Where do I begin to tell you about the AQC that was held in Melbourne last week?! Maybe with a few pics of the awe-inspiring quilts that were on display?
How I love to look up into the sky on an autumnal day through a canopy of trees, and this quilt conveyed that feeling perfectly! Above is a picture of the 2009 award-winning quilt - “Canopy” - by Gloria Loughman.
Wow! “They grow up so fast” by Helen Golden. Ya know, I really wish these photos did the quilts justice! I was lost for words when I witnessed them in reality – and that really isn’t like me! LOL…
Wow, again! (I know, I know, my vocabulary is extensive!) Look at the depth of field in this monotone quilt! Entitled, “Yvonne” and created by Georgia Button, it was awarded the Best Junior Entry.
And I can so relate to the message in this quilt! “Mirror, Mirror’ is the humorous masterpiece borne from the creative mind of Terina Walton. It tickled me pink! Here’s a close-up…
To view more award-winning quilts, check out this link.
The ACQ was held in a wonderful location too – in The Royal Exhibition building – want to see?
Okay – should I rephrase that? “Would you like to see the ceiling?” he he… I’m just setting the scene! Isn’t it spectacular?
Monica is standing to my left and she was as lovely in person as she is in this photo :-) Monica is renowned for her beautiful fresh quilt designs and bag patterns, and has now released her own Fashion Range of patterns, too. I was thrilled to see so many of her samples on display – all made to perfection – and all in the most scrummiest of fabrics. Having begun her career in fashion design, it is no wonder that Monica’s eye for style and colour is exquisite and paramount in her work. Pure tactile bliss! To find out more about Monica, click here.
I decided upon this gorgeous bag pattern (it was hard to choose just one!)
Have you visited Bronwyn’s blog? She has such a gorgeous sense of humour, which is all-so-evident in her designs! They, and she, are gorgeous!! Go visit Bronwyn to see more pics of the show and view a close-up of her wonderful new BOM, pictured behind us in the above photo.
So I met two of my favourite Aussie designers for the FIRST time, and I met another favourite for the second! Here’s the lovely Natalie Bird, from The Birdhouse. I met Natalie last year on the Thread and Ginger Patchwork stand, and it was great to see her again this year, smiling away! The Thread and Ginger stand is one of my favourites – each year it catches my eye! Do you notice the “Tilda” quilt on display in the background? The pattern is in the Sew Pretty Homestyle book by Tone Finnanger, of which I have a copy, and of which I love to make gifts from! Natalie has a new book due out in May – how exciting! And she has recently entered the world of blogging – go drop by and say hello!
So besides the gorgeous bag pattern, what else did I purchase?
These luxurious scraps of wool from Boatshed Quilting. I’ve been waiting to find this fabric (in an affordable quantity) in order to make this. (For those of you who have known me for a while… ahem… I know – it’s been a long while since I purchased that pattern!!)
I also bought some deliriously gorgeous supplies to make a new bag. I have lots of ideas buzzing around in my head!
And last but not least I bought some inspiration in the form of a Studios magazine by Cloth Paper Scissors. Ah well, that wasn’t all I bought, but I can’t show you the other two items otherwise it might spoil a surprise!
What a great day hey? I hope you’re feeling as inspired as I am!
Hugs! Vikki x