Sunday, April 24, 2016

Back to Reality (Lots of Photos)

Returned home after having coffee at the Beach Cafe with DD and squids before they headed home after driving me back from the Big Smoke..
DD and I spent 6 fabulous days in Melbourne sew there there was a pile of laundry to do

While in Melbourne DD and I enjoyed many delicious meals,

had lunch on the Restaurant Tram,

meet some lovely blogging friends Christine  from MacDonald's Patch and Helen from Patchwork Passion at AQC

loved the Royal Exhibition Building both inside

and out

there were many fantastic quilts on display but will only show you a few favourites.

"Stevie" was huge, 6 meters long, and amazing.....

DD spent some time chatting to Susan Carlson who told her "Stevie" hangs in her studio when not on show... WOW! how big is her studio??

Susan was happy to poise with Stevie for us...thank you..

                                                                    "Dutch Treat"

A very challenging reverse applique.. Some blogging ladies are going to make it. Have fun and enjoy...


Great colours....

sew many


the Comedy Festival was on sew DD and I went along and enjoyed a fun evening out..

had delicious morning tea at The Block Arcade

bought chocolate

Lucky we did LOTS of walking

because we found another yummy place called "Burnettie's

Just soooooo many delicious treats..........
and the coffee was nice too..

DD is in an re-enactment group and her DH and her are going to England for the Battle of Hastings later this year so she needed to buy some leather to make bags,

she was gobsmacked at the wholesale leather place we went too.But we were very disappointed as we couldn't find anywhere in Melbourne that sold pure wool fabrics even though we went to many different fabrics stores .......

Oh! I did purchase some goodies while at AQC....

now off to bed,

Happy Stitching..

Hugz  Maria :)


  1. Wow. What a wonderful week! That Exhibition hall looks beautiful! And i think I gained 5 pounds just looking at all those wonderful sweets. You were very restrained with your purchases. Get some rest so you can get back to the cave.

  2. Thank you for sharing your amazing week. I always feel as though I am traveling with you and visiting your amazing country. The Exhibition hall is awesome.

  3. Amazing trip......I gained weight because I lingered on those sweets!

  4. What a delightful trip you were on and now look at the wonderful memories you and your DD made together--
    love and laughter, di

  5. Wow, lovely post Maria, I love that tile entrance - The Block - and lots of lovely quilts - Stevie was enormous, I would love to have seen it in person, it must have been amazing... xx

  6. Looks like you had a fab time in Melbourne, Maria, I am so pleased that you were able to visit so many of Melbourne's great spots.

  7. Glad you had a fabulous time away. Hugs,xx

  8. You have some lovely photos to remember your trip.mif that's the Dutch treat quilt that won the last show it was made by a lady at my Kilmore quilt group. A few people made these as a SAL and finished it for the shows.,it is a lovely quilt....

  9. Hi Maria ,boy what an amazing holiday you had,you fitted so much in and enjoyed so many wonderful things.My cousin and her hubby are in a re-enactment group as well and i love seeing the pics of them dressed up.
    So glad that you got to meet Christine and Helen they are lovely ladies.
    Lol there is always a heap of washing at the end of a holiday,at least you have lovely weather for them to dry quick :)

  10. Hi Maria it was wonderful meeting you and Sandra especially at such a great venue AQC !!! Love all your photos what a great trip you have had, th ask for sharing :)))))

  11. what a great trip! That Stevie quilt is awesome & yes her studio must be huge!

  12. Those pics look super and such amazing things you saw. I love the inside of
    Royal Exhibition building, how fabulous!!!!! I hope you at least gave it a shot at behaving yourself.....or have those people met you before? lol Glad you had a great time sweetness.
    Hugs, Anita.

  13. O Gosh , Maria- what a Wonderful adventure and what a Beautiful daughter you have -who must be beautiful both inside and out -like you. I am thrilled you got to spend precious time together and make memories.

  14. What a great time you had and how lovely to share it with your DD. Beautiful buildings and teashops...yumm! Hope you're rested up and back in the swing of things xxx

  15. Looks like you had a great time 💖💖💖

  16. Sounds like you really enjoyed yourself Maria! Lots of great pics. Hope the laundry (etc) doesn't take you too long to catch up on and you can get straight back to real life soon!

  17. Those laundry pics are always part of trips away, aren't they? ;-( It sounds like it was a fabulous time and those quilts are incredible. LOVE Stevie and that awesome snails trail lizard.

    Welcome home!

  18. That's the worst part about coming home from holidays - the washing! It was wonderful finally getting to meet you in person. xxx

  19. what a lovely week and amazing things to see - you certainly made the most of it... the washing when getting back is a bit of a let down isn't it? So lovely to see the Dutch Treat - thanks for showing that. Now I am so itching to start mine. I'm not sure what wool DD wants but I have used blankets - can often find pure wool ones in the op shops..

  20. Oh wow! what a fantastic break you had... sorry about the washing... shame no-one does it for you while you're away ;O)
    Great pics of your time in Melbourne!
    Hugs xx

  21. so glad to see you had a fab time Maria... great purchases at the fair, and holy smokes that Stevie sure must get to hang up in a massive room!

  22. What a fantastic trip Maria - looks like you and your daughter had the best time.

  23. Wonderful Melbourne, Great pics of our lovely City, Happy that you had a good time.

  24. AQC was wonderful yet again. Did you try Tessuti for wool fabric, they are in Flinders Lane, also in Sydney & online!... Glad you had a great time in our city (I also love Perth) 😄

  25. What a lovely trip. There will be lots of wonderful memories.


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