A Gladstone quilter has won a major award at the International Husqvarna Conference in Dallas, Texas. Sandy Bielenberg’s quilt ‘A Walk on the Green Side’ won first place in the conference’s creative applique section against quilts from around the world.
In 11 years of quilting, Ms Bielenberg has won many national awards, but this is her first international win. ‘A Walk on the Green Side’ also won second prize viewers’ choice at the ‘One Step Further’ exhibition in Melbourne last year and has been displayed on Good Morning Australia.
Queensland Quilter Sandy Bielenberg In July 1998 at the Old Treasury Building in Melbourne the opportunity to view quilts that the makers had gone ‘‘One Step Further’ to make statements that encompassed the current environmental, social and political issues, introduced me to Sandy’s three dimensional work.
The Portrayal of dense foliage and vibrant colours found in the tropical rainforests and the techniques she employed to manipulate and embroider fibres, yarns and fabrics into a very effective piece left me awe struck.
Later in 1998 I was fortunate to have the opportunity to meet Sandy here in Melbourne, when I was invited with other OZ Quilt subscribers to an informal meeting at Barbara Macey’s home. Part of the evening allowed Sandy to show us slides of her work and talk about her development as a quilt maker.
Like many quilters, Sandy has always been a sewer and remembers embroidering with lots of coloured threads. Queensland quilters, Robyn Ginn and Denise Vanderleugt, use hand appliqué techniques and Sandy is a machine worker, but they inspired her to go further. Later, after meeting Glennis Mann, she gained confidence to enter competitions and exhibitions.
As Sandy spoke of her experiences as a quilt maker I became even more aware of the relaxed manner in which she approaches her work. “I think when making a quilt, one has to be brave and go with what is right for you. Try different things, they don’t always work, but that is the learning curve”. Sandy now works freely when designing and constructing quilts. Sometimes the plan is on paper, but always she has a plan in her mind.
Free Motion Machine Embroidery
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Saturday and Sunday 17th and 18th of March
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