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Today was cold and rainy and I really felt like staying home but instead I ventured into the city to see the Craft and Quilt Fair at Darling Harbour.

There was rather a long, but fast moving, queue for tickets and then it was into the fray! There were lots of people but it wasn’t that crowded. I dread to think what it will be like on the weekend though. I headed straight for the quilt show, stoically ignoring the beckoning delights  of all the fabric stalls. Can you see my halo?

Kay Haerland

Kay Haerland won the Best of Show prize with her quilt -Under the Canopy. You can see her amazing quilt here. The photo doesn’t really do it justice, in fact I don’t think it’s possible for a photograph  to do this quilt justice. It is so textural. It really is beautiful. Kay had some other quilts on display and I was lucky enough to catch one of her talks and she gave me permission to photograph her explaining some of her techniques.

Kay Haerland and Cool Sisters

Kay Haerland and Cool Sisters

She was explaining to us that to find the right fabric for a particular area of her quilt she will often cut out the appropriate shape from a piece of card and take that “hole” template with her to the fabric shop. Then when she sees a fabric that looks as though it might work she lays the hole over it. She says that sometimes it’s just impossible to imagine what a small piece of fabric will look like when you’re faced with a whole bolt of it. Great idea, don’t you think?

Rose Lewis

Another prize winning quilter who was on hand was Rose Lewis and here she is with her quilt A Caterpillar’s Dream which won first prize in the Predominantly Appliqué Section.

Rose Lewis with A Caterpillar's Dream

Rose Lewis with A Caterpillar's Dream

I took some more detailed photos of some of the quilting – a butterfly and a dragonfly.

Dragonfly

Dragonfly

Butterfly

Butterfly

There were many other gorgeous quilts on display but you’re only allowed to publish photos when you have the quilter’s permission so I’m sorry I can’t show you those. However you could mosey along to the Quilt Guild of NSW website and check some of the winning ones out for yourself.

On the way home

Stained glass at Central Railway Station

Stained glass at Central Railway Station

I left Darling Harbour and travelled on the light rail (tram) to Central Railway Station. It took me back to the trams of my childhood when we went to Blackpool and Bispham and the trams ran all the way along the coast. I hadn’t used it before in Sydney and was pleasantly surprised. It even had the old-fashioned ticket collectors. I much prefer them to the horrible machines on the buses.

Anyway when I got the Central I saw some beautiful stained glass windows so I snapped a quick photo. (By the by, please excuse the quality of all these photos. I am currently without a camera and having to resort to the trusty mobile phone.) I think it’s nice to see beautiful things in commonplace everyday buildings especially railway stations, don’t you?

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