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Inaugural QuiltConnect a huge success

The inaugural QuiltConnect Show held at the Mt Gravatt Showgrounds was a huge success.  The weather was perfect – a slight shower on the night of set up was perfect for settling the dust and making the grounds look beautiful.

181 quilts were entered in the show representing 38 Affiliated Groups – it was lovely to see quilts from all over Queensland and northern New South Wales.  Many of our visitors commented “you don’t get to see these quilts at the quilt show” and it is lovely to see what is happening in the different groups.  It was interesting to hear how quilts got selected to come to QuiltConnect – some groups had a mini quilt show and voted on which quilts would go forward; some used the viewer’s choice results from their own shows; and one group that I know of used the “Captain’s Call” method.  Thank you to everyone who provided a quilt – it was a wonderful display.

The Silent Auction went very well with many bids for the beautiful pieces of work donated by our award winning quilters.  Thank you to all the ladies who donated a piece, or more, for the auction.  It was lovely to see the range of work on display – from the smallest hexagon piece to the portrait quilt. Over 20 quilts from the recent State of the Art competition were also showcased.

Many of the quilters from Queensland Quilters (2Q) donated bags for the Bag Raffle and these were highly sought.  The marquee with the bags also included this year’s 2Q Challenge.  There were over 60 challenge quilts on display and they certainly illustrated the creativity of members.

The Traders’ Mall was a huge success with many comments that it was lovely to only have traders selling items relevant to patchwork and quilting.  A prize for buyers spending over $50 in a single transaction was hotly contested! Traders also provided mini demonstrations of techniques, tools or equipment and these were well received by visitors.

The catering marquees provided not only beautiful food but also the opportunity to sit and chat with friends.  The buzz coming out of these marquees all day was unbelievable.

As for our winners, what a beautiful story it is.  The winning quilt was made by Kay Crapp from the Gatton Quilters group.  Kay has never entered a quilt show before and didn’t think her quilt was good enough to enter. She had to be encouraged by her group – thank goodness the ladies at Gatton could be so persuasive!

Sunnybank Quilters won the Best Affiliated Group section with a delightful selection of quilts.  Kerry Nieper from the Maleny Art and Craft Group won the Viewer’s Choice.  Congratulations to all winners – you should be very proud – and also congratulations to everyone who entered a quilt – they were all lovely.

Our volunteers deserve HUGE thanks – so many of you volunteered to work for 2 hours and then just stayed on working for the rest of the day.  It was fabulous and so many commented that it was wonderful to work with other 2Q members that they didn’t know.

The committee for QuiltConnect is truly the “Dream Team” – everyone had a job and just got on with it.  The camaraderie was amazing and I know that new friendships have formed.  Each and every member of the team gave up many hours of their time to help stage this event and all that I can say is “Thank you”.

QuiltConnect would not have been possible without the wonderful support of our major sponsor, Brother International.  Jennene Burge and Dean Kendall have been by our side the whole way and it has been fabulous working with them to stage this show.  Thank you, Jennene and Dean, for having the faith in us to come on board and commit considerable resources to this event.  We are truly appreciative.

An evaluation of QuiltConnect will be undertaken in the near future and we will decide on its future.

Thank you one and all for helping to make this event such a success.

Chris Harvey

QuiltConnect Convenor, Vice President Queensland Quilters Inc

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Best of Show

Viewers' Choice

Sunnybank Quilters - Best Affiliated Group

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