Friday, July 11, 2014

Sydney Craft Show

My Darling Husband travels a bit for his job. About the only benefit is the accumulation of Frequent Flyer points. A few of which I liberated this week.
I (I should say he) treated myself to an overnight stay in Sydney for the Craft and Quilt Show.
The old venue, the Sydney Convention Centre, has been demolished. When I saw it 2 years ago, it looked in great condition to me. The Sydney lady, I struck up a conversation with at lunch, agreed and rued its demise.
So I was up before a sparrow's f**t....actually I was up before a sparrow even thought about f***ing on Wednsday morning! The possum that lives in our garage was only just getting home. Let's just say it was really early.
The Convention Centre people have built a Meccano-style tent, albeit a very big tent on Glebe Island, in the next bay to Darling Harbour.

Transport is by ferry or bus. This was my ride on both days.

 You know you are in Sydney when you can see this bridge and waterway.

 I went because Kathy Doughty on her blog Material Obession (also from the shop of the same name) said that there would be over 400 quilts on show. There are strict rules down there and as I don't have permission of the makers/designers/organisers I won't be putting up photos of the quilts.  I did this little collage instead. The main photo is the 'Best of Show' winner, Coxcomb and Currants by Janet Treen, being studied by another show goer. I don't think Janet of the Quiltsalott blog will mind.
Congratulations Janet!!!!!!!
 This is another very well deserved win. Janet also won Best of Show last year. I also adored that quilt which was on display as part of the travelling Bernina State Best of Shows.
The NSW Quilt Guild will have photos on their website.
The quilts on show were fabulous. They ranged from ones I think I could give a go to the absolutely incredible. There was everything from the very traditional to modern, quiet colours to the very loud.

I'm glad I went. It was such an inspiration.
I enjoyed walking around the vendors. I was disappointed that a few I wanted to see were not there. I bought a few patterns and a couple of fat quarters. I really went for the quilt show.  ;-)
I had a great talk to Anni Downs of Hatched and Patched and her lovely husband.
Dawnie, I was able to get up close to the original  In My Garden quilt. More inspiration.
To the girls doing Gossip in the Garden, I saw the original. Nah, nah, nah-nah nah!
I have to get over being to shy to ask for a photo.  Anni gave me wonderful encouragement.
Ah well, back to reality. Looking after my darling hubby today as he had 2 wisdom teeth out this morning, especially as I want to use his frequent flyers points again soon. LOL

Talk later,


Maria said...

Sounds like you had a great time, all your photos of Sydney as well as the quilt collage :-)

Susan said...

Oh so jealous - any trip to Sydney and seeing the bridge would be fun - and I'm sure the tone of the sydney quilts is different to the Brisbane ones....

shez said...

hi Cheryl what a lovely time you had,thankyou for sharing with us.xx

Mahesa Jenar said...

Thank you so much for picking my card as one your winners from the teddies challenge, it is such an honour.
Thank you for all your hard work in making the challenge so successful, it's a shame that the challenge is ending but I can totally understand your reasons and wish you all the best.
Sue xx Obat aborsi