Thursday, October 24, 2013

Houston! We have landed!!

It's been 2 wonderful weeks traveling the east coast of America.
Quilts, Quilts and even more Quilts!
And now it's time for some serious quilt fun!
We arrived into Houston today.
And tomorrow it all starts. First up, a drive to La Grange,
A visit to the Texas Quilt Museum,  then next door to the Quilted Skein quilt shop,  
and an afternoon lecture with Kaffe Fassett.
Then School a House all day Friday, before the REAL fun begins!!!
Are you going to be at Market? Or Festival?
Let me know and we could try for a meeting!!

Will be posting lots of Quilt Market news on Instagram.
You can find me at Quiltsinthebarn.

Thanks for visiting.

Friday, October 4, 2013

Quilts In The Barn 2013

The sun was shining, and all was ready!
Come one, come all,

And as we welcomed the first visitors, it certainly looked like they did!!

This was about 15 minutes after we opened!
Strictly standing room only.

Here are some of my wonderful helpers from Friday.
Margaret, Kim, Meghan, Leonie, Alison, Mary, Meredithe, Moreen, me,
Di and Jill ( seated)

Here's Leonie ( the Quilted Crows) standing in her booth. Note the bird quilt behind her? 
It's their new block of the month,  The Cousins Walk, starting in january next year. 
Can't wait to start this one!!!

I took this lovely bunch of ladies to view my Great Wall of Quilts!!

Here is Di Hall (Ford) maning the Den Haan & Wagenmaker booth. 
She completely sold out of fabric over the weekend. 
Can't wait to see some of the quilts that will be made with the new fabric.

Plenty of the ladies enjoyed their coffee and cake in the sunshine over the weekend.

And for the bad weather when it came, we were prepared this time.

Mary and Joe Koval were kept busy all weekend. 
Their suitcase were 47 kg lighter when they flew home!!! 

Boy, that's a lot of quilts and chintz they left behind!!

Here is Jill and Dorothy on Saturday who maned the front desk all weekend, 
and did a wonderful job. Saturday was also our AFL grand final, 
and Dorothy had her team colors on.

We have several close connections with Hawthorn Football club, 
and so we gave Paul the day off to attend the game. 
Here he is below, with our part time apprentice Jordan,
 with his hands on the Holy Grail!! Go Hawks!!

Meredithe did an amazing job selling books all weekend. 
We completely sold out of the Chintz books we had.

We even had quite a few men doing the rounds of the quilts.

 And for the second year running, we had a quilt group visit us in a bus!!

Here is Leonie taking a well deserved break, while a couple 
of the girls give her a hand cutting more FQ's.

And there is that bird quilt again. The booth was super busy all weekend.

Some of my wonderful helpers, in their pink shirts.

By late Sunday arfternoon, the fabric was all gone, 
and Di had a chance for a chat on the phone.

I had a dear friend who l worked with 35 years ago, come to see the quilts. 
She brought some of her magnificent fine knitted and crochet work to show us.
 Here she is holding court, and sharing stories from her childhood.

 And of course, the moment we wait for all weekend. the winner of the raffle quilt. 
Here is the lucky winner in the middle, Sue E, 
surrounded by some of my helpers.

And here she is doing her Toyota jump!!!

A tradition we started several years ago, is the award,
 "Mary, Mother of Quilting - For Going above and beyond the call of Duty,"
Was this year awarded to Meredithe.
A very worthy winner, Meredithe dragged herself out of her sick bed to attend every day.

And of course, no QITB weekend is complete without our Sunday evening shared dinner.
The barn is cleared, tables are set up, the boys cook the BBQ, 
and we all get the chat and enjoy each other's company.

A huge thank you to everyone who helped across the weekend, 

and especially those who came out and supported us.

There are many blogs out there sharing photos of quilts.

They can be found here, here, here,  and here .
I am sure there are others as well.

Thanks for visiting.

P.S. Find me on Instagram!