Quilts from the South African National Quilt Symposium

September 10, 2019

Over the next few days I’ll share with you my recent trip to Johannesburg, South Africa to teach at the National Quilt Symposium. 

Waiting in Airports after days of figuring out how to get a week’s worth of teaching supplies into my luggage allowance. summer here – winter there.
The 16hr flight from Atlanta to Johannesburg was spectacular with very long sunsets and repeated full moon rise.
No idea at all why the shoes I wore all last week crumbled and fell apart in transit.
First stop was an ATM and a moment to admire their beautiful bills. Really – America could do better.
My new roommates. Paula Rafferty from Ireland, Helen Godden from Australia, and Uta Lenk from Germany,
The view from my second floor classroom at Heronsbridge School and Retreat center. (A boarding school where the Symposium was held – students were on holiday.)
Just down the hill here is a river that wound its way around the teacher’s cottage end of campus.
I was enchanted by thatched roofs. They were scattered around, the most common roofing was tiling.
Just a few of my lovely students, working away at their design exercises.
An original abstract design from an Abstract-A-Licious student
An original abstract design from an Abstract-A-Licious student
An original abstract design from an Abstract-A-Licious student
Zebra by Leni Fullard
From the quilt show at the symposium
Rata by Ross Munro
Moroccan Spice by Annelize van Niekerk
Dazzled by Marcelle Brener
Out of Aotearoa by Ross Monro
And look what a student brought me as a gift! (No I don’t drink, but I truly appreciated the thought!)
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  • Reply
    Ethelda Ellis
    October 3, 2019 at 1:39 am

    Dear Lyric. It was wonderful to meet you in South Africa and to attend your inspiring Lecture. I hope you will visit us here in Ireland sometime.

    Ps. The beautiful orange whole cloth quilt with the African masks, was made by my talented friend, Claire Wallace and is called ‘African Sunset’. (Not Rata by Ross Munro)

  • Reply
    Patti Maxwell
    September 15, 2019 at 6:18 pm

    Yes, yes, yes! I have been patiently waiting for a report on your trip. I am in a very happy place right now!

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