Anzac theme to be covered at quilting event

March 31, 2015 by  

Quilts made as a celebration of the Anzac Centenary will be among more than 350 on show at the 11th Annual Australasian Quilt Convention and Expo in Melbourne, Victoria next month.

Hailed as the biggest event of its type in the southern hemisphere, the convention will present a widely Australian-themed collection of quilts, together with a host of art, international, modern and competition offerings.

Workshops and seminars by leading homespun and international tutors will be conducted to suit all skill levels.

Visitors interested in a little hobby-themed shopping will have a vast array of specialty retailers to select from, as well as hundreds of gadgets and quilting products personally selected for sale at the expo.

The 2015 event has been described as particularly special by organiser Judy Newman. She said the quilts on show would provide a moving tribute to the landing at Gallipoli of Australian soldiers during World War I, marking the 100th anniversary with intricate and vibrant quilts that oozed mateship, remembrance and the Aussie spirit.

Anticipated exhibits will include the Lest We Forget Quilt Challenge – 100 years, 100 quilts and True Blue.

The Aussie Hero Quilts team, who create laundry bags and quilts for Australia’s men and women currently serving overseas, will also be on hand to meet expo visitors.

Banner and catalogue printing will help attendees find their various areas of interest at the event, which has this year attracted more than 92 exhibitors from around the world.

The convention will be held at the Royal Exhibition Building from April 16 to 19.