RIVER QUILTS at the 2012 QQ EXHIBITION
Robyn McPherson and Kay White issued a challenge to members to participate in creating a series of interconnecting River Quilts.
Robyn based the Challenge around the exhibit of River Quilts at the National Quilt Museum in Paducah.
The basic guideline was that the quilts were to have river entry and exit points of 4, 5 or 6 inches wide which could be at any point on each side of the quilt. The river could then meander across the quilt according to the quilter’s own creativity.
Such as been the success of the project that Robyn and Kay have a vision that the ‘River Quilts’ will become a ‘living’ and ‘growing exhibition being expanded not only by Queanbeyan Quilters but by all quilters.
‘River Quilts’ is available to other quilt groups for display at meetings or shows. The guidelines developed by Queanbeyan Quilters are also available for interested groups.
|Kay: Log Cabin River|
We specified in the guidelines for this project that traditional blocks were OK. A number of years ago I learnt to do log cabin pieced houses and trees. I have used this technique in my river quilt.
|Sandra: River Sunrise|
Constructed using techniques I learnt in a workshop with Gloria Loughman. The background is painted, the applique is raw edged, definition is achieved with stitching.
|Sandra: Walking with Pardy|
I based this quilt on photos taken of the Queanbeyan River below our house. The three girls are my grand-daughters walking with their 'Pardy'.
|Leslie: A Celtic River|
My stained glass river quilt with free motion machine quilting. I learned how to work with bias binding at a Fiona Hammond Celtic workshop.
|Wendy: Sitting by the River|
Inspired by Robyn McPherson and artist Sandy Hellis in Gundagai. I had fun constructing this using liberated raw edge applique, crayons,
|Wendy: Panther in the Jungle.|
|Wendy: Close up|
Having finished two Helen Godden workshops I decided to try out my set of paints. I was inspired by the Tour de France, thinking of the Swiss Alps and wonderful farming land with meandering rivers.
I've had the river piece for a while and thought that it would make a great river quilt as nearly all rivers finish in the sea.