Sunday, 8 February 2009

A very successful first Stonestead Outdoor Quilt Festival


Thank you Yvonne of Sawmillers Quiltery and Kevin of Stonestead Devonshire Teas for hosting the first Stonestead Outdoor Quilt Festival - we couldn't have asked for a better day - it was SO HOT, the sun shone and shone and shone - we had lots and lots of visitors, from near and far, a couple of blog readers introduced themselves to me (and I'm so sorry ladies with serving and meeting people all day, I remember your faces... though your names have escaped my immediate memory - thank you for introducing yourselves to me, it was a real thrill to meet you).

The Quiltery was very busy with lots of fabric been cut from the bolt, and fat quarters of the new fabrics in store, being sold as quickly as we could cut them. I so look forward to seeing some of this fabric in new quilts that I hopefully will get to see at a Show n Tell in the future :) (no pressure all you ladies who purchased fabrics!)

We had lots of families (with the kiddies enjoying the bouncy castle), groups enjoying a picnic under the trees, devonshire teas (poor Kevin sweltering in the kitchen all day with queues of hungry and thirsty guests), Yvonne's husband, George, was our fabulous first aid official.
New quilters, experienced quilters, a couple of cyclists stopped by for a look, along with my husband looking for the "Triumph Motorbike Convention" LOL ... he too was very impressed with the amount of people visiting, I had to laugh as he asked Glen from Wellington Sewing Centre - "now how many gears do these machines (sewing) have!" he was only jesting - though it did bring a smile.

Visitors were very kind with making a gold coin donation and we have collected a wonderful amount to pass onto Te Omanga Hospice. Thank you for your generous support of a very worthy cause.






More photo's will come over the next few days - however I wanted to give you just a sample of the wonderful day we had :)
I just had to include this photo... as we were setting up the quiltery - I noticed a huge dragonfly on the vase of roses - munching away on his breakfast - an unlucky cicada !!



Hope you have all had a lovely weekend...
Hugs

13 comments:

Maree said...

Glad your weekend was a Success...so much work goes into these events...
cheers

Connie W said...

It looks wonderful. The quilt shop in my area has an outdoor show in June and it's always wonderful too. When I had my longarm quilting business I would set up a table there which was fun. It was always a hot day but under the tent I was nice & comfy.

The Quilt Buddy said...

Looks like you had a successful show! It was even great that you thought of entertainment for the kids! Big seller for me when I have something to occupy the little person.

Did you enter any of your quilts?

Linda said...

Great day and such beautiful weather. I love seeing these sorts of photo's.

Yvonne & Kevin said...

Julie, you did a fabulous job yesterday, not only helping me in the shop but taking all the wonderful photos too.
We had such a great day and can't express our thanks enough to you and all the wonderful lady volunteers who gave their time so willingly.
Can we book you for next year please
Much love
Kevin & George

A Spoonful Of Sugar said...

Glad the festival was a huge success!

Shiree said...

Hi Julz,

this sounds like such a fantastic weekend - how wonderful, and such a good response. If I had known about this earlier, then I ma sure that I may have made the effort to come and see. I haev a very good friend that lives close by and I am very sure that she woudl enjoy this also,

cheers, Shiree

loulee said...

Looks like all went well. I'm glad the weather behaved.

david santos said...

Real beautiful picturs and pretty colores!!!
Congrats!!!

Deb said...

Forgot to say to say how pleased I was everything went well for you and how much I love your new blog background. Its greaT!

Susan said...

It looks like it was a wonderful event! Thanks for posting all the photos!

Leanne said...

It looks like a great time was had by all. Love the snap of the dragon fly.

Ali Honey said...

I wish I'd been there - it looks like a wonderful setting for those lovely quilts. Well done ALL!