Blogger has managed to eat my first two attempts. I notice that a lot of bloggers are having similar problems.
These are some quilts I liked from the main exhibition. The first one won a prize but not the others. I guess discharge just isn't mainstream enough yet.
I was talking to Bonnie McCaffery, who was also a tutor, about how what I made was different from what most other quilters here in New Zealand do, and that my work would never win a Viewers' Choice award because it wasn't cutesie-pie, or anything that people looked at and said "Oh, isn't that wonderful!". So we talked a bit about that, and she agreed with me that I should be making what my heart tells me to make, and not what I think other people might like.
Which is just as well, as that's exactly what I do. I know my work will probably never win awards, but that's not why I make it.
Clare Plug has kindly supplied me with the names of the creators of these works, so that I might attribute them. The first is Barbara McQuarrie's "the Power of Nine" which won a Merit Award for Best Contemporary Quilt under 1.5m. The second is by Catherine McDonald; and the third one is by Diane Southey, convenor of the Quilt Symposium.