Once every two years the community of Hunters Hill Quilters in Sydney put on a quilt show in aid of a chosen charity. This year, as they have done since 2003, they were supporting Giant Steps, a local school for autistic children. Having helped raise funds myself for Nicosia's Autism society in the past and recently having set up a special charity section at our Patchaouri 2014 exhibition for the Sophia Foundation for children, I was really keen to go and see how things happen for charities in OZ and in a quilty way!! They raise money from admission to the event , a raffle , the sale of donated quilts and through the sale of various handmade smaller items. I managed to take some really quick photos for all you quilters to get a feel for what was there...sorry about the quality but the lighting was not great for photos and you had to be really quick before someone stepped into the picture!!
There were a total of 51 quilts displayed by the members of Hunters Hill Quilters this year . I have linked a few buttons below to sites for those interested....Maro
PS. Happy first day of Spring/Autumn !!
One shop I have tracked down already in Sydney is 'Material Obsession'.For me it was a Material session as the photo says !!...any excuse...actually I refrained and only bought some wool felts... It's in a handy position with lots of free 3 hour parking available a 3-5 min walk away...that's a steal for inner Sydney believe me. I have also been to another couple of quilt and craft shops but unfortunately had no camera at hand....however, I am going to the Sydney Quilt Fair this week and will definitely post about that for all you quilters and those who may be interested...can't wait , and, knowing me I won't be able to sleep the night before !!
Material Obsession is a typical inner west suburban house that has been converted into a shop. There are 3 small rooms and a corridor which are filled from floor to ceiling with fabrics, notions, samples of work for classes, rulers ,threads, pre-cut pieces of wool felt etc and something I had not seen before, pre cut paper hexagons and other shapes in a variety of sizes...no more downloading or drawing, then, cutting out papers!!! (since then I have seen these paper shapes sold elsewhere too..)
Kathy Doughty was not in her shop as she was in the USA but Carolyn Davis was, and, kindly allowed me to take these photos. Carolyn has a fabulous quilt in the shop made of hexis with a big - leaf black and white border print that sets it all off and makes it different to other traditional hexagon quilts. She loves quilting by hand using embroidery floss, and so do I, but ,not for all quilts... maybe it's because they don't have many patterns available from their compuquilter service!!!!! Luckily, I have since been given a couple of leads of long arm quilters and will have to make up a couple of small quilts (when my machine and stash arrive) to try them out!!I can hear Irene (our Cyprus Gammil Long arm Quilter) saying.."Watch out the fussy one is in town!"...well yep Sydney...here I come!!!
There is another room downstairs , where all classes and workshops are held and I will have to book in for a session in the future to discover that corner of the grotto. And that's exactly what it felt like, a Kaffe Fassett grotto with lots of colour and big bold patterns.Yes, there were more subdued fabrics too , plains , stripes and Kathy's first range of fabrics "A Wandering Mind" , but for me the big and the bold "Kaffe style" stood out as having first place in the shop ...Maro