Saturday, 18 May 2019

Berry lucky me!

My friend Belinda and I went on another road trip to Berry in New South Wales this month.  This time we went to the RedBerry Quilters Quilt Show which was held in the historic Berry School of Arts. 

I’d say that around 50 quilts were on display (though I didn’t count them) with a diverse range of quilting styles – from traditional, to modern, to art quilts – and I came away with quite a few ideas.  As if I didn’t have enough already! But it’s always good to wonder at the imagination of others, and to see the finished work.

I asked permission to take a few photos of quilts that inspired me so that I could use them as a reference point, and I would have liked to have blogged about them and why they inspired me.  But, alas, I forgot to photograph the names of the quilters and I don’t feel I should publish pictures without acknowledging them.

Except I did record the name of this wonderful quilt and its maker. 

Flora Australia by Denise Griffiths is a stunning celebration of Australian wildflowers that she designed and sewed.  Denise teaches her wildflower applique at Berry Quilt & Co and I plan on signing up for some workshops soon.

There were half a dozen trade stalls at the show (remember this is a small regional show) and I came away with some booty.

You might remember that I am making a giant hexagon quilt which requires 192 hand-pieced pyramids.  I’ve used up all suitable scraps for the pyramids and I was on the hunt for charm squares, as once again, I want to use as many different fabrics as possible. However, I found it very difficult to find 5 inch charm squares (or indeed any size charm squares that weren’t modern fabrics which is not what I am looking for at all).  Local patchwork shops don’t stock 5 inch squares, and in any case, as the packs usually promote a new fabric line, they often contain two or more of the same fabric.

Imagine my glee at finding a pack of 100 different fabrics, which I brought home only to find that they are 4.5 inches and are too small!  

Sheesh – more scraps I don’t need.

But the best booty of all is this.  

The quilt is stitched by RedBerry Quilters member Carolyn Collins and is professionally quilted by Carol Tabone.
I bought three raffle tickets for $5.00, and much to my amazement I got a phone call from the President of RedBerry Quilters to tell me that I had won the Raffle Quilt!

I am over the moon because I’ve never won a raffle prize this special before, and the quilt is not one that I would sew myself, so I am doubly pleased at the different style.  The applique and quilting are gorgeous.  This will hang in my hallway.

I am berry lucky!

And I’ve started to sew my Pretty Little Pots.

Linking up with Wendy's Quilts and More Peacock Party.


1 comment:

  1. Congratulations on your win! It's a beautiful quilt. And I do like that one by Denise too. I hope you enjoy the class. Thank you for linking up to the Peacock Party.


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