Saturday, 7 April 2012

Westalee Reunion Quilt Runner-Up

During 2011 Westalee Design Rulers released a monthly series of 110 blocks to make their "Reunion Quilt".  Indeed, we held an Online Course for the entire year with 150 students participating.  The whole idea became so popular with many shops also running Monthly Classes for the quilt, so Westalee decided to have a competition for finished quilts to encourage students to complete their own quilt before 1st February 2012.
Congratulations to Merriyen from NSW who was the winner and to two Runner-ups (because they couldn't split them) Colleen from WA and Helen from NSW who was one of my Online Students.  YEAH!  We are so proud of Helen and she has kindly loaned me her quilt (pictured here) for display on my Show Stands to encourage my customers to consider joining our 2012 Westalee Online Class and make one for themselves!

It only costs $30.00 for the entire year, though I know you will purchase some Westalee products along the way! The bonus is that you also learn so much more about patchwork in general and the friendliness of the Yahoo Group is simply incredible.  What a great bunch of patchworkers!

Talent seems to run in the family because Helen's daughter Suzanne, who also did the Westalee Online Course, was selected as one of the students who entered a competition for Stage 5 Textile Students across Australia.  Two entries per school and Suzanne's quilt was selected to tour the Craft and Sewing Shows around Australia this year being a finalist along with HSC garments from Stage 6 Textile Students.  Suzanne attends Caroline Chisholm College in Sydney.

The requirement was a quilt 40cm x 40cm titled "Self Portrait" using no more than 5 criteria.  "Mum" said "we took a photo of Suzanne and put it through 5D Portrait Stitch software by Husqvarna. She then edited out some of the thread choices. After it was stitched out Suzanne used Foundation piecing to frame the portrait."  Well done Suzanne!

I thought you may like to see the brilliance of some Textile Students in NSW who were selected for the Texstyle Display at the Craft and Sewing Show at Rosehill Racecourse, Sydney, in March.
Texstyle is the display of some of the outstanding Major Textile Projects done, in Textiles and Design, by students from across NSW as part of the HSC.  "Inspire  Innovate  Create" is their motto and I'm sure you'll agree, these works are every part of that!  Students were able to choose from five focus areas: apparel, costume, textile arts, furnishings or non-apparel.

Olivia Duffin from Gorokan High School chose "Apparel" as her focus area.
Yu Yan Luk from Hornsby High School chose Textile Arts as her focus area and I admired the beautiful corsage on the shoulder.

Of course, the pleating in the bodice captured my attention!  Lauren Black from Cheltenham Girls High School chose her focus area as "Costume".
Holly Walters from St. Mary's Senior High School chose "Costume" as her focus area and I marvelled at the detail in the skirt and the shoulder feature.

Natalie Yeung from Sydney Girls High School chose "Costume" as her focus area.
CONGRATULATIONS to all students who were chosen to have their incredible work on display, space does not permit me to show them all.  (I hope I matched the correct names with each Garment shown!)
I also thank the convenors for allowing me to take photographs and for permission to share the TEXSTYLE DISPLAY with you.

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