A special exhibit showcasing the award-winning works and journey of special guest, multi-award winning quilter, tutor, designer, publisher Dianne Johnston: 




Originally trained as a florist, Dianne Johnston was drawn to the local native flora around her while raising her young famiy in the outback. Inspired, she turned her hand to quilting as a creative outlet. Her very first attempt, an applique quilt based on Australian wildflowers entitled "Unchanging Hues" was a winner in the 1988 Bicentennial Exhibition. Dianne's journey had begun.

Since then, her work has won a string awards, both internationally and throughout Australia, culminating recently in receiving a personal invitation to present her quilts to members of the Royal Family in the King’s Palace, Abu Dhabi, one of the most luxurious palaces in the world…. quite a leap from her humble outback beginnings!

During this visit, Dianne was impressed by the intricate arabesque-style ceilings of the Great Mosque, and, as soon as she got home, began designing what may well be described as her greatest work – "Abu Dhabi Memories". This quilt, seen below with the images of the mosque that inspired it, won the covetted "Hangers' Award" and "Best Use of Colour" at the recent Sydney Quilt Show.

A presentation of a special collection of Dianne's works at the Gympie Rotary Quilt & Craft Spectacular 2018 tracked Dianne's journey from that very first quilt "Unchanging Hues", through the next 20 years of creating many award-winning quilts to the most recent quilt "Abu Dhabi Memories". 




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