Wednesday, 24 August 2011

Beautiful Ballarat

The Ballarat Quilting Weekend was as wonderful as it was 2 years ago. Lessa and Faye had a huge class and they achieved some great pieced quilts.....
 Pam, Jan, Lessa, Ruth and Faye.
 Pam, Jan and Ruth are part of the wonderful committee who have been organising this
 retreat for many years - thanks again girls for allowing me to be a part of it all.

And this is the great bunch of girls who put up with my raving for two whole days! We spent time working on a William De Morgan style quilt....thanks for coming girls.....

Larry and I then spent two wonderful days "chilling out" with Jan. (thankyou Jan for your wonderful hospitality XX)
The following photos are images of charming Ballarat which include some desirable Arts and Crafts style houses

Ballarat is full of spectacular buildings and classic architecture with evidence of the fortunes made with the Goldrush and in Ballarat in particular.....

 The following ten images are of the Craig's Royal Hotel. It is worth checking the link as the interior is breathtaking. The owners are meticulously restoring it and it was in a travel brochure that I first saw a glimpse of the William Morris style wallpaper. It is very close to the Morris style but I was informed it is actually a French wallpaper.......... it was wonderful to be able to photograph some of the public areas.......

The guest list is amazing and includes Mark Twain and several royals

More Ballarat architecture...(and more quilt designs inside some of them!)

 The Art Gallery of Ballarat is well worth a visit. Many artworks from the famous Lindsay family are on display. Five of ten children went on to become famous artists and their story is fascinating.
 Love the name of the pub!

I have way more to show but might have to do that in another blog........

1 comment:

  1. What a wealth of ideas for quilts. Looking forward to seeing what comes out of it.


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