Monday, 30 July 2012


Well I went and saw but didn't bring home another project...go me! OK but it is a small project, 100 little hexagons ....wont take me long will it?

I was lucky enough to be driven to this event by my friend Jenny and her sister, we set out early so we could avail ourselves of the early bird parking. By the time Jenny swung past to pick me up, then drop her son at the station, and then make it through peak hour traffic we were getting closer to the cut off time  for the reduced parking rate. We are talking the difference between $13 and anything up to $60 so it was worth the effort. 

There we were, stuck in traffic, behind a slow truck, time was ticking, minutes past, we could see the entrance to the car park. We had less than five minutes to get there, FINALLY the TRUCK moved, Jenny put down the fast pedal, I swear we swung around that corner on two wheels, NO, there was a slow person in the carpark lane, Jenny switched to another lane, no time to loose. Jenny grabbed that ticket, we had MADE IT with a minute to spare...........great now we had more money for our shopping. Thanks Jenny for your rally skills!

The craft show is a reasonably big event down here in Melbourne, and I have always made a date to attend each year. It has been interesting to see the evolution and changes in fashion, as well as those who still stay with what works for them.

I went with a list for supplies, and did a purse making workshop. The workshop was as usual full to the brim with eager crafters.....and a M.A.N.  Gasp I know, what man wants to make a purse? Well he did, and he seemed to enjoy the process. I always must say though it is still a novelty to see men at these places, they do help out their loved ones at the stalls, and support our passion for all things crafty. But you do not often see them doing things crafty like. Funny though because once they did all the knitting in those fishing villages in Guernsey. 

Now the boy crafters can be found in the Warhammer shops. Don't ask me how I know this stuff!

Well my purse was a bit tricky to make, I managed to get glue from one end to the other, and stab myself with the awl, not much blood luckily 'cos it was a little embarrassing to be such a klutz.

I know the next time I do it I will improve. This is not the purse but my morning tea break. 

And these are all the other ladies grabbing their cuppa too, the place was heaving with people, you had to be quick finding a seat. Timing is everything at these places.

Melbourne woman wear a lot of black dont they?

These are some of the quilts I admired in the official quilt show part. Can you see how when you take a photo the contrasts are really obvious, one of those blocks all but disappears colour wise.

Tiny Hexagons........a lot of them!!!!!!

These were all the same pattern, a Mrs Something Coverlet...the something part is because I do not take notes or remember ...sorry

 Then I walked around the corner and then wow! Same pattern bold colour choices, I love this one. The others were all generally done in civil war colours.

Another traditional personal favourite of mine, which I have on my to do list. Tumbling blocks. This was done for the quilters son, who was now apparently in his mid thirties before he got his first quilt. She needed a lot of practice to get it right, and this is a masterpiece I would say.

 My purchases, this is for marking quilts when using a stencil, just rub the pounce over the template and it leaves a chalk residue which just brushes off. Think chalk board duster for all of us of a certain age.

 Don't know if you can read this, but safety instructions state this product in the wrong hands may cause bodily injury. I don't know how they got this through customs, and I don't intend being irritated by it, but if my frustration levels rise I will see my doctor.

Little hexagon papers, 1/2 inch.....covered two so far, 198 to go....

 Bag handles cos they are pretty

Two charm packs for a tote was on special, cannot resist a bargain, and the other I just adore.....the Salt Air is so yummy. I have two jelly rolls from a previous quilt show and this is also on the to do list.

Well that was my trip to the quilt show.

Jenny drove me safely home...

1 comment:

  1. Looks like there were lots of lovely quilts at the show. Good for you not getting carried away! What are you going to do with the hexagons they are tiny?