Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Escape to the country 1

I'm looking forward to going to the Airing of the Quilts at Braidwood NSW this weekend. I've been meaning to go for years. I hope the rain clears up!

The Airing of the Quilts started in 1995 with a display of just 25 quilts, and now it has around 500 displayed inside and outside all over this heritage-listed town.

I might be breaking copyright by showing this photo from the Braidwood Quilters website so I'll stick to just one photo. Click here for heaps more great images of their past events.

I just know I'm going to fall in love with this place - the absolute opposite of the day-to-day demands of working in Sydney. I'll be staying at my Mum's in Goulburn (thanks Mum!) and we'll be driving down on Saturday morning to set up a market stall.

I hope it's a sunny Saturday for the Braidwood Markets because I've been clearing out my cupboards and have got boxes full of my handmade pendants and rings (made from Japanese paper), badges and brooches (made from vintage kimonos and saris) and other stuff to sell (all at special market prices). I have also been busy die-cutting more packs of fabric hexagons and paper and card templates.

The markets and the Airing of the Quilts are only happening on the Saturday (26 November) but there are other events on as well. According to the website, there's also:
- an official opening on Friday night
- a major two-day quilt exhibition and competition (indoors!) on Sat/Sun
- various open gardens under the Open Garden Scheme
- a textile exhibition of West Timorese traditional weaving, and
- a collection of vintage wedding gowns.

Wow! I'm starting to hope it will rain this weekend, so that I have an excuse not to have my market stall so that I can visit all the displays instead. Only kidding, I can't wait to see all the quilts hanging up outside on all the verandahs of all the heritage buildings. (Mum, I think we'll have to go back on Sunday to do the other things!)

There are many other craft things going on at Braidwood this weekend, not just quilting, and you can read all about them here.

I'd love to hear if you're planning on going, or if you've been before. Feel free to comment and tell us all about it. Maybe I'll even see you there!


  1. Hi Joanne, I hope the weather is kind, and you have a very successful day. I haven't been to Braidwood, but it sounds like it would be great to visit. Safe travels. :)

  2. I hope the weather is kind and you have a fabulous weekend and sell everything on your stall in a few hours so you can go and see all the quilts!

  3. What a wonderful way to spend a weekend. I have never been to the airing of the quilts but it is certainly on my bucket list. Have fun and take lots of pictures.

  4. Hoping the weather plays nice for you and you have a fun and profitable time :).
    This was barely started when I lived down that way and I wasn't interested in quilting then so I've never attended. If you can, would you take some photos of the exhibition of "Wagga's" as my family has links to the Riverina area and I'd love to see some as there aren't many examples on the net. I think my Grandfather had a "Wagga" when he was humping wheat on the stations about a hundred years ago. He died when I was quite young and Nana followed him about 8 years after so I never had a chance to talk about his time working around the stations and what he did and used.

  5. Every year I want to go but there is always sport on in the wrong direction.Braidwood is always the place to stop on your way to the coast from canberra. We were stopped once as they were filming "Dad and Dave". I hope you have a lovely time, sell lots and see some beautiful crafts.

  6. Hope the weather is warm so you have a wonderful weekend.