I have just arrived home from a wonderful visit to Castlemaine in Victoria. There were such treats in store - the inaugural exhibition of the Castlemaine Applique group, an Applique workshop organised by Threadbear, a visit (or three) to Threadbear quilt shop, meeting other bloggers/quilters, shopping and more...
|and I'm in...|
|In the window on the way in ...beautiful!|
|The raffle quilt - amazing applique|
What a great venue to highlight the quilts - and the morning light streaming in the windows made the quilts glow :
I have only seen one blog post on the exhibition so far (no doubt there will be more!). Sue-Anne has posted lots of lovely photos of the displayed quilts - do have a look there. I took loads of photos too but am trying not to double up with her so here are some others...(I did get permission to post)
Not all quilts were hung - some treasures were folded or draped :
|Beautiful red and white!|
|Lovely grouping looks quite antique in morning sunshine|
I couldn't see a label on this folded quilt but isn't it striking? :
|The lighting shows up the lovely quilting|
|Tiny quilt - I am guessing 18" but could be less...just perfect|
|Broderie perse centre|
Gorgeous borders on Mrs Millers Journey by Meghan Leslie - somehow I forgot to photograph the whole quilt. I don't know about you, but I love that background...
Interesting to read the story on the card on this next quilt - the quilt looked perfect and the colours are magic IMHO :
|Sue Jones' Ann Daggs - love the fussy cut birds|
So many quilts, so much talent, impossible to pick a favourite!
As if that wasn't overwhelming enough - there were also some great shopping opportunities.
That is Threadbear as it was rarely seen at the weekend - a quiet moment before opening time. It was a different story later on! It was my first visit and I was quite taken with the repro fabric selection, wow - brought home some treasures to embellish the stash.
A quilting friend led me to this discovery ( thanks Kelly) - Habadash - full of fascinating vintage haberdashery treasures. I couldn't resist the vintage peg bag, and the piece of linen toile. The velvet buttons and tape might not be vintage but I can see uses in making stitchery gifts:
I'm all out of time - will post again soon about the Applique workshop.