Wednesday, April 14, 2010

Fabric of Society - Bus Trip

25 bubbly ladies hopped on the bus yesterday and took in the exhibition, "Fabric of Society", at the Ipswich Art Gallery. Some of the quilts on display were 'saved' by quilt historian, Annette Gero and some were on loan. They are quilts from Australia's past and just have to be seen to be believed and the stories behind them are amazing. We were lucky enough to have Annette give us a talk on the collection and she very generously signed a copy of her magnificent book for the club.
We did, of course, do a shop hop as well to fill in the day. Our first stop was Rose Patchwork Cottage in Ipswich where we were offered a cuppa after our journey, and we did a little wee shop.
Then it was on to the Ipswich Art Gallery.
For lunch we stopped by Nikki Tervo's house. Nikki is famous for her beautiful ceramic buttons. (That is her mummy Judy on the right there in the blue blouse - she is a member of our club).
Nikki gave us a talk about how she got into ceramic button making and did a show and tell of her projects and patterns for sale. We did a bit more shopping.

From Nikki's we dropped in to this unbelievable shop at Salisbury in Brisbane called The Quilters and Embroiderers Store. We did a lot of shopping. If it wasn't there it hasn't been made yet!!! Wall to wall fabrics and notions.

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On the way home we just had to call in to Japanese Niche at Forest Lake. Here is President, Marilyn, and member, Ruth, delighting in the treasures they purchased and Peg looking for her wallet. It is a truly lovely shop and one we must visit again soon.