Tuesday 25 June 2019

It's Carnival time at QuiltNSW Sydney Quilt Show

I'm very pleased to finally share some photos of my prize winning Carnival quilt on my blog. I just love how it's turned out.

This was my primary entry in the 2019 QuiltNSW Sydney Quilt Show - and it won two prizes!!!  Firstly I won a Judge's Commendation in the Pieced Quilt (Amateur) section, and then the Best Traditional Quilt Award (Amateur), which was judged across all of the amateur quilts in the show!

I was thrilled to win these awards, and very grateful to the sponsors and organisers.  My prize was sponsored by Lloyd Curzon Textiles who are wholesalers in the Australian market.  I won this wonderful bundle of Woolies Flannel from Maywood Studio.  These fabrics look like wool, but they are actually cotton flannel. I'm going to have fun making something special with these fabrics.  They remind me of the lovely quilts Sue Spargo creates, so I might just do something along those lines. 

I also won $100 from QuiltNSW and I confess to spending it five times over at all the retailers at the show! 

You can view all the winning quilt on the QuiltNSW website here.  I still can't believe my quilt is fourth on the list!

It was lovely to meet so many blog / Instagram / Facebook followers at the show.  Even though there wasn't time for indepth chats with everyone, it was still nice to say "Hello", and admire each others' quilts. 

My second entry in the show was my Tropical Hexagons which you can read all about here.

It didn't win any prizes, but it was lovely to see it hanging in the show.  Big, bold quilts like this do look great in big venues. 

Carnival quilt details:
I started this quilt in a Cobweb Quilt class in New Zealand with Chris Kenna - a New Zealand quilter.  This is her Cobweb pattern and I've noted further down how you can get a copy if you want to make one too.

Since the class in March 2017 I've spent an enjoyable two years working on this quilt.   The foundation paper piecing took many months, and then I spent a few more months hand quilting it myself. But I've enjoyed every minute of it.

the long orange threads are the basting threads applied by a long armer

The two colours of Aurifil I used to hand quilt Carnival.

I hand quilted Carnival with Aurifil 28wt and it was perfect for this quilt.  The 28wt is a very strong thread, and it worked well on a quilt like this with lots of seams.  I chose to quilt in the centre of each strip rather than in the ditch, however I did quilt in the ditch around the edge of each octagon.

If you'd like to read my earlier posts about this quilt you can click here:
How to joing the sections - March 2018
The top is together - August 2018

If you would like to make a quilt like this, the best way to get this exact pattern is to email Minerva Book Shop in Wellington, New Zealand. orders@minerva.co.nz  They can post you a copy (anywhere in the world), and will be sure to include the correction to the template published in the magazine. If you've got an old copy of the magazine at home, be sure to email or phone the shop and ask for the corrected template before you start sewing.  Otherwise your star points won't meet nicely. 

However, there are a number of similar patterns available - just google "cobweb quilt pattern". Kathy Doughty and Sarah Fielke have good ones in their book Material Obsession Two.  (Pop Stars and Maple Leaf Rag - page 116.)

Stats - Finished size 70" x 70" (177cm x 177cm)
Pattern - Cobweb Quilt by Chris Kenna in NZ Quilter magazine
Techniques - foundation paper pieced and hand quilted
Batting - wool
Thread used - Aurifil 28wt

Awards - QuiltNSW 2019 Sydney Quilt Show - Judge's Commendation in the Pieced Quilt - Large (Amateur) section and Best Traditional Quilt (Amateur).


Mego said...


Jenny said...

Congratulations, what a thrill!

Linda @ kokaquilts said...

Congratulations Wendy! Your 'carnival' quilt is amazing, so much scrappy colour, so much to look at!

Elaine said...

Congratulations on two stunning quilts and winning some ribbons! I especially love your Carnival quilt :)

rosemaryschild said...

Congrats on your wonderful quilts! Amazing! Thank you, Susan

Anne / Springleaf Studios said...

Congratulations Wendy!!! Carnival is just stunning. I never tire of looking at all the various details when you post about it. The piecing alone is amazing but then to add your hand quilting is over the top special.

Karen said...

Congratulations, Wendy! How exciting it must feel to win a couple of ribbons for such a beautiful quilt. I can see you put so much time into making this over the last two years. I just love your Carnival quilt with all those beautiful prints and colors. Your hexagon quilt is beautiful too!

Julie said...

A well deserved win Wendy. This is a stunning quilt and the hand quilting finishes it off perfectly. Have fun creating with all your prizes.

Rochelle aka Bella Quilts said...

Congratulations on your winnings. Your quilts are always so lovely and very eye catching. It must be thrilling to see them hanging in a large venue. I look forward to seeing many more quilts from you.

FlourishingPalms said...

I'm very happy for you, Wendy, to have won these TWO awards! What a testament to your excellent piecing and quilting skills! You have to be pleased with yourself, and rightly so. I cannot imagine all the work you put into Cobwebs. It's simply beautiful with all the prints mish-mashed into a riot of color. And the same with your other quilt. I think winning money is the best, and it's fun that you spent it as you did. The vendors certainly had to appreciate you being there! :-)

Anorina @SameliasMum said...

Congratulations! Your quilt is absolutely beautiful :)

Nancy @ Grace and Peace Quilting said...

Congrats, Wendy!!! What a thrill!

Julie Fukuda said...

Wow! Two awards and well deserved. Luckily I don't have a sewing machine or I might be tempted to try it. It is so colorful but well coordinated.