Tuesday, 26 April 2016

AQC 2016 Part 2

I really enjoyed my day at AQC (Australasian Quilt Convention) this year. I caught up with many quilting friends from all over Australia as well as morning tea with an online friend from the Southern Cross Crazies (hello Claire), I spoke about my quilt in Brenda Gael Smith's presentation of the A matter of Time exhibition, I bought some quilting supplies and I did white glove duty in the afternoon. It was a long day but so much fun.

AQC always have a challenge and this years theme was Tradition with a Twist. As usual all the entries were so diverse, here are some of them.

A Happy Place by Alison Withers won first prize. She had included many traditional blocks in her quilt.

A Happy Place by Alison Withers
Second prize went to Twist'n Time by Christine Dowell.

Twist'n Time by Christine Dowell

Blue Willow by Jennifer Horsfield

Carousel by Yvonne Chapman

Twisting Time by Sue de Vanny

Wedding Wonder by Deb Layt
There were so many wonderful entries, it must have been so hard to pick a winner.

I always appreciate other people's work a bit more when I have tried something myself. I have recently embroidered a nest and was interested to see two quilts with nests in them.

Nest by Julie Haddrick

Nest by Cait Gordon
I loved a quilt from a South Australian quilter Adriana Newton that featured a snowy scene. My photo does not do it justice; it was incredible and quite vibrant.

Snow in Shinjuku by Adriana Newton
The Best of Show from South Australia was by Lisa Maree Davis.

Meeting Michele by Lisa Maree Davis
Pamela Brockwell from Canberra quilters won Best of Australia with her quilt Canzonne Rosso that she made from a Sharon Schamber pattern.

Canzonne Rosso by Pamela Brockwell

Canzonne Rosso detail
I was impressed by this large peacock quilt by Katherine Jones.

Peacock by Katherine Jones

I think my favourite quilt was by Cat Larrea from Alaska.

Clam Chowder part 1 by Cat Larrea
It will be hard to see from the photo why this is my favourite. It was made with little rectangles of fabric that looked like paint brushstrokes, this gave it a water colour effect. I wasn't the only one who liked it though, I was talking to a friend from the Design and Composition course I did a few years ago and she showed me a photo of her favourite quilt and lo and behold it was the same one that I liked. If I ever get some spare time I would like to try this technique.

The talk of the quilt show at AQC was Stevie by Susan Carlson; he was massive and measured 20 foot wide. If you click on Susan's name it will take you to her website where she has lots of progress shots of making this huge quilt.

Stevie detail

Stevie by Susan Carlson
I can't help but notice that most of the photos that I take are art quilts; they are the ones that seem to interest me the most but there were many beautiful traditional quilts as well.

Bye for now,


crazynewbie said...

Hi Linda. It was so nice to meet you for morning tea. And again, it was a wonderful AQC exhibition. Like you, I'd hate to be judging the quilts on show. So many fabulous entries. Lots of inspiration and of course, a chance to stock up on more resources. Aren't we lucky to have such a great hobby?

Linda Steele said...

Hello again Claire, I did enjoy meeting you. We must do it again sometime.

Gina E. said...

Thanks for posting these photos, Linda - funny how you think you've seen all the quilts on show, then you discover on somebody's blog that you didn't see them all after all! For a few years I wasn't interested in art quilts, they just didn't seem to be 'quilts' to this old fashioned gal ;-) but I have learned to appreciate them and the work that goes into them. That Peacock just blew me away! I LOVE peacocks :-)

Linda Steele said...

I know what you mean Gina. I can walk up and down the aisle doing white glove duty and then suddenly see a quilt that I hadn't noticed before. It was good to see you at AQC even though it was briefly.