I'm back from a fun mini break in Sydney - visiting the Quilt Show followed by a Sydney city hotel stay with my daughter, meals out and shopping. So many exciting experiences crammed into a short stay!
I took 101 photos of the Quilt Show but due to the strict publishing rules cannot show individual quilts without permission. The collection of red and white quilts were so pretty en mass. There are pics on the Quilt Guild blog and Instagram (sydneyquiltshow2015) and here is one of mine.
There was so much inspiring work among the general entries too. I got permission from Wendy to post photos of her stunning quilt - just love it. Hand quilted beautifully - well done Wendy!
The quilting adds so much and it was exciting to see how many of the quilts that I loved at the Show were hand quilted - loads of them. It was interesting to see the variation in size of stitches, thread weight, density of quilting - great to study up close. The quilting was just as effective and attractive with larger stitches - especially when it suited the style and scale of the quilt, and was even in size and spread. I have made two collages of tiny quilt snippets from the Show (so small as not to give anything away re design I think) but they are all different quilts, and different styles, all I admired, and all hand quilted.
I know not everyone can manage to hand quilt - and I was one of those for many years. And sometimes you just need to finish a quilt quick! But just saying ...how lovely it looks and feels.
Talking of which - I have made a start to hand quilting Ann Randoll. I meant to use larger quilt stitches but the smaller looked better against the scale of the saw tooth border so I think I am stuck with it now.
I forget how exciting Sydney can be ..in small doses.Here we are heading out from our hotel for the night - me getting a crash course in 'selfies'
We had an entertaining and truly delicious dinner out at Chef's Gallery near Town Hall - where all the talented chefs are on view in a glass gallery kitchen - amazing. We could have reached over and literally had a hand in the cooking ..if there wasn't the glass wall!
Modern Chinese - best beans I've ever tasted.
Oh and I might just have bought a Mother-of-the-bride outfit - thanks to David Jones, Anthea Crawford and my daughter's keen eye.