May 2, 2010

Australasian Quilt Convention

Bron and I went to the Australasian Quilt Convention (AQC) today in Melbourne. I have arranged to meet up with blogger friends from the Civil War Bride Quilt blog as well. It was great to finally put names to faces. We had a lovely time looking at all the beautiful quilts and of course all the stalls with a gorgeous range of fabrics.
This is me in front of this gorgeous art quilt. Unfortunately I didn't get the name of the maker, I have to apologise. This quilt is more like a painting than a quilt. I just love it.
"Roses from the Heart" is an organisation involve in making these bonnets for each female convict in Australia. If you have convict ancestor/s and would like to make one you can get in touch with Christina Henri at http://www.christinahenri.com.au/ Christina will provide you a bonnet pattern and you can have fun making and embellishing to personalize it. I picked a copy of the pattern at the show and I will make one too.
A group of us from the Civil War Bride Quilt blog. From left is Lizzie, Deb, Nat (me), Ronnie (no blog) and Kali. Everyone brought their show and tell except me. Sorry ladies. I really enjoyed meeting them all and we were chatted like old friends. Bron took a lot of good photos for us, thanks Bron.
This was Bron's first visit to a quilt show since she became interested in quilting. Bron is planning to make a wool quilt for my DGD. You will see her quilt on Honey and Lemon soon.
I fell in love with this gorgeous quilt "Oriental Dreaming" by Chris McIndoe and Sharon Parkinson from SA. You must click to see the quilting details and the appliqué panels on either side of the circle. 
The overview of the hall where the quilts are hung. By chance the quilt hanging on the right is a crazy quilt made by Ronnie, the lady on our table. I met Ronnie 5 years ago when we first moved to Melbourne. I remembered Ronnie working on this quilt and I remembered it ever since. I'm so glad to have met up with Ronnie again today. 
Bron was enjoying the sun after a long ride home on the train. We were waiting to be picked up outside the station.
My turn to relax and to rest my tired feet. My last year's boots are still serving me well.
Ronnie has finished her Civil War Bride quilt and brought it in to show us. She is in the process of quilting it. We were inspecting the fringes on the table block.
I'm so glad to see this quilt, Stars and Sprigs by Kim McLean in person. I first saw Janet working on it on her blog recently, and I fell in love with it again this time. It's such a beautiful quilt. I hope the pattern will be come available soon. 

We had a really good day today. Hope you enjoy seeing my photos.


23 comments:

Sue-Anne said...

Hi nat, Wasn't it a fantastic exhibition of quilts! I wish I had been there yesterday to meet you all. I'm sure you had a fantastic time catching up with each other.

Teresa said...

Thanks for the peek in on your quilt show!! It is exciting to get to go to a show! How fun that some of you CWB ladies got together to chat and see each other's work...that is always such a fun motivation. Maybe there will be some Civil War Brides in that show next year, huh??

Lurline said...

A wonderful Post - I have so enjoyed it, thanks Natima!
Hugs - Lurline♥

Queen Of The Armchair aka Dzintra Stitcheries said...

These boots were made for walkin'...good they are still going ha ha!!! Great quilt show...how cool to meet up with other bloggers...our sewing group is talking of maybe coming down next year...Fantastic quils Nat...thanks for showing us...Dzintra♥x

Lizzie said...

Thank you Natima, for making the effort to come in, it was lovely to meet you finaly and your beautiful daughter-in-law Bron. The show was wonderful and the icing was spending time with you gorgeous ladies....
Lizzie
xxx

Astrid said...

Thanks for sharing with us your trip to Melbourne and show us such gorgeous quilts! How nice to meet up with other bloggers! I'm sure you had a blast! :)

Kaite said...

lots of lovely quilts and a nice day out in the sun. thanks for sharing, k.

QuiltSue said...

Thanks for taking us (through your camera)for a lovely day out. I really enjoyed the pics.

susi said...

thanks for the pictures,i love that kim mclean quilt ,too.have a nice sunday,susi

Kathie said...

HI! how lucky you are to meet up with these Ladies!
what fun. oh the quilts are just amazing!!!!
thanks so much for sharing with us
I agree that tree quilt is just incredible, look at those colors against the blue sky

ahhhhh that Kim Mclean quilt is beautiful, I can't wait till the pattern comes out and I can make it too!
Kathie

Janet said...

I love the first quilt a lot, I could have taken that one home. Lovely to see the other quilts as well. What a thrill to meet up with fellow bloggers.

Joan said...

Beautiful quilts...thank you so much for sharing - Looks to have a fantastic day all round !

Lori said...

It looks like a great day all around. Great friends and great quilts!!

Valentina said...

Thank you, Nat, for sharing this amazing experience with us. I am overwhelmed seeing all the amazing quilts, great pictures! And how lovely to see you!
hey, are those my Klosjes visiting your sidebar?
:)

Micki said...

I adopted a convict and made a bonnet for her...I love the pics of the quilts!
Micki

Terry said...

Great day and wonderful to be able to share with Bron.
New friends old friends and quilts. What more can you ask for.
Thanks for sharing.

Willow said...

Hi Nat, I finally find out what you look like. What a wonderful trip you are on. When Hubby and I talk about visiting places after he retires Ireland comes up first and Australia comes up second.

That quilt you were standing in from of is truly a work of art. The time the artist must have taken for it.

Willow

ivoryspring said...

There's so much inspiration there in those quilts, Natima. I am glad you took Bron with you! :) She will be a top-notch quilter in no time with you as her MIL/quilting teacher!!!

Bron said...

Hi Nat, i love your Quilt show post and its really nice to see that so many others do too.
Have a happy day.
love Bron

Marydon Ford said...

Oh, Nat! Those quilts are too die for gorgeous! What a fun time you all had.

Have a great week.
TFN, Hugs ~ Marydon

Kim D. said...

Looks like you had a fun day meeting up with your friends. How fun to finally meet in person. Thanks for sharing all the beautiful eye candy.

sue said...

the tree quilt is made by Gloria Loughman i saw it at the Festival of quilts 2007 at the NEC in Birmingham. Christina Henri displayed 16,000 bonnets there this year.

Lis said...

Hi Nat, thanks for the link to this post, loved seeing the bonnets again.

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