Newspaper article Sunshine Coast Sunday (Maroochydore, Australia)

Quilt-Maker an Inspiration; Angela Norval Meets a Fine Sunshine Coast Artist Who Incorporates Real Life into Her Work

Newspaper article Sunshine Coast Sunday (Maroochydore, Australia)

Quilt-Maker an Inspiration; Angela Norval Meets a Fine Sunshine Coast Artist Who Incorporates Real Life into Her Work

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WHEN 82-year-old Marjorie Szabo talks about her quilt creations, you can hear the excitement and anticipation in her voice.

What was simply an enjoyable pastime rediscovered in her retirement has now seen Marjorie receive considerable notoriety as part of one of the feature exhibitions at the upcoming Brisbane Craft and Quilt Fair ifrom October 7-11 at the Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre.

Her second year being featured, Marjorie, of West Woombye, said it was exciting to be recognised for her work and to know that it would be seen throughout Australia and New Zealand.

"Hand embroidery and quilting is something that I have enjoyed since my mother first let me make my own doily when I was six," she said.

"While I moved on to other crafts such as knitting so I could make jumpers for my children after I was married, it was something I came back to after I retired about 20 years ago."

One of her careers saw her based at a commercial flower farm, so wildflowers is something that Marjorie is particularly passionate about and loves to incorporate into her quilts.

But for the Brisbane Craft and Quilt Fair, Marjorie turned to the wide brown land of Australia to create a distinctly true blue-themed quilt as part of the prestigious Australasian Quilt Convention's 2015 quilting challenge.

A selection of only 35 of the very best artworks are to be displayed at the fair, and limited only by their imaginations, artists could utilise any material and technique to create the 90cm square sized quilt, interpreting the theme.

With her quilt titled "Smoko Downunder", Marjorie said her inspiration had been genuine, dinky-di Aussies and our wonderful country with its beautiful flora and fauna.

"Nowhere is this epitomised more than in the outback," she said.

"I have tried to capture some of these features in my quilt in the terrain with a couple of mates sharing a yarn and smoko of billy tea, while their dogs take a rest. …

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