The Quilt Convention is a quilt show that features the best of Australia from the past year from each state guild. It also has a number of other travelling and international displays that are just fantastic to experience. The work of visiting tutors is displayed which makes it possible to see works which we might otherwise have only seen in magazines or online, so it’s a fantastic experience and if you are holidaying in Australia, well worth catching.

The following quilts are from the visiting tutors and include a retrospective of Julie Haddrick’s work.

Firstly, I was so excited to see Susan Carlsson’s Rhinoceros. I just love the way she uses value to create the image. The fabric is brilliantly cut and assembled , and they are such fun pieces.

Rhinoceros by Susan Carlsson
Rhinoceros (detail) by Susan Carlsson

I love bird quilts and I particularly like Julie Haddrick’s little vignettes of bird life, so clearly expressing the character and charm of each bird.

Julie Haddrick

I loved this beautiful double wedding ring by Robyn Coots with the exquisite appliqué. i particularly liked the vines extending into the centre, and the use of the complementary deep rose and green works so well.

Double wedding ring by Robyn Coots
Double wedding ring (detail) by Julie Coots

This Yoko Saito design made by Lyn Keogh was to die for. The colours are so subtle and the appliqué so beautiful.

Subtle Japan by Lyn Keogh
Subtle Japan by Lyn Keogh

I enjoyed this pieced quilt by Elizabeth Allen. The colours in the centre medallion are so well selected and the quilting was lovely.

Virginia Kaleidescope by Elizabeth Allen

This QAYG hexagon by Glenys Cheng made with vintage doilies and liberty fabrics is a great way to give embroidery a new lease of life and makes a two sided quilt with the liberty hexagons on the reverse.

Where is the birdhouse? by Glenys Cheng
Where is the birdhouse? by Glenys Cheng

I was so pleased to see this elephant quilt by Sue de Vanny. I had seen it in magazines, and was excited to see it actually. It’s a pity it hadn’t been hung with a black backdrop.

Deceptive Markings by Sue de Vanny
Deceptive Markings by Sue de Vanny

The challenge theme for this year was ‘magic’ and my favourite was this beautiful portrait of a rescue greyhound by Yvonne Chapman The threadpainting is just beautiful and the dog’s expression so poignant.

Saving Magic by Yvonne Chapman
Saving Magic by Yvonne Chapman

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