Tuesday, 28 April 2015

AQC 2015

The Australian Quilt Convention is over for another year and as usual it was an exciting event with classes, shops and quilts on display.

On Sunday I was a quilt angel for Lisa Walton, that means that I help her with setting up her room or getting supplies or tea or coffee or cleaning up afterwards. She was teaching a painting class so there was plenty of cleaning up to be done.

We had a two hour lunch break so I spent much of that time catching up with friends and looking at the fabulous quilt display.

The Best of Australia prize went to Linda White for her quilt Elenor Jean.

Linda White with her quilt Elenor Jean
This quilt was made with 22,500 quarter inch hexagons! Quite incredible really and the design stands out because of her very clever colour choices.

Detail of Linda White's quilt
Every Year AQC runs a challenge and this year's theme was True Blue, there was such a vast array of wonderful quilts exploring this theme. Here are some of my favourites.

True Blue Mates by Yvonne Chapman
True Blue Mates detail
Splendid Love by Bernadine Hine
True Blue Raider of my Stash by Naomi Hynes
Beginning True by Sue de Vanny
There was a modern Quilt display and a quilt depicting Audrey Hepburn caught my eye. Up close you couldn't quite make it out.
Audrey detail
But when you moved back you could clearly see the portrait of Audrey Hepburn.

Audrey by Andi Herman, quilted by Kylie Cannon

There was great interest in the Gallipoli quilt which was a 12 metre long work divided into panels by a young quilter, Lucy Carroll. Lucy did a floor talk every day about her wonderful work and it was quite emotional. Here is a photo of her getting ready for her talk.

Lucy Carroll
I can't remember how many panels were in the display but here are some photos of two of them.

The Gallipoli Quilt by Lucy Carroll

The Gallipoli Quilt by Lucy Carroll
There was another quilt on display that I enjoyed called Priscilla, I thought it was a fun quilt but very well done.
Priscilla by Bronwyn Hill
I took a lot more photos than this but of course I can't show all of them.

I always enjoy AQC and as usual it did not disappoint. I feel so lucky that it is held in Melbourne and so I can go every year but quilters come from all over Australia to be there.

Bye for now,


Gina E. said...

Thanks for posting your photos of the convention, Linda - I have been hoping somebody would, as I didn't make it this year (again, sigh...) due to events beyond my control.

Linda Steele said...

It's always such a good quilt show, Gina, maybe next year!

Lorraine said...

Absolute stunning array - thank you for sharing.

Linda Steele said...

There were so many beautiful quilts this year, Lorraine

crazyQstitcher said...

How on earth was it possible to choose between these fabulous quilts. Pity a first prize wasn't available for each one.

Linda Steele said...

There were so many beautiful quilts on display this year, I think it may have been the best year ever.