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Saturday, May 1, 2010

Australasian Quilt Convention


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!!!!

Sue-Anne xxx

33 comments:

Karen said...

Oh, some beauties for sure! I like the blue & white toile quilt very much. The "Happy Magic" quilt is unusual and I can understand why you like it.

Adele said...

Hello Sue Anne

The quilt that you don't have much info on is called the Mary Mannakee quilt and the orginal has no batting just the backing and then handquilted. I bought the pattern off ebay a couple of years ago and is my "maybe one day quilt"

I did the Wickersham Quilt with Susan before I left for Brissy and its put together and marked ready for the handquilting when it gets cooler.

Hope you had fun and bought heaps.

Adele xx

Karen said...

Beautiful quilts Sue-Anne! Happy Magic is a fun one and I love the Dancing Dollies. Beautiful photos of the exhibition building. My klosjes report is going to be late also. I did make about 6 or 7, but have yet to take a picture. It is after midnight here and I'm trying to catch up on blogs.

jean said...

Wonderful quilts Sue-Anne thanks for sharing especially for those of us not lucky enough to get to Melbourne. I really love the quilt made by Helen.
The dancing Dollies is also lovely, there have been quite a few versions made of this quilt.

gerda said...

Wonderfull!!! as well the bulding as the quilts...
the dancing dollies and the hexagons..and...and..they are ALL B*E*A*U*T*I*F*U*L*L*!!!!!!
have a nice day

Marieke said...

Beautiful quilts, beautiful building and it looks like you had a great time! Hope to see your klosjes soon.

Shirley said...

Hello Sue-Anne,
You haven't disappointed with what you have shown. There must be a wealth of ideas alone in that beautiful building for quilts. I love the hexagon quilt in particular but they are all amazing quilts. Can't wait to see more. Glad you got the hang of the new camera/phone.
Shirley.

Sue said...

Wonderful quilts, and a wonderful building by the looks of it. Hope you are going to show us more.

Michele said...

Wow. Just Wow. How I would love to have attended that show, in that venue! Thanks for sharing, and I can't wait to see more. Michele

Sweet Cinnamon Stitches said...

Thanks for sharing Sue-Anne....It's a treat to have a look at all those beautiful quilts...look forward to the next instalment!
Jane.

Cubby House Crafts said...

Loved the pics of inside...and all the quilts were gorgeous!
Lisa

Janet said...

Oh boy, I would have loved to be there. The Baltimore is by Kim McLean and the pattern is the Mary Mannakee that I'm doing.
I love the Dancing Dollies and the Japanese quilt too. They're all wonderful.

Kathie said...

beautiful quilts, oh love that Dancing Dollies quilt I have not ordered the pattern yet but now think I may just have to
thanks for sharing the picture of Kim Mcleans version of the Mary Mannakee quilt , I am working on that quilt now and was inspired to make it after seeing Kim's version.
you must have been in awe at the show, I love the Happy Magic quilt just makes me smile!
Kathie

Maree: said...

Thanks so much for sharing..the Venue looks Spectacular...I am working on DH to make the trip next year..
cheers

Mayleen said...

The quilts are just absolutely stunning and what a beautiful building. Everytime I see Dancing Dollies it just becomes more tempting to make it! Maybe a miniature version, someday. I seem to be hearing myself say, "someday", a lot lately!

Sandra Henderson said...

First of all, the building is FANTASTIC! Great job to those who preserved it! I love toile. The blue quilt with toile is especially appealing to me. I have not seen this fabric. Do you remember what the scene is? I see a ship and it appears flags.. so lovely. I have many toiles collected, I must make another quilt soon and this has given me ideas. Thank you for sharing. ALL are so lovely. Oh how wonderful that you were able to attend this show. I would just be walking around in a daze and in awe, so many talented women. Have a nice day!

Brandie said...

What a great show! Way better than our local shows. I need to save money to go to your shows. That building is beyond beautiful, Wow!

Lynn said...

Is the convention just a show or did you get to take classes too? The quilts you posted photos of are lovely - thank you.

Katrien said...

Thanks for sharing these lovely quilts.

deb said...

thank you for sharing those beautiful quilts..and that building! Makes me want to come back and visit again, I love it there!!!!

Daniƫlle said...

You're excused!! Better 1 klosje than no klosjes at all hihi! Thanks so much for all the lovely pictures!! I really enjoyed them! Happy sewing, Daniƫlle

dragonfly gypsy said...

Hi Sue-Anne, great post. Had to cancel going because of my knee so please keep showing photos of quilts and purchases so I can feel like I was still there. Regards Sharron

Miriam said...

I really love the Wickersham quilt! It is on my list of quilts to make. Thank you for sharing the photos.

ivoryspring said...

Sue Anne,

Beautiful quilts - thank you for sharing the pictures.

Thank you for visiting me back and leaving the kind comment. I hope you don't mind me adding you to my blogroll.

Bernadette said...

Thank you for all the gorgeous show and tell Sue-Anne as I couldn't get there this year. Especially Dancing Dollies!

*karendianne. said...

Oh my gosh that Dancing Dollies is a favorite if I had to pick one but they're all amazing. Wow! Thanks for sharing.

It's always so wonderful to see these quilts. Helps to keep a girl humble and quiet with her work!!! :)

ivoryspring said...

Sue-Anne,

I have added you to my blogroll! :0) The reason I am on "no-reply" is because my blog is run on wordpress and not blogger. I don't know away to get rid of the "no-reply"... :( Sorry about the inconvenience.

Barb said...

incredible show and tell!
Thank exhibit hall is gorgeous - the blue toile' is my favorite it is lovely! thanks for posting such wonderful stuff today

wendyj said...

Thanks for sharing those wonderful photos of the bulding, how breathtaking.
I love those hexagon quilts, I feel another row of my insanity quilt coming on after that inspiration. Thanks for sharing your wonderful pictures.
Wendyx

ivoryspring said...

Sue-Anne,

Sue did write me a long email detailing the steps to fix the no-reply setting...

Thanks for directing me to Sue! :)

Meanwhile, Happy Quilting.

Di said...

Hi Sue-Anne,
Fabulous blog... you did the building and the quilts proud. It was wonderful to meet you at AQC.Thanks so much for introducing yourself to me and to see your beautiful "Phebe"centre in the flesh was great.Well done!!
Kind Regards
Di

Hilda said...

Thanks so much for all those photos - so sorry I couldn't have gone to see them all :(

Anonymous said...

Do you know where I can buy the pattern for the Dancing Dollies? Not the one by FigTree, but the one shown in your blog. Thanks.
Cinda Thompson