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Alcohol Ink

I’m taking a quilt sabbatical until the end of January.  Time to get a few other projects finished up and/or worked on.

Here are some alcohol ink pieces I’ve made the last couple days.  I’m really enjoying the ones on tile using the heat gun.  Mr. W and I are trying to figure out how to resin them next.

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I was convinced to join the Canberra quilt guild this year.  One of the benefits of joining this guild is that you can put quilts in their show and into their sales room.  I put 6 quilts into the show.  And won a 3rd place in the open (professional and amateur) category!  My winner was “Under the Bridge”.

I’m quite pleased with winning in that category as one of the big name Australia and International quilters won first place in the category.  The best thing about the Canberra quilt show is the way they hang their quilts.  Gorgeous.  These members know how to hang a show.

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Our double wedding ring quilt probably received the most attention and chatter.  Mr. W stood back and eavesdropped on a couple conversations.  A couple older ducks were ‘clucking’ about some of the embroidered comments and images.  That makes me chuckle…I like the idea of making a bit of a controversial quilt.

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Next step is to do a crochet edge.  I bought yarn last week at The Mulberry Tree in Milton.  My plan is to do a hand blanket stitch and then crochet into that stitch.  Thanks to my quilt peeps on Ravelry for the help figuring out how to do it.  I’m hoping that the blanket stitch covers the overlocked edge.  If not, I’ll have to cut it off before doing the blanket stitch.

Time for a restorative yoga class.  I’ve been looking forward to it all week!

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Slide shows of the quilts on display at the Milton quilt show in Ulladulla NSW, Australia.  There were just over 90 quilts on display.

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Our local quilt show is this coming weekend and I have nine quilts in it.  Yes.  Nine.  I submitted four with completed paperwork and photos.  I also gave the committee chair 5 additional quilts that fit the criteria and could be used if needed.  Typically the show has 100-120 quilts in it.  By the deadline, only 30 odd quilts had been submitted.  The call went out and we now have a suitable amount of quilts so it should be a great show.

The quilt group (Milton Quilters) tends to be a ‘front’ for charity work and eating.  Every other year, we do a raffle quilt (and quilt show) with proceeds going to the local hospital auxiliary.  The quilt we made this year is stunning.  All of the flowers were hand appliqued with the tiniest of button hole stitching.   The gorgeous quilting was done by member Robyn Kelly.

We also do a ton of craft items for the “crafty ladies” stall.   These items aren’t your typical craft show crap…we have some HIGH END crap that we have made!  Last week five of us spent 4+ hours pricing and marking the donations.

All this said, if you are in the Ulladulla area, be sure and stop by the Library/Civic Center between 10 and 4 on Saturday and Sunday, June 9 & 10.  $5 admission.  You won’t be disappointed.

And, if you AREN’T in the Ulladulla area, I’ll be sure to take pictures and do a blog post of the lovely quilts on display.

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