Past and present glory

On a whim I decided to jet down to Melbourne for the AQC (Australian Quilt Convention), the bees knees of quilt shows in Australia. I had previously discounted the idea of going on the usual mundane grounds of cost and time. Then Luvvy said “why aren’t you going”? Why indeed I thought. So a few thousand frequent flyer points later and a quick hotel booking on wotif I found myself at the domestic terminal of Brisbane airport at an extremely uncivilised hour.

Following a recommendation I checked in to the Windsor Hotel. This hotel is the last of the 19th century hotels and is soon for renovation so there is a strange air of faded glory and lost regret in the building. I’m almost certain I saw Miss Marple sitting on one of the leather lounges in the foyer.

image15 Past and present glory

The hotel is a classic beauty with sweeping staircases and stained glass – the bastion of graciousness of a bygone era. Unfortunately it lives in a time which loves only polished concrete and tempered glass and it will soon be “extensively renovated”. Time passes as it must.

But I digress. The business at hand is the quilt convention and so it was that I made my way up the hill to the Exhibition Building (another architectural masterpiece) to see what architextile masterpieces I could find. And I was not disappointed. I took so many photos that I will have to ration you lest you be overcome. I’ll start today with the ‘True Blue’ entrants for the AQC challenge. Unfortunately I neglected to get all the names of the quilters and their entries and I apologise for that and also for the fact that not all the photos are of the best quality (well the light was bad in some areas and I was working under pressure).

Prepare to be amazed:-

image18 Past and present glory

Winner – ‘True Blue Jacko’ Jeannie Henry

image19 Past and present glory

Close up of ‘True Blue Jacko’, Jeannie Henry

image17 Past and present gloryimage16 Past and present glory

image21 Past and present glory

‘The Fallen’, Neroli Henderson

image20 Past and present gloryimage24 Past and present glory

image23 Past and present glory

By Kathy Adams

image22 Past and present glory

‘Go Granny Go’, Alison Laurence

image27 Past and present gloryimage26 Past and present glory


image25 Past and present glory

‘True Blue Mates’, Yvonne Chapman

image30 Past and present glory

‘Fair dinkum Aussie dunny’, Ramona Resurreccion

image29 Past and present glory

‘Who Knew’, Debbie Guihof

image28 Past and present glory

image33 Past and present glory

‘The Big Dry’ Camilla Watson

image34 Past and present glory

Close up of ‘The Big Dry’ by Camilla Watson

image32 Past and present glory

image31 Past and present glory

‘Beginning True’, Sue de Vanny

image35 Past and present glory

‘Really True Blue’ Jan Clark

image36 Past and present glory

Close up of ‘Really True Blue’ Jan Clark

Told you – more tomorrow

Until then be inspired and happy quilting





Leave a Reply

Notify of
Debra coleman
Debra coleman

Amazing. There’s one of a girl and a dog, I thought it was a photo. Have fun.


Wow. They are just sooooooo incredible. I still think your top 40 quilt is up there with them.

Robyne Spring

Thanks for sharing your adventure with us Kaye

Copyright © 2015 Apatchy Quilting   |   All rights reserved   |   Designed & Developed by