In luck at QuiltWest

I was happy to be awarded second place in Modern Quilts Professional at the annual QuiltWest Exhibition which is on at the Convention Centre, Perth till Sunday (9-4.30). The display has been mounted really well and there are some great quilts to see.DSC04734a



Quilt-posters for Schools and Libraries

My plan to make laminated posters of quilt images has progressed. If you know of teachers, schools or libraries that might be interested, please tell them. The centres of the posters are below in a slide show.

Celebrate Aboriginal Culture Posters

Central images slideshow

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The new header image above is from my Bunbury Challenge quilt, ‘I like a tight embrace’. The beige and orange motifs are embracing; and can you spot the quilted synonyms for embrace?

Action in the sewing room this last couple of weeks has been focused on getting pieces ready for the exhibition ‘Noongar (Aboriginal) Country: Wetland Glimpses’ by WA Inspired Art Quilters, a group to which I belong. It will be at the Museum of the Great Southern, July 8-29. You are welcome! I will be there  July 9 -13 and would be happy to give you a conducted tour – best to email  first.

An exciting adjunct to the exhibition for me is that I am converting 6 images of my quilts into printed posters. The images address different aspects of traditional Aboriginal culture. My reasoning is the posters would be good in schools and libraries during the annual Reconciliation and NAIDOC weeks. I will try my luck with marketing them by direct mailing and they will also be available through the exhibition. Taking photos that suit enlargement to A3 is the challenge at the moment. One of the quilts is shown below.



Bunbury Challenge

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Had a pleasant surprise today to see my quilt ‘I like a tight embrace’ was on the cover of the 2018 Bunbury Challenge catalogue! The quilt display looked great in the Bunbury Regional Gallery. The theme was ‘I like…’. The statement for my quilt was: “Orange and beige motifs, embracing tightly. Otherwise they hug, envelop, cuddle, clasp, enfold, encase, snuggle, nestle, conoodle, hold close, entangle – these words are quilted. The design was inspired by the Ter Dragon fractal at  “.  Friend Julie McAllister earnt a well-deserved highly-commended in the challenge.

QuiltCon 2018


QuiltCon in Pasadena, California starts on Feb 22 and my quilt 12 Shades of ? is in it. 360 quilts were selected out of 1400 entries! The statement is ‘Twelve shades of autumn, persimmon, marigold? I’ll choose marigold because the shades and motifs remind me of marigolds in my father’s garden. The motif was inspired by the 7 Dragon fractal at’.

Am looking forward to see the winning quilts–last years Best of Show, a magnificent quilt of a diamond cut, went to an Australian. Am happy just to have my ’12 Shades’ hung.

Map finished!


Map A3 size for Contemporary Quilt Group. Shows locations of places near the Swan/Canning rivers that Noongar people had named before European settlement,  and that

(i) have kept those names (gold stars)

(ii) were renamed by the settlers (white sequins) and

(iii) have been destroyed (black sequins) – lakes filled in and a point in the river near Fremantle dredged. Many of the places shown with white sequins have also been severely modified eg lakes partially filled in for subdivision for housing

To me, the map shows the disaster colonisation was for Noongar people in the 1800s –their camping places along the rivers appropriated by settlers and frequently made off bounds, and many of their food bowls (the lakes) filled in.

Orange represents the colour of the land at sunset, black the colour of water at sunset. Friends gave me the orange silk (Helen Tait), and the black fabric (Suzanne Dowsett). To make the quilt I used gifts of others (Robynne Valence, Judy Campbell, Jim) so it was pure joy to create. Hopefully it will raise awareness of what it portrays.