Garden Festival 1, 2 and 3

Garden Festival 1During the Quilter’s Guild of South Australia Festival of Quilts Exhibition I was rostered to do some demonstrating. I usually do hand quilting but this year decided to do something different … I decided that I would try demonstrating how I go about designing quilts.

I was sabotaged by people wanting information about the program I was using, so the words Electric Quilt Company crossed my lips a few times, and a lot of friends wandered past so a lot of the chat was about anything but designing quilts.

Garden Festival 2

On the last day it was a little quieter, and those who were there were concentrating on seeing all the things they wanted too before the exhibition and craft fair closed for the year, so I spent some time just playing, exactly like I do at home. I selected some blocks, found some fabrics, and started with a simple straight setting.

I had to modify a few of the blocks because Jenny, who was working alongside me, noticed that things didn’t quite balance up, but by the end of the day I was happy with the results. Mind you, she thought there was too much quilting space, and I ignored that … I don’t always do as I am told, even by somebody as wise as Jenny.

Garden Festival 3

Mind you, I have no idea how I would do the applique on that border with the

 curly fence, which I drafted while trying out the swash tool!

(The only other time I have used that tool was to create an alphabet … it was a lot of fun so must do it again!)

Here is a closer look at the block … those curly bits would be painstaking to cut out and fuse … but then one sewing machine company has released a scanner that cuts out shapes  … wonder when we will be able to plug it into a computer and do away with the printing and scanning steps!

Festival Fencing

Perhaps I will have to wait for technology to catch up!

About Virtual Quilter

I am a quilter who designs many more quilts than I will ever make, and I am sharing one quilt design every day in Virtual Quilter. I also share my completed projects in Stuff-Ups, and Christmas decorations in Christmas Everyday of the Year.
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4 Responses to Garden Festival 1, 2 and 3

  1. That is one intricate border! When I am released from prison (also known as my current job), I want to play with EQ’s applique tools!


  2. Marie says:

    Wow! My first thoughts are they are lovely. The work to make them all, well, that’s another story. And the beautiful borders with the curly fence? Yes, well, now I know why applique is not very high on my favourite list. I’m glad you enjoyed the Exhibition Judy


    • Marie,

      Thank you. I think I will leave them as virtual quilts, though the simple pieced blocks separating the complex applique blocks is an idea I will use again. The exhibition was great … both the quilts and seeing all the quilters.

      Judy B


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