Wednesday, December 11, 2013

Craft and Quilt Fair, Brisbane 2013

Marg and I had a wild day out a few months ago when the Craft and Quilt Fair came to Brisbane.

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Don't let the grey hair fool you - there were some hella-rough poker games going on at those tables down there.

I love wandering around the exhibition quilts and seeing all the clever ideas people have come up with.

A little retail therapy never hurts, either:

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Following are various works that caught my eye - all have their creators listed below their photograph. If you are one of the artists and wish to have the photo of your work removed, please just email me and poof, it'll be gone.

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Flying Colours: Budgies Uncaged by Brenda Gael Smith (with hand dyed cotton fabric)

My kind of nude, I could claim my wobbly bits were just stippling:

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Free Beach by Elaine Sturmfels (with hand dyed whole cloth background)

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Free: Soaring into Sunlight by Bob James

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Liberated by Kathy Beilby

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Coreopsis by Bernardine Hine

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Brighten the Corner Where You Are by Robin Ginn

A masterpiece. If this was mine, red wine would be banned from my house:

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Golden Ivory by Rachelle Denneny

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The top of my head blows off when I think of how long this took to make. 

And this one. Amazing. Look how big it is. Half inch hexies. 3 years and 10 months to complete. I was in awe.
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Hexagon Trellis Roses by Olive Claydon

I really love the shading on the trellis and how it changes across the quilt:

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I loved many of the blocks in this sampler:

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My Dear Jane by Elizabeth Rixon

Fun texture:

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Untitled (that I could see) by Jan Scudamore

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William Morris Sampler by Judith Carrow

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Morning Mist by Lorraine Carthew

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On the Wing by Pam Hill

I love the mustard and the quilted scallops. Mmmm, mustard scallops.

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Charity by Shirley Chiu

Some lovely machine embroidery:

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Polished Posies by Trish Taylor

Gorgeous free motion quilting:

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Pink Silk Fun by Jane Rundle

It was really hard not to touch this one, the texture was fantastic:

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The Best Things in Life are Free: Sunset Over the Ocean by Barbara McLennan

One of the guest exhibitors was an American quilt artist, Judy Coates Perez. She paints her artwork on fabric and quilts them with amazing designs and colour. Each quilt was filled with such incredible detail, I wanted to look at them all day. It was hard to move on to the next display. 

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But Where are All the Martians? by Judy Coates Perez

But just as well we did move on or we'd have missed Loanie Prior's whimsical tea cosies. Aren't they just the best? 

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(It was rather dark around Loanie's display - head over to her Ravelry page to see much better pictures of all her great pieces. They'll make you chuckle.) 

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I hope you've seen something here that inspires you to sew (or make a tea cosy) this week!

A bientôt! 

7 comments:

  1. Gosh you take great photos. It's so nice to remember all those awesome quilts we saw. I love Loani Prior's work too, it almost makes me want to take up knitting again.......almost!

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  2. Fantastic that you are stockpiling some inspiration... for...some new "bonjour" quilts?
    Its great to see these lovelies through the eyes of your camera..the yarns are so colourful...want want!

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  3. Wow, that's some dedicated and beautiful sewing there! The white wholecloth one is unbelievable. Making my brain hurt too!

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  4. Oh I so do not have the fortitude for a nearly 4 year project with hexies that small o.O

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  5. I just can't imagine making that many hexies! Thanks for sharing all those beautiful quilts.

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  6. Such beautiful quilts! I love that there is such a variety of styles. The white quilt really is breathtaking. Apart from everything else, I think I wouldn't have the dedication to make something so elaborate in white on white. Thank you for the report!

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  7. Oh my, such glories here ... Golden Ivory and Flying Colours for me ... they are awesome!

    I'm loving the thought of crafter's poker ... you could play for yarn!

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