Amanda Daly

Amanda Daly
I've been passionately working with fabric for more than 25 years . . . relax with me as you read about my life and my quilts

Wednesday, 24 April 2013

Australasian Quilt Convention

I was so tired at midnight last Sunday, after travelling home from teaching workshop at AQC, I couldn't muster the strength to carry my many suitcases into the house. It took another 2 days to get them unpacked. Perhaps I'm not as young as I used to be, or maybe I just had a great time and burnt the candle at both ends....yes! I think that's it...I'm sure of it.

The photos show the magnificent efforts of my workshop students. The miniatures class laboured for many hours to make a handful of 2in squares for "Licorice Allsorts" a 12in square miniature quilt, including the tiny 3/4in Cathedral Windows. The "Blue Gum Creek" workshop saw the 18 ladies cutting out tiny flannel flower petals for the reverse applique, much patience was needed for both workshops, thankfully all of the ladies were very eager and a delight to have in the classes.
Thank you ladies I know these workshops were a bit of a challenge at times, and thank you also to our ever cheerful, helpful and talented quilt angels - Margaret, Esther, Val and Suzanne, and PFAFF technicans Christine and Patrick.

Have you ever been to AQC? In previous years I have only visited for the day (yes, up at 3.30am, on a plane for Melbourne by 6am, at the show all day then the return trip, arriving home late - tired but happy). I've always had a great time, but there is just so much more to AQC. This year I danced my feet off at the Gala Dinner, enjoyed the entainment at the dinner and the welcome cocktail party (even when the tutors had to walk the cat walk), the lunches complete with beautiful fresh flowers on the table were great, and then we hit the restaurants in Lygon Street, not to mention making new friends and renewing old friendship, while finding time to do some retail therapy and view some wonderful quilts in what I laughingly call my down time.