War Time Quilts with Dr Annette Gero

On Friday night I had the pleasure of attending the opening of Annette's new exhibition at the Manly Art Gallery.

This is a great exhibition, I've not seen a great deal of older quilts in Australia, but (aside from my contribution) the quilts all come from different periods of conflict throughout history. Some of the best are 150 years old - and the workmanship and quality of the fabric is so good that they are as vibrant as ever. The techniques are remarkably similar to those we use now, and I thought the men (and occasionally women) who made the quilts had creative tips we could incorporate into quiltmaking today.

Many of the quilts used wool, in fact some of the earliest were created from boiled wool, which was so thick and durable the makers didn't use seams. I love using wool in my quilts, and seeing it used in such a powerful and colourful way was really inspirational.

The exhibition runs until 22nd November at the Manly Art Gallery in NSW, you can find out more about it here: http://www.manly.nsw.gov.au/attractions/gallery/current/war-time-quilts/