Wangaratta is known for its Stitched Up Textile Festival held every two years. The quilters in the Rural City of Wangaratta are so prolific that they can’t wait that long between shows and have held their Strictly Quilts Exhibition every year since 2007.
A friend and I caught the very early V Line train to see this year’s quilts and also Petite at the Wangaratta Art Gallery. We were both very impressed with the wide range of quilts on display, the amazing productivity of the various groups that jointly display. There is an obvious passion for quilting in the district.
Here are just a few of the quilts.
Margie Likes the Purple by Tania Mills of Dorcas Quilters. It is the most recent of her organic quilts made using techniques learned in a block of the month workshop held by her group.
French Chic by Helen Ellis of The Saturday Quilters. It was made for a black and white and another colour challenge. A simple quilt using some very cute fabric.
Gunitjmara is a whole cloth quilt based on the Gunditjmara possum skin rug on display at the Melbourne Museum. Made by Donna Hughes also from the Saturday Quilters.
I do like quilts based on grids and both of these are just my style. Kathy Bickerdike from Women in Stitches made her Japanese Inspired at a hand piecing workshop with Hiroe Mogi held at the local quilt shop. Boxes and Crosses is a Bemma Jean Jansen pattern made by Kerrith Bell of the Centre Quilters.
A framed needlework piece looked like an array of franking stamps. It is each of the Cottage Garden Threads in used in a design that includes the thread number. Stitched beautifully by Jean McDonald of Women in Stitches.
Suzanne Reid is the featured textile artist this year. Her work reflects her love of the mathematical. It was a very sunny day and light coming in above some of the works distorted the colour in the photos.
Its Only Mathematics.
Two versions of a design based on an enlarged thumb print. both whole cloth quilts painted and free motion quilted. The first colour way is inspired by Hundertwasser and the second, with also includes machine embroidery, by Klimt.
Tree of Life with leaves made using a deconstructed wall hanging purchased in India.
Strictly Quilts is always in the July school holidays and well worth visiting.