Saturday, July 16, 2016

Australian Quilt Exhibit

Last week, my husband and I drove to Golden, CO.  He went to ride a bike ALL DAY up and down mountains in an event called the Quadruple Bypass.   I was the support team.

The support team delivers the (crazy) cyclist to the start of the event at five something in the morning, shops in the area all day, and then picks up the (exhausted) cyclist when he is finished.

It's not that I'm not a supportive fan.  Well not completely.
It's that you really cannot stand on the side of the street and wave or hold a sign for someone on a 120 mile trek through mountains.  I do it for downtown marathons.  I did it when he completed an Ironman.  It just wasn't practical this time.

I had no particular plan for spending the day, but sometimes unplanned days are the best ones.
I found a cute little quilt museum in the quaint town of Golden.  Six bucks bought me a personal tour guided by a delightful quilter.  She explained to me that they change the exhibitions about four times a year.

I took these photos with my phone and was not allowed to use a flash.

I hope you will enjoy seeing a few of the beautiful quilts in the Australia Uncovered exhibit.   Quilts are such a three dimensional media, it's kind of a shame to see them as photographs instead of in person. But just in case you won't be in Colorado in the next few weeks, here goes.

Isn't it amazing how she created the texture of the underside of a mushroom by sewing pleats and then cutting them?

Doesn't it seem like these rocks are real?

This quilt, Golden Ivory, was probably my favorite.  Imagine turning one piece of fabric into this.

You can see some of this beautiful gold thread embroidery in the photo at the top of this post.

Or maybe Aunty Green's Garden is...

Some of the quilts were based on American quilts with unique Australian touches.

And some were very reflective of the Australian environment.

There is something extra special about quilts that were actually made with whatever scraps the maker had on hand.

Look how carefully she pieced the scraps together so the designs worked.

So which is your favorite?

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  1. My cousin Linda is a master quilter and is currently at her second home in France for the summer. While there she is perfecting the art of boutis quilting which is much like the quilt in the first image. I have to say that the detailing in the mushroom quilt appeal very much to the artist in me.

    1. It is truly a piece of art. Imagine crawling around on a forest floor with a camera to inspire a quilt!

  2. So beautiful with different patterns. I so appreciate the talented these quilter have. My girlfriend just made me a Jungle love quilt for my upcoming grandchild.
    Loving the mushroom quilt with the mouse.

  3. Hi Linda,
    What a great friend you must have! I am always so impressed at the time and patience that goes into a quilt in addition to the talent.

  4. The Golden Ivory quilt is amazing. The detail is exquisite. Quilting is such a talent; and I have two of the quilts that my grandmother made. We actually use them every winter. Hope you are resting well!

    1. What treasures to have! Thanks for the good wishes. I am feeling pretty good :)

  5. Eilis,
    I so enjoyed this post. You know my Mom was a quilter and I do think that she made around 100 quilts during her life. I still have about 10 of them and gifted my children each one.
    The detail of these quilts are stunning.
    Love you new blog, aren't we blessed to have our own live Fairy Blog Mother!
    Hope you are doing well this fine Monday morning.

    1. Hi Jemma,
      100 quilts - wow! My mom gave us a beautiful blue one as a wedding present. I was really into American Country decor back then. It makes me sad that I don't display it anymore. I think it may make a Christmas appearance this year, especially with all the blue that has been showing up in our bedroom lately.
      Yes, I do love my new blog look. I can't believe how quickly Linda transformed it for me!

  6. These are gorgeous Eilis! I can't imagine the amount of time and talent needed to complete something this intricate. Really amazing!

    1. I like to think of the old fashioned quilting bee when a group of women would have gotten together to complete one, but in this case I think they were all made by individuals.

  7. Eilis, I have so much admiration for the art of quilt-making! My Mother was a quilter and I have many of her quilts, but she would give them away as soon as she finished one! All of these are beautiful and I cannot pick a favorite! Thanks for sharing your perfect day with us! Blessings, Pam @ Everyday Living

    1. Pam, Thank you. You're so lucky to have your mother's quilts.

  8. What lovely quilts! I love the Civil War quilt. I know these were so much work but just gorgeous. Thank you for popping in to see me.
    Be a sweetie,
    Shelia ;)

  9. Vibrant patterns on the quilts are magnificent. You have featured amazing and heart throbbing collection of quilts.

  10. Eilis, how fortunate that you found this amazing quilt show. The stitching on Golden Ivory is incredible. What a piece of art! I also found the Civil War quilt and the garden quilt amazing. Thank you for sharing these quilts.

  11. Eilis, my step~mom was an avid quilter and I loved attending quilt shows with her. Thanks for sharing at Your Inspired Designs.

  12. How beautiful these quilts are. I bet they were even more so face to face.
    Thank you for sharing these at TOHOT!


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