Sunday, May 29, 2011

Quilt exhibition in Mitchell, outback Queensland

The Mitchell on Maranoa Gallery (behind the library) is now hung with 44 magnificent quilts, all of which were created in the past 12 months, by local people.

The exhibition was officially opened yesterday, with the work to be on display until 9 July. Afternoon tea, with an amazing selection of home-made cakes was offered to everyone who came to the opening.

Vibrant colours, textures and designs are a feature of the quilts, each created with passion and skill by the Kenniff Country Quilters Group.

A few years ago I heard an interesting anecdote about quilts. Some religions (particularly the Amish) deliberately make a 'mistake' in the intricate pattern of their quilts. Just one tiny imperfection. Their belief is that only God is perfect. To spot this minute imperfection is a challenge.

The ancient art of quilting is still alive and well throughout Australia, uniting groups, especially in remote and country areas.

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