Armed with their machines, colourful thread, a range of sharpies and a drawing pad, Caroline, Michelle, Jenna and Kathy headed down the coast to Bulli for a two day workshop with Karlee Porter pioneer of Graffiti Quilting.
Day 1 was fascinating as we learned all about the different techniques and symbols to use in the graffiti quilting style. We practiced in our drawing pads and Karlee talked us through the styles and her quilting journey. There was plenty of show and tell along the way! In the afternoon we got to practice on our machines.
Friday night there was also a special Trunk Show where we got to hear more stories about Karlee’s quilting story and more closely pet – I mean examine some of her quilts. Digital Printing, different fabrics, paint, crystals and beading all make appearances in her quilts. We also heard about her collaborations with other artists such as her spectacular “Hear me Roar” quilt with the artist Patrick Seymour.
(Pictures : Karlee Porter’s and her “Hear Me Roar” quilt, front and back)
Day 2 we learnt about layouts and how to make our quilts flow nicely. Then we each decided on a layout and went to town on the free motion quilting!
(Pictures: Michelle’s Graffiti Quilt, plus the lucky door prize she won!; Caroline’s Russian Mosques Graffiti Quilt)
On the weekend of the 30th-31st May, Australia had its second Modern Quilt Show presented by the Wollongong Modern Quilt Guild. It was held just south of Wollongong in a little town called Kiama in a gorgeous pavilion overlooking the ocean!
We had a number of guild members enter quilts into the show -and many were great talking points of the show!
Firstly, our QuiltCon Charity Quilt was awarded 2nd prize in the Group category.
and our junior member Sofia took out first prize in the Junior category with her “Frog Prince Reflections”.
and Lorena received a Judges’ Commendation for her #ihavethisthingwithfloors quilt.
Lorena also showed her “Squircles” Quilt which was started at QuiltCon earlier in the year in a Carolyn Friedlander class.
An interesting talking piece of the show were two quilts done by our members. Kathy entered her monochromatic “Subdivision” quilt and Ginevra made a version of it using a limited colour palette. They were hung together so it was great to see how two quilts following the same pattern can look so different.
Ginevra also entered a gorgeous improv quilt with fabric she hand printed. It is called “Improv no.1 (for Melissa)”.
It was a very inspiring show, and having some great stalls there helped feed the creativity! Our own members Kate from Kate Quilt’s and Sue from Fabric Garden both had stalls there.
A big shout out to the Wollongong Modern Quilt for organising such a brilliant show – Well done and we can’t wait for next year!
Have you heard that at the Australasian Quilt Convention in Melbourne April 16th – 19th there is going to be selection of Modern Quilts on display from the Australian Modern Quilt Guilds!
The showcase contains some amazing quilts from the Canberra, Tasmanian, Melbourne, Brisbane, Youth and individual Modern Quilt Guilds and members – and of course our own guild will have two quilts on display!