Monday, February 11, 2013

Dear Jane Wrap Up

What a glorious weekend it was at the AQA Dear Jane Show. It was great to meet so many of you and put faces to names and have a chat. So many new projects are being started and loads of orphan blocks are off to new homes.
The show was wonderfully run and the volunteers were fantastic, thanks lady's for all the cups of coffee, chats and giving me a hand....and to those of you I have converted into giving a bit of vintage a go...i'm warning you, it's addictive....

The people's choice award for the show went to Angela Davis from WA for her 'Liberty Jane'. Done over 12 years with collected snippets of Liberty, each with its own story, this quilt stuck a chord with me. Not only that I am a sucker for Liberty, but I am a sucker for a bit of fabric that has a history that is then placed into a new project.
Congratulations Angela, your quilt is truly beautiful and i'm so sorry my photos don't do it justice. You really need to see this one in real life to pick up on the subtle movement of colours through the Liberty prints.
Update....better photo has arrived, check the colours....Thanks Angela!
'Liberty Jane' with Angela Davis (R) and Me (L)

Angela Davis - Liberty Jane
Other highlights for me were seeing Shirley Lodingtons Mr's Billing's quilt. Shirley is a MACHINE when it comes to hand piecing and quilting and is truly inspirational! What I would call a 'Hard Core' quilter. Thanks for telling me about your quilting process, it's making me want to step up a gear.

Shirley Lodington - Mrs Billings
For all of you who stopped by and told me about projects you have started with fabrics you have collected off me, I thank you for sharing. I love knowing that my parts of my stash are off giving you such joy, especially when you find that perfect print.

Speaking of the perfect print, one of my wacky mid-century geometrics has made it into the AQA's latest project, the re-creation of the quilt found here in Australia that was made by Elizabeth Smith. Made in the late 1830's, this quilt has now been drawn up into a pattern that you can get through the AQA. The quilt is now in the collection of the NGV. To know more of the history head over here.
The Original Elizabeth Smith Quilt - Photo courtesy of
All in all, a great show. Thank you to everyone who helped out and visited.

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