Many follow the creative activities of the Twelve by Twelve Quilt Artists, and eagerly await the monthly revealing of quilts made to a theme. usually only seen in the group’s online gallery, or the websites of the artists, for the first time 144 quilts were exhibited together at the AQC, and were accompanied by Brenda Gael Smith who spoke about them. It was great to see them close up and to hear about their making. This is how they looked. This is a panorama made by joining two photos, but if you click on it, you will get a larger view.
It was good to meet Christina Henry, the artist behind Roses from the Heart who was with a large display of some of the bonnets which have been made for this project. Many of them had the most beautiful embroideries on the brim, as well as the name of the convict, and the ship on which she sailed. I believe Christina said that 16,000 have been made so far, but her goal is more than 25,000, one for each female convict transported to Australia…..so if you are interested please follow the link to make contact with her, and choose a convict for whom to make a bonnet. I made one in 2008 for an Irishwoman called Mary Margaret Quinn, but was persuaded by Christina to do another, this time for a convict called Jane Clarke, who was from Galway and was transported in 1803 for stealing money. I shall post a photo when it is done.