Saturday, 20 April 2013

Australasian Quilt Convention 2013

Melbourne really turned on a beautiful Autumn morning, it was almost too nice to go indoors to the Australasian Quilt Convention (AQC). 
It was held in the Royal Exhibition building

Which is set in the Carlton Gardens, I was there early so I had a bit of a stroll around first. It's so nice to see and hear water in our fountains after so many years of drought when they lay dry.


There were plenty of tributes to nature inside. 
These are the quilts that caught my eye. 
I apologise in advance for not crediting all the photos.

There were quilts from Korea...

These were from the AQC challenge: Free

'Free Board and Lodging' by Kay Murray

 These were from the New Zealand Hoffman Challenge...

Two quilts from the Garden Path theme...

Random quilts that I liked...

Moon Garden by Judith Coates Perez - whole cloth painted & quilted.

The workmanship in this quilt was just stunning - love the colours...

'Southern Stars' by Karen Malone

Interesting use of colour...

Infinity by Deborah Laurie
 This modern quilt included the creative use of tea towels!

'A Little Bird Told Me' by Anieta Barendrecht
Absolutely stunning...
'Night Bloomers' by Beth Miller

 It's amazing what you can do with leftovers, the blocks were quite small.
'Left Over Madness' by Wendy Blyth

'My Mrs Billings' by Shirley Lodington
  Great fussy cutting...

An amazing achievement considering the maker confessed to not enjoying making the hexagons! (read the label)

'Basket Case' by Kathy Doughty

'Constellation' by Ros Luck, quilted by Leslie O'Rourke (Quarry burn Quilters)

Loved how this was quilted...

These small quilts by the twelve by twelves were beautiful but difficult to photograph as the sun was shining on them.

'Floral Nine' by Jane Rundle

Something Borrowed Something Blue exhibit from the UK.

This was my favourite, the effect of the shadows was achieved not by an amazing use of fabric colours.

'Curious Cate' by Gillian Shearer


Then I went shopping and discovered some new shops, including Pieces to Treasure where I bought these French table runner kits and was very tempted to start their new BOM 'Love Birds'.

And Mai Misake where I bought some beautiful Japanese Taupe fabric for my Comfort Quilt. Here's my little stash.


  1. Thanks for the posting, i am going myself today. You did a great job with the photos. When i post today are you ok if i direct my readers to your blog to check your quilt photos ?
    Like your shopping, hope that i dont 'like' too many things otherwise $$$$$.

  2. Such a gorgeous venue for the convention. Thanks for the pics. Love your purchases too, those runners look yummy.

  3. Glad you bought some little treasures to bring home with you. Thanks so much for all the photos. I went to this a couple of years ago and remember how stunning the gardens were and such a lovely building too! an amazing variety of quilts by the looks of it - something to appeal to everyone's interests.

  4. Hi just found your blog through Kathie I was at the AQC too and saw all those wonderful quilts for the exhibition. Love your stash of goodies. Enjoy playing with them - Hugs Nat

  5. So glad that I discovered your blog.

  6. Wow, what a wonderful show and thanks for posting all of these photos. It's so nice when photos are allowed.