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Award Winning Quilts

First prize in Abstract category

Some of the quilts that have won awards since I have been participating in exhibitions. These are the quilts that have given me the greatest satisfaction to complete. The awards represent the approbation of my peers. Not every quilt that I have loved making has won a prize.

Improv with Geometry 2017

  • 185cm x 160cm
  • Cotton top and back, wool wadding
  • Spiral cursive writing as quilting


  • 1st place, Canberra Quilters Members’ Exhibition 2017, Group Quilt Open
  • 1st place, QuiltWest 2017, Collaborative Quilts, Open

A set of 12 strips, one each made by the members of the Quirky Quilters friendship sewing group, some deconstructed and reconstructed. The creation of this quilt has been documented in my blog.

Lagoon  2015

  • 160cm x 170cm  (69″ x 73″)
  • Cotton top and back, wool wadding
  • Straight line quilting, following the shape of the block, quilt as you go.

A swim in the pristine waters of The Basin at Rottnest Island provided inspiration; the sand, rocks, caverns and reef transmitting myriad turquoise shades shimmering in the sunlight.


  • 1st place, Canberra Quilters Members’ Exhibition 2015, Bed Quilt Non-Professional
  • Canberra Quilters Members’ Exhibition 2015, Bernina Amateur Encouragement Award

I made a small quilt (12″ x 12″) as part of a monthly challenge with my quilting guild Contemporary Quilt Group. The inspiration for the challenge was “Inspired by a Painting”.  I chose Paul Klee’s  Characters in Yellow 1937. This small piece was later incorporated into a larger quilt.

12″ x 12″

I liked the effect so much, I decided to tackle a bed-sized quilt. I entered it into the WAQA guild show, but did not achieve any special notice, particularly as it did not seem to fit any category well.

When I entered it into the Canberra Quilters exhibition, it won two prizes. The categories there suited my quilt much better.

Winning the first place award meant that I have ‘professional’ status for future exhibitions within Australia.

I was happy to gift Lagoon to a friend for her 60th birthday. With very close friends, I like to give a quilt for their 60th if I think it will be well received. Other friends receive a hand-knitted pair of socks.

Homage to Rosalie Gascoigne 2014

  • 153cm x 153cm (61″ x 61″)
  • Cotton top and back, wool wadding


Australian/New Zealand artist  Rosalie Gascoigne, represented in the Australian National Gallery, New York Museum of Modern Art and others, is most celebrated for her sculptures using ‘found objects’, eg wooden fruit packing cases, roadside warning signs, discarded building materials.  As far as I know, she never worked with textiles.

  • 2nd prize, QuiltWest 2014, Theme ‘Solids’ Amateur
  • 1st place, Canberra Quilters Members’ Exhibition 2014, Wall Quilt Non-Professional

I imagined that Gascoigne found a quilt, deconstructed and reconstructed it in the style she used with her sculptures. This quilt is the result.  It is entirely new and original.

Ad Hoc – 2014

  • 120cm x 122cm (4′ x 4’1″)
  • cotton top and back, wool wadding
Ad Hoc
  • 3nd prize, QuiltWest 2014, Modern

Ad Hoc was begun as a colour study and developed into an improv design with curved seams and an exercise in disguising block edges. I hated the first quilting and I pulled it all out and quilted it again.  I find quilting the most difficult part of the process. This could be a baby quilt but is better as a wall hanging.

Shadow Play – 2013

  • 36″ x 36″
  • Cotton top, wadding and backing.

Entered into the NYC Metro Modern Quilt Guild international Double Wedding Ring competition coordinated by Victoria Findlay Wolfe.

Shadow Play
  •  Judge’s Choice – Victoria Findlay Wolfe

The quilt was made entirely from commercial quilters cottons carefully pieced. The rings were drafted by me and rotary cut using my paper templates. I am very proud of how well this came together, though my initial design was much larger. The piecing became so difficult that I had to stop at this baby size.

Shadow Play detail

Here is a detail of a difficult section.  There are nine different pieces of fabric in this image, which is about 3″ square on the quilt.

QuiltWest Exhibition

Western Australia’s premier quilt show

The Cookbook Project

Keeping the kitchen alive one recipe at a time

Bella G. Bear Art

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Mount Magnet Quilt Project

for the Mount Magnet Astro Rocks Fest

Green Door Arts Studio

Out in the Studio

Quirky Quilts

Handmade patchwork quilts for sale - off the peg and made to order

WA Inspired Art Quilters

Textile Art, Dyed Fabric, Applique, Piecework, Embellishment

Pieces of Pye

Free Motion Quilting Specialist

The Guilty Quilter

Quilts to use and love

stitched and bound 2022

art quilt exhibition

Gray Barn Designs

Real. Modern. Quilting

Texas Quilting

- Quilting in the Lone Star State

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