Any day at a quilt show that starts with these blues seen from the boat to the show is going to be good.
The NSW Quilt Show certainly was a great day out - although the new venue was very cold. I took too many photos, so have linked to them here. Not surprisingly, many of the quilts featured incredible applique, Australian plants and Australian birds. The winners are shown on this link. Many of the quilts, although not many of the winners, used paint and pencil techniques on their entries. I was particularly taken with one of those, by Lois Parish-Evans, in the "Living Colour" exhibit, curated by Brenda Gael Smith, which had been quilted, and then coloured after the quilting, leading to incredible contrast between the quilted and non-quilted area.
I got a chance to say hello to Kathy Doughty of Material Obsessions fame, and to meet the fun and charming Mollisparkles, who has a great free tutorial on how to make a pieced Union Jack block. Too bad I don't have my sewing machine here.