Last weekend I was fortunate to have a little mini holiday.
It all started with a day at the Newcastle Stitches and craft show.. where I did a little damage to the credit card and spent a lot of time at Somerset Patchwork, adding to my reproduction stash.
Then Thursday night I joined in stitching with Trish and Cheryll at Cardy's house. Lots of laughs and great company....yummy patty cakes too!
Friday morning found DH and I flying to Brisbane.
The main aim was to visit QAGOMA, where they have the most Amazing quilt display from the Victoria and Albert Museum, London. Quilts from 1700 - 1945
What a fabulous display it was too!! I was absolutely awestruck! (No photos allowed so sorry there is nothing to put here.) Seeing these quilts in real life ....I just could have studied them all day...well I just about did!
What made my visit even better was having Cheryl and Linda come to gaze at these quilts with me...and have lunch of course!
Such a beautiful gallery
The highlight of the exhibition for me was the Rajah quilt..made by the women on board the convict ship HMS Rajah, during their journey to Van Dieman's Land in 1841.. this quilt is in the National gallery of Australia...but is rarely on display.
Another coverlet was made of hexagons by children in Changi Prison, a present for their girl guide leader.. the fabrics were cut from their clothes and thread was very scarce. They had to hide their needles from the guards.....I felt quite emotional looking at these quilts and thinking of the conditions in which they were living.
The exhibition closes on the 22nd September....so If you can get up there.. I thoroughly recommend it!
Just to see these old quilts in real life is so inspiring.
I'm sure Cheryl would meet you too... I don't think she gets tired of seeing these quilts...and she loves to show off her city, Brisbane.....and with good reason...It really is a lovely city!
till next time