Friday, January 27, 2006

Australian Quilt Convention

I had a great time and came home with fairly restrained booty (restrained in that I didn't spend as much as I could have given limitless funds). I didn't buy much fabric - a couple of lovely Japanese strips (30x110cm) from logan's for my Nippon kitty quilt; the pattern for the sea dragon quilt that I saw in a recent DUQ, some angelina fibre from punch with judy, a fat quarter with cherries for my friend who couldn't come with me and a lovely bunch of stuff from the thread studio - I did go a bit berserk at their stall - they have such richly luscious embroidery silks and silk cocoons and silk organzas...

And the exhibits? Well I thought it was a bit crowded and you couldn't really stand back and see individual quilts from a distance. It felt like the venue space was smaller than last year (I may be wrong) but you couldn't really contemplate much - I don't think it helped having to walk through the exhibit to get to the café part - turned it into a bit of a thoroughfare. My other frown was that with the husqvarna exhibition there were no notices on the quilts to tell you who made them - you had to buy the $30 catalogue for that which I thought was a bit mean.

I did marvel over liuxin newman's tiny perfect appliqué and I loved Gloria loughnan's 'canopy' (I'm in a very 'tree' space at the moment) but my favourite pieces were the tiny art quilts from South Africa right at the entrance - lots of inspiration with the use of traditional African beading, layering of chiffon and organza, and using tiny traditional pieced blocks as part of an experimental work.

lookee here at my booty...





1 comment:

Susan George said...

It sounds like you had a wonderful time - wish I had been there! Really love the threat.