Each Best of Show quilt from state guild shows around Australia is included in this display of excellence. Enjoy seeing the cream of the crop from each state, all in one place!


ACT: Canberra Quilters Inc


Blurring the Edges by Beth and Trevor Reid

Quiltmaker’s Statement: Trevor’s diagnosis of cataracts inspired this design, with blurred edges of objects and diffusion of lights as the condition takes effect. Utilising fabrics collected over the years to produce a quilt with a spectrum of colour and light.

Western Australia: West Australian Quilters’ Association (WAQA)


‘A Purple Sensation’ by Tracey Bareli

Quiltmaker’s Statement: “A Purple Sensation” is a Pattern taken from the AQS Book ‘ Design Inspirations’ by Margaret Soloman Gunn.

Tasmania: Tasmanian Quilting Guild


The Collective Language of Trees by Cindy Watkins

Quiltmaker’s Statement: This quilt was inspired by the book “Hidden Life of Trees” by Peter Wohlleben. The book explores how trees communicate and support each other through their root systems. For many years I have been enthralled by the beauty of the deciduous beech or Fagus (Nothofagus Gunnii) that grows in the highland areas of Tasmania. It is Australia’s only deciduous tree and its autumn display is spectacular.

South Australia: SA Quilters Guild


The Caswell Challenge by Judith Stacey

Quiltmaker’s Statement: While I have been passionate about patchwork, quilting and embroidery for more than 40 years, creating The Caswell Challenge between 2015 and 2018 has been my most rewarding project. I thoroughly enjoyed the challenge of mastering needle turn applique, bias making and fussy cutting under the guidance of my quilting mentor Sharon Porter. The pattern is an original by Castlemaine reproduction quilt designer Corliss Searcey, inspired by Zeruah Caswell’s famous circa 1835 woollen embroidered rug, the Caswell Carpet.

The Caswell Challenge features delicately embroidered folk-art style flowers, leaves, birds and butterflies and a bold colour palette of pinks, reds, blues and yellows in the style of the 19th Century original.

Queensland: Queensland Quilters Inc


Feathered 5iever by Lyn Crump

Quiltmaker’s Statement: Is it a green linear quilted star galaxy exploding out or white outer space imploding with circular quilting designs, spiraling in? Splashes of green in clusters of 5 scattered throughout. Feathered 5iever my fifth Feathered Star quilt, made with Kona Cotton Solids.

New South Wales: QuiltNSW


After the Last Sky by Jenny Bowker

Quiltmaker’s Statement: On 14th August, 2013, Egyptian security and the army opened fire on supporters of President Morsi occupying the square of Raba’a el Adawiya. I saw this iconic photograph by Mosa’ab Elshamy and in Cairo two years later I had a coffee with the young photojournalist and bought the rights to make this quilt. I wanted to honour photojournalists who risk their lives to show us the truth. Between 817 – 2,000 people were killed in the massacre. This demonstrator survived the massacre but can never return to his country. Throughout the making of this work I was in regular touch with Mosa’ab. Based on a photo by Mosa’ab Elshamy.

Victoria: Victorian Quilters Inc


The Apprentice by Julie Adamson

Quiltmaker’s Statement: Hand needle turned. Original Design inspired by the style of John Henry Dearle, who was the Master Apprentice to William Morris.

Northern Territory: Territory Quilts


Red River Star by Nicole Morelli

Quiltmaker’s Statement: to come…