A quilty winter Saturday

I’ve just had a lovely quilty Saturday, together with about 150 other people, at the Australian Quilter’s Association Annual “Quilt In”. 

Everyone busy talking, and stitching, at the AQA annual Quilt In. The quilt in the background was made several years ago as a member's challenge for the Guild's silver anniversary.

Everyone busy talking, and stitching, at the AQA annual Quilt In. The quilt in the background was made several years ago as a member's challenge for the Guild's silver anniversary.

I didn’t have an Aurifil stand in the market hall this year so I was free to join in the fun stitching. I finished another flower on my cross stitch  and even managed some “obligatory” shopping. I know I could have made a journal cover for myself but I fell in love with the fabrics used on this one.

The pretty, fabric covered, Journal that I couldn't resist purchasing

The pretty, fabric covered, Journal that I couldn't resist purchasing

 After the Aurifil trunkshow presentation that I gave to the Melbourne members of ATASDA (Australia Textiles And Surface Design Artists) last weekend, I’ve been asked to follow up with a workshop where the members can experiment stitching with all the threads in the Aurifil range. 

So I really, really, needed a pretty Journal to plan exactly what I want the participants to achieve in a hands on workshop. …..

Blank pages in the new Journal, just waiting to be filled with design inspiration

Blank pages in the new Journal, just waiting to be filled with design inspiration

But I digress from today’s outing.

The guest speaker at the Quilt In was Di (Ford) Hall. Di is well known around Melbourne, having been involved in patchwork since the 1980s and was the owner of Primarily Patchwork for 24 years. She said that she felt quite bereft when she closed the shop, however she soon found that she had so much more free time to design and teach.  Her textile life has taken on new directions and she now produces patterns for the “reproduction” quilts that she loves, and is about to embark on the writing of a book.

The trunkshow that accompanied the talk was magnificent. Di specialises in detailed applique and broderie perse, and said she loves designing with hexagons, so the quilt below was atypical but it just glowed with rich colour.

Di (Ford) Hall, talking about the inspiration for the quilts that she has designed, and made, over the years
Di (Ford) Hall, talking about the inspiration for the quilts that she has designed, and made, over the years

  

It was a very enjoyable way to spend a winter day, stitching and talking with like minded people and being inspired by the beautiful work of others.

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