Applique quilts are always represented well and I admire those who take the time to complete such beautiful quilts. DIANNE GILES won FIRST PRIZE in the category, Predominantly Applique Amateur, for her quilt "MY SPECIAL GARDEN". Her design source was Becky Goldsmith of Piece of Cake Designs fame and Dianne quilted it all herself.
Now applique is quite detailed and takes some time to do compared to many other designs, so please take note of Dianne's description about her quilt. Dianne said "I wanted something simple for my first applique quilt. Aunt Millie's Garden by Piece of Cake Designs fitted the bill. I adapted some motifs and made the borders larger - I like it". Well? Three things to take note: this is her first applique quilt; she wanted something simple; she likes it herself. What do you think?
PIP PORTER won 2nd Prize in the same category for her quilt "A MAGICAL MYSTERY FLOWER GARDEN". Pip quilted it herself and said that Kim McLean was her design source.
Pip described her quilt as "the combination of organic curves and gorgeous Kaffe Fassett fabrics and found making the quilt most enjoyable". Pip, we found viewing it most enjoyable too.
I am always drawn to the Art to Wear section at every show, but many on display you would just never wear yourself. The display in Adelaide was the opposite - nearly all were VERY wearable.
WATER was the theme for the Art to Wear display this year. FRANCIE MEWETT won FIRST PRIZE for her jacket "MY RIVER MURRAY POND".
Francie said her jacket is made as a circle to represent My Murray Cod River Pond and she used threads, unravelled silks plus wool tops trapped between bridal veiling, then stitched all layers together.
It was for sale for $450.00
BARBARA MULLAN won 2nd Prize in the Art To Wear Open for her "SEA-BIRD KIMONO".
This is her own original design and Barbara said "the Japanese sea-bird motif was the inspiration for the fabric painted, silk outer layer which has been layered and quilted using thread, cord and beads. Fabric paint on silk outer fabric using a masking technique. Three layers including silk top, wadding and lining of polyester quilted together with running and couching stitches".
PENNY HENSCHKE made a beautiful gown she called "WATERFALL". It was covered in numerous teardrop shapes, dripping down on each side of the frothy petticoat embellished with vintage lace. (scrumptious) The beads on the bodice imitate the sunshine glinting on the water. All the elements of a waterfall.
I most certainly thank these ladies for emailing me granting permission to share their talents with you.
NEXT, I WILL RETURN TO IMAGES FROM MY VISIT TO THE INTERNATIONAL QUILT MARKET AND FESTIVAL, HOUSTON, USA.