I really try to not apologise for being a irregular blogger these days but I think after my recent absence I need to. - Sorry!!  The catch is for me the longer I leave writing a blog post the more I get overwhelmed with where to start with all my bits of news and stories and catching up on blog reading. But enough is enough and I've sat myself down and here is a post. 

They always say you should start at the beginning but I'll jump in with my most recent news instead.

Last weekend was the Springwood Quilt Show. 130 quilts of all styles filled the Springwood High School Hall.

 People flocked from far and wide. 

We even had a busload of lovely ladies from the Illawarra Quilters.

One of the highlights of the show for me is getting to see Isobel Lancashire. She is such a treasure. She always has stories to tell and makes me laugh. Sitting with her is the lovely Maureen Teager who was there to talk to people about QuiltNSW.

Here is a close up of Isobel's quilt. It's huge with colourful applique flowers growing all over it. Like a beautiful cottage garden

I had the most wonderful time catching up with lots of friends, and meeting new people. I'm always reminded at these event how lovely quilters are. 

There were lots of super fabulous and fun stall holders!! Love this photo of Karen and Kerry at Sew Can I for their big smiles, colourful fabrics, and Kerry's doily shawl.

Lilyvale Treasures had such a great range of buttons, trims, vintage treasures and the next stall called Chop Chop Sew, run by Suzanne, was full of wonderful handmade goodies made from recycled vintage bits and pieces.

Anni Downes from Hatched and Patched is always busy with people looking at her beautiful fabrics, patterns, and projects.

It was really tricky to take photos of the quilts because the aisles were quite narrow. A small price to pay to be able to squeeze more quilts in the show, because I'm sure we all agree, the more quilts the merrier.

Here is my best friend Leonie ( we used to be florists together) with her gorgeous Easter Crazy quilt,

Robyne Stuart's Tree of Life ,based on a Sue Cody pattern, was one of my very favourites. What an inspired choice of green as a background for all those rich colours. 

To show some of the variety at the show here is a beautiful picture by textile artist Petal Davies. She uses all sorts of techniques to achieve her textile landscapes. It's aptly called Wish You Were Here because as you look at the picture you do indeed wish you were there. 

Petal's student , Marilyn Riedy made this beautiful textured 3D quilt called Feasting Lorrikeets

As for my quilts here is my Chunky Blooms quilt. I don't think I've done a proper post about this quilt yet. It really needs some good photos in a sunny garden somewhere.

And my second entry was my Happy Days in Daisy Town quilt.

Most of you would remember that this was a group quilt I made using house blocks from blog friends around the world. 

I got to meet one of the contributors for the first time at the show.
This is Karen, she doesn't blog anymore but her instagram account is @karens_photos.
We've been blog friends since I started my blog 7 years ago so it was great to finally meet in person. She's as lovely in real life as I always thought she would be. 

The Springwood Quilt Show is a non-juried show however there are Viewers Choice awards handed out each day of the show. I am very, very, very excited and honoured to announce that Daisy Town won the Viewers Choice Award for Sunday. It's all the more special because it means all the people who made blocks can say they're award winners too.

On the Viewers Choice award slips there is a place for people to write why they chose this quilt as a favourite. Many comments were about the fact this quilt represented friendship. It means a lot that people appreciated that that's what this quilt is about.

 Others said it was a happy and joyful quilt and I'm always pleased to hear that about my quilts.

To read more about this quilt pop back and read this post 

Always one last photo... it's not every day you get to drink pina coladas out of real pineapples, but a fun day with lovely friends deserved to be celebrated in style.