Some weeks back, Australia’s first modern quilt show was held in Berry on the South Coast of New South Wales. Hosted by Wollongong MQG, it was a stellar event.
So many beautiful quilts on display (you can see more of them in my post over here) and a lovely day trip for me with fellow Canberra MQG members and my biggest small, seven year old Mollie (thanks to Monn, Liz and Gemma for such a fun day)!
The call for entries came out and when I was talking with the fam about the show and possibly entering one of my quilts, Mollie asked if she could enter as well. The organisers had included a Children’s Category so we agreed to finish quilting her quilt and submit it. I was determined that she should do as much of the quilting as possible (which was another lesson in letting go for me) and we worked over a few weeks to get it done. Much of the quilting was done with her little hands under my hands guiding her around while she pressed the foot full throttle – it was a challenge to remain calm but I’m happy that she was able to have so much input and feel proud of her work at the end.
When we submitted the entry, we waited a few days to hear back, she was thrilled that the committee accepted her quilt and we decided to take the trip to go see it hanging.
I’m so very glad we went. Miss Mollie was awarded best in show for the children’s category and won a sewing machine from Bernina! Such a proud Mama moment. I am thrilled that my incredibly creative daughter has had her work recognised. Not because of the machine (although that’s AWESOME) but because I love that her creativity has had such positive encouragement. People at the show took time to talk with her about her quilt, about the process and about her ideas (thanks Molli & Mr Sparkles, Kathy, Amy and the many other folk who took time to listen to her). So often creativity is squashed to make room for more “studious” pursuits but this, this has been just the encouragement and confidence booster she needed.
So very proud of my big girl. And so very pleased that she is making the most of her machine! Just not entirely convinced that I’ll ever get my desk back now her machine is on it, she’s currently working on a new quilt for her next show entry!