Gallery: Quilt NSW 2018
The Sydney Quilt Show is an annual members’ exhibition presented in conjunction with the Craft & Quilt Fair with the support of Expertise Events, BERNINA and other generous sponsors. More than 400 quilts were exhibited at the annual guild members’ exhibition held in June this year, 73 of which were from new entrants.
Best of Show
First: Pictorial Quilt
After the Last Sky, 207cm x 232cm
Jenny Bowker, Garran ACT
14th August, 2013, Egyptian security and the army opened fire on supporters of President Mohamed Morsi, occupying the square of Raba’a el Adawiya. Between 817 and 2000 people were killed in the massacre.
Design Source: Based on a photograph by Mosa’ab Elshamy (permission granted)
Best of Southern Stars
Star Talk, 120cm x 126cm
Caroline Sharkey, Urunga NSW
The night sky and magnitude of stars seen from a desert landscape just blows your mind! The southern hemisphere offers some spectacular sky, such as the Magellanic Clouds. A star talk ‘On Country’ by Aboriginal Elders is a must.
First: Appliqué Quilt — Professional
Victorian Lace, 82cm x 83cm
Julie Adamson, Mill Park Vic
This quilt is based on a traditional stencil design. Once the quilt was completed, it reminded me of iron lacework — hand needle-turned and hand-quilted. No glues or stabilisers were used in the construction.
Design Source: 2286 traditional stencil designs by H Roessing, Dover Publications 1991.
Entrant’s Quilt Top Quilted by Another — Professional
Spinner, 173cm x 173cm
Chris Jurd, Blaxland NSW
Inspired by an antique quilt block found online with no attribution to the maker. Redrawn in EQ7, with a bit of foundation piecing and using freezer paper templates. I had fun choosing the fabric combinations and using up some low-volume fabrics. Machine Quilted by Birgit Hoffman of Black Sheep Quilting.
First: Junior Quiltmaker A (up to Year 6)
Working Farm, 50cm x 100cm
Caesar Lewis, Medowie NSW
I did every stitch of this quilt myself; mum videoed and photographed me doing it to show people. I did quilt-as-you-go after doing the appliqué using my sister’s machine. I machine stitched the binding on. I wanted to make it look like a sunset on a farm.
Best Traditional Quilt — Amateur
Third: Pieced Quilt, Small, Amateur
A Star of My Own, 144cm x 144cm
Susan Reinhard, Putta Bucca NSW
Inspired by the desire to own an antique star quilt of my own, I started piecing red and white diamonds which grew into a beautiful star. The off-white fabric and hand-quilting add to the aged look and feel of the quilt.
First: Group/Collaborative Quilt
NYE at the House, 180cm x 250cm
Sydney Modern Quilt Guild, Homebush NSW
The quilt design showcases the idea of ‘Improv with intent’. All blocks were pieced using improvisational techniques, ie with no pattern, and sewn together by members of the Sydney Modern Quilt Guild.