Tuesday, 9 September 2014

Quilts on the Downs amazing weekend

Two days post Quilts on the Downs, energy slowly returning, monies and costs counted, and we are pleased to announce that $1,500 was raised for Staffy Rescue. The weekend arrived with rain most of Saturday and Sunday we had some sunshine until lunchtime and then more rain. We were fortunate to have everything under cover except my quilts, which did not fare any worse for wear having rain on them. All in all we had just under 200 visitors over the weekend to Quilts on the Downs, held  at Heathton Manor in Windsor Downs. On display was just over 100 quilts from our talented quilters in Windsor Downs. Everyone that visited showered us with positive comments and was amazed that the quilt show was held in a private residence. It was great to see that we had repeat visitors on both days. Food was plentiful and compliments given were encouraging. We catered for a large number, so all food that was left over did not go to waste and was donated to the Hawkesbury Community Kitchen. Our stall holders were of high quality and everyone had fun with retail therapy and got some great bargains. Entertainment was plentiful in our gourmet kitchen by my youngest son, Alex. Chris Jurd's wonderful collection of 20 quilts on display and patterns available for purchase was a great opportunity for perusing, as well as having Chris as a captive audience. Marg Low caught up with many customers and students, having ready made kits and patterns available for purchase, samples to look at and being able to chat with Marg was well received by our visitors. 
A great weekend was had by all and I feel was well worth the effort for our furry friends.

Before the quilts were hung in our indoor entertainment area, a blank canvas.!
Gazebo's set up, ready for our trade table to come alive with goodies for sale.
Glaming up our trees at our entry.
2nd row of quilts hung and don't they look great.

After some heated discussion with DH! Quilts are hung from the rafters.
Heathton Manor's outdoor entertainment area was transformed into.....
 the Chris Jurd eating gallery, 14 quilts to view, whilst enjoying some home baked goodies.

Even our indoor pool area got glammed up with quilts.
3rd row of quilts hung!

Some of our wonderful stall holders, Viv's and Virginias stalls with their quilts on display from behind.
Chris Jurds, lots of dots quilt  and her display table where all Chris quilt patterns could be purchased.

Marg Low's trade table, with Sarah's sampler quilt, pattern available.
Rosemary Berry one of Windsor Downs talented quilters had a private exhibition and display of her, crazy patchwork, stump work and embroidery.

Shane's Patchwork Addiction trade table, gorgeous Christmas panels could be purchased from her table, if you missed out take a visit to Shane's shop in South Windsor.
More quilts from Chris Jurd in Heathton Manor's eating gallery.

A collection of miniature quilts on display in the entry area to Quilts on the Downs.
Some of my quilts enjoying the rain, I am known for making large quilts so wire had to be hung 3 metres of the ground. Lots of comments about My Lucy Boston!
More of my quilts, the white whole cloth was bought from Vietnam and is hand quilted, a venture set up by an Australian girl to employ women in isolated villages in Vietnam,

The front of Heathton Manor was glammed up with more quilts from the Chris Jurd collection.
Heathton Creations trade table, set up and ready to go!
Viv and Virginias tables.

Aster and her amazing collection of linen.
More quilts of Chris Jurds.
Home baked goodies for sale.
Visitors enjoying some treats.
A debrief, with cheese wine and bickies after the close of day 1.

On a lighter note, this is what one is faced with when you hire family.
My youngest, Alex delighted the ladies with his apron as well.
Carol who won the raffle quilt, kindly donated by Chris Jurd, was delighted with her win, Carol does not quilt but is a quilt appreciator and visited Quilts on the Downs on Saturday with her sister Debi, who is a student of Chris Jurd, a special thank you to Carol who also donated $ 50 to Staffy Rescue.
Other prize winners were......
Denise Roughley from Cambridge Park won the quilt kit donated by Heathton Creations.

Dawn Case from Wilberforce won the Ottlight, donated by Heathton Creations.

Viewers choice prize was donated by, Viv heritage collection...a vintage quilt kit set, Marg Low...patterns and button kit, Patchwork Fundamentals pattern... Graces Quilt, thank you all for your donations, such generosity.

The winner of viewers Choice was : Sandra Cain's "A Girls Day Out"

With the closure of Quilts on the Downs on Sunday, all quilts were pulled down in less than an hour.
A very special thank you to my family, friends and quilters from Windsor Downs and all those that visited and made the weekend a success.


  1. Great weekend heather and a wonderful donation to Staffy Rescue! Well done to all involved and thanks again for the opportunity.

  2. Great photo of my sister thanks Heather. She was tickled pink with the win.

  3. Thank you Deb, Carol was a great winner, a non quilter as well as a quilt appreciator, we could not have asked for a more deserving winner, enjoy the quilt and may it give you many years of warmth.