Made in Australia: Flora & Fauna is the theme of the 2017 AQC Challenge this year. Here are the finalists.


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2017 AQC Challenge

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BERNARDINE HINE

Queensland


Capers in the Wallum: An unusually wet winter in Western Queensland in 2016 created the perfect breeding conditions for the Caper White Butterfly. Their numbers were immense and they filled the air across South East Queensland during their spring migration. Here I have depicted them resting and feeding on Wallum Goodenia, with hints of pink from Wallum Boronias peeking through. They are both natives which bloom profusely in the coastal heath of the Mooloolah River National Park near where I live.

Capers in the Wallum

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CHRISTINE DOWELL

Queensland


Australian Collage: My quilt is a collage of a few of my favourite Australian Flora and Fauna. Australia has a diverse collection of flora and fauna to choose from making it difficult to stop with just the few in this collage.

Australian Collage

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LAURA-MAE WEST

New South Wales


Land of the Extinct: My intention was to create an ordered, almost formal, Palm Cockatoo, surrounded by a symmetrical native flower design. As the quilt progressed, it developed a mind of its own, starting with the native plants distorting the fabric throughout the dyeing process. As I toiled away trying to implement my vision, the quilt seemed to work just as hard to deliver the randomness of nature. The result was an asymmetrical, unique piece of work much like the Australian environment, anything but formal and ordered. We have a diverse and endemic range of Flora and Fauna. We are responsible for their survival.

Land of the Extinct


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ROBBY WRIGHT

New South Wales


Terror Australis (1): Australia’s flora and fauna is vulnerable and endangered. I chose the title “Terror A…” to reflect this. My choice of colour, black for the images and red, through pink for the ground are metaphors for death, danger, fire and its aftermath. The images don’t quite come to the edge of the quilt for our flora and fauna are diminishing. The pieced, whole cloth represents the stained and marked Australian earth on which our flora and fauna must live. Despite everything our plants and animals hang on – but for how long?

Terror Australis (1)

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ROBYN CUTHBERTSON

Victoria


Foraging: There’s a lot of cute Aussie creatures, but while echidnas may not be one of our nation’s most cuddly creations, watching them waddle and burrow is certainly a unique experience that’s not to be missed. This quilt was based on a beautiful illustration by Maike Pritchard who has kindly given me permission to use her design.

Foraging

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EILEEN CAMPBELL

Victoria


Lorikeets Reflected: My favourite ‘Made in Australia’ combination of Flora and Fauna is a Bushy Yate (eucalyptus lehmannii) and Rainbow Lorikeets. Bushy Yates have the most beautiful reddish ‘finger caps’ covering the flower buds. Flocks of Rainbow Lorikeets are such noisy happy sounding birds and they love the nuts of the Bushy Yate, calling to each other as they feed on them. I have used them both in a symmetrical design with more quilted lorikeets flying in to join them.

Lorikeets Reflected

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PAMELA PEARCE

New South Wales


Passionfruit & Honeypot Ants: In the camouflage of the Australian bush an amazing blaze of colour can be found. The Australian Native Passionfruit (Passiflora herbertiana) intertwines with a ghost gum tree and the honeypot ants (Myrmecocystus) feast on the nectar. This plant is found on the East Coast of Australia with the fruit being bitter to the taste.

Passionfruit & Honeypot Ants


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JANICE ROWE

West Australia


Numbat – Made in WA: The Numbat (myrmecobius fasciatus) is Western Australia’s faunal emblem. Originally it was found across Australia but it is now mainly restricted to the Dryandra forest in the south west of the state. Perth Zoo has a successful breeding program to maintain the endangered species for release back into the wild. The Wandoo Eucalypt with its abundant white blossom is also found in the region. The fallen hollow logs are home for the numbats and often provide ants which are a source of food.

Numbat – Made in WA

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SUE DE VANNY

Victoria


Night Moves: Made in Australia: Flora and Fauna directed me to our unique animals and our endangered wildlife. Our owls caught my attention. The Tasmanian Masked was first discovered in Tasmania. I’ve depicted him coming in and ready to pick up its prey to feed its family. Since owls are nocturnal a night scene was appropriate. I tried to give it depth by giving it a more pixelated look in the distance and what would be in focus is more detailed namely the owl and the trunk of the tree that is just behind him.

Night Moves

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BRONWYN HILL

New South Wales


Terror Australis (2): Australia is home to 7,358 species of animals and 21,171 species of plants. Around 85 million years ago the Australian landmass broke away from Antarctica. It became a harsh and isolated island continent, fostering the evolution of some of the most unique and wonderful flora and fauna. An incredibly large proportion of Australia’s plants and animals are endemic, meaning they do not naturally exist anywhere else in the world. Staggeringly, 87% of our mammals and at least 93% of our reptile, amphibians, flowering plants and conifers are unique to Australia. They are individual, adaptable, wild and at times terrifying.

Terror Australis (2)

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JEANNIE HENRY

Queensland


Hello Possums!!: The Brushtail Possum, a cat sized mammal, is indigenous Australian fauna and likes to live in our iconic flora, the gumtree. “Hello Possums!!” – is a boisterous Australian made greeting popularised by our very own Aussie ambassador to the world, Dame Edna Everage.

Hello Possums!!


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LINDEN LANCASTER

Victoria


Kangaroo and Wattle: The red kangaroo and golden wattle are famous symbols that signify the uniqueness of Australia. They both appear on the coat of arms and are part of our shared cultural history. Aboriginal Australians have utilised them in many ways for thousands of years. Tourism Australia makes use of the kangaroo in its logo to “help ensure instant recognition for Australia around the world”. The golden wattle is our national floral emblem that inspires our nation’s colours. It “has become our cherished symbol of celebration, of joy, of sadness and of remembrance and of home wherever we may be…”

Kangaroo and Wattle

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ELIZABETH HUMPHREYS

West Australia


On the Wallaby: The phrase ‘on the wallaby’ is a colloquial term used to describe travelling around Australia by road and track. Gum, wattle, flannel bush and tea tree flowers are seen on the sides of the roads while looking out for kangaroos and wallabies hopping across the track. The fabrics I have chosen for this quilt were designed by Aboriginal artists and purchased in Alice Springs, Central Australia. The images include traditional foods of the Central Desert such as honey ants, witchetty grubs, tubers and fruits along with meeting places and water holes. Ochre coloured fabric represents the wave like formations of the land.

On the Wallaby

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RAYLENE RICHARDSON

Victoria


Bunjil the Wedgetail Eagle: Bunjil, the Australian wedgetail, casts an eagle eye over his domain, the red undulating farmland of the mallee. The wedgetail eagle is Australia’s largest bird of prey with its broad wings and fully feathered legs. He has been seen occasionally eating road kill on my trips from Swan Hill to Manangatang. They build very large nests of sticks, usually in dead trees, high above the ground, where their line of sight is uninterrupted. Local elders relive the dreamtime with stories of Bunjil the giver of life.

Bunjil the Wedgetail Eagle

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DEBBIE GUIHOT

New South Wales


Always One Galah: Always One Galah explores the world of one of Australia’s smallest parrots, the budgerigar. Huge flocks gather in noisy mobs at the edges of watering places, so stained by the ochre of the desert soil as to be almost invisible. The straight line furrowed quilting lines drift ever so slightly askew, evoking the impermanence and unpredictability of what we perceive as an empty and desolate interior of our land. And , of course, there is, in any Australian mob, just one pink galah, showing off.

Always One Galah


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HELEN GODDEN

Australian Capital Territory


Up a Gumtree: The iconic koala cradled high up in the gumtree with her baby clinging and bravely observing. Fabric collage and raw edge appliqué.

Up a Gumtree

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MARIYA WATERS

Victoria


Look At Me – Look at Me!: Parrots are iconic Australian Fauna and this is a portrait of the male Eclectus Parrot from the North East Australian rain forest. It is a large parrot being about 40cm tall. The female is red and violet blue. The environment in which it lives contains gum trees and other Australian native flora. The name comes from the photographer trying to get the parrot’s attention and the parrot repeating back what is said.

Look At Me – Look at Me!

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LUCY CARROLL

Queensland


The Ochetellus Wedding March: Up here, black household ants (or Ochetellus) are insidious and inescapable, as is the tropical plant-life that seems to cover every spare patch of ground. I couldn’t keep the ants off the quilt even as I made it. Living in Far North Queensland, I’m surrounded by luscious tropical foliage that’s teaming with life. I’ve drawn on the colours, shapes, and swirls of the voluptuous layers of jungle that surround my studio to create a quilt that’s graced with the presence of one of our littlest, but most prolific kinds of fauna.

The Ochetellus Wedding March

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JAN CLARK

New South Wales


You Beauty!: Waratahs are quintessentially Australian. They are unique to our country. Beautifully detailed, strong and extravagant, they are a flower that does not say fragile. Yet they have their vulnerable side. The black line work is a contrast to the bold colouring but can also suggest the fading of this magnificent plant due to human activity and habitat destruction. The images and colouring have been built up with layering of hand dyed cottons and organzas. The waratahs are not painted.

You Beauty!


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ELIZABETH TAYLOR

New South Wales


Bessie’s Kookaburra: The Kookaburra is an Australian icon and is associated with Australia Post first appearing on postage stamps in the early 1900’s and the Kookaburra Sits in the Old Gum Tree, also known as the Kookaburra Song, was written by a music teacher named Marion Sinclair for the 1934 Girl Guides Jamboree held in that year. The Australian Mint has minted a Silver Kookaburra coin annually since 1990. The current world champion Australian Men’s Hockey team is named after the Kookaburra and Olly the Kookaburra was one of three mascots chosen for the 2000 Olympics in Sydney.

Bessie’s Kookaburra

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DEB LAYT

Victoria


In the Wild: As an avid fan of all Australian Flora and Fauna, my dilemma was what to leave out not what to do. With the background representing the landscape then adding some animals and birds to the design I then filled the rest of the space with many and varied plants.

In the Wild

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SUE MOBILIA

West Australia


Pause for Paws: My decision to depict a pausing kangaroo with her front paws at rest surrounded by flowering Kangaroo Paws is a play on words. I emphasized the colours of the bright red flowers and the dull green of the leaves with the soft brown greys of the kangaroo against the black stems of the plants and the roo’s dark eyes. Playing with colour as well as words.

Pause for Paws

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WENDY CARMAN

South Australia


Hello Possums: Dame Edna is not only an Australian icon but her fantastic costumes make her an international ambassador for our flora and fauna. I have designed her outfit featuring our stunning Sturt Peas teamed with Gecko glasses. Look closely and you will see Bottlebrush earrings and a quilted background of Blue Quandongs from our rainforest. Closer still and you will find an Aussie creature we’d rather be without is an integral part of her necklace.

Hello Possums


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LOIS PARISH-EVANS

New Zealand


An Ode to Oz Flora: An ‘Ode to Oz Flora’ is my visual poem expressing and reflecting my deep love for Australian native flowers. The quilt is designed as an ‘inspiration board’ and is a compilation of a number of designs that I developed over many years from photographs taken or drawings I created. The floral images are stylised and, for me, portray the uniqueness and delicacy of the Australian native flowers that I grew to love over the 40+ years that I lived in Australia.

An Ode to Oz Flora

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PRUNELLA NOONAN

New South Wales


Spring Time Buzz: The Golden Wattle (Acacia Pycnantha), our national floral emblem, buzzing with the honeybees against a deep blue spring sky sings Australia. This project came to mind as it is a favourite time of year with the golden wattle providing a striking contrast against the blue spring sky. Just magic.

Spring Time Buzz

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YVONNE CHAPMAN

West Australia


Australia’s Bouquet: I decided to illustrate the Australian State Emblems, Flora, Fauna as the choice otherwise was too vast, what to leave in and what to take out? This way I was limited as to what I could portray. I decided on a bouquet of flowers as Australia’s Gift to us. The quilting for the background uses footprints of the Wombat, Kangaroo and Emu.

Australia’s Bouquet

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GILLIAN SHEARER

New South Wales


Hanging Around: The green tree frog (Litoria Caerulea) and rose apple (Syzygium Aqueum, a member of the Lilly Pilly family), can be found up and down the eastern seaboard of Australia. From suburban backyards to the lush tropics of northern Queensland, we take these beauties for granted. The green tree frog was the first frog scientifically documented in Australia by Sir Joseph Banks. The rose apple has been a source of bush tucker for centuries. Lets hope these wonderful Australian species are still around for all to enjoy in years to come

Hanging Around


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MANDY MURRAY

Queensland


Dame of Australia: I don’t know about you, Possums, but have you stopped and thought about how unique we are Down Under? How gorgeous our native flowers, scattering our country and enriching our land. My furry, feathery and scaly friends share the night sky, under the glistening Southern Cross. Our flora and fauna are genuinely celebrated residents. We are together, as one Possums. It’s this rich combination of diversity and beauty, which gives Australia its unique force and dazzling character. Stay glorious Australia

Dame of Australia

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MEGAN BYRNE

West Australia


Hello Gorgeous: As a hand reared galah, Robin has been made into a complete member of our family. Of his many sayings he has learnt, this “Hello Gorgeous” his favourite. In this quilt I celebrate Robin in a wattle tree where he loves to be. Made in Australia, this quilt shows the gorgeousness of our flora and fauna.

Hello Gorgeous

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LISA JOHNSON

New South Wales


Miwulngini: I spent 2016 travelling and working in the Northern Territory. All of the flora and fauna on this quilt is native to the NT. The Aboriginal people of the Territory have a unique spiritual and cultural connection to all that is featured here. The quilt is named after the Red Lily, an important food source. The seed pod of the lily features in the centre of the quilt. It is found in many billabongs. The hand quilted circles reflect the beauty and simplicity of nature.

Miwulngini

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BRENDA GAEL SMITH

New South Wales


Karkalla: Karkalla aka pig face (carpobrotus rossii) is a succulent coastal groundcover plant native to Australia. From late spring into summer, it forms a vibrant carpet on the dunes at Copacabana where I live. It’s daisylike form brings instant cheer with a pink tendrils and a large yellow centre reflecting the su

Karkalla