I have been attending the AQC in Melbourne this week and last night the 2012 Awards were presented at a fabulous Gala Dinner - all held in the beautiful historic Royal Exhibition Buildings, Australia's only World Heritage listed building.
Around Australia, each State Quilt Guild chose their State's Best Quilt for 2011 and these are on display as the The Best of Australia Exhibition. Last night at the Gala Dinner, Merelyn Pearce (NSW) was chosen as the National Quilt Award Winner for 2011 with her quilt "Preston Dreaming".
I shall take photos of the actual quilt and others today then post them to you this week.
The Shining Light Award, an encouragement award to our young quilters, went to Ineka Voigt, a budding 12 year old from Canberra who has already won 9 quilting awards.
The prestigous "Rajah Award", for 2012 was awarded to Judy Hooworth. A very well-deserved winner to join the ranks of our previous 7 annual winners. The Rajah Award acknowledges the outstanding contribution by an individual to quilting in Australia. Name given in honour of the famous Rajah Quilt which is in the National Museum in Canberra. You should google "Rajah Quilt" and read of it's place in our history. Fascinating history.