Thirty-nine quilters accepted the 'Maria Challenge' and their results were unveiled at the meeting. Each person spoke about how they had approached the challenge, describing the quilt making process they followed and then spoke about the life of the convict woman they had been assigned. If they could not research their assigned convict's life, some created wonderful life stories for her- some hilariously on the spot. After judging had finished, the president handed out prizes for the best coverlets along with a prize for the best storyteller.
See https://sites.google.com/site/huntershillquilters/maria-challenge for exact details of the challenge, a photograph of the winning coverlet made by Lindy Messenger and photographs of the 39 entries.
Margaret Rowe then spoke about her self publishing journey, including how her four Australian challenge quilt novels came to be written. See http://margaretarowe.blogspot.com.au/ for the story of her journey, her current work and contact details.
There are 4 books in the "Australian Challenge Quilt Series" -
The Maria Challenge Quilt
The Elizabeth Challenge Quilt
The Caroline Challenge Quilt
The Amelia Challenge Quilt
They are all paperback and $24.95 each. Margaret does not charge postage for private orders within Australia, but overseas postage is unfortunately $10 per book. You can contact her direct by email at firstname.lastname@example.org and she takes payments by cheque, cash or direct deposit.