A few weekends ago we spent a couple of days at Rainbow Beach. The kids had a beach carnival (Nippers) to attend so we decided to rent a house for the weekend with some good friends. It was such a relaxing few days, lounging around in someone else’s beach house, enjoying their incredible views and their neighbours’ impressive properties. Didn’t see any rainbows, though.
I attended on the Saturday and had a brilliant time.
Hard not to have fun when this is what I saw when I walked in the front door of the Kiama Pavilion:
Kathy Doughty of Material Obsession
Yes, I was ‘that person’ who asked for a photo. Fangirl moment.
The Show was a very nicely curated display of modern quilting today. Nearly every technique you could think of (patchwork, whole cloth, hand sewing, machine sewing, EPP, appliqué, hand quilting, machine quilting) was represented in quilts of varying sizes made by men, women and children of all ages.
I had two quilts hanging, which was fun to see. Diamonds in the Deep was in good company, with a Gypsy Wife (by Cath Mosely) on one side:
You can purchase a PDF copy of the quilt pattern for Diamonds in the Deep here.
Here’s a very rushed photo of young Molli with his creation (and his prize for winning first place in the minimalistic design category).
Let’s get on to some eye-candy, shall we? Don’t forget you’ll find more photos on the Show’s instagram hashtag (#modernquiltshowau).
Jacaranda on George by Deb Louie
Confetti Flowers by Merran Fryer
Galaxy by Jess Frost
(Vic, I forgot to get the name of this one, let me know!) Around Jake’s Rainbow by Vic Mansfield.
Sunset Geese by Cath Mosely
Persian Tile by Carlie Lincoln
Frida by Denny White
Strippy Sampler by Chris Jurd
Clamshell Carousel by Rachaeldaisy
Squircles by Lorena Uriarte
Modern Stitched Slowly by Liesel Moult
Taking Liberties by Di Jobbins
OMG#4 Uber by Helen Godden
Fireworks by Anorina Morris
Purple Bunny by Andi Herman
For Mum by Fiona (left) and Rain Chains by Jennifer Davis
Gorgeous Australian fabrics by Reece Scannell
My Go West quilt (pattern available here)
If you’ve made it this far, then well done you! I’ll leave you alone now with a few parting shots of Kiama, which is a pretty little historical seaside town, worthy of visiting (quilt show or not). Thanks Kiama and thank you Wollongong Modern Quilt Guild!
If you follow along on Instagram you’ll already know last weekend we had an overnight in the city, without children. We went to a beer festival, then a meal, then a ferry trip back to a hotel. In the morning we slept in, had a big, fatty cooked breakfast, then second breakfast and then an early lunch. We rolled home feeling pretty darn happy with ourselves.
My head couldn’t understand how we’d had 6 years of that before kids came along, it seems like another lifetime.
Brisbane put on a wonderful show:
Hope you’re having a wonderful weekend, whatever you’re up to!