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Wednesday, September 19, 2012

A visit to the Quilt Exhibition with friends

A return visit to our exhibition “Inspire” (without the crowds of Opening Night) made viewing a pleasure, as did the company of friends Dot and Kathryn.  Dot stitched her first quilt several years ago and carried it with her to UK where it had pride of place on the bed of their narrow boat while Dot and her husband explored canals for several years.  Kathryn hasn’t yet made a quilt, but has been the recipient of several quilty items stitched by myself.  So they both know that quilt making is a labour of love and that colours and designs are a very personal choice.  

We all agreed that “Autumn’s Arrival” was a fabulous quilt, especially when I explained how fiddly the pointy piecing is to do.  Anne’s quilt  took the prize for “Best use of Colour”.

DSCF2799 Kathryn and Dot admiring “Autumn’s Arrival”,  by Anne Cate

“Robyn’s Restless Ramblings” is the name of this quilt by Joanne Rothbaum.  The Trip around the World design is particularly apt as Joanne made the quilt for her friend Robyn’s 40th birthday  to celebrate her friend’s many years of overseas travel.  Joanne won a Merit Award for her quilt.

DSCF2801 “Robyn’s Restless Ramblings”, by Joanne Rothbaum

The fabric’s used in Adele’s quilt reminded her of the times she stayed over at her Great Aunty May’s house.  She called her soft and pretty quilt “Memories of May”. 

DSCF2803 “Memories of May”, by Adele Nicholson

Heather Harding has set herself a challenge to use up her collection of men’s op shop shirts to see how many quilt tops she can produce and to show that it is OK to use recycled fabrics.  This beautiful quilt is number 13 in the series and won the prize for “Best Traditional Wall Quilt”.  It also took my vote for Viewers Choice.

DSCF2805 “Shirt-tail Series No 13”, by Heather Harding

The picture on a Christmas card inspired Jenni Farr to produce her version in fabric, just like lead glass windows in church.  She has named her quilt “Noel”.

DSCF2762“Noel”, by Jenni Farr

These are just a few of the quilts my friends and I admired on our visit.  Watch this space for more lovely quilts to follow shortly.

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