Seeing another quilter at work on some familiar piecing I was prompted to finish an appliqué cushion cover started at the 2016 AQC. We had, as it turned out, done the same Make and Take workshop run by Frangipani Fabrics. I stopped at the paper piecing stage in April last year, but thanks to Kathy’s reminder, it is now finished. The background was inspired by my recent trip to Cairn Curran in Central Victoria. The blue wrens were flitting in and out of the dry grasses and thistles, moving far to fast to photograph.
This is a technique I have wanted to try for a long time and had the opportunity to do so on 1 April. Leanne O’Sullivan of Kimono House conducted the workshop for Waverley Patchworkers, read about the day here. It is a resist technique that involves a lot of preparation of the fabric before it enters the indigo dye bath.
nui shibori – stitch resist on silk
itajime shibori – folding and clamping
kamo sage – a friction knot and mountain pass pleating
I spent all of Thursday at the Australasian Quilt Convention held at the Melbourne Exhibition buildings. There were so many fabulous quilts on display most of my time was spent viewing the show, the rest was catching up with friends and a little shopping.
Without doubt the quilt that dominated the building was that by tutor Susan Carlson of Stevie a life-size saltwater crocodile. In 2013 I was lucky enough to do a class with Susan at the Taupo Symposium so have a small understanding of the process involved in the creation of this quilt.
The night before heading off to the exhibition I had a quick flick through what was on offer and a make and take workshop by Frangipani Fabrics from Tasmania caught my eye. I was not disappointed. It was of a Blue Wren using EPP. Jess was a patient teacher and there was a complete kit for the class. Although I only joined three segments in class, I have the whole bird together now and only need to appliqué it to a background and embroider the legs and add the eye.