Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Its Show Time

The second Friday in May is always Roma Show.

Our Family love show time, we all enter exhibits and spend time as a family.  (We are not sure how much longer that will last, the boys are getting older.)

Our photography entries ready for the show.
My photos 
 Master Ts photos
 Hubby's belt for the Leather work section
 I was one of the handicrafts stewards for this year's show, so around work I was out at the pavilion to receive and display exhibits.  These photos were taken before the protective cages were put up.
Part of the quilt / patchwork section
 Some of the lovely, knitting, crochet & miscellaneous categories.

 Some of the many crochet rugs.  (That adorable elephant on the front corner is mine - not made by me but gifted to me.  He looks a bit forlorn on the display.)
 This Snow White & the 7 Dwarfs was knitted.  Each dwarf has real personality.
 The entertainment was Walter Whip  & The Flames.  He did many 'regular' whip tricks with flaming whips.  They made for great lighting effects.
 Master E and his art entries.  He did not place, but this was his first year entering art. There are some amazing artists in our community.
 Master T won two First Place ribbons. This is for his altered digital imagery.
 and this Fern is in the Novice Flora & Fauna.
 My apron came 1st in the apron section.
 Master E entered 2 Lego creations.  The Helicopter you can see over his right shoulder was awarded Highly Commended.
 and the excavator you can see in this photo was awarded Second place.
Master T's Claas Logging Tractor (on the top shelf) was awarded First Prize & Champion Junior Exhibit.  He is really excited as this is the last year he can enter as a junior.
 This hexagon wall hanging by Cecily Hamilton won 1st Prize Patchwork Wall hanging, Best Piece of Patchwork & Champion Handicrafts Exhibit.   It is all hand embroidered and hand stitched.  It is just lovely.
 These were some of the quilts on display.
 The table runners, my blue triangle mat was in this section.  
It did not place.
My cross-stitch ball of wool was awarded 1st place.  
That was an azazing surprise.
My "Red, Red Ribbons" Quilt was awarded 1st place and my Exploding Star was awarded 2nd place. They were both in the Quilt made by 1 person category.
That lovely blue trippy quilt was also in the same category as were 6 or 7 others.
 Then onto the rest of the show.
This Chicken Cake was amazing,  It looked real enough that it could have hung out in the chook pavilion with the live animals.
This real chicken reminded me of a powder puff.  It was more than happy to pose for a photo though.
We took time out to watch the Sheepdog Trials.
And of course the end of a good show is great fireworks.
I am always fascinated by the lights of sideshow alley with the fireworks.
Another great Roma Show.


Until next time.

Debra ~ Outback Crafter

Monday, May 22, 2017

Major May Finish

Last week I posted about February's False Starts and Flimsies  well, the quilt in question was going to be my second finish for the Roma Show.

I had 3 days until the deadline and all that I needed to do was quilt and bind.

WRONG... this quilt did not have a backing, so I needed to make one (it was also Sunday and the shops were closed).  Thankfully I had a bolt of white fabric that I picked up on an amazing sale so I could create the right look. (Finished photo at the bottom of the post)

O-me was having a big week and she didn't let me down.  The quilting went very smoothly, thank goodness.

As the quilt is a star, I quilted swirls & stars as an all over design.
 I love the feeling of the last stitches.
Then I created a red binding from assorted red fabrics in my stash and bound while watching more evening drama & crime shows.  

I present "Exploding Star"  60" x 60".  
(Photo is a little dark as it was almost midnight when I took the photo)

 and the back of "Exploding Star"

I am so very proud of this quilt.  I am so excited I was able to design something that worked.  A few tweaks along the way, but that is an important part of the design process.

My boys inform me this is my best quilt yet - but they are also fairly sure they will not be permitted to use it.

So this is OPAM # 2 for May and entry 2 for Roma Show.

See you again soon.
Debra ~ Outback Crafter

Sunday, May 21, 2017

May Makings

 To begin May makings we have to go back to October 2016.  Everyone close your eyes and go back a few months..... a few more... yep, that's it... October 2016.

Roma Patchwork & Crafters Inc hosted a Mystery Quilt Workshop with Sue Pukallus from Bymount Qld.  The lovely Janeene of Fabric Patch to come to Roma with a Pop up shop.  We were going to be spoilt and we had no idea what we were going to make.

 Janeene's shop was full of many treasures and yummy fabrics.
 My workshop fabrics were shopped from my stash.  12 fabrics and a background.
 We got to work.  Busy Bees were we.
 My quilt in progress
 As the quilt tops came together they were varied and all so beautiful.

Gaye's autumn tones.
 Proof I was actually there, obviously someone else had a camera.

Liz's bright bandanna quilt.
 Leanne's pastel beauty.
 Gayle's black and yellow striking quilt.
 Kim's black, white & red. Wow.
 Sue's (our lovely tutor) pastels.
 Olivia's modern brights.
 Kelly's autumn
 All of us together with our quilt.
In usual Debra fashion, I cam home from the workshop, showed the family my quilt and popped it in the sewing room to finish later.

Later finally came on the 5th May.  I had two looming deadlines and needed to finish the quilt.

Onto O-me for some quilting.
 After dealing with some bobbin issues, I realised a simple arrow on my bobbin case might solve the backwards threading issue in the future.  (fingers crossed)
 and back to O-me. Once I dealt with the bobbin issues, it was quite an easy sew thankfully.
 Deadline one "THE ROMA SHOW" was not overly far away, so a finish was needed.
Deadline two had passed in October, but this baby was going to be gifted as a very belated 40th birthday gift after the show.... So onto binding.  Thanks to some late night dramas, binding was completed in record time.

Front "Red, Red Ribbons"
 And the custom made backing from the left over fabrics.  
(I promise they are the same colour, just a trick of the light).
So it was finished with 3 days to spare, leaving time to finish a second entry for the show.

OPAM 1 for May complete. 

Yes I am deadline motivated.  
No I did not get to bed before midnight for a week. :)

Thanks to the always attentive Chooky.  I have found the original pattern "Ribbon Boxes"

See you again soon.
Debra ~ Outback Crafter

Quilt Connect Brisbane

The end of April saw Queensland Quilters Inc host "Quilt Connect" an exhibit of quilts from affilliated quilt groups across Queensland.
Roma Patchwork & Crafters Inc were one of the groups who exhibited.
 Each group sent 5 quilts for display.  Once of the quilts was mine.  It was great to see them displayed in a State Wide Quilt Show.
 I had the opportunity to meet the President & Vice-President of Queensland Quilters. These ladies work really hard to promote quilting in Queensland and their idea of a state wide quilt show was amazing.
 There were some wonderful quilts on display.  This stained glass window was my favourite quilt.
"Rose Window" by Chris Gordon. (Quilt details below).

 These quilt was made entirely from 1/2 inch hexagons.  It is amazing.  It is approximately queens size. (Quilt info and close ups below).

  Close up of hexagons with my hand to show size.

Some of the fabrics were cute, others were quirky but there were so many different designs.
 I love the little man with the thimble hat.
Queensland Quilters have shared a post of all the exhibit quilts here.  Go and check it out, they are fantastic, varied and not all "perfect quilts".

Until next time.
Debra ~ Outback Crafter
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