Saturday, May 15, 2010

A day in Ipswich.

Yesterday a group of us from the Friday Craft Group went to Ipswich to see a display of historical Australian patchwork quilts. What a fabulous visual event! Because I am also interested in history and old things I especially enjoyed it. These quilts tie in with an amazing book called The Fabric of Society by Annette Gero, who is probably Australia's best known quilt historian. If anyone has the chance to see this display before the 25th of July then it is certainly worth the effort.
Another place I really wanted to visit was Handmade Heaven. I've been reading about this shop on a blog I have been following for a while, Selena's Vintage. I just love her bunnies and teddies made from chenille and wanted to see them in person. ( Check out her blog header - who could resist these bunnies?) But even better - I didn't just get to meet the bunnies but I got to meet Selina as well. She came into the shop while we were there with a new beautiful quilt and I worked out who she was. I also got to meet Bubba Chenille as well. One day I am going to get one of those rabbits or maybe a bear - or even both - I just have to decide which colour I want.
Keep up the wonderful work Selina.
And after that we popped into The Country Quilt Co for a quick visit where I came away with a Joypatch pattern I wanted.
So it was a lovely day and worth sharing.
P.S. I'll put in a plug too for The Handmade Expo - which is another Ipswich event to check out some time.
For those who don't know Ipswich is a city just to the west of Brisbane.


Cardygirl said...

Sounds like a great day out! I would love to see that exhibition...might be a bit too far!

Joy said...

I can't wait to go to that show!!!! So glad to hear it was so good ... now I'm even more eager to get there :o)!!
Would love to see your Honeycomb quilt when it's done :o)!!
Joy :o)

Maria said...

Oh! Looks like the most wonderful day. Wish I could have been there too.

Selina said...

Thanks so much for the ego boost! It was lovely to meet you, and if you have any particular colours in mind for a bunny I would love to oblige! I'm also looking forward to seeing that quilt show, thanks for the heads up!

Chookyblue...... said...

I have Annette's would be wonderful to see the quilts for real.......

Aunty said...

Sounds like a great day. I will have to check out some of those places next time I'm out Ipswich way.

The Handmade Expo and Handmade Heaven said...

Oh, thanks so much for coming and visiting Handmade Heaven and also plugging The Handmade Expo as well...Hope to see you all again soon


bubbachenille said...

It was lovely to meet you and thanks so much for the mention.