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A lazy start

We had a lazy start to the weekend with a leisurely breakfast as the sun streamed through the windows. It was lovely. Even the cat caught the mood.

Lazing in the sun

Lazing in the sun

A visit to Manly

Manly

Manly

The forecast was for rain so I was a little worried that it might mar our trip to Manly but when we arrived it was quite pleasant. It was warm enough for me to leave my scarf in the car. There were people walking dogs on the ocean side promenade and surfers riding the moderate swell.

Surfers braving the cool sea

Surfers braving the cool sea

The Manly street market was in full swing and though not as crowded as a summer market it was well attended. I know that Bondi is more famous and supposedly more popular than Manly but I’ve never understood why. Personally, I prefer Manly which has the advantage of having both ocean and harbour beaches.

I was really hungry so we went in search of fish and chips – what else would you eat in Manly? We found a lovely little brasserie and had our fish, chips and salad lunch. Then off to the Manly Art Gallery and Museum which was the real purpose of our visit.

As we strolled along the harbour side promenade the famous Manly Ferry was making its way into the wharf. It was becoming quite warm too and blue sky was the order of the day.

Manly Ferry

Manly Ferry

The New Quilt 2010 – Contemporary Quilt Textiles

The exhibition was well worth the two and a half hour round trip! I’m just sorry I can’t bring you any photos as photography wasn’t allowed. I can’t even show you a photo of the catalogue.

The quilts were so diverse and explored not only colour and texture but also movement and optical illusion. My favourites were a quilt by Brenda Gael Smith called “Turf”. You can see a picture on her website here. This quilt was inspired by freshly mown grass and is even more impressive than the image suggests. Another quilt that I particularly liked was “Remants” by Carolyn Sullivan. The attention to detail in this quilt was amazing. Thousands of tiny knots formed part of the quilting pattern. Having just done lots of knots in my Labyrinth quilt I know just how time consuming and painstaking this work is.

A quilt called “Africa” by Valentina Maximova was very striking with its clever use of vibrant colours and really conveyed the energy of African tradition. You can see this quilt here, but really it doesn’t do it justice. It has a very high impact when you see the actual quilt. Another striking quilt was Cath Phillips’ “Totem 1”. This is a hand-dyed, appliqued and quilted piece that also incorporates beads and wooden rods. This is one of the larger quilts in the collection and really makes its presence felt.

The exhibition is on until the 25th July so if you’re in Sydney do go and see it. Admission is free and the gallery is open Tuesday to Sunday. You can get further details from their website here. They also have some lovely items for sale in the Art Gallery shop. Here’s what I bought. Aren’t they lovely?

Glasses cases by Maharani

Glasses cases by Maharani

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