Tuesday 21 December 2021

AQIPP 2021 Opening Night

 I went to the Opening Night for AQIPP, which stands for Australian Quilts in Public Places. It had been postponed because of Covid restrictions, but it was finally allowed to go ahead, although some people were not there because they were still hesitant to gather in public groups.

Here I am with my quilt, I was thrilled because I won the Curators Prize and two speakers spoke at length about my quilt in the speeches. You can read an earlier post about my quilt called Melbourne Malaise here

They produced a beautiful hardback catalogue of all the quilts.

Inside was a picture of every quilt, a detail photo and an artist statement.

My friend Linda was there and I took a photo of her with her beautiful quilt called The Doors of Old Lyon. It's a shame that they displayed some quilts on top of each other, my friend's quilt is the one at the top.

As usual with Opening nights, you spend a lot of time catching up with people you know and don't get a good look at all the work. They have extended the exhibition time and it will open again next January, so I can go back and have a good look at all the quilts then.

I did get a photo of the winning quilt by Judy Hooworth, it was called Down by the Creek, #8.

Down by the Creek #8 by Judy Hooworth.

Yesterday, I drove three hours to the Kyabram Town Hall Gallery to help take down the One Step Further Exhibition. I was seeing it for the first time because of Covid restrictions and then I was busy with the Vic Quilters Virtual Quilt Show.

I took some quick photos. My quilt was called Hanging by Threads.

The winning quilt was by Sandra Champion, called Summer Inferno #4.

Summer Inferno #4 by Sandra Champion

The Runner Up prize went to Sue Reid for Abandonment #4.

Abandonment #4 by Sue Reid.

Now Christmas is upon us and we can hope for some lovely summer weather and some rest. Everyone is feeling quite exhausted by the stress of another Covid year. Now, we don't even try and imagine what next year will hold, even though we are 93% vaccinated.

Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays everyone. xx

Bye for now,


Tuesday 7 December 2021

Victorian Quilters Showcase 2021

 The awards for the Victorian Quilters Showcase were announced via Zoom this morning.  After three date changes from July this year and many emails, meetings and phone calls we had a virtual show instead of an in-person show. I was lucky enough to win four prizes.

I won Highly Commended in Pictorial and Excellence in Embroidery and Embellishment for The Great Barrier Reef.

The Great Barrier Reef 

This quilt was a little different to my other Coral Reef quilts, because I used all my own hand-dyed and hand painted fabrics, lots of machine thread-painting too.

Here are some detail photos.

I also won two prizes for my Connections quilt. I received first place in Contemporary/Innovative quilts and Best use of Colour.


The quilts were of a particularly high standard this year, so I was absolutely thrilled to receive some prizes. All the quilts and the prize winners will be up on the Victorian Quilters Website in the next couple of days.

Hopefully, we will be back to an in-person show next year, but there are no guarantees!

I am also relieved because I was contacted to say that I was a close contact with Covid and I had to have a Covid test yesterday, today I received a negative result, such a relief! I can relax now.

Bye for now,