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Thursday, October 18, 2012


It's time for the annual Brisbane Quilt Show again so a few friends and I made our annual visit.
We enjoyed a stroll around the many stalls admiring the huge variety of hand crafts available, mouths open in wonderment at the talented women and the fantastic products of their labours.

Next it was off to lunch at a cafe down the street a little
then back to view the quilts.

At the entrance there was a collection of themed red and white quilts for one of the competitions.

There was an amazing variety of designs to be seen - all in red and white.

The next section was another competition - textile art with some brilliant entries like the ones below.


Then there were a couple involving crazy patch with embellishments that were pretty spectacular.

I particularly liked this one - large hexigons in jewel colours set in a black background

Very pretty.

Then we moved on to the bigger quilts.

There were so many I can only show you a few
 I was very taken with these ones- very modern in design - and made up of very small pieces.

Very cleverly planned and put together don't you think?

This was my absolute favourite for the whole show.
A striking quilt in red, white and black

once again made up of tiny, but not uniform sized,  pieces

There seemed to be quite a few lovely quilts made with these tiny pieces this year

I can't even imagine how you go about planning a striking design like this.

and can you believe this one below is a log cabin design? 

Look closely. The centre of the log cabin is a tiny, tiny square....

but the curves in the quilting blur the staircase effect of the log cabin.

As one lady standing near me as I marvelled at these said to me:

"Makes you proud to be a woman, doesn't it, to realise how clever women are?"

I have more to show you next time.

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  1. Stunning Helen! I bet you can guess which ones I liked best!

  2. I am really old fashioned, I love the traditional quilts.
    At a recent show, the one I fell in love with was a tatty old log cabin quilt. I appreciate the amount of work that goes into the quilts like the ones you showed, especailly having spent an entire afternoon setting 4 corner stones into a small sofa quilt :-O

  3. I think I would be overwhelmed to see so much beautiful work on display. Thanks for sharing your photos.
    Anne xx

  4. I love the freeform art quilts and the crazy quilt! I admire the others, but could never see myself making one, I can never do the same thing twice. Thank you for taking pictures for us, and you are correct about ladies being clever. I don't know that I've ever seen a quilt made by a man. Have you?

  5. Thanks for taking photos Helen, I'm going to miss the show this year, thanks to bad planning on my part.
    Yes it is marvellous how clever and talented women are!

  6. The log cabin that doesn't look like a log cabin is simply amazing. That quilt is pure genius.

    Im waiting to see these quilts when they shuffle down to my corner of the country in a couple of weeks. Thanks for the teaser though!

  7. I salute the women of Queensland for their artistry through quilting. My mother, who was a notable craftswoman, would have also applauded their amazing talent.

  8. That log cabin is amazing! It would do my head in trying to sew those tiny squares! I am still working on mine and the strips are 2.5" :)

  9. Wowee. I loved the jewel one. Fab.