old U.S.A.! They are lovely.

  7. They are all looking stunning. Di's new one for Ballarat is called Drayton Hall, and l am one of the lucky ones taking the class with her. So looking forward to it. Thanks for sharing the photos. See you all in October!!!

  8. Well Julie once again you have excelled in your amazing choice of colour and your ability to stick to one project. It's devine and I hope that you are keeping this one for you. Looking forward to seeing it in the Barn .

  9. thanks for all the lovely photographs! Such in inspiration! Happy sewing, Daniëlle

  10. I love visiting your blog, I get very inspired every time I visit looking at the beautiful quilts the SSS make.

  11. You are a bunch of very, very talented ladies.
    It is all absolutely gorgeous.
    Keep up the great work. I look forward to future works by all.

  12. Oh my! I don't think I can choose a favorite quilt from these beauties. Every one is a work of art, a masterpiece. Thanks so much for sharing all of them with us.

  13. All the quilts are so beautifull,... it makes me feel very little,...
    Thanks for showing them!
    Bye from The Netherlands!

  14. Hi! The quilts are so beautifull!!!
    Yours hand works are fantastic and I love it. Thanks for showing then, we'll keep in touch.
    Bye from España!!!

  15. Son unos trabajos magnificos .¡Felicidades!

  16. What a treat! Love this carnation medallion! Carnations are my favourite embroidery motif. Visiting this blog for the first time, I'm breathless. These quilts are so special and far from the mainstream routine.

  17. Hi, just saw some of the quilts from Quilts in the Barn and am in love with Deb's Not Quite Telling the Truth Applique for Beginners, love the bold version I have seen on your blog and Liz's blog, do you know where I could buy that book or pattern. thanks, Nancy