Last week my daughter and I met up at Sydney airport and zoomed interstate for a few days to Melbourne. A highlight for me was to be a visit to the National Gallery of Victoria, to their exhibition The Making of the Australian Quilt. It did not disappoint - exquisite antique quilts, beautifully displayed!
|The Mary Tolman quilt|
|No I don't know the lady - she looks mesmerised|
Have a look at Miriam's post for her favourite quilt. I couldn't pick one I liked best - loved so many of them! There are also some great pics at The History Blog. If you click on their photos the detail is amazing. It was a great opportunity to get up close and examine the detail of the quilters' work.
We had fun reading all the 'words of wisdom' on The Westbury quilt:
Wonderful fussy cut paper piecing (above) in an unfinished hexagon quilt made by the wife of the Governor of NSW around 1846. Sadly she never completed it as she was killed in a carriage accident in 1847.
The old recycled printed papers still in unfinished work makes for a history study in itself - and there's me squinting to read them.
Inspirational borders that caught my eye:
|Quilt by Mary Jane Hannaford|
It was very exciting for DD and I to see the original Auntie Green coverlet
Such a variety of beautiful colours. Quite a masterpiece - especially considering the limitations of lighting at the time.
This was the version I made as a wedding gift for DD in her choice of neutral shades. It was made from the pattern by Irene Blanck (with some little variations).
I do love it and the colours she chose ...but now I am seriously tempted to make a more colourful version for myself. Add that to the 'To Do' list ...
Some momentos from the NGV - including a beautifully illustrated, heavy publication, a cloth tote bag, magnet, book mark and card.
Sadly the Auntie Green does not feature in the book. Good thing I took a lot of photos!
And what else did we do in Melbourne? We also enjoyed the exhibition of Australian Fashion through the Ages (also at the NGV)
I was fascinated by the hand stitched detail in some of the older pieces - so many buttonholes stitched by hand! No sewing machines till 1850's.
And then there were a lot of more colourful modern creations. Which would you rather be wearing, given a choice?!
The pant suit looks comfortable and she must be a busy sewer - just look how many threads she's picked up!
I popped in to the Melbourne Quilt Show to see the Victorian Quilt Showcase. There were some lovely quilts - especially some expert broderie perse and hand quilting. Unfortunately no photo sharing allowed - sorry. If you click on the link there are pictures of a few of the quilts that won ribbons. One of them is a lovely machine quilted Caswell quilt (Threadbear pattern by Corliss Searcey) but there was also another Caswell that was beautifully hand appliqued and hand quilted - just gorgeous.
We caught up with Melbourne friends, caught a musical (Mathilda), a movie (the new Ghostbusters), a few delicious meals at little eateries, and explored the shops - perfect!
Now back to quilting with renewed energy...