July 31, 2010

At The Quilt Show

Last weekend I volunteered for The Basket Makers of Victoria which I'm a member of. I haven't been a very active member, but when they called for volunteers to do duty at  shows or exhibitions I always make time for them. This time the duty was at the Melbourne Craft and Quilt Fair so it wasn't hard spending the time there. My roster was from 1:00 - 5:00, but I got there early to have a look at the quilts and the stalls before I started my duty. I took some photos of the quilts before it got too crowded. I spotted some nice quilts that I thought you might enjoy them.
Some gorgeous quilts were on display at the show. I  didn't get the name of the makers and I hope that they will not mind me showing them off to the world to admire.
The light is never good in the hall for photographs. I suppose it is intentional to protect the quilts from strong light. 
The Civil War Bride Quilt made by my friend Ronnie (no blog yet) was featured there too. I was so thrilled to see it hanging up. Ronnie did a great job hand appliquéing and hand quilting it. You can't tell the difference between it and the original.
Some baskets made by members of Basketmakers of VIC displayed on the table. The blue cylinder shape is made from bread bags twine and then stitched. 
Here I was at the BOV booth. Nothing is for sale and we were only allowed to display and promote our guild. I think it is a good idea that the show organisers included guilds from Victoria to display there. They are knitting, spinning & weaving, tatting, quilting, embroidery, calligraphy and many other guilds; I can't remember them all now. What I enjoyed most being there was  meeting new budding crafters. I particularly enjoyed promoting basketry because it's a great way to appreciate our surroundings and the environment. In basketry we use most of the plant fibres from our gardens, found objects and of course, it is a great community to belong to.  I will blog some of my baskets to show you here one day. I made quite a few of them before I started blogging and sometimes forget about them. 

25 comments:

Béa said...

Wonderful show, thanks for sharing.

Jacky said...

Amazing quilts on show...I especially love your friends Civil War Quilt. Fantastic!!!

Thanks for a lovely day today Nat...enjoyed visiting Ziguzagu again with you and Dot.

Jacky xox

Nedra said...

The Civil War Bride quilt is a stunner! I know many of you in Australia are currently working on it. Thanks so much for the show and tell.

Kath said...

Hello Nat, I love these photos, the blue toadstools are just divine! I do enjoy my visits here, although I do not comment very often. Best wishes from England

Sue-Anne said...

Hi Nat, I was admiring the CWB quilt last week but didn't realise it was made by your friend. Please tell her that it is a beautiful quilt. I think its great too that they have a display of all the different crafts. There were some beautiful baskets on display and please please, do a post on your baskets one day soon.

Needled Mom said...

Amazing quilts! I would love to see some of your baskets.

Lis said...

Looks a great show, thanks for sharing it Nat.

Chartreuse Moose said...

Thank you for a lovely post. Some of those items are so amazing...the Civil War Bride quilt with all of its detail...the creative use of bread bags! So clever!

Queen Of The Armchair aka Dzintra Stitcheries said...

Oh my goodness Nat look at those beautiful quilts...especially that Civil War one...just stunning!!! Would love to see your baskets one day...Have a great Sunday, Dzintra♥x

Valentina said...

Thank you so very much for sharing such beauties with us, Nat! You look like you really had fun!
:)
Your friend's quilt is just stunning...
V.

Micki said...

The quilts are really amazing and I enjoyed all of them.
Nice seeing you at your display!
Micki

Kaite said...

fabulous range of baskets Nat, i used to be a member too - perhaps i should re-new my membership...k.

Mrs Quilty said...

I love the Civil War Bride Quilt the best!! Wow!

Bobbie Ashley said...

Nat, wonderful eye candy! I just adore all of the beautiful quilts. Thanks for sharing and inspiring us all to enter our next show.

I used to make baskets also, it has totally ruined me forevah! (the southern pronunciation, giggle) Now, I cannot purchase a basket without wrinkling my nose up about the quality. Giggle, once you have created your own baskets, it is so hard to look at a mass produced basket in the same way again. Give me hand-made any day! We would love to see your baskets, I'll show you mine if you show me yours?
Good for you for volunteering, quilt shows do not run themselves. Love the picture. I saved it to my blog pics that I am going to scrapbook one of these days.

Hugs to you,
Bobbie

Terry said...

Thankyou for the tour. Great quilts.

Hope you enjoyed the basket stall. You always meet interesting people at venue's like that.

Inovative baskets Have you been influencing them or are you all kindred spirts?

Have a good week.

Anne-Lise at Rag, Tag, Bobtail said...

So many wonderful quilts! Looks like a great show.

Kim D. said...

Thanks for sharing the beautiful quilts Nat. Looks like a wonderful show. I would love to see your baskets. I made a small basket with pine needles once and it was a long and tedious process. I'll have to share it on my blog some day.

Lori said...

That looks like a fantastic quilt show with some beautiful entries!!

jean said...

Thanks for sharing, one of my all time favourite quilts is the Calico Garden. I also took a shot of that quilt. Your friends quilt is just wonderful

Kim said...

Oh my goodness.....the wedding quilt is amazing.
How is yours coming along?

Is that egg basket made with some kind of fur?
A basket from recycled bread wrappers! Honestly people are so darn creative!

I look forward to seeing more....
Happy Sewing

Astrid said...

Thanks for sharing with us these beautiful quilts and baskets! Can't imagine how much work put in to some of these quilts - gorgeous! It looks like you had fun at the boot. :)

Serena said...

lovely quilts!! looks like you had fun! hope you're well!

Ivory Spring said...

Natima,

These quilts are absolute masterpieces. Very inspiring. Thanks for sharing the pictures. I would love to see your baskets!

Holly Loves Art said...

Hello Nat,
My friend Dot told me about your gorgeous work so I had to pop over to blog and see. She was right! Your works are amazing! Thanks for sharing your talents with all of us.
Cheers,
Holly

Simone de Klerk said...

That must have been nice, standing behind the booth and informing people about the lovely things your guild does!
Great quilts you show us.

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