Tuesday, 2 August 2022

Victorian Quilters Showcase 2022

 At the end of July we had the Victorian Quilters Showcase and it was very successful. After being cancelled in 2020 and a virtual show in 2021, everyone loved having a normal show again this year. As usual it was held at the  Exhibition and Convention Centre in the city and it was very well attended. We weren't sure whether people would come or not but attendances were back to about four years ago and the shops did really well, so everyone was happy.

We had the award presentation on the first day and here we are setting up the rosettes.

Best of Show went to Robyn Coots for her beautiful applique quilt called Dresden Dancing.

Dresden Dancing by Robyn Coots

I didn't take a lot of photos but here are some that I liked, although the standard was so high this year.

Fuego by Ramona Resurreccion

Fuego is Spanish for Fire.

Nirvana Nouveau by Jan Frazer

William the Echidna by Karen McGregor

The next quilt was a tiny miniature. 

Winter Wonderland by Carole Bosna

The next quilt won Runner Up in the pieced section as well as Best use of Colour. It was called Waves around the Atlantic because Shirley hand pieced the quilt while she was on a holiday cruise.

Waves around the Atlantic

I didn't have a quilt in the competition this year but we also had prize winners from last year's virtual show so my Connections quilt was on display.

Connections-The Teenage Years by Linda Steele

The Profile a Quilters this year was Annette Packett, who had at least 20 quilts on display.

Annette Packett

Annette had such a variety of quilts on display but I especially loved her art quilts featuring trees.

Art Quilts by Annette Packett

I have been the Convenor of the show for a few years now and it is a huge job, one lunch time I had a walk outside the venue for some fresh air and took a few photos. It was a lovely sunny winter's day and I loved the reflections on the Yarra River by the Seafarer's Bridge.

The Seafarer's Bridge

Our beautiful raffle quilt Amethyst Star by Mariya Waters and Desley Maisano was won by a Victorian Quilters member.

Amethyst Star by Mariya Waters and Desley Maisano

I have had such a busy year and not really had much time for sewing or art making that I have decided to step down from being Showcase Convenor. I have enjoyed the experience but I really want my life back where I can be creative again and not be sitting in front of computer spreadsheets.

Bye for now,



jude's page said...

Glad that all went well, the photos I've seen look amazing

Magpie's Mumblings said...

Looks like it must have been an amazing show and made all the better because of it being in person. William definitely made me smile!
Don't blame you for stepping down as convenor because I know it has to be a ton of work. Sometimes we have to put ourselves and our own work ahead of outside influences. I was librarian for our guild for a number of years and every year I attempted to step aside but of course they were unable to find anyone to take my place. Finally I was forced to quit the guild entirely and funnily enough three people stepped up and shared the job. I stayed away for about 3 years and just finally rejoined and have absolutely no plans on getting involved to that degree again.

Linda Steele said...

Thank you Jude, the quilts were amazing, such a high standard

Linda Steele said...

Thanks Magpie Mumblings, I really appreciate your comment. It is so hard to step down from a job because no one wants to take it on. I know that it is best for me to have a break though. I actually suggested that it was a two person job and a couple of friends could take it on.