I’m All Shook Up
Ok the big news first…shameless self-promotion follows….. as you know I was asked to make an Elvis quilt for inclusion in the book ‘Inspired by Elvis’. This quilt was finished and sent off to the other side of the world in December 2016 but I wasn’t allowed to shown anyone until the book was published. So the first news is that the book has been published and is available on Booktopia or from Angus and Robertson Online. I haven’t actually seen a copy yet so I hope it looks good. Anyway the book includes 95 other art quilts that were, you guessed it, inspired by Elvis. So drum roll, for those who haven’t seen it yet here’s my ‘Goodnight from Elvis’ (and remember the brief was to make it wild).
Ok if you’ve recovered from that let me tell you that all the quilts from the book will now tour the United States at various state fairs, quilt shows and so on for the next year. As well, the International Quilt Show (IQS) to be held at Houston in November has agreed to take 40 of the quilts and mine is one of those included. Yippee! We’re goin’ to Houston! But wait there’s more! The IQS in their wisdom is using the Elvis quilt as the face of the the Special Exhibits page and also feature it in their catalogue! So I am feeling pretty chuffed at the moment and I’m looking forward to getting to Houston to see it hanging there too!
In other news the Apatcheez continue to delight everyone with their wonderful creations. Here’s what’s been happening since we last spoke:-
Jane finished her William Morris inspired project
and then Bev came in with another William Morris inspired design – both of them beautiful.
The very clever Elaine surprised her Mum Carol with this delightful cushion on Mother’s day.
We had Bev McClune back to teach us free motion quilting
Several people have continued to practice their free motion quilting designs and there has definitely been progress!
Meanwhile Margaret, who was busy volunteering for the Commonwealth games, still managed to finish these placemats – made from fabric brought back from South Africa;
Suzie and Julie joined our Tuesday morning class and Suzie brought along this charming project to finish;
And then another. Suzie uses a lot of the pastel range of Kaffe Fassett Collective fabrics – showing that you don’t have to always use the hot bright palette
Pozzie Dog was very pleased to see Julia back from her overseas holiday although she did take a while to get the treats out of her bag.
As an example of passing on good karma – Robyne bequeathed her leftover scraps to Jane who made hexies from them and then transformed them into this fabulous bag
and Robyn made this quilt for a friend who needed some TLC,
and Dee made this whimsical baby quilt for a lucky new addition to the family.
Elaine came back with a new embroidery design and aced it with this project. The metallic gold is so shiny and this photo doesn’t do it justice.
Robyn finished another project – this one in masculine tones for her son
with the back made from silk ties including his old school tie – what a great idea. I hope he appreciated all that effort!
Oh and since she doesn’t like to be bored, here’s another Robyn creation that is made up of friendship blocks.
Because she is such a great teacher Bev came back to do a ‘Moving On’ free motion quilting class for the more advanced (practised) Apatcheez.
At the end of June Julia brought along the newest member of her family for a visit. This one, called Poppy, is giving her and Bruce sleepless nights!
After being inspired by a photo taken on a visit to Jerry Coleby-Williams’ garden, and besides the fact that I was supposed to be working on something else, I managed to start and finish this project within a month! I should probably mention here that the UFO project for July is your number 7 so better make sure that’s what you’re working on. I’ll just check my list….
Most people have used theirs to make bags but Jan used our new panel to make this chic quilt for a special person.
Suzie came back in with another triumph – again pastel Kaffe Fassett collective. And was Faith worried that she had a rival?
No she was not. Here’s the Southern cross quilt which is destined to be used in a caravan
and the topper that goes with it
and while she was at it here’s another project – an Esther Aliu design that we all think is wonderful. We loved the fancy binding which looks like a peeper as well as the bright border.
Sharyn was in present mode too and practised her newly-acquired free motion quilting skill to come up with these beauties.
And finally, if you think I’m international with my art quilts, have a look at this. Here are some Apatcheez (Joananne and June from Brisbane in the back row, Sue S from Winchester UK, Sue B from the Gold Coast and the honorary Gill from Cheshire) having an overseas meeting at the Malvern Quilt and Craft Show. As I say to Huw – quilters are everywhere so be careful what you do!
Until next time – happy quilting