Thursday, 25 May 2017

Out and About in April - One Very Busy Weekend

The last weekend in April was crazy busy.


Firstly, we headed out to O'Connell to attend "Quilts in the Shearing Shed".  This was an exhibition of over 100 quilts made by Bridget Giblin and her students in a local shearing shed.

We were greeted by members of the local Rural Fire Service, who supervised parking and ferried everyone across to the shearing shed.

First stop was morning tea.  Very civilised, with beautiful china cups.

After visiting the pop up shops, we were taken over the road to the rustic shearing shed.

Inside, it was transformed to display the quilts.  Some amazing work was on display.


After lunch we then went to the Bathurst Show.  The Show is one of those events you go to every year, for the social side of catching up with friends and acquaintances as much as anything.

The local wholefood co-op always have a great autumn display.

One of the local nursing homes did a great yarn bombed bike for their winning entry.

And of course, sideshow alley comes into its own once it gets dark.

We discovered last year that our front verandah is a great spot to watch the fireworks, so once again we came home to enjoy the spectacle.


On the Sunday, we headed back down the mountains.  This time to visit the Springwood Quilt Show,  Rachaeldaisy had talked me into entering two quilts.  As always, there was a great variety of quilts on display.

I had to take a photo of a Lucy Boston.  This version by Mary de Bruyn.

There is always a great variety of stalls.  So much cuteness.

This quilt by Kyeen McPherson was one of the three viewer's choice winners.  Just gorgeous work.

Rachaeldaisy's quilt was one of the other viewer's choice winners.

The third viewer's choice winner was Ann Langley's Farmers Wife.

No, mine was not a winner, but it was rather exciting having it on display.

My other entry was my little Windmill Mini from some years ago.  Mick designed this one.

If you exhibited a quilt you were expected to make a contribution of  your time.  As we live a couple of hours away, I decided that the easiest way to join in was to help with the pack up on Sunday.  It was great how everyone pitched in to take the quilts down, get them folded ready to collect and then dismantle and pack up all the stands.  We worked solid for an hour and then it was all done. A great team effort.

So. by the time we got home on Sunday night we were somewhat pooped. I think we did well to fit in so much over the weekend.

PS. I just read the roundup blog post for the Springwood Quilt Show here and was surprised to see a picture of me with my quilt.  


Chookyblue...... said...

the ultimate inspiration day I will get to springwood........

Jenny said...

How exciting - two quilt shows. Always great fun, aren't they.

loulee said...

Love to see a quilt show. Your quilt looks good there on display, what a wonderful feeling. The Farmers wife sampler is beautiful, and Lucy.

Jenny said...

It was lovely to see the quilts, yours looked great hanging there and they were all so different. Donna better get onto her Lucy to have it in the next show....

Anonymous said...

Hi Janice wow what a wonderful weekend you had,love how the quilts were displayed in the shearing shed and how wonderful to have your 2 beautiful quilts on display,and boy Mick is rather good at designing,thankyou for sharing with us Janice xx

Rachaeldaisy said...

What a great weekend !! Its hard to believe you managed to fit everything in. The quilts in the wool shed look amazing!! What a great setting. I so loved seeing your quilts at Springwood though I was sad to miss you. Oh well another day. Now you know how fun it is to enter quilts in the show you can enter more next time. :)