I am not sure where to start with this post because having called it Melbourne Highlights I am now stumped on where to start....I LOVE Melbourne. It is full of things I love from shops full of cool clothing, buildings covered with colorful graffitti, people socializing on the streets everywhere you look...flat streets great fro biking and unbelievably kind quilters!
First stop on my 10 day visit to Melbourne was the lovely home of Tess Hines. Shortly after I arrived the committee assembled for a pre-event dinner. Like magic a beautiful buffet dinner for about 15 people appeared on the kitchen bench! It was a lively evening full of the kind of chatting you can imagine but one theme was consistent...these were women that did things for others. There were conversations all night about Quilts of Valor, charity fund raising and remote community engagement activity planning.
The Bay Quilters proved to be an impressive group of talented quilters with big hearts. On Saturday we gathered in a big hall. I prowled around the room seeing all kinds of work from hexagons to crochet, stitching to knitting. It is always fun to see the variety of quilt styles in a group. I gave my lecture and then we all gave thanks to the committee for a wonderful day.
This was a fun idea for a Quilt In...we bought a sheet of numbered tickets and dropped them in the bag next to the prizes for the raffle. Really fun idea!
Thank you to all the women of Bay Quilters for making me feel so welcome and my stay so enjoyable!
It was a quick turn around before we started setting up for AQC. This is an event for quilters. The Royal Exhibition Hall is a glorious setting for colorful quilts. Hard wood floors, beautiful folk art stencil art and a history that covers many stages of Australian development...this place resonates creativity. Cath, Wendy, Megan and I really enjoyed meeting and serving so many excited quilters. We did have to jostle boxes of kits and things but as the days passed the backstage area emptied until we could actually put our feet on the floor!
Then it was time for Diamond Dollies which was really fun. The classrooms were well equipped with Bernina 720's...a new and fabulous machine that extends the reach of quilting. I am new to this machine but am already playing around with decorative stitches and practicing my machine quilting skills. The extended throat, the display panel, the range of feet...all make this a fun and easy machine to use.
So, now what...we start prepping immediately for the next big thing...! For all those that visited our stall, we gratefully acknowledge you for your kind words and smiles! It was a time of laughs and chatting...thanks to my team for their constant wonderful companionship...they are my diamond dollies!!! Love k