Thursday, 13 September 2012

HAMILTON NZ CRAFT & QUILT FAIR

Home from attending the Craft & Quilt Fair in Hamilton last week but was unable to post any blogs as for some unexplained reason, my server diverted to NZ blogspot and wouldn't allow photos to be downloaded.  So, here's a catch-up over a few blogs.

May I thank everyone who attended for your friendliness, humour, patience with Eftpos at times and appreciation for the efforts of all Aussie Exhibitors who joined those local Exhibitors in making this year's show apparently so much better, bigger and brighter than last years.  Well done to all and particular thanks to the organizers, Expertise Events.  Even the food at the cafe was a delightful improvement to what is normally offered at many other shows! 

Punch with Judy has not attended a show in NZ since 2006 so it was great catching up with so many, received so many hugs and one dear lady gave me a present as a thank you for coming again.  The new building was fantastic too.
We didn't have all our goodies as we really only exhibited as our Nifty Notions stand for the organizers plus our Punch with Judy stand selling products demonstrated in NN.  Sandra Chandler from Just Curves USA was our special International Guest demonstrating her Curve Master.
 
Crowds surrounded our demonstrations at the Nifty Notions stand where Liz and I demonstrated new products every 30 mins all day.  There are 12 people seated plus many more standing causing an aisle blockage at times.  Yes ....... we could have done with more frontage to ease that pain.
Sandy drew a crowd nearly all day, every day, showing how to sew curves without pinning or measuring using her Curve Master presser foot.  Sandy is in the middle there somewhere!
 
Best of the Show was awarded to Camilla Watson for her quilt "Menamorphosis" which she said ''respresented a change of time, release and growth in every woman's life.  It used hand applique, trapunto, machine embroidery and quilting''.
 



The Best Traditional Wall Quilt was awarded to Valda Sutton for her "Asian Elegance" quilt which she said ''was inspired by rich embroidered kimonos she saw recently on a trip to Japan. The motifs are heavily embroidered with metallic thread to reflect the beautiful fabric''.
The Best Use of Quilting was awarded to Ansa Breytenbach for her quilt "Phantasia".  Ansa said ''her quilt reflects the passionate beauty of contracting moods by using a free flowing structure of colour and tonality.  The spontaneous inspiration creates a sense of improvisation to display an extravagant expression of sentiment and emotional feeling.''



 












Hope you enjoy those above.
Tomorrow I will show you other displays which took my fancy.  
Till then.....

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