Monday, 2 March 2009

AQC 2009 & Secret Squirrel Revealed

Well AQC 2009 was huge, I had such a fabulous time. Helen, Sarah and I stayed at the Mayflower on Lonsdale hotel, small but comfortable and it was within walking distance of the Royal Exhibition Building at Carlton Gardens
It's a grand old buildinginside is beautifuland I love the artwork on the walls

I shopped, looked at some magnificant quilts on display and did lots of talking. I met the lovely Gail Pan and chatted with her for ages. Leanne Beasely, Rosalie and Melly were all there too but they were all busy.

My MIL came along on Friday, was lovely to see her again, we both share the quilting passion.

I also caught up with fellow tassie bloggers, Highland Quilter, Lizzie's Page, Aunties Quaint Quilts (AQQ) & Harmony Junkie (HJ). Helen, Sarah and I also ran into AQQ & HJ at IKEA where we took some time out on a comfy sofa!

Do you recognise this quilt? Neenie's Garden by Helen, it was displayed in the Best of Shows, this picture shows it being critiqued by Sarah, Helen and Leonnie & Diedre from The Quilted Crow.

One of the highlights of the trip was meeting Jodie from Ric-Rac. Remember the Secret Squirrel project I was working on well it was for Jodie! I road tested her dolly pattern, yes Jodie has produced some patterns, these were available at the show. Here's Jodie serving at the Ballarat Patchwork Stall and you can see her dollies up in the background.

and here's my version, please meet "Pip", here she is in her PJ's with her moggy "Mog"and here's she is all dressed for the show!The lovely Jodie gave me some beautiful gifts for doing this, all of the patterns and kits will be on sale at the Stitches and Craft show in Melbourne in a couple of weeksI'd like to wish Jodie the best of luck at the Stitches and Craft Show and thank-you for allowing me to be the first to make one of your dolls, they are just adorable. I hope we've made the pattern easy for others to follow!

As for the show I've also got a few more snaps to show but I'll leave that for the next post as I feel exhausted just thinking about our whirlwind visit!

20 comments:

Cybele's patch said...

The pictures show you had a great time. The convention building is beautiful. And the doll looks so sweet. I love the one in the pj and bathrobe.

Cybele's patch said...

The pictures show you had a great time. The convention building is beautiful. And the doll looks so sweet. I love the one in the pj and bathrobe.

Isabella said...

You girls did have fun by the sounds you are all making:) glad you all had fun the doll looks really good in her PJs :):) also in her going out clothes

Chookyblue...... said...

sounds like a wonderful time was had in Melbourne..........catching up with friends........meeting others.......Ric Rac's dolls are great.......

Fiona said...

It sounds like you girls had a fantastic time. Can't wait to hear all about it and see your loot.

ange_moore said...

Glad to read that you had a fabulous time in Melbourne. Look forward to catching up on what you bought and hearing all about it soon! Your doll looks as beautiful in the pics as she does in real life.

Queen of the Armchair said...

Hey Jo this looks like such a good show...love the dolly all in her PJ's, and all dressed up!!!

Linda said...

Sounds like you had a wonderful time Jo. Extremely cute doll in her lovely outfits.

Debs said...

A fun weekend, dolly's and all. Thanks for letting us in on it as well.

wonderwoman said...

great post Jo, felt like i was almost there! i wish! not really envious! the dolls look great and i'm sure Jodie will do really well.

xxx

Renee said...

Looks like you had great fun In Melbourne. Your version of Pip is so sweet - especially in her bathrobe!

Lucy Locket-Pocket said...

It sounds like you had a really fantastic time and I'm so jealous of you meeting Jodie!!! (psst, I might have been doing something secret too!!!)

Lucy x

Simone de Klerk said...

This looks like so much fun, Jo! And I love Pip! She looks so sweet and friendly!

Stina said...

Three well spent days in Melbourne...glad you all had such a good time!! :o)

Jodie said...

and without you Jo, there would definately not be a pattern. Pip is as sweet as sweet can be and you my dear are a total wonder. I wish we could have had a huge catch - up .....maybe next time?

SewAmy said...

Oh how fun, love the quilt in Jodie's both. I wish I could have gone with you. :o)

julia said...

Hi Jo,
you must have had a wonderful time at the AQC & IKEA (*g*)...Pip is so cute! Love her dresses!
Hugs from your Sis ;o)

MIL said...

Hi Jo, Thanks for a fabulous day I had a fantastic day. Loved it all the quilt, the wonderful people, Jodies doll and most of all spending time with you.MIL

Christine said...

Great to spend time with you in Melbourne. Pip and Mog are adorable.

Christine said...

It was lovely to spend some time with you in Melbourne. Pip and Mog are adorable.