It’s been and gone.

It’s true. My first experience at Quilt Market was done in a flash.

It was huge peeps. The space. The energy. The excitement. I have absolutely no regrets – and a head full of ideas. The challenge now is to put them into practice.

Imagine the entire Melbourne Exhibition and Convention centre (Jeff’s Shed) filled to capacity with quilts, fabric swatches, scissors and other craft notions? That’s a lot of pieces of fabric and a lot of colour.

I have to say there were a lot of Aussies in attendance and on display.

Local designers Jodie Carleton and Emma Jean Jansen both attended in their capacity as Fabric and Pattern designers. As artists each with a well established international following, and both having attended previous international markets, their knowledge and connections were invaluable to me as a first timer.

Riley Blake and Moda are the two largest fabric design companies in the world, and each have an impressive line up of Australian designers. The Australians are definitely punching above their weight when you consider both the size of our population and their willingness to travel so frequently, to establish and maintain their brands globally.

For anyone around next weekend, I am having an open house, which will include a showcase of the work of both Jodie and Emma. Sat 11th June between11am – 2pm. Locals will have the opportunity to examine the products of both designers displayed in Utah. Cotton Factory is located at 128 Clyde Street, Ballarat VIC.

And I have finally unpacked my suitcase – so there’s a bit to see.