Warm Weekend Adventures – part 2

Well, by 8.00 last night I had all the photos finally sorted, so I can start to fill you in on our Brisbane weekend adventures! Yes, you may have guessed it was Brisbane, and primarily for the Quilt Exhibition at the Queensland Art Gallery / Gallery of Modern Art, but we had other adventures too!!

It was a very early, very cold Melbourne start Friday morning, with a car pick up for the airport at 6.00am, but that meant we were in Brisbane, with sunshine and warmth(!), and at our hotel by 11.00ish, so a large part of the day was left to start our exploration!! A short walk from the hotel led us to the Queen Street Mall where we found Glenda-the-Bargain-Hunter’s perfect shop!…..

20130820-201650.jpg complete with a door handle made just for you Louise!!

20130820-201936.jpgAfter a quick bite to eat, we took a taxi out to The Quilters and Embroiderers Store (and met another group of Melbourne quilters!), which is situated in a warehouse and houses an amazing array of fabrics, threads and notions. Between the four of us, we scored quite well!

20130820-202455.jpgThere followed a little late afternoon stitching in the hotel, then we dined handsomely at a nearby Japanese/Korean restaurant, where the food was sooooo good we went back Saturday night too!!

20130820-202951.jpgJan, Glenda and I then enjoyed a walk over the bridge to Southbank and the night market…

20130820-203111.jpg….through the archway, over which grows bougainvillea to find live music playing at the pub, great market stalls and a fabulous, fun atmosphere. We finished the evening with….


Next morning we made a leisurely start, found a little cafe over at Southbank at the end of the ABC Building….

20130820-204246.jpg….sat in comfort here to eat The Most Amazing breakfast…..

20130820-204356.jpg…and wished I had scissors on me!!!!….

20130820-204441.jpgReplete, we walked the other way, found ourselves in the Gallery…..

20130820-204812.jpg…..heading in the right direction….

20130820-205127.jpg….seeing first up the Pop-Up Shop….

20130820-205409.jpg…filled with a fabulous assortment of yummies (more on that later!!)….

20130820-205515.jpgWe first viewed the Ruth Stoneley Exhibition and met another Melbourne quilter (hi Jill!) (sorry photos not allowed in either exhibition)

20130820-205931.jpg….then…..ah!!!!!….THE Quilts!!

20130820-210158.jpgI did ask the guard if I could take the following photo, which he kindly agreed to, so for your information…..

20130820-210304.jpgI cannot express how much I enjoyed exploring these magnificent quilts, some beautifully executed, some utilitarian, but perhaps if I tell you that we arrived at 11.30 and left at 5.00 (closing time!), and that Jan and I walked the exhibition three times, that might help!!

We marvelled at the fabrics (please reproduce more of these!!), admired the designs, were dumbfounded by exquisite hand quilting, and brought to tears by some of the stories…..and loved Every Second of it!!

We also realised that we’re so hard on ourselves; here we were looking at quilts that are over 300 years old, and commenting how quaint it was that the quilter hadn’t matched her seams, had missed her points, had three florals together. Why do we find this amusing, endearing and perfectly acceptable in antique quilts, but berate ourselves when our quilts are “less than perfect”?? We all walked away vowing to be kinder to ourselves.

The Gallery has a cafe in a lovely setting….

20130820-210959.jpg…where we sat under a gigantic, old peppercorn tree, enjoying its shelter along with the large umbrellas…..

20130820-211250.jpg….and marvelled that where we have sparrows and pigeons pecking at crumbs, in Brisbane they have ibis!!

20130820-211402.jpgWith minds abuzzing, and remembering to stop off to collect our goodies from the Pop Up Shop, we strolled back to the hotel and laid out said goodies for some mutual admiration….

20130820-212125.jpgThere’s more to come, but that my lovelies, will have to wait ’til the morrow.

Happy stitching
Meredithe x

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14 Responses to Warm Weekend Adventures – part 2

  1. Helen F says:

    Oh M – I felt like I was there with you all!!!! How many handbags did Glenda come back with from that magnificent shop!!! I bet Lulu would have luuuved it! Lots of lovely spoils – can’ wait to see what else you did and looking forward to show and tell on Friday.

  2. Helen F says:

    PS – particularly loved the photo of the IBIS!!!!!

  3. Maree says:

    Worth the wait to see your photos. How exciting ,and the warm weather ! Lovely. Lucky girls .

  4. Di From Brisbane says:

    I”m glad you enjoyed your weekend in our fair city. The quilt exhibition is amazing, I have been 4 times so far. The ibis can be quite a menace especially when picnicing in our lovely parks. Pleased you also enjoyed the shopping

  5. Carolyn says:

    What a fantastic weekend with friends. I can’t wait to see more. I am admiring your goodies. Lovely!

  6. marian says:

    WOW what a fab getaway & wonderful shots!!! love the sound of the night market!! The quilt exhibition sounds amazing and i loved seeing all the sweet goodies you all brought back home with you.. what fun!!

  7. Melissa says:

    Awesome post, awesome weekend

  8. I’m just home…flying up to Brisbane from Sydney for the day just to see the Exhibitions……my family think I am nuts …so now I show them I ain’t the only one!!! Wait that doesnt sound quite right LOL…. Fantastic exhibition….so pleased I did !!!

  9. thimbleanna says:

    Oh My Gosh — I am SOOOO jealous!!!! How I wish I could have been with you ladies. It sounds like a FABULOUS weekend. Love the pic of the Ibis.

    I decided to play a little game and guess which stash belong to “our girl”. In the first group from the warehouse, I guessed the picture in the bottom left hand corner (or possibly the one above it with the pear?). In the second picture … um … maybe the stash in the upper right hand corner? Now, which hand belongs to her??? Hmmm???? How ’bout the top one???? Did I flunk the test???? ;-D

  10. Sue Whitburn says:

    What a fantastic weekend you had- well worth the early start on Friday!! Look forward to hearing about the rest of your wknd!

    • Liz says:

      Hi – just on the offchance…
      I am looking for Sue Whitburn who went to school in Malvern in Melbourne in the 60’s.
      Is that you by any chance?

  11. Kyle says:

    What a fantastic adventure. I love traveling with Quilty friends, it’s just pure fun. Your collections look marvelous. Can’t wait to see more.

  12. How fabulous, amazing, wonderful, superb ……. well, you get the idea! Stuart’s girlfriend Alison would love the door handle – she is a shoe girl! Love all the goodies. I wish I could have seen the exhibition – it’s sounds amazing!

  13. I am so glad your retrieved your photos. What a great outing to have with friends.
    Lovely spoils too. Looking forward to the next post… But how could it be any better?

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