A quick look at lunch

Prudence Jeffrey (nee Pascoe) born England 1831, arrived Australia 1857, died 1900 Miniature hexagons quilt 1857 (detail) cotton 183.0 x 183.0 cm Collection of Janene Ford, Melbourne
Prudence Jeffrey (nee Pascoe)
born England 1831, arrived Australia 1857, died 1900
Miniature hexagons quilt 1857 (detail)
cotton
183.0 x 183.0 cm
Collection of Janene Ford, Melbourne

 

One of the perks (?) of the day job is apparently travel. One of the downsides of travel is frustration when you just miss something you would like to see by a matter of days. Today (August 20 2016) had the potential to be one of the most frustrating challenges this was likely to bring – I was spending the day literally across the road from an exhibition of antique Australian quilts at the NGV (National Gallery of Victoria). Titled making the Australian Quilt, the exhibit opened in July and is running through to November, and it is highly recommended.

Would I have liked to have spent more that 45 mins in there – you bet – but being asked if I could amuse myself for a little while at about lunchtime, I kindly offered to “go for a little walk” and grab myself some lunch while I was out. Very accommodating of me really. Across the road I went and into the gallery.

The quilts are amazing – being able to see Auntie Green’s Coverlet in real life was awesome, and makes me want to get back to my own applique; I adored the Miniature Hexagons Quilt (pictured above); and my mind is buzzing with ideas and inspiration.

If only I wasn’t stuck at the airport waiting for my flight home – sans sewing.

If you have the opportunity go and see the exhibition, it is well worth your while.

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