Royal Adelaide Show 2017

Ahoy Matey Owl Cushion at the Royal Adelaide Show 2017Ahoy There Matey!!

As predicted, there was little sewing activity in the Gardner-Stephen house this week. But we did get to the Royal Adelaide Show.

The Crochet….

Do you remember I shared my daughter’s high hopes for her crochet entry at The Show this year? It is a Christmas Stocking that she designed and crocheted herself. She learnt to crochet during our 3 months in Germany last year, thanks to the school she attended there. She was pretty resistant to the idea at first, but there was no Kris Kringle present if you didn’t crochet yourself a bag for it to magically appear in. So with much wailing and gnashing of teeth, she learnt! Now she loves it.

This was the stocking she made specifically to enter into The Show. This pic was taken at home just before I took it into the show to be judged.

Crochet Christmas Stocking

And here it is hanging in the show.

Christmas Stocking at the Royal Adelaide Show 2017

With a blue ribbon. Yes, indeedy, Miss 9 came first in her category. She is immensely pleased! And I am extremely proud too. Her crochet skills certainly surpass my own. 🙂 🙂

The Appliqué….

My entry to the show this year is a cushion in the class for “machine-embroidery, not computerised”. I entered an appliqué pirate owl that I designed myself. Ahoy me hearties!! Do you like him?

Pirate Owl at the Royal Adelaide Show 2017


He has a blue ribbon too!! I admit, I am pretty excited. It’s the first blue ribbon I have ever received at the Royal Adelaide Show. Yay!!

Sorry these are not fabulous photos. The handicrafts are displayed in glass cabinets that make photography difficult.

The Fun….

My kids had a great day exploring the farm animals and science experiments. We finished up the day at the bubble bump ride.

Bubble bump ride at the Show
Miss 9 on the Bubble Bump Ride
rolled oats
Master 6 finding out how to make rolled oats. He does like his porridge.

I’ll leave you with the quilts I liked best at this year’s show. Sorry, I don’t know the details of most of the quilts. Many of the displays were too distant to be able to check out the tags. And I had a child in tow begging to check out the show bags. But please enjoy the eye-candy!

And the Quilts…..

Adelaide Royal Show Quilts 2017, space quilt

Royal Adelaide Show quilt (dog)

Royal Adelaide Show quilts 2017, modern

Royal Adelaide Show quits 2017, appliqué

Royal Adelaide Show quilts 2017, embellished

Royal Adelaide Show quilts 2017, paper pieced

Adelaide Royal Show quilts 2017, South Australia
Val Giles and Prue Wheal made his quilt called “Glimpses of the Flinders”. It won best two person quilt at The Royal Adelaide Show this week. I know the particulars of this quilt because it also won runner-up best of show at the 2017 South Australian Quilters’ Guild Festival of Quilts in August. It is a very beautiful piece of art. Enjoy.

free motion quilting using baking paper tutorialP.S. Linking up with my favourite linky parties again this week:
Free Motion Mavericks – This week the featured linky post is mine! If you missed this post, it is a tutorial on using baking paper for free motion quilting.

Crazy Mom Quilts

Confessions of a Fabric Addict
TGIFF @ Devoted Quilter
Sew Can Do
Free Motion by the River

P.P.S One of my blogger friends is running a give-away on her blog this week. If you live in the US or Canada and would like to win a OttLite Ultimate Storage and Mag Light head over and see Rachel at Rachel Rossi Designs

P.P.PS. The other great give-aways I know of this week are:
– a free-motion quilting blog hop, organised by C&TPublishing. Visit the blogs for chances to win a copy of “Making Connections – A Free-Motion Quilting Workbook” by Dorie Hruska. Finishes 15 September. Find the start of the blog hop here.
– an Artful Improv quilting book by Cindy Grisdela that you can win from C&T Publishing here. Also finishes 15 September.

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8 Replies to “Royal Adelaide Show 2017”

    1. 🙂 Thanks. It was such a nice surprise for us both, and to share the experience equally is the sort of thing that forever memories are made of.

    1. Hi Leanne, thanks for dropping by and your kind comment. I enjoyed your “9 day quilt”, that is an amazing achievement also working full time!

    1. H Sandy, thanks for taking the time to comment. 🙂 Yes, she has been bitten hard by the craft bug. Learning to sew and knit as well, now! I picked up her prize today… 4 balls of marino wool. I’m guessing she’ll be entering again next year!

    1. That is one of the nicest compliments I have received. Making people happy makes me happy. It’s very contagious. 🙂

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