I Quilt at the Show

By Gemma @ Pretty Bobbins

It’s Thursday and it’s time to link up your Quilty Process.  This week I’ve been to the Sydney Quilt Show and did my best not to drool on any of the beautiful quilts on display!

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The lovely Angie of Gnome Angel and I traveled to Sydney yesterday for the Quilt and Craft Fair.  It is an event that travels around Australia and combines the state Quilt guild Shows with a quilt and craft fair (ie. stalls).  Yesterday was the first time I’d been to one since I’ve been a quilter so you can rightly argue that I am not particularly well qualified to give you a rundown of the show ;)

Iconic Sydney Harbour! My first visit to the city in 9 years!

Iconic Sydney Harbour! My first visit to the city in 9 years!

I was blown away by the quilts in the show and in particular I was impressed by the number of modern quilts on display.  Unfortunately I cannot share photos with you as they have a very strict “no photography” policy, but I can say that the modern quilts did not stand out as a minority, they were well represented.  You can view the winners here.

The show featured many amazing quilts and my mind was blown time and time again with the use of colour, intricate hand quilting, the amazing longarm quilting, the fantastic applique and the absolutely stunning thread painting.  Most quilting categories that you can imagine were represented and in general the standard was very high indeed.  In fact I came home having felt like I’d walked among giants.  It was a humbling experience and a good reminder that I am still serving my quilting apprenticeship.

Angie and I on our big quilty day out!

Angie and I on our big quilty day out!

It was fantastic to meet some lovely quilty peeps and I was reminded of the strong quilting culture we have here in Australia and that my personal passion, modern quilting, is warmly welcomed but not in the majority.

The Sydney Quilt Show is really big, there are 17 categories including a modern category which is described as: “Modern -New Traditions From Old Favourites – Modern quilts including those inspired by traditional block structures but reinterpreted using non-traditional layouts. Maximum size 290 x 290 cm”.  You can view the Modern category winners here.  It was very exciting to have Canberra so well represented with a number of locals placing including two in the modern category!!  Yay Michelle (of Buttontreelane) and Jo (of Jo Loves to Quilt)!!!

Some of the quilts were absolutely breathtaking.  I encourage you to visit if you can (the show runs for the rest of the week).  It was a fascinating insight into use of colour, pattern and design.

So in the vein of sharing amazing quilty goodness, let’s get linky!  Link up your quilty process and visit three other linkers <3

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Thanks for stopping by xx



 

8 Comments on I Quilt at the Show

  1. Crystal
    July 10, 2014 at 8:46 pm (4 months ago)

    Looks like a fun day out!

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  2. Ms Midge
    July 10, 2014 at 9:09 pm (4 months ago)

    Great pics Gem! Shame you can’t share photos of the quilts!!! xxx

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  3. Jo
    July 10, 2014 at 9:43 pm (4 months ago)

    Odd you can’t take photos in Sydney! I took some in Perth and saw others doing it too, and I saw instagram shots from Melbourne floating around. What are you hiding from us, Sydney?!

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  4. Christine
    July 11, 2014 at 1:32 am (4 months ago)

    It seems you had a great time! Thanks for the party!

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  5. Deana
    July 11, 2014 at 3:42 am (4 months ago)

    Thank you for hosting! Wish I could travel to Australia and see the show – darn.

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  6. Susan the farm quilter
    July 11, 2014 at 9:55 am (4 months ago)

    This is one show I wish I could have gone to! Did you get to meet Molli Sparkles? He was supposed to have a booth right at the entrance to the show. He would be a treat to meet! Glad you had fun and got to “walk among giants” – that’s so inspiring and fun.

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  7. Dasha
    July 11, 2014 at 9:27 pm (4 months ago)

    Did you have anything in the show Gemma? I went today and looked for your quilts, but nothing stood out.

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  8. Di J
    July 12, 2014 at 6:28 pm (4 months ago)

    I was there on Thursday too, Gemma, and I’m so sad I missed you and Gemma. It would have been really great to have met two more fellow quilty Instagrammers in person. Like you, I loved the whole show, and the ferry rides morning and evening topped off the amazing day. I came home with inspiration overload!

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