I couldn’t resist taking a walk down to the Exhibition Centre and having a peak into what’s happening in the quilting world, so here is my wrap-up of Australia’s #1 Craft and Quilt Fair. Very organised yarns, Creative and artistic hobbyists and professionals and lots of drool-worthy quilts and fabrics!
What: Craft & Quilt Fair – Craft Supplies, Demonstrations & Art Exhibitions
When: July 27th-30th 2017
Where: Melbourne Exhibition Centre, South Wharf
Info & Tickets: craftfair.com.au
Above: ‘My Name is Flora’ by Karen Mersiades, Queensland
Overall, the show is more focused around patchwork and quilting with minimal paper craft or other craft hobbies. There is a large focus on stalls with unique or new products for the quilters and sewers. There are opportunities to book into product workshops and demonstrations from professionals in the industry and international guest artists. I unfortunately looked into attending too late to be able to attend any of the workshops, but they did look like fun!
If you are thinking of going and would like to participate in the classes the show has to offer, make sure you look up the schedule at least a month in advance and book your place.
The Fair is Best For:
Quilting and Patchwork Supplies
New Quilting Products
Some Card-Making Stalls + New Stamping Products
Creative Textile Art + Quilting Ideas
Fabric Dying + Sewing based ‘Make and Takes’
Seeing the amazing work in the quilt gallery was worth the trip! There were some beautifully intricate quilts on display from artists all around Australia, competing for various prizes, judged by a panel of quilting experts. Inside the gallery space was the display of quilts for the 2017 AQC Challenge, with the theme this year being ‘Made in Australia: Flora & Fauna’, each artist submitting their interpretation of the brief. I couldn’t believe how detailed some of the embroidery and needlework was on these textile art pieces, not to mention the accuracy of their machine stitching, panel cutting and design composition!
See some of my favourite entries below with artist credits..
Above: 2017 AQC Challenge ‘Kangaroo and Wattle’ by Linda Lancaster, Victoria
Above: Pictorial Quilt ‘The Bleaching’ by Linda Steele, Victoria
Above: 2017 AQC Challenge ‘Terror Australis’ by Robby Wright, New South Whales
Above: Pictorial Quilt ‘My Son’ by Jocelyn Leath, Western Australia
The detail in those quilts amazes me! If you want to see more of the quilts that are part of the Australian Quilting Challenge, Check out the gallery on their website here
…and that’s a wrap for the 2017 Melbourne Craft and Quilt Fair! Let me know if you would like to see more of this kind of inspiration below in the comments.
SEE THE VLOG OF THE FAIR BELOW: