Quilt and craft extravaganza in Maryborough

THESE chilly nights are perfect for snuggling under the exquisite patchwork quilt being given away at the Heritage City Quilt and Craft Extravaganza on Saturday and Sunday, June 20 and 21.

Created and donated by Leanne Greenhalgh of Patchwork on Pallas, the machine embroidered and quilted work of art will take centre stage at the Maryborough Town Hall over the two-day charity event, hosted by the Rotary Club of Maryborough Sunrise.

Rotary president Robyn Dowling said Ms Greenhalgh had generously donated the valuable quilt to help raise money for local projects such as providing dolls for dementia care and books for children in need.quilt

“Timber City Motors has kindly donated a car service worth $250 for another raffle winner plus everyone who visits the quilt show that’s aimed at inspiring people to create quilts and crafts will also be supporting local charities with their entry fees,” Mrs Dowling said.

Ms Greenhalgh said she pieced together and machine stitched the quilt in her spare time over about a month. Condensed, the hours would equal a full working week.

“This quilt is a new design by Tracey Sims, a designer from Brisbane who visits my shop annually. She first came here to take a folk art class when I opened 13 years ago,” Ms Greenhalgh said.

“Tracey now digitises her paintings and converts them into machine embroidery designs. Her quilts, embroideries and artwork have been featured in many publications in Australia, USA and the UK.

“This quilt is my interpretation of a design from Tracey’s new book titled Botanical Blues.

“It’s quite valuable and would retail for at least $1500. There’s over $400 worth of thread in it alone and to have this amount of quilting done, you’d pay about $450.”

Ms Greenhalgh said her students had been using the quilt for inspiration to create their own designs in time for the Heritage City Quilt and Craft Extravaganza.

“I’ve asked them to showcase their best quilts made this year in the quilt challenge.

“Their quilts will be displayed over the two days and viewers will be able to vote for their favourite quilt in the Viewers’ Choice award. The quilter with the most votes will win a $250 voucher donated by VanCootens Howard Drapery.

“At 1.15pm on the Saturday, ladies from the Patchwork on Pallas Social Group will hold a Show and Tell hoping to inspire others.”

Demonstrations throughout the weekend also include Accuquilt Go Cutter, English Paper Piecing, Machine Quilting, Design Transferring and Machine Embroidery. There will also be patchwork, crafts and scrapbooks stalls, a garage sale area and cake decorating demonstrations.

What:             Heritage City Quilt & Craft Extravaganza
Where:            Maryborough Town Hall
When:             9am to 4pm Saturday June 20; 9am to 3pm Sunday June 21
Cost:               $5; discount for groups; proceeds go to charity


Caption: Leanne Greenhalgh shows the Botanical Blues Quilt someone will win at the Heritage City Quilt and Craft Extravaganza.

USQ alumni recognised in Matilda awards

UNIVERSITY of Southern Queensland’s stage management graduates Stephen Brodie and Craig Wilkinson have been honoured in the state’s annual theatrical awards, the Matildas.

Other USQ alumni were also nominated in a range of categories.


Stephen Brodie (left) and Craig Wilkinson. PHOTO: Dylan Evans Photography.

Mr Brodie and Mr Wilkinson’s company, Optikal bloc, received a Gold Matilda for its body of work throughout 2014, as well as a Silver Matilda for Best Technical Design for Pale Blue Dot, a captivating comedy about alien abduction.

“Stephen and I are very honoured of our recognition by the Matilda Awards,” Mr Wilkinson said.

“USQ has always had a strong representation across the creative and technical strands of independent and main stage theatre, right across Queensland.

“We’re constantly working together with fellow alumni. It’s a privilege to be involved in such a vibrant industry.”

Optikal bloc was also nominated in the same category for its projections and other video work on Queensland Theatre Company’s The Mountaintop. Further productions on which the company has been involved include Wuthering Heights, Gasp! and 1984.

 Pale Blue Dot was developed through La Boite’s Playwrights-in-Residence program.

The production’s author, USQ alumnus Kathryn Marquet, was nominated for the Lord Mayor’s Award for Best New Australian Work.

USQ alumnus Ashlee Lollback was nominated for the Bille Brown Award for the Best Emerging Artist, also for Pale Blue Dot.

Best Female Actor in a Leading Role nominees included USQ alumni Veronica Neave, Sex with Strangers, and Christen O’Leary, Gloria.

 Actor Nicholas Gell, a QTC graduate, was recognised with a Silver Matilda for his work in Hedonism’s Second Album, a play written by USQ alumnus David Burton and Clarie Christian.

USQ Vice-Chancellor and President Professor Jan Thomas congratulated the winners and nominees on their outstanding achievements.

“USQ is tremendously proud of its alumni who have excelled in this year’s Matilda Awards,” Professor Thomas said.

The annual Matilda Awards honour and celebrate the achievements of the Brisbane theatre industry. To see so many USQ alumni being recognised at this level is a tribute to the high quality creative arts and media education being offered at the University.”

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