This special annual edition of Great Australian Quilts is focused on the Australian identity that runs through our quilting industry. As Australians, not just as quilters or textile lovers, we are influenced by what we interact with around us. In this magazine we applaud and share the success and accomplishments that Australian quilters have achieved specifically in this past year.
From national awards to Australian fabric designers and their new range releases, to favourite Aussie authors and their books, to personal achievements, profiles, galleries and more — every page shows what is great about Australian quilts, quilters and quilting.
We start off by sharing some of the annual awards that recognise national achievements by individual quilters. These occur at the annual Australasian Quilt Conference and are sponsored by Expertise Events (organiser of AQC) and Bernina Australia.
Following that, each of the states and territories reveals a project from a resident quilt textile artist who has designed and shared the instructions to make an ‘Australian textile quilt piece’. It has been such a privilege to work with some of our talented designers — thank you to Rachelle Denneny (SA), Doreen Dyer (NT), Sonya Else (Vic), Kerry Graf (ACT), Denise Griffiths (NSW), Jocelyne Leath (WA), Sally Westcott (Tas) and Brenda Wood (Qld) for creating and sharing such amazing projects.