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Thursday 26th February will see the return of craft and quilting events to the Royal Exhibition Buildings in Carlton.  This historic building and the surrounding Carlton Gardens are significant in their own right as the complex is included on the UNESCO World Heritage List.

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The Australasian Quilt Convention brings together patchwork and quilting afficionados from all around the country and from overseas for a range of classes, events, exhibitions, demonstrations and of course, the inevitable opportunity to add to the stash!  All the major patchwork and quilting retailers will be represented within the marketplace so even if you haven’t registered for the workshops, you can still come along and see all the latest and best in fabrics, patterns, equipment and accessories.

There are a number of different travelling exhibitions or you to enjoy including “Caravanserai”  by Dijanne Cevaal, ‘Brigitte Giblin –  a Retrospective’ and a wonderful new showing from the tACTile group called ‘Collections’.

The featured artists this year are from Arnhem Land – the women from the Babbarra Women’s Centre will display their indigenous textile art.  This work combines a varitety of textile painting and printing techniques and reflects the distinctive symbols and stories of the people of central Arnhem Land.

For those of you who are interested in working with an embellishing machine, the inaugural world wide Embellisher Textile Challenge conducted by The Thread Studio (WA) will make its first appearance at this event.  This is a fabulous opportunity to see just what marvellous work can be achieved using these great machines.

If you are an interstate visitor, take the time to travel into the city and visit the NGV Federation Square to take a look at the Dickens quilt – It won’t be on display for too much longer!

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E Dickens Quilt

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I love working with felt (especially with the Babylock embellisher) but when designing these Chrissy decorations  I opted for a needle and thread!  These are a quick project that can be completed in an afternoon and hung on the tree that evening.

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Each decoration is available as a kit for $AU8.50 plus postage. They contain sufficient supplies to make two decorations – one to keep and one to give away!  They are the perfect size to be inserted in a trifold oval card (if you are a card maker!)  and every purchase of these kits made before Dec 10, will receive a complimentary pattern for a star decoration!

Email me with your order details – Paypal is available.

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