Sunday, 15 April 2012

Melbourne and AQC

Last night I returned from a 3 day trip to Melbourne. I took my 11 year old niece and we had a great time shopping, eating and visiting some of the attractions.
The weather was lovely and warm the whole time we were away. We visited Luna Park on Thursday night where I nearly died on the Scenic Railway ... never ever again! The carousel and ferris wheel were much more to my liking. On Friday night we played Glow in the Dark Mini Golf at Docklands and on Saturday morning we visited the Aquarium. The rest of the time was devoted to shopping .. I'm sure we went to every Smiggle in Melbourne!

The highlight for me was our Friday visit to the Australasian Quilt Convention at the Royal Exhibition Building in Carlton Gardens. There were lots of stunning quilts to see and exciting shops to fossick through in the expo. Of course I made a few purchases.

This selection of Moda reds and greys came from Patchworks with Gail B. Included are Pezzy Prints by American Jane, Countdown to Christmas by Sweet water and Reunion also by Sweetwater.

Doesn't this lollipop look cute ... and no calories either. I was pleased to find this and will use it to bind my Bunny Googy Bag (if I ever get the stitchery finished!)

One of my favourite stands was Marg Low Designs. She had lots of lovely small projects available as patterns and kits as well as delightful fabric bundles in reds, pinks and soft greens. I was quite restrained and came home with just the selection below. Yum ... looking forward to having a play soon.

Now, the find of the day for me were these fabulous TILDA fabrics. I have several Tilda books on my bookshelf and have admired the Tilda fabrics the projects are made from for a long time.

 I was so excited to find these fabrics. Those above and below were purchased from Chandlers Cottage.

 And this lot (my absolute favourites) were from The Patchwork Teahouse.

 Have a closer look at the scrummy reds ...

 and pretty blues.

I loved this red birdie print so much that a couple of metres found there way into my bag!

While away I also found these gorgeous ribbons. The top two are from Typo and the bottom one I found at L'uccello, a lovely shop located on level 2 of the Nicholas Building in Swanston St.

Well, it's back to work for me tomorrow. Hope everyone had a great Easter break ... I know I did.


  1. Oh I was so tempted by the Tilda fabrics also. You have some lovely purchases there and wernt the quilts on display just beautiful. hugs, Sharon

  2. I'll be checking out my local Typo for those braids. That birdy fabric is glorious in both colourways. My favorite is the raspberry with the bluebird in the middle. Great buys! What a great Aunty taking your neice on such a fun adventure. Tracee xx

  3. Owwww I like those Tilda fabrics!

    And the ribbon - tease!

  4. Ah, back to work for me too!!! The Typo braids are lovely and U'cello is a favourite haunt of mine too! But the Tilda fabrics are a true find!!! Look forward to seeing what you create from all your new purchases!

  5. What a treasure trove to bring favourite with presentation would of course have to be the no calorie lollipop.....sounds like your little niece would have had an absolute ball as're a wonderful Auntie :)

  6. Such beautiful fabric! Sounds like a great outing with your niece! Have a nice day!

  7. An enjoyable time with your neice with lots of memories, indeed. :-)

    What a wonderful array of beautiful purchases - yum!

  8. Wow lots of lovely new fabrics here today!!
    You always know which fabric to pic !!

  9. Lovely purchases !!

  10. Squeal!! So many pretty fabrics. :o)
    Have a wonderful week. hugs, Trish

  11. Wow, so many pretty fabrics, I LOVE your tilda fabrics, I hope to find some when we have our craft fair here in 2 weeks

    Happy sewing my friend.

  12. Such pretty fabrics Christine and a win on Rosalie's blog - what a wonderful start to the week :)

  13. Hi Christine,
    Lovely to meet you at the show. The fabric bundles your bought were my favourites.
    Have fun playing!

  14. Oh so lovely Tilda. Wonderful collors. And wauw the ribbons.

  15. Wohooo....lots and lots of wonderful fabrics....have fun creating!!!!:0)))

  16. I just love the Patchwork Teahouse fabrics. It seems like the fabrics that are coming out are a lot brighter, cleaner and cheery looking! Love em!!!!

  17. The fabric that you brought is yum yum yum I just love it all.

  18. Lots of eye candy there Christine! Love that Lollipop :+)
    See you next week x

  19. Oh you lucky girls - sounds like a lovely few days. I am drooling over your shopping - your purchases are just gorgeous.

  20. That's one lucky niece you have there! She adores you "Aunt"!!
    ...but *she* thought the scenic railway was hilarious! :) xx


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