Fun in my fabric world....

Wednesday, March 12, 2014

Buying the BEST fabric first!

Last Saturday found Janette from fatquarterbird.blogspot.com and myself making a spur of the moment decision to head down to Sydney for the Avalon Quilt Show. We had a lovely day chatting our little heads off, those who know us will not be surprised! We were heading to Sydney's beautiful northern beaches...an area I had never been before...and the scenery is beautiful, what a fabulous place to live. Ever the opportunists we decided to visit Cottage Quiltworks at Warriewood on the way...seriously, how could we drive right past without popping in? And it was most certainly worth the effort! It has a great range of fabric and very helpful staff. I am heading there in a few weekends for a workshop, so it was good to do a re-con of the area and, of course, buy all the BEST fabric before the other girls get there!


Just kidding...I did leave a few morsels!
Then we headed to Avalon for a spot of lunch...there was even a yarn-bombed tree or two!


Tummies filled, it was time to meet the Avalon Quilters...and what a friendly bunch they were! Jan and Kerry were particularly delightful and we are looking forward to having a sewing day with them in the near future. This is Kerry's beautiful hexie quilt...


The lovely thing about ladies that stitch, is that we all make friends easily! After admiring their beautiful work...


And, believe me, this quilt by Jan was amazing with its quirky naïveté and spectacular quilting...



We said our farewells and headed home again, heads full of inspiration, and bags full of promise...oops I mean fabric!
Probably another highlight of our day was a friend phoning from tropical climes after she had noticed we were fabric shopping..a great deal of hilarity ensued and ended with her giving us directions to the quilt show from thousands of kilometres away...aah sewing friends...they are the best!

Cardygirl xx


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21 comments:

Chookyblue...... said...

thats a lovely patchwork shop I have been there before.......nice shopping.....glad you girls got to enjoy a day out together..........

Shay said...

Great idea to buy the best fabric first ...I'll have to try that sometime! You seem to have accumulated quite a pile of goodies there on that counter...

So I take it you made it to the quilt show, given your excellent navigator assisted you. It sounds a lot like having an intensely personal GPS!

Cheryll said...

After all that shopping...ooppss I mean recon...you both did well making it to the quilt show! :)

shez said...

what a wonderful day you had Alison and love your new buys,hope you have a lovely day.xx

Salley said...

You do have a good eye for the nicest combinations...that little pile looks delicious!

Miriam said...

Sounds like you had a great day!

Looking forward to watching what you create with all that new fabric.

Lynda said...

What a fantastic day out! Good to see you are well prepared for your class. So many beautiful quilts at that show.

Noela said...

Sounds like you had a wonderful day. Hugs.....

broderie said...

The best fabric ? Hmmmm ! We will see about that !

HeatherB said...

That sounds lik a lot of fun!

HeatherB said...

That sounds lik a lot of fun!

HeatherB said...

Sounds like a lot of fun!

Peg - Happy In Quilting said...

Oh Cardy...another day in paradise...

Peg - Happy In Quilting said...

Oh Cardy...another day in paradise...

Peg - Happy In Quilting said...

Oh Cardy...another day in paradise...

pandchintz said...

That's cheating!! Hope you did leave "some" fabric for when we get there........!

Anthea said...

Well the pressure will be on now Cardy - you will have to produce the best sewing, given that you bought the best fabrics!!

Carole said...

Always a lovely time when we meet fellow stitchers/quilters! Thank you for sharing! Cheers!

Too many eggs said...

Looks like you had a great time, gorgeous fabrics

Rachaeldaisy said...

What a fun day! It's easy to fill bags with fabric at Cottage Quiltworks, they have such a great range! I'm really hoping Jan's quilt will be in the NSW Guild show, I'd love to see it in real life.

Jen said...

The best fabric shop and day with lovely fabric choices.It was great meeting up with you Alison.