Quilting by Celia

Quilting by Celia

Sunday, February 10, 2013

'Dear Jane' Quilt Show

This is the the Box Hill Town hall where yesterday I went to see the "Dear Jane" exhibition.

To celebrate the 150th anniversary of the Dear Jane quilt, members of the Australian Quilters Association have created an exhibition featuring their own recreations of the 1860 American Civil War pattern.
The original Dear Jane quilt, made by Jane A. Stickle in 1863, became famous for its non-traditional, innovative, geometric design.

They displayed about 50 quilts with some still not fully completed.  

They styles of fabrics used made them so unique and yet very recognisable.
Association spokeswoman Pam Hammer said fifty members took up the Dear Jane challenge. "Some have stuck to the very traditional design, and other members have done if differently," she said.

People used very bright fabrics, jungle fabrics, Aboriginal fabrics, batiks and other styles.

From darks to lights.

To make the show more interesting, they had other quilts, some clothing and a couple of historical Australian quilts.

It was worthwhile to attend and marvel at the amount of work involved in each and every quilt on display.