A couple of months ago, I googled "quilt shows". Mr Google led me to a fabulous website HERE which gave me all the dates for craft and quilt shows in Australia this year. I then added all the Melbourne dates to my calendar, in the hope that I would be able to get to them all!
The first cab off the rank was the Australasian Quilt Convention. Of course, nothing goes completely to plan for me, so when Chloe decided that Tuesday night would be the perfect timing to get sick, I started panicking that I would not be able to go yesterday. Thankfully, both my sister and husband came to the party and played tag team, so I could jump on a train in the morning and make my way to the city. The train ride was entertaining as always - I felt like I had been transported back to 1992 with a variety of homeboys and ganstas (wannabes) riding my carriage (that sounds wrong). We even had an impromptu dj performance - as you do.
So here are some pretty pictures from my day.....
A wet and cold walk through Carlton Gardens to get to the Exhibition Building. A beautiful part of Melbourne.
|The line to get tickets. Lucky I bought online the night before!|
|The beautiful Exhibition Buildings!|
|A close up of amazing stitching. I'm pretty sure there's hand stitching there?|
|The detail in this quilt is amazing. The texture brings it to life.|
|The third display were all quilts by teachers. This one is "Last Night's Left Overs" by Deborah Louie. The colours and the fractured dresdens struck me!|
|Isn't it just beautiful?|
|The best part about all of these quilts was when you got up close and personal with them. The detail is very impressive.|
|And my favourite from the day - "Maynard" by David M Taylor. One of the most gorgeous, unusual quilts I've seen. It looks like a painting from afar.|
|And up close. The first picture I took was inadvertently of the dog's bum! I thought it a little inappropriate, so took another. Millions of stitches making up for texture and shading. Again, amazing.|
|Just look at those feathers!|
|This close up shows you just how beautifully pieced it is. In awe.|
|And another of the ladies from QCA - Sheila Oaten - is the creator of this piece of magic! "Kaffe and Kim and Me" is a beautiful version of Kim McLean's Flower Garden. All hand needle turn applique. Amaze-balls!|
|Big, beautiful Kaffe flowers!|
|I also sat and listened to a seminar about thread. And needles. I learnt quite a bit!|
|AND I met another lovely lady from QCA! Norma! Hope your hand heels quickly!|
|And when I got home, I unpacked my bags and found all this lovely loot! I will show it all to you properly in my Sunday Stash post. I'm quite pleased with my purchases.|
And in breaking news - I started AND finished something today! I told you last week that I had been invited to take part in a paper piecing bee - well, here's my first block! Gemma is the Queen this month and her theme is Party. You can find her inspiration board HERE.
|Birthday candles for Gemma! I used Kristy's pattern, which you can find HERE. She is quite the clever gal!|
Phew! What a post! I'm linking up with T.G.I.F.F. being hosted by Sew At Home Mummy!