Last month I exhibited at the Creative Living Event where they were displaying the famous Gee’s Bend Quilts from the USA and other various quilts from around the world. It was well worth the viewing of the quilts, not to mention of the fascinating reading about the history and struggle for survival of the quilts’ creators.
To quote from the 'The Quilts of Gee Bends' It’s a display of African American vernacular fabric Art from the Deep South. The Towns Women developed a distinctive bold and sophisticated quilting style based on traditional American and African-American Quilts but with a geometric simplicity reminiscent of Amish Quilts and Modern Art. Art critics worldwide have compared the Quilts to the works of important artists such as Henri Matisse and Paul Klee.
Only Brisbane and Sydney Quilters are able to view this rare exhibition. Brisbane last month hence I’m writing this blog, and Sydney Canterbury Racecourse 31st Oct to 2nd Nov with the Creative Living organization. The ABC has featured a special on these Famous quilts some of which are available to purchase whilst in Australia. I couldn’t take any photos of course, but you can google Gees Bends.
Barbara Grier of the Cooparoo Quilters with Angel Cake
I displayed a new stitchery called 'Old Quilters' which features a Vintage Miniature Sewing Machine, complete with the most wonderful floral and gilded painted decoration. All possible with backstitch and knots of course. This stitchery is the prelude to my New Block of the Month coming out on the 1st of December. Yum yum.
Heather from Brisbane and Gail from Biloela. The new large wooden house buttons based on 2 of my Colonial Houses stitcheries were popular with the International visitors as they were small and light as a gift and definitely Australian. I have a small gold frame 3" x 4" which is just right for the house buttons (included free if you purchase Norwood (pictured) or Argyle house buttons online).
Also a new range of single teacups all 5” x 5” pre printed $8 each so sweet framed or mounted in a card. The best seller of the day was the “Lilliana” named after the lovely Lilliana from the Patchwork Dreaming shop at Currumbin on the Gold Coast.
Took some building photos of course. The Springhill District is one of my favourite student haunts for the classic timber cottage. Here are a few.
The old Queensland Museum Building is an another old childhood favourite ( photo taken whilst hastily driving around the corner, not me driving of course)
Built at the turn of the last Century, it was only intended as a short term display building aka Crystal Palace in the UK. So it was completed in an incredibly short time of bricks and mortar, but still standing 110 years later. From the age of five I loved visits to this building, climbing the dusty turret stairs to view the unpopular displays of spider, stuffed animals etc.