Wow! Words are inadequate to describe the past four days at the 6th Annual Australasian Quilt Convention, Melbourne, Australia. Produced by Expertise Events, this show-convention-conference-party is not to be missed! I can highly recommend putting it on your “Bucket List.” Breathtaking quilt exhibits included a Tutor’s Gallery of the classes being taught, the entries and announcement of the winners of the “Remember” themed contest, the collection of bonnets with each one made to commemorate one of the over 25,000 women convicts sent to 1700-1800’s Australia, the best quilts from each Australian state and the announcement of the Best of Australia award, vendor stands offering quiltmaking related wares, and a most gorgeous venue worthy of study even if there were no quilts there!
Royal Exhibition Center, Melbourne, Australia:
Classes ranging from traditional quiltmaking to contemporary art quilts were offered in one-, two- and four day units by an international faculty.
Here are a few “tutors” as we are called in Australia, from left: Sue Benner, Dallas, TX; Frieda Anderson, Chicago, IL; Rosalie Dace, Durban, South Africa; Eileen Campbell, Victoria, Australia and Leesa Siegele, South Australia.
Here are the three Yanks! I, as Queen of Curves, in the tiara; Sue Benner of Dallas and Frieda Anderson, Chicago. And I knew Cheryl Phillips was also there, as a demonstrator on a stand but did not see her until Gala Dinner on Saturday night. Here are Cheryl, her husband Gary, at that dinner.
A big thank you for Jeanie Sullivan, Manager at Quilt In a Day, for the loan of this gorgeous tiara! I had one small tiara for day wear already packed for the trip when I discovered there was a Gala Dinner requiring more formal wear.
Jeanie to the rescue! I admired this crown upon her head at Paducah, and she so generously took it off her head to place on mine, on the condition she get a picture of it in Australia! What a friend!
Speaking of tiaras, here is Judy Hall wearing the one I bestowed upon her as Queen of Pleats, team-teaching the Pleat Maker in the Winner’s Circle class I taught. Liz College made the model quilt, so it was a true team effort!
Here is Liz College, model-maker extraordinaire! Many of her models grace the Punch With Judy stand:
More stories and photos of this extraordinary event to follow in the near future.