Sunday, April 15, 2012

AQC - Melbourne

On Thursday, my Mum and I dashed over to Melbourne for a quick visit to the Australasian Quilters Convention. We really only had two full days in Melbourne - Friday was set aside for the quilt show, and Saturday was to be our shopping day :-)

The AQC is held at the Royal Exhibition Centre in the Carlton Gardens. It's the most delightful building in beautiful surroundings, just on the edge of the city centre. We were able to walk there from our hotel which was on Little Bourke Street.

I was fascinated by the beautifully painted Victorian interior, and took as many pictures of the painted surfaces in the building as I did of the quilts themselves.


And this is one of the things we were here to see - my quilt hanging in the 'Best of the Best' special exhibit. It was such an honour to be selected as one of those to represent South Australia with the other quilts from around Australia.

I would love to share lots of pictures of other quilts hanging in the show - but on the program there are explicit photography rules, and copyright is such a touchy subject lately. However, dash on over to the AQC website, and there are some lovely pictures of the 'Best of Australia' quilts there.

There were so many opportunities to shop and shop some more. I purchased a jelly roll to make a quilt for my new baby nephew - some templates from the Scissorman, and a new pattern from Somerset Patchwork and Quilting. We had a great day out - bumped into many friends, and I really hope I'll be able to visit again next year!

12 comments:

quiltygal said...

Glad that you had a good time seems you were a bit restrained shopping wise? no shoes ?? How lovely to see your Quilt hanging there with all the others you clever thing you xx

Glenn Dragone said...

Congratulations on a wonderful quilt! It looks wonderful displayed.

Lorraine said...

your quilt looks amazing....congrats! Maybe we will see Mrs Billings there next year!

Pip said...

I was there, we saw your quilt and spent some time looking at it (and took photos) the shopping was awesome wasn't it.

Debra said...

Just had to tell you I saw your quilt today and thought it was absolutely stunning. Your colour choices were really lovely. It was definitely one of the best quilts on display. Glad you enjoyed your time in Melbourne we have had some really gorgeous weather lately.

Ray and Jeanne said...

Congratulations! Your quilt is absolutely gorgeous! I bet it was a wonderful 2-day get-away. ~Jeanne

OT Quilter said...

Congratulations! You are my Nearly Insane hero (I'm not making any comment on your mental state, just your wonderful, wonderful quilt.) I have only a few blocks complete, but I am determined to finish it some day. I'm keeping my fingers crossed for Mrs. Billings, too.

Anonymous said...

What an honor!! You're quilt looks awesome. Donna

BillieBee (billiemick) said...

Congratulations!! It's lovely.

Sheila said...

congratulations again, the accolades are so well deserved. Glad you were able to get to Melbourne to see it hung in such wonderful company. Wish i could have gone too

Katie said...

What a fabulous setting for your quilt! Congratulations. :-)

Mary said...

Your NI quilt looks great! They did a good job hanging it. I've been to shows where if you even get close they fall off the clips. I prefer the shows that use hanging sleeves, the quilt hangs more even. Guess we have to just take pictures of our own quilts now. Good reminder.

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