Monday, 30 March 2009

Fridays can be fun

When can Fridays be fun? When you meet up with a bunch of friends and drive down to the Gold Coast to visit Craftfest. The Gold Coast Convention Centre is enormous and ultra-modern, perfect for a craft convention, and that was good enough for us. All it took was an hour's drive south of Brisbane on the freeway, and we arrived just in time for our first coffee of the day. Oh yes, and a muffin.

With our equilibrium restored, we set our minds to the main task at hand - to see our quilts hanging. We are probably a little biased, but we thought they looked pretty OK.

Muffin Rowlands

Joy Nelson

Rowena Lawson

Robyn Dixon

These are just a few of the quilts on special exhibition by Jems Quilt Sitters from last year's exhibition. This year our 12th anniversary exhibition will be on 25-26 July. For further details, hop over here. Hmmm ... I guess that means I really should start on my quilt!

Back at the Gold Coast Convention Centre, the hall was full of all sorts of tempting treats and we took advantage of our weakened self-control, buying what was only necessary, of course. I found some beautiful Egyptian 100% cotton thread in stunning colours which is suitable for machine quilting as well as everyday sewing. And then I found this irresistible Japanese fabric.

Don't you love the bite out of one of the apples? I had some denim fabric at home just waiting to be paired up with something like this, so of course it somehow found its way into my shopping bag. I've made a start on a dress (size 4) and hope to have it up in my Etsy shop tomorrow.

Or maybe the next day. Tomorrow we Loose Threads girls are gallery hopping. Should be fun!

There is a buzz in our BrisStyle group, as one of our members, Michelle of Pedrosprout is being featured in TWO magazines, Australian Parents (produced by Woolworths), and Peppermint Magazine. Her baby shoes are works of art. Also featured in Peppermint Magazine are some gorgeous bags by BrisStyle members, Bec and Jade of Beckybean. This team of sisters produces the most amazing bags which are a huge hit with all who see them. Yet another BrisStyle girl, artist Eliza, has six of her works of art featured on the covers of sketch books and journals produced by Modofly.

And I haven't even mentioned our upcoming BrisStyle Market in July. More of that later.


Little Mary Moo said...

What a fun time you girls had. The photos of the quilts are just lovely. I love the apples and denim teed up together. Very sweet. I have a thing for denim and red if you didn't know....

Hey Harriet said...

OMG! What stunning quilts! I can't begin to the amount of work that goes into creating these. They must be amazing to see up close! Glad you had a nice time at the event, and that apple print fabric is very very cute. Looking forward to seeing what you do with it.

What a talented bunch that BrisStyle crew is! BrisStyle is on fire!

Have a wonderful time gallery hopping. Wish I was gallery hooping today. What fun!

edward and lilly said...

I love your quilt Robyn, it's gorgeous. Can't get my eyes off Joy's too! And great apple fabric!!!

mimoo said...

Robyn!!!! are you trying to kill me with that apple fabric!!!! I am soooo jealous.... does it say anywhere it is manufactured by?? great quilt by the way!

fede said...

I just want to reach in to my computer and bite one of those apples!!!! Yummy fabric :)