Taking to the hills

Another hot day, so I headed to the Monbulk Quilt Show in the Dandenong Ranges. It is a great community event with a market outside including a very tempting CFA Sausage Sizzle.

The show is organised by a group centred around Mrs Martin’s Quilt Shop with all proceeds going to the Monbulk CFA. There was a wide variety of quilts on show, lots based on block of the month and other kits. Most were made for family members or just because.

img_5351This simple but striking blue and white quilt Anne and Carole’s Weekend Quilt is from a pattern by Maybeth Oxenrider.

I’ve chosen some of the many animals to be found featured or hiding in corners to give you a taste of the show. Perhaps because it is so close to 1 March, there are plenty of rabbits.

After leaving Monbulk I drove along the winding roads over and down the mountain, past many gardens, nurseries and tea rooms. Again I resisted all temptation and instead enjoyed the cool serenity of the tall trees and ferns as I drove steadily on and did not stop until I reached Bayswater.

There a small sign among the yarn bombed trees pointed me in the right direction. The 43rd Knox Art Show included a afternoon tea, a small quilt display and a few shops.

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And it was here that I finally gave in and bought delicious freshly cooked scones and some equally delicious threads from new ranges by Cottage Garden Threads from the lovely Marilyn of Patchwork Teahouse.

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You probably worked it out, the typography range are named using the NATO Phonetic Alphabet.

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