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Friday, July 29, 2011

Inspirational Evening – July Quilt Club

There was a very full turnout to Pinestream Quilters July meeting.  Our speaker was member Gaye who talked about “Inspirations for Quilts from Iranian Art and Architecture”.  Gaye and her family had travelled to Iran for 10 days in September 2006 for a family wedding.  A very professional presentation took us through beautiful tiled mosques in glowing colours of blue, turquoise and gold.  The tiled patterns were a combination of geometric designs, interlocking stars, as well as vines and flowers. Gaye had made up samples of quilt blocks from some of these patterns.  Visits to the bazaars were another highlight, showing inlaid woodwork, block printed fabric, and the dazzling gold bazaar. 
DSCF6871Block printed Iranian fabric
DSCF6870 Lovely enamelled plate
As usual, the “Show and Tell” from members was just as inspirational too.  Jo showed us her double sided quilt made from New Zealand fabrics which will shortly be en route to Holland.  Those New Zealand prints always look so good together when sashed with black.
DSCF6872 Jo’s New Zealand quilt
The paper pieced Mariner’s Compass had me intrigued, and I loved the way the pattern just flows from the centre.  Jeanette had made a wonderful job of this challenging design, and it was beautifully commercially quilted by Sue B.
DSCF6873 Jeanette’s Mariner’s Compass
I love Elvis, so just had to get “up close and personal” and have a really close look at this quilt.  Sandy had made it especially for her husband, so I guess he is an Elvis fan too.
DSCF6866 Red, black and white Elvis quilt
As much as I love Elvis, I love Christmas too, and Clare had brought along this gorgeous Christmas quilt.  There was a bit of a story behind this quilt, as Clare had worked on the stitchery blocks while on several flights between New Zealand and USA.  And the pieced blocks were stitched while snowbound in Wisconsin.
DSCF6867 Clare’s Christmas quilt
DSCF6868 Snowman family block
Brenda had been busy and came along with not one, but two quilts.  The fabrics chosen were in a lovely rich red colour-way and they have been stitched for her partner’s beach house.
DSCF6869 Twin bed quilts for the beach house
This is just a selection of the quilts on show, there are always lots to see.  Several of the ladies had been working on Neo-Natal quilts during the month too, and brought these along as well.  Once again, another good meeting, an interesting speaker, plenty of quilts to look at, and good company.


Lis said...

What a lovely meeting, those designs are wonderful. I've been to quilt group today too.

Katie said...

Wonderful quilts! Hard to pick a favorite but I'm leaning towards the Christmas stitchery. :-)

texascraft said...

Love Jo's quilt quilts framed in black always look stunning.

Annette said...

As usual I luv reading your Blog...do know where I could get a copy of the Black,White & Red Elvis quilt pattern.