Yesterday I had the pleasure of attending Urban Stitches 2012 at the Novotel in Glen Waverley. I had been anticipating this day for months as I would finally be meeting some of the faces behind the designs that have become household names in the quilting world. These are of course Leanne Beasley, Rosalie Quinlan and Melly Dekker of Melly and Me.
|Melly, Leanne and Rosalie|
I set off feeling a little nervous because I was doing this on my own and I felt a little out of my depth going to something where I didn't know anyone. However when I walked into the Novotel's foyer and saw Rosalie greeting people with her big smile - I felt the butterflies disappear. Once I had registered and identified my name badge, handed my bag of goodies and found a seat - the day began in earnest, or should I say it began in a way I wish all my days would - with that delicious feeling of being able to do exactly what I wanted to do with not much thought to anything else for the next few hours. Then the delight of exploring the contents of my goodies bag was equal to a little kid at Christmas time... Life was very good :)
|My name tag and goodies bag...|
|...and it contents|
|An arty shot of the room...|
|Leanne,Melly and Rosie drawing the door prizes|
|Time for show and tell|
I was sitting at a table of with seven other ladies - one lady was all the way from New Zealand and another from Brisbane. This was reflected throughout the room of the 103 people who attended on Saturday - many were from interstate - this, I think is testament to to Rosie, Melly and Leanne and their product's popularity and perhaps, more importantly their genuine interest for those of us who follow them. The three of them struck me as friendly and down to earth and more than willing to help those of us who had projects that needed that little bit of assistance with or questions which need to be answered.
|Two of my table companions...|
|Not a bear in this house....|
|only the mice were at home...|
|Who's the miss with the red dress???|
|Creatures large and small...|
|And quilts galore...|
Of course none of these days would be complete unless there was somewhere for us to satisfy our other crafty pursuit - stash building... Eric from Under the Mulberry Tree was there and judging from the throngs which were constantly at the 'shop tables' we didn't disappoint her. Nel - Rosie and Melly's mum - was kept busy trying to keep up with tidying and replenishing the fat quarter baskets - I did feel for her as she seemed to have an uphill battle on her hands. I had set myself a budget because I knew that I would be tempted and spend money - and I was - and I did...
|A peek inside my stash bag|
|I love those Cosmo variegated threads - they are like lollies who can stop at one!!!!|
|And of course more fat quarters for my stash|
|I have admired these by Rosie for ages - who could resist - but at least I only bought two!!!|
|Caught up with Vignette|
|These were freebies|
Oh by the way, and did I stitch?? Just a little...
Until later, take care and keep those needles threaded..
Sharon x x
ps* my great day didn't end when I left Urban Stitches - when I got home there was a surprise waiting for me. M - my eldest daughter had dropped in and she had bought me my very own Monster High Doll - I had admired her collection and she thought that I should have one of my own... Who says I am too old to play with dolls!!!! M and I thought we might make a dress collection for them...
|M - knows my heart is with the sea - so she bought me a fishy doll...|
|Isn't she gorgeous???|