I had a wonderful day at the Sydney Quilt show run by Quilt NSW. The standard of quilts was very high and the prize winning quilts were all wonderful. Here is a quick tour of my favourites, not in any particular order.

Karen Terrens ‘Snow White’ is a particularly lovely wholecloth quilt. The pale blue fabric behind the top batiste layer creates the blue colour and the quilting is a mix of shadow trapunto and cut away trapunto. This is a very elegant and sophisticated quilt.

Julie Haddrick was inspired by Japanese Kasuri woven fabrics to create this modern quilt using improve piecing techniques. I like this because it is vibrant and exuberant.

The portraits in ‘Faces of India’ were made by batik master Jonathan Evans. Helen Godden then used thread painting and free motion quilting to enhance the pieces. I really liked the character in the portraits and the colours.

Jennifer Horsford’s ‘Reflections of Love’ is a beautiful evocation of the Taj Mahal. I loved the detail she has added and the beautiful way she has managed the reflection in the water.

This quilt is just stunning. It is by Dianne Johnston and was inspired by (bot not copied from) the ceiling designs in the Grand Mosque in Abu Dhabi. The white bias work is padded. This is a truly beautiful work.

Julie Adamson’s “Victorian Lace’ is stunning. The appliqué pieces are tiny and perfect, as are the quilting stitches. The design source is ‘2286 traditional Stencil Designs’ by H Roessing.

Sue De Vanny’s ‘On Reflection’ is so beautiful in the detail of the colour and the composition of the image. I just love the depth of colour she achieves.

The ‘best of the show’ is Jenny Bowker’s ‘After the Last Sky from a photograph by Mosa’ab Elshamy of a lone protestor in Egypt. It is a really large quilt and beautifully constructed.

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