Wednesday, 11 April 2018

AQC 2018

AQC (Australasian Quilt Convention) is over for another year. It was very successful with crowd numbers up and many saying that the quilt displays were the best ever.

It started with a cocktail party which was a great way to have fun after a tiring day of setting up the quilts. Here I am meeting up with friends at the cocktail party.

Cocktail party

The winner of the Borders and Bridges challenge was announced and it was won by my friend
 Sue de Vanny with her quilt Bordering Extinction.

Bordering Extinction by Sue de Vanny
Here is a detail photo, she gets such realistic and amazing detail in her work.

Bordering Extinction detail

I had another friend in the competition with her beautiful machine quilting.

West meets East by Linda Crouch
I also met Shirley Drayton and she allowed me to take her photo

Echuca Moama Road Rail Bridge by Shirley Drayton

I loved putting faces to names at the show.

Another quilt that I liked was by Marie Mitchell.

Bridge to Extinction by Marie Mitchell

There were so many wonderful quilts in the challenge and they were so different, luckily they will be travelling around Australia to all the quilt shows so they can be seen by many people.

At the entrance to the quilt show was the Cherrywood Challenge 2017, they had so many entries for the Van Gogh challenge that they divided them up into 3 different exhibitions, we had the Dutch display. Cherrywood fabrics are an American company that sell hand dyed fabrics and they seem so saturated and rich.

Cherrywood Van Gogh exhibition

I took photos of many of the quilts but I noticed a crazy patchwork one and so chose that one to show.

Tori Trevino
I decided to buy the book which has all three exhibitions in it.

I liked the book because it had close up details of all the quilts as well.

Inside the Van Gogh book

On Friday I spent the day in the classroom being a class helper for Denise Griffiths who was teaching a three day flower class.

Waratah by Denise Griffiths

I didn't go to the Gala Dinner but my friend Sugy Kim won Best of Australia with Colourful Retina.

Colourful Retina by Sugy Kim

It was a very busy show for me especially seeing it was my first as the coordinator. It all went really well and I enjoyed catching up with friends from all over Australia. I spent a lot of time talking and meeting people as well as having meetings with sponsors so I didn't buy as much as I was planning to but I really wanted some Magnifico thread by Superior and so I bought a few colours. Hopefully they will work well in my machine.

AQC purchases
I took lots of photos and there was a good mix of art and traditional quilts but they will have to wait for the next post.

Bye for now,


jude's page said...

Thanks for the report and photos. A quilt show is always good to catch up with people and see some amazing work. I am looking forward to seeing what is on display at Paducah next week.

jude's page said...

I just found out that there is a Cherrywood Van Gogh exhibition in Paducah as well, so will be looking out for that.

Linda Steele said...

You are so lucky to be going to Paducah Jude, I look forward to reading all about it.

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