Thursday, April 30, 2009

painting the hall (instead of fabric)

I've spent the week getting the local scout hall ready for painting, letting the volunteers from BNZ bank in to paint the hall, painting a second coat on a couple of side rooms, waiting for people to come and measure up rooms for laying lino and getting ready to a working bee on sunday to paint another coat on the main hall. It would be nice to paint some fabric and make a quilt. Maybe next week (after I have made the scout vests).
I have a bad habit of getting everything out of the way before I get on with my quilts, the trouble is - everything else never ends if you are volunteer.

Wednesday, April 15, 2009

The end of the exhibition

We just took down the Wellington Symposium exhibition and that is a rotten job. These are the things I learned.
1. Some of the most experienced quilters have the worst labels on their quilts (biro on a scrappy piece of fabric with crossings out).
2. Some of the most experienced quilters do not send any packaging to send their quilts home again or any courier tickets to pay to send them home (maybe they thought the quilts would sell?)
3. Send a good solid box or courier packet not a rubbish sack to get your quilt home again. Who knows who will put your masterpiece out with the rubbish.

At the end there was a massive pile of courier parcels and nothing missing . I hope never to be involved with packing up such a large exhibition ever again.

Tuesday, April 14, 2009

Pink Hair

I don't know who this man is but he is the ultimate patient husband. he was waiting for his wife to finish shopping in the merchants mall at the Wellington Quilt Symposium. Above him is the sign pointing to shopping.

I always wanted to have pink hair and as I was dared to dye my hair pink at the last symposium, I went ahead this time. I rather like it. It took my husband about half an hour to notice :-)
I am holding up someone's 'spiky tree' top they have made in class at the Wellington Quilt Symposium. I have finished teaching now and tomorrow I will take a class with Ann Fleeton.
Tonight there was a marvellous talk by Libby Lehman about organising your sewing room. Her room was so organised that after a while I felt like banging my head against the seat in front. It was very humorous but mission impossible for me.

Wednesday, April 8, 2009

Wellington Quilt Symposium

I have been helping to hang the quilts for one of the exhibition halls at for the Quilt Symposium. It looks really good and I learnt a huge amount about hanging an exhibition and making it look good. Kathy Morrison was the exhibition designer and she must have spent weeks moving all the little pictures of the quilts around to find the right ones to hang together and the exact spacing between them. Here is a picture of the quilt that I have in the exhibition. I only entered one because that is all I had at the time.

Friday, April 3, 2009

reverse stitching

Yesterday I quilted half a quilt using straight lines about 3 mm apart. Today I am unpicking them because the batting was too puffy and the backing got more and more tangled. I was trying to save money so used what I had, instead of buying what I needed. Poo