Fun in my fabric world....

Sunday, June 16, 2013

Darling Harbour...done and dusted for 2013! The beginning...

Well, this year was a little different.
Lea and I have always headed off to the Quilt Show at Darling Harbour bright and early. We have missed a few over the years...but not many...our tastes have changed...we have made "good" purchases, but we have also had some "what was I thinking?" moments. But this year there were some changes: Lea was too busy with renovations to come (gasp!!!!- she must have lots happening!), I am no longer in the country near her and I really have no time to do too much sewing wise. BUT- it is always a great day to catch up with friends from far and not so far! And also to soak up some creativity ions!
So, bright and early SB and I headed down the freeway to Sydney. I am not sure he really understands that when I say I want to be there when it opens, I really do mean it. Not a minute to waste.
Anyhoo....
I arrived and dashed straight to E28- Material Obsession to catch up with Kathy and Kate. Kate is a dear friend who lives in more tropical climes and returns each year to help Kathy on the stand and also to see everyone who misses her being close by. Like me. We chatter...the girls inspire me with their creativity, and the world becomes an even lovelier place for seeing them.
I attended a Masterclass with the dynamic duo- Kathy Doughty and Wendy Williams. It was all about layers, and was very inspiring in it's advice about colour, movement and the stunning wool felt work that Wendy does. 
Bonus news is that Wendy will release a book of her designs. Fabulous, can't wait for that!
 More excitement was catching up with some lovely Bloggy friends...Jean, Kate and Bernadette. Lots of fun! 
Lots of laughter...and great girls to be with while we looked at the quilts. They were amazing. I have never been so brave as to exhibit a quilt....so I am always in awe of the ladies who put a bit of themselves out there and display their work. Not all are to my taste, but I admire the work in each one and marvel at how different we all are. That said, I still do not really understand bling!
As many of you are aware, we cannot publish pics of the quilts without the permission of the maker. I have sent off some emails requesting this from some very talented friends who entered their quilts...some even won awards. I think they all deserve awards really! So, hopefully tomorrow I can show some pics.
Here is another happy snap of my day...not a quilt show without a pic with dear Kathy!
Cardygirl xx




17 comments:

Cathy said...

What a fabulous time! So lovely to see it all through your eyes. xo

Susan said...

I had a year off from the show this year.....and have regretted it all week. Looks like you had a fabulous time.

Chookyblue...... said...

wow SB is brave heading off to a quilt show with you.....did he leave you at the front door or venture in.....glad you got to catch up with some of the girls........feeling a little sad at missing the meet ups.......

Deb R said...

Ohh lovely pics, sooo glad you got to go and mingle...I gave the show a miss this year sniff sniff lol

Lurline said...

Lovely, exciting Post, Alison. Wish I was on the East Coast at times like this.
I do remember that thingy about no photos without permission. Well, I guess rules are rules, but strange! Facebook was in like Flynn
Hugs - Lurline.

shez said...

what a wonderful day you had Alison,thankyou for sharing with us.xx

Michelle said...

I went up on Wednesday and it was amazing! I did the master class too. So much to think about now. Glad you had a great time!

Anne Heidi said...

It looks like you had a wonderful day! That class sounds like it was very interresting, wish we had shows like that in Norway!

Anita said...

Fun day!
What day did you go....pleas don't tell me it was yesterday!!

Janet said...

I had the best time too as you well know. I thought Kathy's stall looked awesome and I adore Wendy's designs.

Missie of Hallbrook Designs said...

Looks like you had a wonderful time! I'm headed off to a show this coming weekend with a few friends and look forward to the happy times as well as seeing the quilts...such fun!!

Heather said...

How exciting. Looks like you had a lot of fun and I even saw your photo on the Material Obssesion blog! So jealous!

Rachaeldaisy said...

Such a great post of fun and friendship. I agree with you about marvelling at the work that goes into every quilt.

Maree: said...

Thanks for sharing I too am Sad to have missed it this year but Next Year I won't lol
Love MO's Display of Quilts at their stand looks Fabulous...
Lovely Pics Glad you had a Great Day being All Inspired.
Take Care
xx

Noela said...

Great post and I enjoyed your pictures. Must try to get there one year. Hugs.....

Kate said...

Who's that nong with the camera?
Loved catching up, had a tootally fun day and pleased you and SB joined the post-show-day traditional glass of bubbles. Medicine as some say.
Wish we could post some quilt pics. Maybe I'll be bad.
xx

Lynda said...

The show was wonderful this year. I hope you and your visitor are having a fantastic few days.