Thursday, May 19, 2016

Bronwyn's Gold Class Adventure

I attended the recent AQC as a gold delegate, which means I attended all 4 days doing classes. As a gold delegate I also was able to attend the Wednesday evening cocktail party where we meet the tutors and other delegates, Thursday and Friday evening lectures by tutors and Saturday evenings gala dinner, the highlight of the event. Plus we get access to the show on Thursday and Friday early to have a look at the vendors and the quilts before the show opens and before class. This year on Thursday morning was an extra if you wanted to take a look behind the scenes to see how it all comes together and also this year as a special treat if you wanted breakfast on Friday morning and a look at the new handing quilter.  This year I took two classes with Laura Wasalowski,  she is funny and informative, the 1st two pictures are what I did, still unfinished as you can see. The next picture if the workshop with Ro Bruhn, so totally different to what I have done, we made stamps and then printed on fabric, the other pics are her class and the last class I took was with Cathy Jack Coupland which was thread painted leaves, let's just say that has a long way to go before being finished. 
The Dinner on Saturday night is very entertaining, this year's entertainment was "Robbie Williams", and "Pavarotti" and "elvis" also made appearances. Bernina give away a sewing machine to one lucky person and the awards are given out. It really is a wonderful evening.

Monday, May 16, 2016

Recent Projects

These two photos were taken a few weeks ago by Judy V and once again feature Sheila's magnificent bag and Heather P's lovely Globetrotting quilt.

Now feast your eyes on Robyn's lovely Christmas creation!
Love that beautiful rework!

Thursday, May 12, 2016

A Glimpse of Japan through the eyes of Heather & Ailsa

We would like to share some memories of our trip to Japan during Cherry Blossom (Sakura) time.
The timing was perfect and we were fortunate to see the blossom at its peak everywhere we visited, the colours were breath taking from white through to deep pink such a beautiful contrast to the manicured gardens in all shades of green.
What an amazing place!  With very little knowledge of the language we were very proud of ourselves being able to navigate the train system and find our way around, but thanks to the locals who were friendly and courteous at all times we always found our way back to the hotel.  Japan is a very clean and safe country and we thoroughly enjoyed our free days. 
The tour was amazing where we experienced traditional banquets, staying in Ryokans – sleeping on a futon on the floor, seeing Mt Fuji (on a clear day), a private performance by a Maiko (apprentice Geisha), bullet train rides, rickshaw ride, a festival with its origins in the 16th century the main attraction being the ornate yatai (floats).  Our favourite place was Kyoto with its many Temples and Shrines and small streets shared with cars and pedestrians.  We found some amazing fabric shops where we spent quite a lot of time checking out the multi story shops... “Patchworkers’  heaven” We returned hpm


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