The best view is from the Gallery, so make sure you climb those stairs.
I spent all day Wednesday at the Show, and had a really great time. The quilts in the Show this year are terrific. There is a great variety of styles and the overall quality is wonderful. Thanks to the NSW Guild for organising what is Australia's biggest quilt show. Also thank you to everyone who exhibited, the Show is only as good as the quilter's who enter their quilts.
I awarded the Quiltsmith "Best Reproduction Quilt Inspired by an Antique Quilt" Award to Sarah Fielke for her "Wing and a Prayer Quilt", shown above. Sarah has taken a common mid 1800's Pennsylvania pattern, the Appliqued Eagle, and transformed it into this bright and vibrant quilt. She referenced quite a number of antique Appliqued Eagle quilts as the source of her inspiration for the quilt, and drafted both the eagles and the quilt layout herself. This is the perfect example of what the Award is about, looking into the past and recreating the past in a new and inspiring way.
Here I am with Sarah in front of her quilt after the award ceremony. (Not the greatest photo of all times!)
The quilt is technically very good. Here are two close ups so you can see the quilt, the big stitch hand quilting is perfect.
I would like to thank all the entrants into the Award, there were some beautiful quilts entered.
Also our Marj won Second Prize with her "Bullseye Quilt" in the Commercially Machine Quilted Category. It's a beauty.
Well done Kim Bradley of Kimpossible Quilting for her custom quilting.
Marj pinning on her rosette.
So to everyone out there, I strongly recommend a visit to this year's Show.