in Carlton Gardens.
A magnificent heritage building for which I have very fond memories as the Royal Easter Show in Melbourne being held in this very building before it later moved to the Showgrounds; I attended every year as a child. (I now live in NSW and the RAS is currently being held in Sydney with our Royal Highness Prince William and Kate attending today)
Isn't the building magnificent?
What is the AQC?
AQC is Australia's largest event dedicated specifically to quilting and keen quilters from every State of Australia, New Zealand, South-East Asia and some from South Africa attending. International tutors and the cream of Australia's exhibitors selling quilting products on their stands and offering workshops and hands-on classes presents quilters with opportunities to be involved on a number of levels.
Punch with Judy is a proud sponsor of the event and part of my involvement is to attend the Orientation morning before the show opens.
Gary Fitz-Roy, pictured here, welcomes everyone to the 10th AQC, a very proud achievement for him and his company Expertise Events. Those of us Exhibitors who have attended all of those 10 events were given a beautiful plaque commemorating and appreciating our achievement.
Lots of prizes, Esther is receiving hers, one of many recipients.
A fun morning! To complete it on another high, John and I presented delegates with a little Travelling Sewing Kit as they departed for the day's classes.
Over the next few days I shall bring you the Cocktail Party and the Gala Dinner
PLUS the winners of various sections and some quilts on show that appealed to me.