Gerringong Quilt Show


Every year I go – my Auntie Marg is one of the organisers – and every year I think the quilts cannot get more amazing.

And then they do.


I love love love quilts. 

I've never made one, that's largely because I have an extraordinary friend who quilts and has made us six since the first one, a wedding quilt, eight years ago. SIX. Yep, it's another post, I have to show you Jodi's quilts sometime. They are utterly beautiful.

But look at these… 


And that's the thing about quilts, I think. They are scraps of fabric, traditionally actual scraps. And they're sewn together, typcially by women, into something completely functional, which keeps you warm, but is an object of beauty, and sometimes great art at the same time. 

We have a family friend who is a bit of a quilting celebrity, and whose quilts get more astonishingly beautiful and detailed every year. 




This, above, is Merelyn Pearce and her amazing award-winning quilt called Preston Dreaming. This photo does it zero justice. The needlework is astounding. It's the last in a series of six. It won best in show at the Sydney Quilt Show this year, is a contender for the National Quilt Award and frankly it belongs in an art gallery. 

So inspired.


Next year I'm going to learn how to quilt. 


9 Comments on “Gerringong Quilt Show

November 15, 2011 at 7:02 am

Oh, do it, do it!

I’m still struggling to figure out how to finish the one I started (crikey!) 21 years ago, and have my sewing machine sitting out in the dining room, in it’s box, whispering to me, “will you get organised, dammit? Get on with it, woman!”

Have you seen Leila’s quilting at Like Mother, Like Daughter? Or did you put me on to her? She’s on to other wonderful things lately, but oh, so inspiring.

I want to make a wall hanging with a line from Dr Seuss, Cat in the Hat, something like “This mess is so big and so deep and so tall, We can not pick it up, there is no way at all.”

Please please please do show us Jodi’s quilts!

November 15, 2011 at 8:12 am

This is probably a totally stupid question from someone who lives in a country where quilting is not a national pastime. What do you do with them? We got one from an American relative for our first baby and I used it as a blanket, on the floor or wherever I wanted to put her. But it was much smaller than the ones in your photographs. And totally not as elaborate. Some of these things, like you say, are surely works of art and belong in a gallery, wouldn’t want baby to throw up all over them…? So, if you have six… what do you use them for? Where are they? Hung on the wall to be admired? And how does one actually make a quilt? You see, I am totally quilt-challenged and looking forward to more pictures! Andrea

November 15, 2011 at 9:09 am

Extraordinary photos, you’ve done well to show off the quits. I wasn’t aware of this quilt show, I’m marking my calendar for next year.

November 15, 2011 at 10:00 am

Re: TypePad: [inner pickle] Sue submitted a comment on Gerringong Quilt Show

Oh my goodness, MAKE that wall hanging then duplicate it over over sell it on etsy!!!!! Ill buy one! Sue, I think that is genius.

And I love Like Mother, Like Daughter, and yes TOTALLY inspiring!

kim at allconsuming
November 15, 2011 at 5:04 pm

I started in Nov 09. I ADORE it. I don’t do anything of that calibre but it doesn’t matter. It’s the process and the longevity and love of what you’ve made (generally) for someone else. Possible the most rewarding thing I’ve ever taken up.

Queen of the Armchair
November 16, 2011 at 12:09 am

I’m sorry I missed this show this year…the red and white quilt is stunning…Yes, try and learn to quilt, I’m sure you will love it…Dzintra xo

November 16, 2011 at 4:45 am

No, I have a different one to make for you;

“You find milk and I’ll find flour,
And we’ll have a pudding in half an hour.”

Now I just need to learn how to sew!

josephine hart
November 16, 2011 at 5:36 am

gorgeous! i went to the quilt show at the victoria and albert museum the other year (was it last year? can’t have been, i was pregnant! i forget when.) and it was brilliant! i especially loved the really old ones, can’t believe how detailed they were. astounding.

November 20, 2011 at 3:45 pm

Those quilts are amazing. I think quilters must be very special people. At Westmead children’s hospital each child diganosed with cancer (+ their siblings) is able to choose a lap quilt to be made for them. A group called ‘Quilts for Keeps’ then make the quilts & send them to the children. The quilts are gorgeous & are so practical when the kids are in hospital, visiting doctors etc. Such a beautiful & generous use of their talents.


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