Making the Australian Quilt NGV exhibit

I am so excited to officially announce that my Project 48 partner Linden and I have been invited to participate in the upcoming Making the Australian Quilt: 1800–1950 exhibit at the National Gallery of Victoria in July. Its a huge honour to be part of the opening and we are thrilled that we are going to be part of it. When Linden and I started Project 48 last year, we never dreamed that it would lead to something quite like this. So a huge thank you to all our Project48 lovers out there who believed in us and helped all these awesome things happen. Hashtag so blessed.

Mary Jane Hannaford - Wedding quilt 1922
Mary Jane Hannaford – Wedding quilt 1922

Making the Australian Quilt: 1800–1950 is the first major exhibit to honour Australia’s quilting heritage. The exhibition will show more than 80 quilts from across Australia, featuring the famous Raja quilt along side newly discovered quilts that have never been exhibited before. There will be quilts, coverlets, garments and quilted, patched and pieced works made in Australia or with a significant Australian provenance. In addition to the Australian made quilts, there will be several quilts from 19th century English quilts which were brought or sent to Australia. These quilts are important as the informed and influenced the early quilting practices of local makers.

Misses Hampson - The Westbury quilt (Sampler quilt) c. 1900–03
Misses Hampson – The Westbury quilt (Sampler quilt) c. 1900–03

Unstitching quilts symposium

Saturday 23rd of July, starting at 10AM

NGV International writes:

“Quilts are fabric cut, layered, pieced and stitched together to create objects that offer warmth, comfort and security. Through this process they can be imbued with meaning and history, reflecting the makers’ creativity, a family’s history or even offering commentary on social issues.

Inspired by the quilts on display in Making the Australian Quilt: 1800–1950, international and Australian experts, curators and contemporary practitioners explore the art, heritage and powerful storytelling capacity of quilts. Discover the layered stories behind quilts on display; learn about the historical and contemporary quilt collection of the International Quilt Study Center; and consider how traditional practices and contemporary innovation inform today’s makers.”

Symposium tickets available online Monday 27 June 2016.


If you are around in Melbourne that weekend, we would LOVE to see you there!

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