Phew.....I found my camera card reader......in my handbag, so am very pleased that I don't have to buy another one. Last year at AQC I never got a chance to have a look at the quilts, so this year I promised myself that I would. Saturday morning I arrived a little earlier and went for a wander around the quilts. It is not like the Victorian Quilters Quilt Showcase where there are lots of different catergories with quilts judged and prizes awarded. Instead there were 'sub-shows' (for want of a better word).
The first was 'Living Colour! A travelling textile art exhibition'.
Curated by Brenda Gael Smith, these banner-format works made their debut at AQC. They were spectacular, and several of them stopped me in my tracks in awe of the work and design....something that I could never do myself. I have respected the request for no photographs for public use, but if you would like to read about where you can see the quilts check out the website here.
The next, the challenge theme for this year's AQC 10th Anniversary. The theme was 'Ten' and the finalists selected provided a varied display of the makers own interpretation. The winner was Alison Withers with her quilt called '10 together equals teamwork'.
Alison comes from Warrnambool and was featured in the Warrnambool Standard early in the week. Congratulations Alison!
The next was the 'Best of the Best' which is an annual AQC exhibition. It is a favourite as it gives viewers the chance to see the best quilts from all annual state quilt guild shows around Australia on show together. I have seen many of these quilts in magazines and on websites but it is so much better to see the quilts in person.....sometimes photos just don't do them justice (which is evident from my photos!). I could not pass this hexagon quilt by without taking some photos. Made by Lesley Fry, Western Australia.
My photo doesn't do it justice....
check out the fussy cutting......cutting the horse fabric up and restitching it back together as horses again.....amazing!
Jenny Bowker, winner of the 2013 Rajah award had a display of her wonderful quilts. Jenny is well known to quilters around the world and is a much-sought after teacher. It was a thrill to see her work .....but I realised that I didn't take any photos of them. Jenny has local connections as the Aunt of Matthew Bowker who owns Kangaroobie at Princetown. I remember years ago talking to Matt and asking him if Jenny was his Auntie....his reply was yes I think she sews and makes quilts.....lol!
Then there was a celebration of Ten Years of AQC with past quilts on display. Check out this quilt....one of my favourites on display.
There was also the 'Best of Australia' Competition which comprised the Best of Show quilts from every state. They were judged by an independent trio of experts and their decision was announced at the AQC Gala Dinner on the Saturday night. It was great to see Helen Stubbings' quilt 'Cornelian' as it won the Tasmania Best of Show.
It would have been extremely difficult to judge a winner as the range of work included traditional and contemporary, with each quilt magnificent. But the winner was this beauty by Janet Treen from New South Wales
and a close up photo.
and the description
I hope you have enjoyed my small look at some of the quilts on display this year. I can't wait to see what next year will bring.