Friday, 21 September 2012

Red Cross Challenge for Queanbeyan Quilts 2014 Exhibition

Cheer, Cheer the Red and the White

A display to acknowledge 100 years of the Red Cross in Australia in 2014.

This challenge will add a category to our 2014 exhibition and caters for members who would like to complete a miniature quilt. It should be a visually stunning additional display to the 2014 Exhibition and we encourage all members to submit at least one entry. The category for this display will be Small Wonders and will be eligible for a viewers choice award.

Rules are:

Use only red and white fabrics that are self patterned, a combination of the two colours or solid. Reds can range from light to dark and whites can include creamy whites, grey whites or self patterned whites. All quilting threads should be red or white. Small amounts of black, gold or silver are also permitted. You may use up to 95% of red or white together with its contrast.

Fabrics and textiles other than cottons may be used provided they are red or white and may include small amounts of black, silver and gold threads or fabric.

Any style of quilt is acceptable - traditional, appliqued, embroidered, incorporating stitchery, modern, painted or miniature.

Subject is open - it does not have to be a Red Cross theme.

Size is to be up to 24" square or to fit into a 24" square therefore allowing for round or irregular sides. There is no minimum size.

Members may enter up to 5 entries however we have the right to limit these if hanging space runs out. The extra entries would then be part of the main exhibition.

You have to keep your quilt/s a secret until they are displayed on the night before the exhibition.

Please register your interest on the 'Cheer, Cheer the Red and White 2014 Challenge' sheet provided so we have numbers prior to the exhibition.

Entry fee for this challenge is a voluntary donation of $5 to the Red Cross to be collected at quilt registration for the 2014 exhibition.

Questions:  Kay ph. 6299 8517  Robyn ph. 6299 8555     

Tuesday, 18 September 2012

Queanbeyan Quilts 2014

Queanbeyan Quilts next Exhibition is on from 4 to 6 April 2014. Planning is progressing at a fast rate and some exciting new initiatives will be announced shortly.

Last meeting, details of our new Club Group Quilt were released. This group quilt is open to all QQ members and  has already attracted interest from the organisations that displayed the River Quilts this year. The quilt will also form a special exhibition at the QQ Exhibition in 2014.
Details are -

Up the Garden Path


Size:   14 inches wide
28 inches long
Portrait orientation

A garden themed member’s exhibition featuring small wall hangings, made to the dimensions indicated above. These will hang next to each other (as with the River Quilts) and will hang on 2 levels.  This project is open to all members but is limited to the number of fat quarters we have, which is 50.

A green batik fabric, to be supplied by Claire Ayling, must be a part of each quilt. There is no limit on the amount to be used. The fabric is available from Robyn or Kay in fat quarter pieces at a cost of $4.50 each.

Claire has asked that this group quilt be made available for exhibiting in Goulburn and it will feature at the Queanbeyan Visitor’s Information Centre as part of Queanbeyan’s 175th Anniversary (28 September 2013) and also for the week before Floriade.

You can select - a season, day or night, sunrise/sunset, a specific Country icon, a city garden, a feature such as a bridge, boat, cottage, flowers, trees, weeds, animal or bird/s, flat scene, hilly, mountains, city buildings. …in fact anything goes as long as there is a garden theme to it.

The quilt should be the standard 3 layers.  Any technique can be used – embroidery, photos, bargello, painted, representational, abstract, blocks, work inspired by workshops such as by Fiona Hammond, Kim Bradley, Gloria Loughman or Helen Godden. Adornments can be added – beads, trimmings, 3D work etc.

If you need images try going to and click on images (at the top left of the page) - try keywords such as garden, flowers, bridge, waterfall, mountain stream, autumn, spring, garden fountain and any other words connected with paths and tracks. Try adding the word ‘quilt’ to your keyword search to see quilts made to the theme.

The quilt remains your property although we may ask to borrow it for exhibiting elsewhere. 

Your quilt must have a label that includes your name and what inspired you.

Have fun with this challenge and we look forward to seeing your quilt.

Questions?         Kay ph. 6299 8517     Robyn ph. 6299 8555     

More River Quilts

River Jigsaw

I saw a similar quilt in Houston a few years ago and thought it worked. Kay White suggested the black facing behind the print rather than my idea of removing the whole of the puzzle piece. I usually eat chocolates when I do jigsaws!

Taking In the View

I have a photo of a scene taken where the photographer is sitting on a jetty and the tops of his sneakers are showing. This inspired me to buy a pair of sneakers, wear them around, soak them in mud and cut them up to use with this pre-printed panel to get the same effect. 

Perth Views

I am a hoarder! This tablecloth dates from the 50's and I guess I saved it for something like this. I had to plan the layout knowing I had one chance to get it right before cutting. Quilted to my specifications by Kay White.

Paper Boats

The river theme took over my mind for a while and when thinking of various options for rivers I thought of making and sailing paper boats when I was young. Now I've made some fabric (paper) boats.

Moon Over the Mountain

I really wanted to do a traditional Moon over the Mountain block but my 'just adapt it a little' brain took over. All I wanted to do was to give it a 3 dimensional look - honestly.

Riverview by Bryony De La Motte

An imaginary, peaceful river in farming country. The design evolved as I worked on it. The basic technique is Karen Eckmeier’s.