Monday, 16 March 2009

AQC Shopping

I have been reading on other blogs how good and restrained people were with their shopping at AQC. I must confess, rather guiltily, that I was NOT! Now that a few weeks have passed and the guilt has abated just a little, I will show you, in no particular order, what came home in my suitcase.

For a while, I have wanted a Clover mini iron to use when making my Ryland Manor BOM. I completed the first block early last year and now have a box full of the kits for the remaining months .... no excuse now. Easter holidays will be a good time to get going on this project again.

Something else I was after was Rosalie Quinlan's Little Patchwork Village pattern. I also found a new to me Christmas design from Leanne Beasley.

Wool from The Quiled Crow ... maybe for an Easter project. The Quilted Crow girls have recently given their blog an overhaul ... lots of great pictures ... definitely worth a look.

This pattern was from Ballarat Patchwork ... the sample on display was gorgeous. Loved their stall.

Fat quarters of Blackbird Designs sampler fabrics. These were only $3.00 each. (Cheap for Australia!)

This lovely kit came from Quilter's Barn. There were two versions on display ... this one and a 'toiley' sort of one.

It was very hard to choose but I loved the fabrics in this brighter version. The white with the pink roses is the backing fabric.

A couple more patterns from Anni Downs and Natalie Bird.

I have been an admirer of Marg Low's patterns for a long time. I was especially looking for the Easter Treats pattern having seen them on her blog. As you can see, I decided to give a few others a home too!

I have never been very happy with my hand quilting skills so when I saw the Thimblelady, Liuxin Newman, had a show special consisting of book, DVD, thimble and needles it seemed too good an opportunity to pass up.

This is another pattern I 'had to have' from Threadbear in Castlemaine. I am such a sucker for old style quilts with reproduction fabrics.

Click on the picture below for a closer look at the centre block. The sheep are adorable.
And finally, from the convention, a selection of fat quarters. I suppose I wasn't that bad. As Harmony Junkie said, that's why we went and it's only once a year.
Got a couple more quilty things while we were away. Purchased this book at Dymocks in Collins St ...

and this one at a bookshop at DFO for $19.00. Made good plane reading.

In case, you missed it there is a giveaway on my last post. To enter, just suggest a name for the sock monkey, on that post by midnight Saturday 21st March.


  1. You did very well! Who cares if you weren't restrained; its the best opportunity to get all those bits and pieces you are after, all in one place!

  2. Wow everything is just the things I like.... funny how it doesn"t matter how many times you walk around at the AQC you still do not see everything...restrained it there such a word (lol)

  3. Didn't buy much...ha...keep telling yourself that Girlfriend!! Im impressed....did you buy another case to bring it all home??? lol...
    I absolutely love the "Phebe" quilt....I think I am in love!! Cant wait to see it started!!!

  4. I should've shopped with you, you bought some things I didn't even jealous!!

  5. Oh My gosh you kept a lot hidden from us! I love many of those patterns!

  6. Just what I love to see - lots of shopping! A girl after my own heart.

  7. Wow! That was a good shop :-)

  8. Wow, Christine!! It certainly looks like you have lots of projects on your "to do" list now. I must say that they are all lovely picks. It looks like you had wonderful choices at the show, how great is that?!

  9. All I can say is "good for you!"
    clares craftroom

  10. wow - that's it just wow -you came home with a lot of stuff - I see you are uncontrollable when it comes to patterns :)

  11. I wouldn't call it guilt....I would call it more like "Happy Birthday to me" or "Merry Christmas to me" or "Happy Monday to me"!

  12. Lots of purchases - good for you. I can't wait to see some of the patterns made up. So many pretty fabrics. Also curious to see what you will do with the sampler fabric.

  13. I just love photos of fabric! LOL. Great post! So many fun things to look at. ooxx`jodi

  14. Way to go! Lots of wonderful finds. You should never hold that kind of guilt inside. :)

  15. Oh Christine, that pastel wool is to die for! What heavenly colors. Do you have plans for it yet, or is it just decorating your stash for now? BTW I just went to the Dallas Quilt Celebration on Saturday, I bought LOTS of cool stuff and took tons of pictures. So far, I am bravely refusing to feel guilty about it. After all, if you can blog about it, that makes it all worthwhile! lol

    Happy quilting,

  16. Oh oh oh oh!!!!!!
    You really made the best out of your trip!!!
    Love all your purchases...I wish they were mine...
    :o) Especilally loved Marg Low´s patterns...sooo cute!!!

  17. What a wondeful time you must have had. You did some geat shopping. Love it all!

  18. Christine I love everything you got! And I love the large yearly shows like that - you can do all of your shopping at once - well, maybe!

  19. Christine That Phoebe Quilt is going to be a well made quilt. Would love to see all the versions. Two of the girls in our LPG bought the pattern I did not get to AQC but just love that pattern and am seriously tempted:-)) Threadbear is a wonderful shop full of repro fabrics and my sort of heaven.
    Also bought the Gwen Marston book and it is just a delight. Love her approach to pattern cutting. Can thoroughly recommend it as a good buy. Not often you get such a good bargain. Think I bought mine at Angus and Robertson or it could have been Dymocks. Definately one of them. Will watch the blog for Progress in all those lovely patterns :-))
    Happy Stitching

  20. What a wonderful stash. You have so many fabulous projects/fabrics to keep you busy. I enjoyed seeing all your purchases.I must make sure I go next year!Glad you had such a fab time.

  21. What a lovely shopping expedition! I love the Thimblelady's technique -- once you get used to it, it's fabulous!

  22. What great shopping! I love Marg Low's patterns too; and that jellyroll book is excellent - I have it.
    Bec xxx

  23. Oh,my! How wonderful to see the treasures you brought home with you. I love seeing what you chose. My favourites are your fabrics and the jelly roll quilt book....

    Have fun with your new patterns and materials! Happy stitching, Christine.

  24. All of your treasures have me drooling! I got to go to the International Quilt Festival in Houston, Texas years ago and it was like a dream come true. There is so much inspiration. How can you NOT come home with as much as you can? You chose well! x

  25. Ehi!! how many things! how many wonderful things, I must say..oh the mini iron!!! i saw it on a book for perfect appliquè I have and absolutely want it!!!
    hugs to the greatest quilter I know :)

  26. HI Christine,
    What lovely things that you found at the quilt show- I especially loved the sampler fat quarters- I had not seen such a thing before. The price for fat quarters in Canada is variable - a really good deal is about 2 to 2 1/2 Canadian dollars would be cheap. It is not uncommon to find them for as much as 4 or nearly 5 dollars for fat quarters. Having said that, you can order fat quarters on line for less.
    It is always fun to add to the stash- It looks you have some work and lots of creative fun ahead of you.
    Happy Quilting,

  27. So many pattern and so many lovely fabrics at your place......
    How are you going to choose?? Good luck with all of your plans, I might just stop by and chech out how it turns out, he he...

  28. Now that is what I call shopping - what wonderful purchases... can't wait to see these goodies made up and shown off on your blog. Enjoy. Hugs Jx

  29. You really went to town. What fun treasures you found. Enjoy, enjoy, enjoy!

  30. christine
    being restrained at quilt shows is HIGHLY overrated.. we have to keep the economy going one quilt pattern / fat quarter at a time! what a haul though.. would like to see that threadbear pattern up close (might have to go and seek it out online)..

    take care
    quilty huggers
    the itinerant blogger

  31. Oh, Christine - I've been so busy with 'this and that' - it has been a great visit, now - just love all your goodies - it's difficult being on the west coast, I feel we miss out on a lot - never mind, we have a show here mid May!
    Hugs - Lurline♥

  32. Wow, what a great time you must have had. You will have trouble choosing what to start first. K Rudd would love you, you are certainly keeping the economy going. Will keep a look out to see what you start first. I know I would just spend hours looking and deciding, good luck and happy days.

  33. Wished I was there!
    You bought yourself a lot of nice things! If I was there, I guess I would come home with a lot of the same stuff as you did! LOL Enjoy!

  34. I recently came accross your blog and have been reading along. I thought I would leave my first comment. I dont know what to say except that I have enjoyed reading. Nice blog. I will keep visiting this blog very often.


  35. Whoa!! You did buy quite abit lol!! LOVE those Thimblelady Thimbles - that is what I use for my hand quiting and just LOVE it!! I have been using DMC Petra Thread and find it easy for beginners.
    x Sarah

  36. Wow....Christine...great purchases, I can see you know how to shop...LOL.....


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