This is the first time the the convention has come to Brisbane and the first Quilt show with lots of exhibitors we have had in a couple of years. Because there was so much to see and do I will have to spread this over a number of posts.
As the shops were the first thing you see I will start with that. My first stop was at the Bernina workshops to catch up with Bree Ledington. Bree started in our local shop straight out of college. Even then she showed so much potential. Now she is an area manager with Bernina in Sydney.
I know my friend Martin would be so proud of her.
Then I walked all the stalls and didn't buy one things. I can't believe that. Shopaholic me didn't buy one piece of fabric or any other textile related thing. I just got tired really quickly. Added to this the shops I was interested in were over-run with customers. I wasn't up to fighting my way into the melee.
I looked at Natlie Bird's stand. I still have lots of those little pre- printed designs to finish but it was interesting to see how they were used in a quilt and other items.
Then Hatched and Patched
I still have a number of patterns that I haven't made up but I was looking for her new book and just couldn't get near the counter, so that saved me some money.
I know this is published by Quiltmania so I headed there but no luck. Looks like I will have to buy it on-line.
Then I headed for the stalls that had Japanese fabric, but I couldn't get near them either. So all my money stayed in my wallet!
Next was the exhibitions of Quilting. So many quilts!!
All the photos of past winners of the Rajah Awards were up on display.
(This award is called the 'Rajah Award' in tribute to the historic Rajah quilt made by convict women en route to Australia in 1841. This award will acknowledge an individual who has made outstanding contribution to their community through quilting.)
I saw a very young image of my neighbout, Margaret, and lot of other quilters I have known. But, my friend Pam wasn't there. I really thoughts she should have been. Then this morning I find she is the 2022 winner of this award, so now her picture will be up there with all the others.
to be continued.