We had lunch with friends in Sydney and wandered down to the harbour afterwards. Here is the classic shot of the Sydney Harbour Bridge with the Opera House behind. It was a picture perfect day!
We sang at the church hall in Horsley Park, thanks to Linda Nicastri, who owns the Horsley Patch quilt shop there. It was a small, but avid audience, with several SCQuilters in attendance.
We only had a few days left in Australia, and had more people to see. On our way down to Merimbula we stopped in at Braidwood to attend their annual outdoor quilt show. We had heard about it for years, but never been able to go until now. It was wonderful, despite somewhat inclement weather.
There are a few outdoor quilt shows that we know about. The most famous in the USA is in Sisters, Oregon. We’ve been to Eureka MT and to Creston BC (alas, no longer). It’s all good. To see quilts blowing in the breeze, a moveable feast for the eyes, is very exciting. I wrote a song called “Just Look Up” about a SCQuilters conference in Hobart Tasmania where we all hung our quilts on the hotel balconies in 2000. I LOVE outdoor quilt shows!
The Braidwood show has been going for years. They combined it with an outdoor market with food and crafts for sale. It was a cool day, and everyone was rugged up, but they still came. All the businesses in town participated and there were quilts everywhere. There was even an indoor section with some truly wonderful quilts, including one that we had heard about in the Sunshine Coast SCQ get-together. Bernardine Hire announced there that she had just won a sewing machine for her kookaburra quilt, and we saw it at Braidwood.