I have recently attended two quilt exhibitions, each one a treat. The first was “Quilts in the Barn” and the second “Eastern Palliative Care Quilt Show”. Each is held annually during spring in the Eastern suburbs of Melbourne, and each is a fund-raiser for very worthwhile causes, breast cancer research and Eastern Palliative Care respectively. In this post I will share some photos of Quilts In the Barn. (Permission given).
My friend and I arrived right on opening time which meant we avoided a long queue. Before very long things became very busy, especially so later in the morning when a coach-load of eager ladies arrived!!
This magnificent quilt was hanging in the entrance. It is called “Homage to Sallie Anne” and was designed by Di Ford-Hall. This version was made by Helen Hayes. (Should I confess? …I too have a Sallie Anne lurking amongst my UFOs).
One of the guest tutors/ exhibitors was Brenda Papadakis of Dear Jane fame. Understandably there were some Dear Jane style quilts.
Here is a close up showing the fussy cut borders and quilting.
There were quilts made from hexagons. This is Jenny Bear’s Jane’s and Vera’s Garden. Lots of fussy cutting here!
This is a miniature hexagon quilt, stitched and quilted by hand by Marion Edwards.
This antique quilt caught my eye.
These quilts were made by Michelle Yeo.
The Quilted Crow girls Leonie and Deirdre were there with their shop.
Shoppers could see (and touch!) some of their latest offerings: their fabric range “Pomegranate Lane”, their wool range, “The Seasons”, and their hand-dyed velvets. Aurifil Threads (Cotton Mako’ Ne 28 – on the grey spool) are available in two Quilted Crow Girl Collections which coordinate with their favourite colours. Check out the collections at http://thequiltedcrow.danemcoweb.com/shop/product/aurifil-threads/
They also had copies of their recently released second book. This is one of the quilts which is featured in it.
All this viewing and shopping is thirsty work and the bevy of helpers in the cafe did a great job!
Such exhibitions involve a great deal of preparation and work by many dedicated people, but provide a wonderful service and inspiration to us all. (Quilts in the Barn raised $16,000 this year). Well done!!