Sunday, July 31, 2016

The Making The Australian Quilt Exhibition NGV, Melbourne 2016

This was my favourite quilt in the exhibition. It is an unfinished quilt top made by Elizabeth Hardy in England before she came to Australia in the 1830s.

I love this quilt, not only because of the fabrics, but also the workmanship.

Here is a close up of the centre medallion and some of the borders. That narrow pink border is not a print, they are a narrow strips of fabric, perfectly pieced!

The broderie perse is chintz, still with the glaze. Below are a couple more photos of the borders in this quilt. Some of the fabrics are hand painted!

Lots of great fabrics in this quilt!!!

Here is the centre of another quilt using lots of broderie perse...

The maker of this quilt is unknown. The fabrics span 1815 to the 1840s.

I love the quirky blue and gold border on this coverlet...

This coverlet was made by Elizabeth Smith. It was probably started in the 1830s, when Elizabeth still lived in England and completed in the 1850s after Elizabeth arrived in Melbourne.

I took a couple of photos of part of the Rajah Quilt.

That delicate appliqued border is amazing!!

The Rajah Quilt was sewn by convict women who sailed Australia aboard the Rajah in 1841. These women had been taught patchwork while in Prison in London. This is the only known example of a convict quilt made on a voyage to the colony.

Just a few more photos of parts of quilts.Unfortunately I didn't get details of these.

A hexagon quilt, shown under glass. The papers are still in all the hexies. Some are printed, some have hand writing on them. The hexies have been joined with tiny whip stitch.

I really love the fabrics in these old quilts!!!

I wish I had taken a photo of the original Auntie Green! She was breathtaking!!

There are 88 works in the exhibition, ranging from large pieced and appliqued quilts, to simple waggas, patchworked clothing and hand embroidered pieces.

The Australian Quilt Exhibition is at NGV (Ian Potter Centre) until November 16. Well worth a visit...or two!

Monday, April 25, 2016

A trip to Japan

At long last I am back here to post a little about to our trip to Japan.

We spent just 6 days in Tokyo, but managed to see quite a bit.

One evening, when we returned to our hotel room, we were surprised to see a faint view of Mt Fuji from our window.

One of the things I love about Japan is the contrast between the old and the new. The photo below shows a stone structure in Ueno Park with  the lights of the modern city in the background.

Then there are serene gardens surrounded by thousands of buildings

And the iconic busy crossing in Shibuya.

Of course I went fabric shopping! :)

First stop was Nippori.

A whole street of fabric shops where the multi storey Tomato is possibly the most famous!

Me in fabric heaven!

We also visited Yuzawaya. There are several Yuzawaya stores in Tokyo, but we went to the Takashimaya store in Shinjuku where Yuzawaya takes up one whole floor.

A stand of Liberty fabric on the left and much more to see on the right.

We also went to Tokyu Hands which has craft supplies of all kinds.

Another great find was Okadaya in Shinjuku. It is spread over 2 buildings and several floors. We don't speak any Japanese and the young lady who looked after us didn't speak any English but with lots of hand signs we managed to understand each other!

Beautiful  kimono fabric in Okadaya.

While wandering around the huge department stores you never know what you will see...

A patchwork skirt found in Seibu, Shibuya, In this department store there was a small area with La Drougerie, (knitting yarn, embroidery supplies, ribbon, gifts and a small amount of fabric), 100 Idees (fabric) and a craft bookstore.

I even managed a little sewing on the plane.

We would love to go back to Japan one day and visit Kyoto and Osaka.

And what did I buy?  Below is some of my shopping. There were also a stack of fat quarters, many of which I have gifted or used.

Oops!!! How did it appear upside down??!!
The Yuwa toile I found at Tomato and I bought some in blue too. The bird fabric is also from a shop in Nippori. Okadaya had tables of "bargain" fabric out the front of the store, and I found the red fabric there. The books I found at a book store called Keibundo Books. It is a huge store with very helpful staff, and a great section of craft books. Yuzawaya, Tomato and Odakaya had tables of fat quarters of all sorts of fabrics.
I would go back to Japan in a heartbeat!!

Saturday, November 28, 2015

Quilts in the Barn 2015

This weekend is the annual Quilts in the Barn, organised by Linda and her army of helpers. Today I spent a few hours admiring quilts and catching up with friends.

What a stunning welcome!

This beautiful quilt hung above the entrance to the barn.

The theme this year was scrappy quilts. Most of the quilts had no names associated with them, so I am sorry I cannot acknowlege the creators of these magnificent quilts.

This year Linda invited 2 guests from USA. Mary Koval came with a beautiful collection of old fabric and quilts available for purchase.

Jo Morton displayed several of her quilts.

Leonie Bateman had a small stall where fabrics designed by Mary and Jo, among others, were available for purchase.

Now for a few of the quilts.....

This stunner is the raffle quilt for this year. It was made by Jenny Bear using Jo Morton fabrics. It was quilted by Deb Burville. There is a pattern for this quilt available.

This quilt was entirely one inch squares!

Tiny flying geese:

More one inch squares used as a border:

A brave use of blue as the background..

Applique and piecing..

A small appliqued quilt

...and some detail...

I love this red and white....

If you are in the Wonga Park area, or would like to go for a lovely drive, tomorrow is the last day. The day starts at 10 am and finishes at 4pm, when the winners of the raffles will be drawn. Once again proceeds form admission, the food stall and the raffles are donated to breast cancer research. It is a wonderful day for a great cause!

Sunday, November 15, 2015

My Small World

Earlier this year I started a new quilt. My Small World is designed by Jen Kingwell (of Amitie here in Melbourne) and was published in The Spring special of Quiltmania, 2015.

I have completed 3 sections of the 6. Here is my progress so far

I got a starter pack of fabric from Amitie (several fabrics the same as in Jen's original quilt) and I added lots of fabrics along the way

Since is it called "my small world" I have used some fabrics that have significance for me.

I used "Rose" because it is in my blog name, but it is also a family name.

This little piece of lace was crocheted by someone in my family. Either my mother, one of my grandmothers or my great grandmother! They all sewed, crocheted, knitted etc. I wish I knew who made it.

This one is for my children. All 3 of my children did gymnastics and my daughter also danced for many years.

Some elephants for my husband because he is from Laos.

Scissors for all the sewers in my family.

A piece of fabric that my daughter designed.

A piece of Liberty with all things "tea" because I love a cuppa! :)

Lastly a favourite section of little pinwheel blocks.

I have hand pieced everything so far and I am loving it! Thank you Jen for a fun quilt.

There are a few more progress photos on Instgram. My page is @mjnorindr . Look for #miriamsmysmallworld to see all my photos of this quilt. To see many other wonderful versions of this quilt on Instagram look at #mysmallworldqal, #mysmallworld or #mysmallworldquilt.

Tuesday, November 10, 2015

Mountmellick Progress

Last night I put the last stitch in the part 4 border of Mountmellick, a mystery quilt by Di Ford and published in Quiltmania magazines in 2014.

The corners are English paper pieced. I am hand stitching the whole quilt.

Before we went away to Japan I had all the little triangles cut out ready to piece. I managed to do only a little piecing in Japan, but I had a stitching marathon on the plane on the way home! :)

Next is a narrow appliqued border, then a wider pieced border. Still a long was to go!

I did finish one small quilt earlier this year..

Here it is with its new owner inside his teepee..