I had such a lovely time at the AQC last week. I saw beautiful quilts, spoke to interesting people, and bought some lovely fabric and other bits and bobs. Fortunately, I was able to spend two days at the show (Thursday and Friday) which allowed me time to have a good look at everything on offer as well as attend a couple of seminars.
I arrived in Melbourne on Wednesday afternoon and after checking into my hotel I made a visit to my favourite store, L'ucello where I spent some quality time among the threads, fabrics, trims, and buttons and came away with some reproduction fabrics and vintage buttons.
On Thursday morning I was keen to get to the show early and it turned out that hundreds of other people had the same idea because there were really long queues to get into the door. When I finally did get in, I was initially a bit overwhelmed by all of the beautiful fabrics etc on offer but after a quick walk around started to get my bearings.
I was pleased to find Anni Downs' of Hatched and Patched there with her amazing projects. I'm a huge fan of Anni's work and spent heaps of time at her stand just admiring everything she's made. I was also able to purchase a bundle of fat eighths of her newest fabric range, Garden Whimsy, and think it will be perfect for a project in a future Newsletter.
One thing on my shopping list was Tilda's new Circus fabric and I wasn't disappointed. They are pretty and fresh and I already have a project in mind for them.
As well as shopping I went to a couple of seminars including one with Helen Stubbings of Hugs 'n Kisses where she demonstrated paper piecing using applique paper that dissolves which means of course that you don't have to remove the papers. I'm not sure if that technique is for me because I actually enjoy the old-fashioned way!
I didn't just purchase fabric, but came away with scissors (including tiny ones that you can't take on planes), buttons, ric-rac braid and ate hot chips!
A highlights of the show for me was on Friday afternoon. One of the amazing quilts on display was a huge one (11metres long) by New Zealand quilter Norma Slabbert. Called Year 60 Quilt, Norma made one block a day in the year she turned 60. She started on her 60th birthday and finished on the eve of her 61st birthday. Each block represents what was happening on each day of that year - ordinary things, extraordinary things, sad things, happy things - everything that makes up a life. I was transfixed by the quilt and as I stood there admiring it, Norma herself appeared nearby. She graciously answered my questions about the project and the impact it had on her life and I was so blessed. When I came home I looked up her website and found examples of more of her amazing quilts. I was especially impressed by While We stitch which chronicles some of the things that are happening around us while we stitch. I hope one day I get to see it in person.
That was my trip to AQC for this year and hopefully I will get to do it again next year.
Until next time