Did you have an exciting weekend?
I did! …… I went to sunny Brisbane and escaped the cold Melbourne weather for three days.
I had a vendor stand at the Market Trends wholesale trade show, held at Doomben Racecourse in Brisbane.
It was a great opportunity for people to see the Aurifil threads first hand, and for me to meet, in person, with people who I have only previously meet by telephone & email.
As well as being the place to “put faces to voices on the telephone”, trade shows are always a great opportunity to meet new friends.
I was particularly excited to meet the special guest, Camille Roskelley, and to see her beautiful modern take on traditional patchwork blocks.
Camille also had her books, patterns & Aurifil Collections on display.
This inaugural Market was quite small, but well attended by retail store owners from Queensland & northern New South Wales.
As well as having plenty of time to speak to each of the Wholesale vendors, the visitors had morning training sessions and demonstrations during the day.
They were also treated to an evening talk by Camille, explaining her fabric design inspirations, talking about, and showing, the quilts that she has made for each of her Moda fabric ranges.
It was fascinating to see her miniature quilts, and to hear how they started because she wanted to keep a smaller version of each of the larger “fabric range” quilts on her wall.
Camille said that she stitches her quilts with Aurifil Cotton Mako’ 50, and she has created patterns for each of her miniature quilts so you can make your own versions.
Each wholesaler had put a lot of effort into setting up their displays to make the market hall look interesting.
My “across the aisle” neighbor even had cupcakes made, and decorated with designs inspired from their Tilda fabric range.
Just too, too tempting.
Then suddenly the weekend was over, my display stand was pulled down, packed into two suitcases, and I was ready to ride away into the sunset ….. no …. I mean catch a plane back to Melbourne.