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A Modern Show and a Proud Mama Moment

Some weeks back, Australia’s first modern quilt show was held in Berry on the South Coast of New South Wales. Hosted by Wollongong MQG, it was a stellar event.

So many beautiful quilts on display (you can see more of them in my post over here) and a lovely day trip for me with fellow Canberra MQG members and my biggest small, seven year old Mollie (thanks to Monn, Liz and Gemma for such a fun day)!

The call for entries came out and when I was talking with the fam about the show and possibly entering one of my quilts, Mollie asked if she could enter as well. The organisers had included a Children’s Category so we agreed to finish quilting her quilt and submit it. I was determined that she should do as much of the quilting as possible (which was another lesson in letting go for me) and we worked over a few weeks to get it done. Much of the quilting was done with her little hands under my hands guiding her around while she pressed the foot full throttle – it was a challenge to remain calm but I’m happy that she was able to have so much input and feel proud of her work at the end.

When we submitted the entry, we waited a few days to hear back, she was thrilled that the committee accepted her quilt and we decided to take the trip to go see it hanging.

Image credit :: Amy of Badskirt

Image credit :: Amy of Badskirt

I’m so very glad we went. Miss Mollie was awarded best in show for the children’s category and won a sewing machine from Bernina! Such a proud Mama moment. I am thrilled that my incredibly creative daughter has had her work recognised. Not because of the machine (although that’s AWESOME) but because I love that her creativity has had such positive encouragement. People at the show took time to talk with her about her quilt, about the process and about her ideas (thanks Molli & Mr SparklesKathy, Amy and the many other folk who took time to listen to her). So often creativity is squashed to make room for more “studious” pursuits but this, this has been just the encouragement and confidence booster she needed.

So very proud of my big girl. And so very pleased that she is making the most of her machine! Just not entirely convinced that I’ll ever get my desk back now her machine is on it, she’s currently working on a new quilt for her next show entry!


#mqgrileyblakechallenge :: more as promised

A while back, I promised I’d share some better (daylight) pictures of my MQG Riley Blake Challenge quilt. Well, with the next challenge (using delicious Michael Miller fabrics) looming, it’s time I get to it:

Finished Quilt

Finished Quilt

I used this baby quilt as a test piece for another quilt I am making that has higher stakes (it has a whole lot more work in the piecing). The sun and falling sun rays in this are pieced as one whole piece and then bound using a single fold bias. I’ve then appliquéd the entire piece to a solid backing on the inside edge of the binding, leaving the quarter inch of bound edging as a bit of texture.

Applique of found curved piecing

Appliqué of bound curved piecing

I really like this quilting pattern but I have to say it is time consuming. As I had left the quilting until about four hours before the submission deadline, I needed to get a wriggle on and so changed my quilting pattern about a third the way in. SO WISH I HADN’T DONE THAT!!! I’m really disappointed with the finish in the end but hey, it’s finished and a kid is going to chuck all over it, so I’m not going to unpick for longer than it took me to stitch it in the first place.

Quilting in progress

Quilting in progress

LOVE the centre of this sun. I’m going to do some more circles and go round and round and round with my machine like this again. LOVED doing it and LOVE the effect. Also, happy with the different Riley Blake Fabrics used as I used a different quilting pattern in each fabric wedge. That was fun!

Quilting detail

Quilting detail

Riley Blake Quilt Summer Front 2

the end

I know if I’d left myself more time I’d have been more pleased with the quilting however I had lots of fun thinking about the design and quilting the wedges as well as learning a new technique with that binding edge and to me, it definitely conveys the Summer heatwave during which it was made. Overall, a positive experience!

The quilt ::  34″ x 41″, wedges pieced then bound and appliquéd to a solid background, variety of Riley Blake quilting cotton (supplied by Riley Blake through the MQG) with Free Spirit Designer Solid in Bright Green as the background.