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.