Last weekend was the annual Craft and Quilt Fair, held in Launceston, a city approximately 200 kilometres from Hobart and a good three hour road trip from home. This has been the first Quilt Fair I have been involved in since beginning my quilting journey last year. It has also been the first Quilt Fair our newly formed Tasmanian Modern Quilt Guild has participated in. Although I decided against entering my quilts for judging – I just don’t feel worthy or ready yet – a few of my quilts were displayed in the Modern Quilts section and in our TMQG booth. This was a huge thrill for a new quilter like myself! It was wonderful to meet and chat to members of the wider quilting community, including traditional quilters quite interested in modern quilting.
I also had a lot of fun creating bunting for our booth. Look at these beautiful colours! They were made using leftover fabric from our Prism Challenge. You can read more about the 2015 Craft and Quilt Fair and see some wonderful quilts on the TMQG blog and the Elven Garden.
Unfortunately, I have returned from the Quilt show feeling quite flat and at a sort of crossroads. Although inspired by the quilts I saw, I can’t help but feel a little intimidated by the sheer brilliance and talent out there. Up until now, I have been quite happy making quilts using patterns by other designers but now I think I need to go one step further and do my own designs. However, instead of feeling spurned on by this thought, I have come to a standstill. Hopefully I will find some direction soon although as mentioned in a previous post, I have some classes starting in the next few weeks which will keep me busy!
To end on a positive note, my daughter won 1st prize for Grade 4 (9-10 yrs) in the Junior Textiles competition for her Nail Polish Pillow. She won a bundle of fabric and a cheque for 25 dollars. We are very proud of her 🙂