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An exciting program was set for the 2023 Quilt & Craft Spectacular, together with the Gympie Rotary Heritage Makers’ Fair. Along with amazing contemporary, traditional and exploratory quilts, art quilts and wall hangings, there artisan exhibits of basketry, embroidery, fibre and textile crafts; a plethora of markets and more – while outside the Pavilion, over 65 heritage artisans gathered to exhibit, demonstrate and generally strut their stuff at the Heritage Makers Fair! 

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Artisan Exhibits in the Pavilion 2023:

The entire upper floor of the Pavilion is jam-packed with quilts and special artisan exhibits – aside from the quilts, here’s some highlights:



Meet’n’Greet Michele Hill

Award-winning South Australian quilter, author, designer Michele Hill, winner of the coveted Rajah Award, will present an outstanding showcase of her fabulous quilts. Historian on renowned 19th century British designer William Morris, Michele is inspired by his iconic flourishes, elegant swirling of vines and flowers, thieving birds, rose-filled trellises and delicate leaves.


And! A very special treat!!

We are honoured that she is creating another masterpiece, to be shown for the first time at our event! Based on a Morris triptych (above left), her three-panels are currently under construction – can’t wait to see the result! Above sneak peeks are a very early stages.

Click here for Michele’s story


Australian Textile Arts & Surface Design Australia (ATASDA Qld)

“Delicate and muted to boldly tactile; the frayed, artfully embellished; manipulated fabric snippets, uninhibitedly overlaid – all with a common thread of innovation and free-spiritedness, playing with tradition…. this is creative textile and fibre arts”.

The ATASDA (Australian Textile Arts and Surface Design Australia) Queensland, will present a showcase of diverse forms of exploratory and experimental fibre arts – basketry, paperwork, bookbinding, dyeing, knotting, felting, diverse stitchery – the unexpected relationships between textiles, fibres, fabrics and other creative mediums.


A collaboration of 3 amazing artisans make this a special exhibit. 

Basketweaver Christine Robinson

Felter Belle Arnold Click here for Belle’s story

Milliner Cindy Vogels Click here for Cindy’s story


Heritage Maker’s Fair outside, surrounding the Pavilion:

With it’s rich and golden history, Gympie is the perfect location for this biennial event. Hosted by the Rotary Club of Gympie, the “Heritage Makers Fair” is a tribute to the heritage trades of our past and a celebration of the artisans that keep these almost-forgotten trades alive.

Over 65 makers gathered, keen to inspire with their passion and to pass on their knowledge to preserve the longevity of their craft. It was a weekend filled with non-stop demonstrations, vintage displays, bushcraft shows, artisan markets and lots of good old-fashioned camaraderie.

Here’s just some of the “Meet the Makers” artisans who have attended:



With thanks to our partners, sponsors and supporters, including:

www.carbatec.com.au    www.bendigobank.com.au   www.professionalsgympie.com.au

www.laminex.com.au   www.gympiefunerals.com.au  www.polleys.com.au   Patchwork on Pallas


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