A quilt display entitled Floral Windows greeted visitors to the Quilt Show 2016, part of Toowoomba's Carnival of Flowers. Colourful floral 'windows' were machine quilted and bound, mounted with decorative, metal frames, by Bev Bain. Up to three hundred quilts in traditional, art and modern styles were displayed in St Ursula's College, along with patches and plenty of quilting gear and demonstrations of patchwork and quilting techniques.
Penguins, turtles and owls were some of the fun subjects on children's quilts. Some of the quilters didn't shy away from black with stunning results such as an egret's night flight or black wrens on a pink and white background.
Cute and whimsical quilts for kids and big kids.
Fun, felt animals and toadstools were also on display. Felt children's' books could be read with the aid of white gloves. Sale tables were full of ideas for Christmas shopping. Traders tables such as KoolKat Quilting were situated around the outer parts of the display. Quality Toowoomba Quilters badges were for sale.
The Toowoomba Quilters Club explained that they almost weren't able to display during the Carnival of Flowers as they were not deemed essentially floral, but so many visitors were glad that the exhibit went ahead. Indoors, out of the regular rain Toowoomba has been enjoying, saw thousands of visitors, including coach-loads, to the Quilt Show.
The club members socialise over their needlework, patchwork and quilting, organise workshops, retreats and exhibitions and have an extensive library. They meet every Tuesday and the first and third Saturdays of each month 9:30am to 3:00pm, 27 Jellicoe Street, Toowoomba.
Quilted handbags and knitted throws were also on display. At the entrance was a touching memorial to two club members who passed away the previous year. Stacks of magazines were free or by donation. Tea, coffee and cake for $3 while observing the room full of quilts from a platform was a relaxing break. A sense of humour in cartoon form rested on a quilted table cloth: two men are talking over a fence. One has odd patches on his jumper and says to his neighbour, 'She even patches things before they need mending'.
One of the raffle prizes was a quilt worth $3720, a needle turned applique which was machine pieced by club members. Baskets of quilting gear were another raffle.
It was a beautiful, fun and friendly event and I encourage all visitors to the Carnival of Flowers to see the Quilt Show, especially if you're caught out with a rainy day. Don't forget to vote for your favourite quilt.