As posted on The Quilt Show Blog March 24, 2019

A Quilter from Victoria, Australia / A Quilter from Ohio, USA Exchange Quilts

Here are the quilts for the nineteenth team from the over 320 teams that participated in the International Miniature Quilt Exchange (IMQE). 201 teams submitted their quilts to be a part of the Exhibition in Houston 2018 and we are featuring the 24 teams selected for the first IMQE Exhibition.

Click here to learn more about the International Miniature Quilt Exchange (IMQE). Enjoy the quilts from Team 392 created by Brenda Dean and Kaye Koler.
Title of Quilt: Turtle Dreaming
Quilter’s Name: Brenda Dean

Location: Tyabb, Victoria, Australia

Separated by oceans and continents, time zones and hemispheres it’s surprising how much my quilt buddy, Kaye, and I have in common. In addition to our passion for quilting, we love sharing our skills with others. We both live by the water, enjoy time spent with our grandchildren and are both blessed with a sense of humour! We have exchanged numerous emails, shared images of our work, pictures of our family and lots of laughs! I am so happy to have Kaye as my friend! Kaye is an expert in “La Passacaglia” quilting and I decided that my quilt should be made from pieced blocks. Using Aboriginal designed fabric depicting turtles, I worked on an idea based upon the dreamtime story “WAYAMBA THE TURTLE” to illustrate our unique Australian culture. (The story is on the back of the quilt). I was inspired by Maxine Rosenthal’s book “One Block Wonders”, where each hexagonal block is unique. With careful cutting and freehand machine stitching, I made more than sixty 3-inch blocks from the one piece of fabric. I arranged the blocks in a colour and design sequence that would follow the story, beginning at the top right with blocks that represented the home camp, working clockwise to the billabong and the marshland where the women and children foraged for food. This flowed into the hunting ground and then the desert and finally the petal window showing the turtle in the creek.

Title of Quilt: Pineapple Pleasure Quilter’s Name: Kaye Koler Location: Amherst, Ohio, USA

I have done my job as a quilter if this little quilt brings joy and warmth to my partner (#392) on the other side of the world….down under in Australia. I am naturally drawn to antique quilts, a love my Gram shared with me at an early age. And yet, at the same time, the aesthetic of modern quilts continually inspires me. So mixing the two are often a great combination for me. I like to call it modern traditional. Miniatures came to the forefront of my quilting when I discovered foundation piecing more than 20 years ago. I learned I could achieve such great precision rather easily. This miniature was especially enjoyable to create for my delightful partner Brenda! It’s been a pleasure getting to know and love her! We have SO much in common even beyond quilting. A great match and mate indeed! And what better block pattern to use ….? The pineapple is the international symbol of welcome and hospitality! I added a little “sparkle” using thread around the coral and green blocks! So befitting for my
new friend and exceptional experience with the International Miniature Quilt Exchange, 2018!