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Kiwi takes out biggest quilting event in southern hemipshere

Kiwi takes out biggest quilting event in southern hemipshere

Diverse interpretations of 10 the focus of 10th anniversary exhibit

(Melbourne, Australia) Thursday 10 April 2014, New Zealander, Rosemary Rush was awarded joint runner-up for her celebratory and joyful quilt design “It’s all about the number”.

Thirty extraordinary quilts were created for the ‘Ten’ themed Australasian Quilt Convention (AQC) challenge in celebration of the event’s 10 year anniversary.

For the first time, a New Zealand quilter, Rosemary Rush was awarded joint runner-up for her quilt entitled “It’s all about the number”, representing both letters and numerals. The centre circle not only contains the word ‘Ten’ but also ten exquisite flowers either in part or outlined. The surrounding area is divided into ten sections with design elements such as flowers or scrolls represented ten times. “Because all the tens needed to be viewed from the front and the correct way up, the quilt design produced its challenges. But, it was fun to do!” explains Rosemary.

The ‘Ten’ themed AQC challenge inspired a diverse range of works including Tram Route Ten, a uniquely Melbournesque quilt which pays homage to the vintage beauty of the transport system contrasted against a modern city backdrop. While entries came from all over the world, a Melbourne local, Alison Withers won the Challenge for her quilit “10 Together equals teamwork” with its underlying and inspirational message encompassing the idea of teamwork alongside the number 10.

It’s all about the number goes on display today at the Australasian Quilt Convention which officially opened this morning, Thursday April 10 and runs until Sunday April 13 at the Royal Exhibition Building, Carlton Gardens, Melbourne, Australia. Open from 10am to 4.30pm daily.

About the Australasian Quilt Convention

Melbourne celebrates 10 years of hosting the biggest and best event of its kind in Australasia with exceptional offerings at the Australasian Quilt Convention (AQC) boasting more than 200great quilts and textile art pieces in six different exhibitions and more than 14 guest artists from Australia and abroad teaching a record number of hands-on classes. No longer just a traditional pastime, nowadays in the world of contemporary and art quilting, anything goes with sewing newbies, hipsters, designers, artists, creative bloggers, families and technology obsessed textile-lovers all set to be inspired to experience quilting as never seen before. Using new and time-savvy techniques, unique fabrics and modern aesthetics to create visual masterpieces, quilters at the AQC are cutting free from the status quo.


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