August 3, 2011

Melbourne Craft and Quilt Fair 2011

Just as well that Sunday's show was open late.
DD and I arrived about 10:20am and they kicked us out at 7:00pm and we still missed an isle.......
It was a very large show, including Beads and Other crafts - yes....there ARE other crafts other than quilting ;-)
Usually, we start at Isle 1 and work our way to the Quilt Display and then have to charge around taking photos to admire in the sanity of home ----not this time. This time we started at the Quilts and worked back to Isle No 1.  

The quilts on display were inspiring....
But I must admit that I was only looking for one.

THAT one  ..... 
........... the one with the RED RIBBON.
The ORIGINAL   ......
By  Esther Aliu

Here's a sneak look at the back
'cause I know some of us would like to see it.

Thank you Quilt Angel
(BTW - The Quilt Angel Lady thought I was quite mad when I told her I was making one too, especially when I revealed I had never done appliqué before.)

I still have no idea as to how I am going to quilt mine  ..  let's just get the top finished first ?

Even though the lighting this year was not good. It was awesome to be able to see it.    It will certainly inspire me to keep going ...albeit at a much slower pace.

We came home, footsore and weary yet light of heart - as we have had a wonderful day.

AND to cap it off nicely, I walked into the kitchen to find the table set and my boys (DH plus 2) making Dinner - Maybe watching MasterChef DOES pay off .......


  1. Oh how I envie you to be able to see THE quilt IRL. As I'm from the other side of the pond I haven't the faintest idea for what the red ribbon is. It should be a price or something like that, isn't it?
    Keep quilting,
    Mac (in the Netherlands, who is buzy with Hearts Desire.)

  2. Yes Mac, the Red Ribbon is indeed a Prize.
    "Heart's Desire - Mainly Appliqué, Professional - Runner Up.
    (Blue Ribbons usually are for First Prize, Red for Second or Runner Up, then there are other colours for Highly Commended and Encouragement)
    I have added a close up of the Award in case you would like a closer look. Thanks for stopping by...

  3. Thank you so much for making this clear and the extra picture as well. Ah (sigh) if even mine could be half as beautiful I would be happy.

  4. Thanks so much for sharing this beautiful quilt again Wendy, great display of it all over. Cheers Glenda

  5. Thanks Wendy for posting this! Shows are notorious for bad lighting, but nothing replaces seeing a quilt up close. And with Hearts Desire, the beauty is in the detail so it's good to see it in person.

    And, you know, a year on (almost) see how far you've come! Applique is for everyone.