My very first blog post on the new website – how exciting!!
I recently made a day of attending the Melbourne Craft & Quilt Fair and the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre.
A few peeps from Sydney (Kristy from Quiet Play being the main conspirator) had organised a meet up of all of the Sydney Instagram quilty crowd during the Sydney craft fair, so the FOMO set in and Jane (@behind_lilpipdesigns) and Alyce (@blossomheartquilts) went ahead and took on the mammoth task of organising a similar meet up for everyone from Melbourne. The idea was we meet up at the fair, and then bar hop our way to dinner at The Bohemian on South Wharf.
I went in early with some fabulous company in my friend Verena, because I wanted to have a good browse of the show before the socialising part of the afternoon got started, and we had a bit of a browse around the vendor booths and the quilt show. It was fabulous to see a few lovely modern quilts on display.
But, as my fair companions will tell you, I was hopelessly distracted once I reached the section of the fair where Handi Quilter had their booth. I do believe I spent the better part of 3 hours playing on the Avante and Infinity with the lovely Narelle (@rellebellequilts) answering every question I could possibly throw at her. Boy oh boy was it fun. Sometimes you just know, sometimes you hear the message the universe is telling you instead of blindingly ignoring the whisper in your ear ‘hey, this is what you are meant to be doing’. Never have 3 hours passed so quickly.
And then the lovely Carolyn from Free Bird Quilting Designs joined me for a play – can I just say that I want to be like Carolyn when I grow up? That woman is a quilting master!
But alas, I couldn’t stay and play forever, the announcement came over the loudspeakers and they had to pry my hands off the Avante so we could head off to dinner. And dinner was just fabulous. It was amazing to meet all of those people I chat to so regularly on social media in the flesh – and let me tell you, they are just as amazing in person!
The food was delicious, the sangria free flowing, and the dinner company enchanting. And more than a bit of swearing peppered the conversation but anyone who knows me would know that I am not bothered by that. It’s so lovely to be in a room of people and know that they just get it. My tribe. Thank you to Jane and Alyce for organising – I think we need to make that an annual event!