What a Weekend!!

What an amazing weekend it’s been!! It took me a day to recover, then I had another outing yesterday (more on that later in the week!), so here I am with my Weekend Report!!

Due to a variety of circumstances I was thinking about going into the Craft and Quilt Show on my own on Friday, then when I received a message on Thursday night asking if I could possibly work at the Show on Friday afternoon, thinking became doing! And where was I asked to work?

20130731-121634.jpgYes, the Quiltmania stand!! So you know why I had no hesitation in saying “Yes!”.

I arrived about 9.30, had a wander around the quilt show (where it was lovely and quiet!), admiring the workmanship of the talented participants (sorry, no photos allowed for public consumption!), then started my exploration of the stands, meeting lots of people I know, including some faces not seen for a while! It’s a delight to welcome Deb Thompson back into the industry; many of you may remember the Old German Quilthouse which was located in Geelong, which Deb owned and ran for many years. After taking a break, she’s now back into it, in a totally different guise, running an on-line and show only store Mai Misaki specialising in Japanese taupes and accompanying patterns and kits…

20130731-122820.jpgDeb had lots of Japanese taupe style fabrics…

20130731-143502.jpg..and kits and projects to choose from…

20130731-143757.jpgI resisted temptation there….just! Proud of me? Don’t be – I lost it very shortly thereafter!

This pattern is on my List for this year, and these fabrics have been on the radar for a little while, and to have both together……in the one package……looking like they’re Meant To Be……well……

20130731-144431.jpg…so, thanks to Dianne from The Quilt Basket I’m now making a start with this kit on another from the List!! Dianne always has something that catches my eye (and which usually requires a purchase!!). Click on her name to see “Mr. Mustard” which was also at the show.

Next was the discovery of the gorgeously beautiful No Chintz, which was a stand filled with deliciousness, one of those where you didn’t know what to look at first!! Thanks to Linda – what a good friend! – I picked up this piece….

20130731-150208.jpgIsn’t it sumptuous???!!! I’m just going to sit on this piece for a while and wallow in its beauty!! It’s just as well I don’t live in Sydney…..I think that would be very dangerous. Still, I have started following the No Chintz blog, and check out this post for views of their stand and what they were up to at the show.

I also acquired some brilliant new Valdani threads from my friends Steph and Lindsay at Maytime – check out your local store to acquire some of your own, and if they don’t sell them, get them to contact Stephanie at Maytime Distributors…

20130731-151620.jpg(and I’ve started using some of them already……Fun!!)

My other thrill for the day (apart from working at the Quiltmania stand) was seeing a completed project that I had a hand in making. In November last year a group of quilters were asked to participate in the making of a quilt which is to be raffled, funds raised going to the Caroline Chisholm Society which provides help and support for young families and women/girls who find themselves in difficult circumstances. I have always had a penchant for Baltimore quilts, so was delighted to be asked to contribute a block to this Sue Garman designed reproduction. The quality of the photo is not the best, due to the lighting at the venue, but here’s the quilt….

20130731-153052.jpgStunning, huh??!!

This is my block….when I’d finished it….

20130731-153252.jpg…and in the quilt…..

20130731-153328.jpg…and this is Miss Kaye’s block….

20130731-153425.jpgMust say, I’m totally cured of ever wanting to make a whole Baltimore quilt!! Fun, but sooooo much work involved!!

If you would like to make a pledge giving you the chance to win this quilt, I’ve been given these details::

Pledges (tickets) can be purchased through the following link:

http://www.trybooking.com/Booking/BookingEventSummary.aspx?eid=57103

Follow the prompts to complete the purchase. Please note: a 30 cent Try Booking fee will be included in the transaction. To complete the transaction, email your notification rpiper@live.com.au and details of your ticket will be sent to you.

By then it was time to make my way to the Quiltmania stand, meet and chat briefly with the lovely Carol and her photographer Guy (I could listen to a French accent aaaaaaaaall day!!), and say a quick hello to Di Ford-Hall in between her signing her book for customers, before the three of them decamped for a secret assignment(!) and left Linda and myself to it! I had such a great time, meeting lots of lovely customers, helping them choose from a vast array of fabulous books, back issues of magazines, and signing them up for magazine subscriptions.

The subscription deal works out quite well, pricing being slightly cheaper than buying at my newsagent, plus it arrives two months before it appears at the newsagent! So I signed myself up, getting the current issue as part of the subscription and a bag as a thank you present! Win, win!!

20130731-155535.jpgThis has turned into a loooong post, so I think I’ll make it a two-parter and be back with more tomorrow! ‘Til then….

Happy stitching
Meredithe x

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11 Responses to What a Weekend!!

  1. Sounds like a fab day. Now I envy you. I look forward to reading Part 2.

  2. Suz says:

    What a weekend indeed! I don’t know what to comment on first and then which link to go to! Your Baltimore block is stunning! You should be very proud of it, and the whole quilt! I have wondered about the Quiltmania subscriptions- maybe its time to treat myself! Looking forward to Part 2!

  3. Carolyn says:

    Wow. It sounds like you had a fabulous time. I can’t wait for the second post. I love the fabric and the Baltimore quilt is beautiful.

  4. Laura C says:

    Did you mention that you bought a COMMA x-plus kit?! That quilt is going to look fabulous made up. Comma is such a great line. Sometimes it’s truly best NOT to resist temptation.

  5. Karen says:

    I love that magazine – it is so pricey though and is not sold at my local bookstore – I can only pick it up at a store about 85 miles from me. I must look and see what a subscription price is – it really is almost the only quilt magazine that I really like enough to buy!
    you must have had a fun day. I love Japanese Taupe’s and only recently started to get them from someone that sells them in the US.
    The Baltimore Album quilt is specular! They are a lot of work!!

  6. I love, love, love the Baltimore – oh and I quite like the fabrics, patterns, magazines and the bag!!

  7. I like the looks of that quilt kit. My want to list is getting quite long and I am sure everyone dreams of a Baltimore Album Quilt. That one was especially nice.
    Thanks for sharing

  8. mandymunroe says:

    WOW! The quilt is amazing and I love the fabric. Sounds like you had a lot of fun.

  9. Helen F says:

    You were right M – the poor girls who had to do the borders – what a humungus job!!!! but it does look fantastic. – clever you and Kaye!!

  10. thimbleanna says:

    You’re killing me here!!!! That applique quilt is GORGEOUS!!! I want to live your life — you see and do such inspiring things. And, is it wrong to COVET that Quiltmania bag??? Hmmm????

  11. marian says:

    Exciting and exhausting… i can tell you had a fab time!!

    WOW that baltimore quilt is absolutely STUNNING!!

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