Monday, May 29, 2006

Hunters Hill - a Great Success

As promised, having recovered somewhat from the Show, here is a more comprehensive report of the Hunters Hill Quilt Show at the weekend. We have to tell you all that being members of the Hunters Hill Quilters and participating in our show is a constant reminder to Sarah and Kathy of the amazing community and care shown to each other by this group, and of the talent, creativity and ingenuity of quilters everywhere!

The show began on Thursday evening, with the opening night a great success and enjoyed by all who attended. Our wonderful judge, world renowned fibre artist Jenny Kee, did a great job of giving the prizes and then was awarded a prize of her own - a wagga wool quilt the group made especially for her, containing appliqued blocks depicting things that reminded us all of Jenny - like her red glasses, knitting needles and paintbrushes.

Best in Show was won by Robyn James, with her amazing hand pieced quilt, The Challenge. When a member of the group showed Robyn a picture of an equally amazing quilt containing one inch triangles in a hexagon pattern, Robyn took up the challenge, and with the encouragement (and scraps!) from other group members, The Challenge evolved, eventually containing 10,240 triangles. Well done Robyn!

Ten other prizes were awarded as Judges Commendations, won by talented members Doreen Carter, Margaret Driscoll, Laurel Anderson, Alison Klein, Aileen Cowie, Susan St. John, Suzie Lord, Sally Moore, and our very own Kath Doughty, who won for the beautiful Liberty Fields, and Carolyn Davis, with Chrysanthemum.

Jenny found it very difficult to award only ten prizes however, so three extra mentions were also made of quilts by Robyn James, Margaret Driscoll and the group raffle quilt, Tickled Pink, which was drawn on the Sunday afternoon and taken home by a very lucky winner! Also announced on Sunday afternoon was the Viewer's Choice award, which was won by our Material Obsession machine quilter, the lovely and very talented Kim Bradley, who had not only her own quilt in the show but had also machine quilted several of the other entries.

Well done to everyone involved in the show, and a special thank you from the Material Obsession girls to the wonderful ladies in the kitchen, who worked like Trojans to keep us and everyone else who worked and attended supplied with lovely scones, tasty sandwiches and blissfully hot coffee, for which we are eternally grateful!

And so ends the best little quilt show in Sydney... and if you missed out don't worry, there'll be another one in two years, and each one proves better than the last.