AT THE PARTY What a first-class weekend recently when Coota icon Albert (Pud) Williams celebrated his 75th birthday. Proud to be in attendance were his daughter and son-in-law John and Anne Gammon. OUT AND ABOUT: pictured out and about recently are good friends (from left) Laura Connell, Alecia Slavin, Hannah England and Laura Miller. Photo: Melinda Chambers
FESTIVE SEASON: the Herald’s weekend photographer captured Geoff Bottrall (left) and Ken Harris from the Anglican Church changing their sign out the front of the church in the lead up to Christmas. Photo: Melinda Chambers
AN INSPIRING TRIP
Sonia Commins from Patchwork on Parker recently returned from an awesome, phenomenal, exciting business trip to America. Here is her story –
“What a whirlwind experience I had in Houston, Texas last month. After many months saving funds and mounting excitement here I was at the Houston Convention Centre for the annual Quilt Market and Festival. Merely a three storey building each storey the size of 15 football fields. I was glad to have packed a pair of good walking shoes and there was no time for jet lag as visitors from all over the world converged on the Festival.
Day one consisted of workshops. I arrived early in the morning and was handed a copy of the booklet with pages upon pages of choices. No time to choose too carefully as the doors opened at 9am and I was OFF, finding the right numbered rooms for each 15minute interval workshops. Mostly these were to prepare you for the next day’s shopping with vendors displaying their wares such as books, waddings, rulers, new release fabrics (oh, and what a range!)
And just as the last workshop ended at 5pm and you thought you were due for a well earned rest I was off again to line up at the big red double doors on one of the other levels for what they call ‘Sample Spree’. Oh, what fun sample spree was. The big name fabric companies were there, Moda and Wyndham were my favourites. Towers of fat quarter bundles of all the latest ranges were ready for grabbing. I also managed to find some gorgeous American Folk Art pieces. The doors then closed at 9pm and I was actually dragging my loaded bags along the ground (well fabric does weigh a lot). I was now ready for dinner then a well earned sleep.
Over the next few days the centre was opened to shop owners only, where we had the chance to order patterns, fabrics and anything else that caught my fancy. I did get to ‘rub shoulders’ with top designers such as Amy Butler, Kaffe Fassett, Kin Diehl, Paula Barnes, Jo Morton just to name a few as they were all there promoting their fabric ranges.
After trudging up and down from isle 100 to 2300 and prioritising my wants and needs I did some ordering for Patchwork on Parker.
Moda put on a free dinner for around 80 business owners – Texan style. At the tables were Texan hats and we were entertained by everyone’s poor line dancing skills and mechanical bull ride attempts, whilst Reba McIntyre belted out a few tunes. And the saying everything is bigger in Texas rang too true with the meal. A night to remember.
Back to the markets and the centre was now opened to the public as well. Some 60,000 tickets sold! A good look at the quilts on display which ‘blew me away’ magnificent, amazing, impressive!
Now it was time for ‘my time’ and some retail therapy as reward for all of my hard earned efforts of the previous days. Some cheap clothes, handbags, shoes, jewellery, souvenirs and gifts for the family – Talk about shop till you drop!
My head is still in a spin with ideas and information obtained at the Quilt Festival. I will be holding workshops next year after having gathered so many new and inspiring ideas.
All the new patterns and fabrics I have purchased will be arriving in the New Year. Can’t wait!
I truly enjoyed my experience over in America and can only hope that locals will also delight in a ‘little bit of Texas’ in the shop.”
Local girl Hope Perry is the guest of honour today as she celebrates her 18th birthday.
Hope is the daughter of Shanlee Perry, an employee at South West Slopes Credit Union and this year completed Year 12 at the Cootamundra High School.
HAPPY BIRTHDAY HOPE
Birthday wishes must also be extended to Amy Loiterton who celebrates tomorrow.
I am sure Amy’s friends and family will spoil her and make her day special.
HAPPY BIRTHDAY AMY
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