On Saturday 4 October 2014 I went along to the Spotlight Quilting Expo at my local store in Bendigo. To celebrate, Spotlight was offering 30% off all fabric (excluding pre cuts & clearance items), exclusive VIP discounts, 25% off wadding, free demos and launching some new quilting ranges in store.
Anyone who spent $25 or more on quilting fabric on the day would receive a copy of "Project Patchwork 3" for free.
They were also encouraging people to bring along their quilts to be displayed. One lucky person (per store) who submitted a quilt would win an Elna "Elina 21" Sewing Machine (worth $199). All eligible quilts had to be made of 100% Spotlight fabrics.
The local store manager had asked me on Wednesday to make something for the expo. None of my quilts are exclusively made of Spotlight fabrics as I tend to mix & match & purchase fabric from many suppliers. The only full size quilt that I had made exclusively with Spotlight fabrics ("Autumn Hearts") was now living with my BFF Miriam down in Melbourne. I did have a mini quilt which was 97.9% Spotlight fabrics (the backing & a small slither on the front was not Spotlight fabric) so I brought it along to be displayed although it wasn't eligible to be entered into the competition. I did however quickly whip up another mini for the day - "Elephantasy - the elephant of stolen dreams".
|Millie is holding up my "Elephantasy - the elephant of stolen dreams" mini quilt.
|My "Butterfly Fantasy" quilt
|Millie is demonstrating how to make a patchwork cushion using the new Star Wars fabric. She had already made one with Hello Kitty fabric.
|Millie's daughter learns how to sew with Hello Kitty flannelette.
|One of the special guests from "Strath Quilters" demonstrates hand piecing.
|The ladies from "Strath Quilters".
|Demonstration on how to make a small sewing caddy by "Strath Quilters".
|Shirley is making some quilt blocks.
|The lovely Shirley.
|One of the quilts on display.
|More quilts on display hanging above the fabric.
|More quilts on display - I'm rather fond of those two on the left ;)
|Hard to see the detail in this quilt but it is camels walking along the beach at sunset - it reminded me of Cable Beach in Broome. Not sure who made it.
|A beautiful Bargello quilt on display. This one is mounted on canvas & is not quilted.
|Some more quilts on display.
|More quilts on display.
|The winner of the Elina Sewing machine was a lady named Rosemary who had entered a large appliqued Christmas quilt.
|The winning quilt - I didn't get a very good view of it.