Just recently, the Australian Quilt Convention was on in Melbourne. l always visit with my dear friends, Robyn and Sharon, who make the trip down from Sydney. Its been a tradition for the last 4 years. Then we head on down to Sorrento for a weekend of sewing. You can read about last years trip here and here.
Of course, our first visit for the day was with my dear friends, Leonie and Deidre,
from The Quilted Crow in Hobart. l never miss a chance to see these girls
and their wares. Its always a treat. And l am happy to say,
they will be our trade table this year at Quilts In The Barn in September.
We received a call from them on Friday morning to say
they had won the best stand this year. 3 cheers for the Crows!!!!
Their stuff is to die for!! They are currently setting up for Quilt Market in Salt Lake City.
If you are going, call in and say hello from me!!!
Then this stand caught my eye. Love the wools, and yummy buttons they had.
Just wish l had bought the alpaca wool kit to make that
crocheted blanket in the back left corner!!!
And no visit to AQC is complete without a visit to Somerset patchwork. Their stand is always outstanding, and Karen and Paul are always obliging about my taking a photo,
even thought the sign says No Photo's!!
Just look at that new quilt Karen has designed. Mrs Billings Coverlet.
Its that time of the year, when my thoughts turn to planning this years
Quilts In The Barn Exhibit.
This year we are very fortunate to have Jo Morton, from America, as our guest exhibitor.
Jo not only designs, and makes quilts, she designs fabrics, for Andover,
that l love to sew with.
This year, l have decided to make a signature quilt, using fabrics that Jo has designed.
Of course, there is no point making a signature quilt, with just my signature.
This is where you can help.
l am asking for signature blocks, like those below , to make this years raffle quilt.
If you would like to make a block to be added to this years quilt, that would be fantastic.
l need at least 140 blocks.
The block is 5" finished. You will find the cutting directions below,
and a tutorial on how to make the block.
The only rule is the fabric must be designed by Jo Morton.
All funds raised from the raffle are donated to Breast Cancer Research.
These are the cutting directions for the block.
Using Jo Morton fabrics only,
cut l x 5 1/2" square from main focus fabric.
Cut this on the diagonal to give you 2 triangles.
cut 1 x 1 1/2 " square from main focus fabric.
cut 1 x 8" x 1 1/2" Strip from a light Jo fabric ( l used the ladies fabric)
cut 2 x 4" x 1 1/2" strips from a light Jo fabric.
Here is a tutorial on how to make the signature raffle block.
These are your cut pieces. Of course, all seams are 1/4"
Take the 8" strip and sew it to the long side of a triangle. Press to the dark fabric.
Now sew the other triangle to the light centre strip.
When placing the top triangle on, centre it by eyeballing with the triangle below.
Press to the dark fabric.
With your rotary cutter and ruler, cut the sewn pieces on the diagonal.
Now take your 2 short strips and the 1 1/2" centre square,
which you have sewn together in a long strip,
Pin and sew, again pressing to the dark fabric.
Repeat for the other side. Your block is finished. That didn't take long.
Now comes the tricky part. With your ruler, you need to trim the block to 5 1/2"
Place ruler, with 2 3/4" marks on the centre square, as shown in the photo.
You can see l have put black marks to show what l mean.
Make sure that the diagonal line on your ruler is also straight. Trim top 2 sides.
Turn block and repeat for remaining 2 sides. Its easier this time,
as you can also line up the
5 1/2" mark on the outer 2 edges of the block.
If you don't feel comfortable trimming the blocks, that OK!!
Send me the untrimmed block, and l will do the trimming.
Block is complete now, except for your signature.
Sign your name, state and country on the light pieces when block is completed,
as shown in the photo below. Use a permanent ink pen. These pens can be found at most quilt shops.
Post your completed block here to me, by the 18th May.
Get together with a friend or 2, and send them together.
Anyone, anywhere, in the world, are welcome to send blocks.
As you can see, l have started collecting blocks from my friends.
Please join in, and make this a wonderful signature raffle quilt from around the world.
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P.S. For those of you who want to put the dates in your diary,
or are thinking of making the trip for a visit,
Quilts In The Barn will be held on the 2nd, 3rd and 4th September 2011.
Hope to see many of you there. Don't forget to say hello.