The time is coming when the exhibition pack will be released for the Annual Members Exhibition, held in August 2014 as part of the Craft and Quilt Fair. You will have until 20 June to submit an entry form. Entries are delivered on 9 August.
Every year Canberra Quilters has two challenge categories at the exhibition. For 2014 the theme is ‘Opposites’. Members can choose to respond to the theme anyway they like in their quilt or creative clothing item:
- Quilt – measuring 70cm x 50cm, portrait or landscape orientation
- Garment or accessory
There are many opposites in the world. You may want to choose opposites on the colour wheel- red/ green, blue/orange, yellow purple. Or go with black and white. You could have symbols like positive (+) and negative (-), Yin/ Yang, Male/ Female (♂ ♀). You represent fast and slow in some way or stop and go. Using just stitch you could create rough and smooth. There are many possibilities for you to consider. You have time to make a quilt don’t you?
Queries to Exhibition Secretary; Elizabeth Rose
The Art Quilters monthly meeting is this Saturday from 1-4pm in the CQ room.
This will be the first meeting where you bring the piece of fabric you are working on for the challenge, so this piece will have been coloured in some way by you … bleached, painted, rusted, shibori, dyed etc.
Wilma will be there to lead the meeting. Refer to the post on 17 February for details of the challenge.
This an image from the Art quilters meeting on 8 Feb. It is one of the challenge responses to use the pink floral fabric. It is by Robyn McPherson and is titled January Blooms. Robyn has used 10 layers of organza with the challenge fabric on top plus three layers of Tyvek, quilted then zapped with a heat gun. The resulting piece was attached to a green background. Final measurement is 14” X 28”.
The new challenge
We will be doing a four month project taking a piece of fabric and working up from the background in four steps:
- Colour: you can start by dyeing, bleaching, shibori, batik, rusting, etc.
- Marking: next level will be stamping, free-hand painting, stencilling, etc.
- Applique: this could be regular applique, reverse applique, adding sheers, etc
- Embellishment: this could include machine or hand embroidery, or beading, etc.
We decided you can make your piece any size you would like. Each month you can bring your project to the meetings to Show&Tell and we can help if anyone is stuck with what to do with the next layer. If this project goes well, we may repeat it but at each layer, hand the piece on to someone else, eventually to return to its owner.
Next Meeting is 8 March from 1pm.