LONG FONG (Chinese Dragon and Phoenix)
by Ming Hsu
Closeups will show the brilliance of her quilting.
Ming Hsu said "Since I became a quilter in Australia in 2006, I wanted to make a quilt reflecting my Taiwanese-Chinese culture. I was inspired by Chinese symbolism for wealth, good luck and prosperity, the Imperial Dragon (Long) and the Phoenix (Fong).
During the show I didn't have much time to take many photos but I always do try to snap any quilts that may be of interest to students of my Online Classes, so captured a wonderful quilt by Margaret McDonald & Susan Campbell called 'Fantasia' which was described as being "inspired by traditional fan quilts that offer so many layout possibilities". Thought you may like to see too.
In our Online Classes we use several variations of the ever-popular traditional block called 'Drunkard's Path' and this is one such variation whereby we dissect the 'pie section' but this one is then pieced in the arc using several different fabrics. I know my students appreciate the inspiration of other quilter's ideas.
Another kind customer allowed me to take a few snaps of her beautiful skirt (which she didn't make) for you to see as it uses Yo-Yos as the feature. Clover's Yo-Yos are still some of our biggest sellers and I'd say the Small Size was used for this skirt. The ankle-length skirt was like a tiered skirt with patchworked fabrics separated by rows of yo-yos sewn over another fabric so as not see-through.
Remember that the Craft & Quilt Fair will visit Melbourne in July and I have FOUR FREE entry tickets to give away for FOUR lucky customers who place an order online for collection at the Show. Just another reminder that there is NO late night at the Show this year, every day closes at 5.00pm.
Don't forget to read my latest column of 'NIFTY NOTIONS' on 'how to care for your rotary cutter' in June Newsletter of Into Craft - www.intocraft.com.au Next, I'll be talking about 'how to care for your cutting mat' and you may be quite surprised.
I am having so many people email me or at the shows saying how much they enjoy my educational editorials in this newsletter and that they love our new idea of demonstrating on the INTO CRAFT stand at the shows. THANK YOU, it is appreciated and I welcome your input with Q&A too.