Thursday, 22 July 2010

Craft & Quilt Fair Melbourne

Hi all, in Melbourne this week for the Craft & Quilt Fair opening Thursday 22nd until Sunday 25th July being held at what is locally referred to as "Jeff's Shed" but in fact is officially, the Melbourne Exhibition & Convention Centre at South Bank.
Come visit us on Stand A11
Naturally, I'll be having a Daily Seminar as well as a guest on the new Craft Talk stage, but we also have a segment in the Ideas Station and a hands-on class in the Craft Circle.  Full details and times are here, simply scroll down to the Melbourne details.  Also, Sandra Chandler is again, my special Guest from Just Curves USA and Sandy will be demonstrating her famous Curve Master Presser Foot.

Check out the inspiring collection of craft and quilt displays, as well as new classes and new features at the Craft & Quilt Fair. PLUS you can enjoy the fair until 7pm on Saturday!
*Quilts abound to inspire you, with members of the Victorian Quilters Inc. presenting their impressive Victorian Quilt Showcase 2010. Then there's the display of finalists' entries in this year's AP&Q AQC Challenge quilts called Quilts to Remember - with the theme 'Remember'. Last but definitely not least, Best of Australia Quilts comprises those deemed finest from each state.

*Art U Wear is a stunning display of costumes created for a challenge at the Textile Art Festival in Brisbane in June, for which the theme was Alice in Wonderland. Don't miss this selection of finalists for its style, innovation and humour.

Speaking of the Textile Art Festival, here's a news scoop for you.  Hot Off The Press!  In future, the TAF will be held every second year and will be in a different State each time so as everyone has the opportunity of attending some time.  Date and Venue for 2012 has not yet been finalized.  I'll keep you posted. 

Seems like only yesterday we were in Hobart for the Craft & Quilt Fair there; maybe it was only days ago!!!
Such a busy time of the year.  Thought you may like to see some of the quilts on display that caught my fancy and some of the beautiful scenery from the venue.

Derwent Entertainment Centre

View looking towards Mt. Wellington which towers majestically over Hobart.  Naturally, the views from the top are spectacular.
Another view from the steps of the venue looking across the beautiful Derwent River to the famous Cadbury's Chocolate Factory.  Yum yum, just thinking about it.  Absolutely fascinating historic building and well worth the tour.  Though they don't let you have as many samples as they used to! 
Now for the quilts! 

Punch with Judy sponsored two sections, one being "Small Quilts Advanced/Professional" Category and the winner was Stephanie Newman for "Magellanic Dreaming".  Isn't it superb?

Another quilt which drew my attention was using the Peeled Back method of quilting which I love so much and sell patterns and a book from Southwind Designs.  It's sort of like Cathedral Window but has no curved piecing at all.  Here is a beautiful quilt but I'm sorry I didn't record who made it. 

However, I was amazed with this one.  "Autumn Trail" was made by Domenique Matusek who is a Grade 9 Student at Secondary School.  How about that!  She already quilts on a longarm quilting machine too!
CONGRATULATIONS to all entries, sorry I couldn't show you more.

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