Yesterday we headed off before dawn to the Australasian Quilt Convention, held at the Royal Exhibition Building in Melbourne. Above is a photo of the fountain that greets you out the front. This is a beautiful building and before I start with the quilts, I just have to show a couple of pics of the inside.
It is a huge venue with a central dome and several levels. The restoration that has been done is stunning, returning this building to its former glory. Unfortunately, my photos do not do it justice but I just had to share with you.
I was so excited to see this quilt. This is called Dancing Dollies and is a reproduction of the Original Dancing Dollies quilt, of which Swan Lake is adapted from. This quilt was made by Irene Carrig and was in the Best of the Best section from the Quilters Guild of South Australia.
I loved this quilt! It was made by Naomi Miyake and is called Happy Magic. The quilter made this quilt out of scraps left over from other projects and the quilt won the Bernina Best of Show in 2009 at the Canberra Quilt Exhibition.
This quilt is for all the hexagon addicted girls out there. There are 16,000 tiny little hexagons in this quilt. This quilt was made by Margaret Goldman and is called Sweet Dreams. This quilt was also in the Best of the Best section from the Quilters guild of NSW.
This quilt was beautiful too - the photo doesn't do it justice. I think it shows off the centre fabric beautifully.
This quilt was made by Helen Collins, a local girl who I have the pleasure of knowing and makes the most wonderful quilts. Those of you who attend the Melbourne Show each year may recognise her name and would certainly recognise her quilts. She has won several awards over the years. This quilt is called Wickersham and was made in a class at Patchwork on Stonleigh, my local quilt shop.
This is another applique quilt but unfortunately I didn't get any details of it. It was absolutely stunning though.
I have to apologise for the quality of the first photo above, but I wanted to show you this one. It is a whole cloth quilt and the pattern is done entirely by quilting in different coloured threads. The quilt was made by Jo Northcott and is called Midnight Mariners. This was also in the Best of the Best Section by the West Australian Quilters Association.
I have heaps more photos of quilts and purchases to show but I think this is enough for today. I think this is the most photos I have ever uploaded since blogging!
My Klosjes report is going to be late this week, on account as I have only made one so far. I had better spend the afternoon stitching!!!!