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!…..
complete with a door handle made just for you Louise!!
After 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!
Next morning we made a leisurely start, found a little cafe over at Southbank at the end of the ABC Building….
We first viewed the Ruth Stoneley Exhibition and met another Melbourne quilter (hi Jill!) (sorry photos not allowed in either exhibition)
I 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….