There are a number of awards presented each year at the AQC Gala Dinner.

Nominations for these awards can be accepted from any individual or group. They are designed to acknowledge people who have made an outstanding contribution or achievement in the area of quilting.

Below are the winners for 2015.

Lut-da Award

This award will acknowledge an individual who has made outstanding contribution to their community through quilting. Their work may have been to assist individuals or groups in need, or to develop programs to assist the general community, and must have utilised the medium of quilting. This award will recognise an individual who has worked for their community, via the medium of quilting. It is called Lut-Da after the aboriginal word meaning “to give”.

2015 winner: Gwen Parry (WA)

Gwen is a long standing member of her state guild and is an enthusiastic and valued contributor. She assumed responsibility for the coordination of the Community Quilts Program a number of years ago. It was already thriving but under her leadership it has grown enormously.

She constantly goes the extra mile, and works day and night sourcing supplies, sponsors, preparing samples and pre-cutting fabric to ensure there is an ongoing supply for members to stitch. However she has not been content with supplying quilts to hospitals and nursing homes; she also actively finds out about people that are in need of comfort and support.

Recently she initiated a program where people in need, such as the family of the lost Malaysian aircraft, can be given a quilt as a random act of kindness. During the last year she has established a connection with a Foundation which houses and teaches young women aged 13 to 30. They not only receive a quilt but are given sewing lessons which gives them a sense of purpose and self-worth as well as a useful skill set while having fun in the process.

Where-ever there is a need; she finds a way to help. She is a constant source of good ideas for guild activities and this has helped to attract younger new members to the guild. These are just a few of the many aspects to this lady’s work, which she does in between her full time job and family duties. She is a selfless person who goes over and above the role expected of her, and she delights in giving to others.

Rajah Award

This award will acknowledge an outstanding contribution to quilting in Australia, whether it be a contribution as a quilting teacher, designer, author, historian, guild worker, retailer, etc or a combination of work in several of these areas. This award is called the ‘Rajah Award’ in tribute to the historic Rajah quilt made by convict women en route to Australia in 1841.

2014 winner: Di Ford-Hall (Vic)

Di has made an immense contribution to quilting in Australia over the last 35 years, as a retailer, a teacher, a designer and author. She is known around the world for making exceptionally beautiful and intricate quilts in a traditional style.

She is a gifted and passionate teacher who has taught more than 2, 500 beginner patchwork students over 24 years in her shop which was one of the first two shops in her home state at that time.

Her quilts have been exhibited in Australia, China, France, the Netherlands, and the USA, and her first book has been an instant sellout. She has become a much sought after designer and teacher in Europe and loves to pass on her passion for traditional techniques.

Recently she designed a quilt which was sold as block of the month instalments and more than two thousand European quilters immediately registered for it. She has put Australian quilting in the spotlight in Europe. In Australia she is credited with revitalising the technique of broderie perse in quilts.

Shining Light Award

We believe it is of paramount importance to encourage our junior quilters. With this aim, we will present an award to recognise achievement by a junior quilter. This award will be known as the ‘Shining Light Award’, and will have a nominee age limit of up to 18 years of age at the time of nomination.

2014 winner: Isabella Noble (NSW)

Twelve-year old Isabella has been creating pincushions, pillowcases and bags since she started sewing.

She has already won a number of prizes in local shows and has received Highly Commended and Best of Show awards for sewn items.

She has been attending classes at her local patchwork store and is now learning to use rotary cutters. In the school holidays and after school she is often occupied with her sewing.

She recently completed her first quilt.

Each of these awards are proudly presented by Expertise Events.

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