Went to Melbourne for the "Jeff's Shed" quilt show, also known as the Vic Quilters Quilt Showcase:
This antique crib coverlet was one of a small display of antique quilts (the bottom right isn't missing, it was just behind part of the display). There wasn't much info available about it, just that it is typical of coverlets from the north of England, and it was hand-pieced, probably over papers, and is not quilted:
I watched the prize-giving, and was happy to see one friend collect an award. But sometimes the category a quilt was in was a bit puzzling. For example, none of the prize-winning "Modern" quilts struck me as particularly modern. And yet this one, which does look like a modern quilt, won a prize in the in the "Traditional - Two Person" category (this is a small section of the quilt):
Bay Quilters raffle quilt for their show in October. I'll have to keep an eye out for ticket sellers for that one! Love the quilting, which enhanced the modern feel of the quilt.
Apparently there were floor talks on, "What Judges are looking for when they judge your quilt. Why this quilt won a prize and why this one did not win", which I'm sorry I missed. That could have been very interesting. I find it puzzling when a quilt wins an award for "innovative embellishment" when it used computerised embroidery digitised by someone else and purchased by the quilter, (which happened one year) or an award for "use of colour" when it was made from a pattern which specified the actual fabrics to use (so actually the designer's colour skills on show rather than the quilter's).
My only purchase at the show was a colour card and two spools of thread:
Anyway, it was a fun day out. The show is on until Sunday if you want to check it out.