Thursday, April 10, 2014

AQC 2014

The 2014 Australasian Quilt Convention is on, in the beautiful Exhibition Building:
I spent most of my time looking at the amazing quilt show. The section you can see in the first photo has the "Best in Show" winners from each state and territory displayed. One of them will be crowned best in the country later this week.

This section had a collection of quilts by Jenny Bowker, the current holder of the Rajah Award for her outstanding contribution to quilting in Australia:
I saw some of these quilts close up at the week-long workshop I did with Jenny last July, but there were a few I hadn't seen before.

Of course there are lots of opportunities to spend money, too. The commercial end of the building was very busy:

I didn't spend much, but I did put an entry in Bernina's "Guess how many bobbins and buttons are in the big glass jar" competition:
It probably has a much snappier name than that, really. The prize is the 350SE machine to the left of the bottle. Pick a number between 1 and 9999!

A stop on the way home:
GJ's Discount Fabrics, where I bought batting for my mystery quilt. It turns out GJ's don't normally stock 3-metre-wide batting, but fortunately they had a special purchase of various size and composition battings for sale this week. That's all those bags in the front window (sorry about the reflections of the street on the window - no fancy polarising filters on my little camera). Happily I found a piece the right size for less than I had thought it would be.


  1. Glad you enjoyed the exhibition Vireya. I'm going tomorrow (Saturday), just hope it's not raining too hard as I have to walk up from the station.

  2. A beautiful venue for the exhibition. I seldom shop at the show butthe batting find was good.

  3. Lovely photos of the quilt show...and such a beautiful building as a backdrop for all those gorgeous quilts. Good luck with that just never know! That was a lucky find with the batting. I have used some of the quilting thread I bought there and it's beautiful.

  4. Glad you enjoyed the quilt show. I considered it longingly but would have needed to resort to using a walker and that is just too darn awkward. I once sang in a choir of 1000 in that Building. It was glorious. I still have the photo and the vinyl record.
    I have not been to GJ's for years. The last time they had their patchwork fabrics on the 3rd floor. Looks like they have changed. Maybe it is time for another visit. I haunted the place when I was more physically able and they had some great upholstery fabric that I could use at the moment.

  5. Beautiful building for the quilt show, it seems people enjoy much more the sales area (LOL), Good luck with the buttons jar, fingers crossed for you here. Hugs