Tour the great quilting shops of Australia
If you have already registered and looking for the hidden button here is a clue:
a place where you can find cakes, rolls and turnovers.
Happy searching and hoping!
“Tch, tch, tch, tch, tch.”
“What’s that, Skip? You’d like to go on a hopping tour of quilting shops across Australia? Well read on, coz one of your relatives has organized one and it’s just about to start.”
Okay, we can’t confirm that Ms Patch-de-Roo (pictured above) is actually related to the somewhat expressionless (but incredibly dexterous) Skippy, but it’s true she’s about to embark on an exciting virtual tour of quilting shops across the nation. And she wants you to come with her.
The Gidday Quilters’ Great Aussie Shop Hop kicks off (or rather, springs off) next week on 1 February and for the following three months you’re invited to visit the websites of each of the participating quilting stores. As you go, you’ll be filling in your travel card, checking out each shop’s quilting goodies and availing yourself of their bargains and specials. You’ll also be putting yourself in the running for some great quilting prizes.
Oh, and you have to find Ms Patch-de-Roo while you’re there. She’ll be hidden somewhere on the website of each store. It’s a bit like Where’s Wally?, but much cooler. And much more fun.
But what’s the point of all this exciting virtual activity? “It’s intended as a marketing idea we can all work together on to introduce (or re-introduce) Aussie quilters to our great Aussie stores – with a bit of fun thrown in,” explains Helen Stubbings from Hugs ‘n’ Kisses in Tasmania.
Helen is the brains, heart and soul behind the Great Aussie Shop Hop, doing all the work behind the scenes to make sure your journey is as much fun as possible. She’s brought together some great sponsors, almost 40 quilting shops from right across the continent and generally tied all the loose strings together into one fabulous package of quilting (and shopping) fun.
She’s also designed some truly Aussie stitcheries specially for the Shop Hop, adding her own personal touch to some great designs which you can download to create your very own Aussie quilt.
During the course of the journey, each of the participating quilting stores will have their turn in the spotlight (watch out for Blueberries on 12 and 13 February). You’ll meet the store owners, learn about some of their goodies on offer and also a bit of local facts about their own unique part of Australia. See, it’s educational as well as fun.
Registration is absolutely free, but you might want to set aside some kind of spending budget for yourself, just the same. We all know how addictive shopping for quilting stuff can be when it’s at just one store – let alone 38!
The Great Aussie Shop Hop combines our love of all things quilting and patchwork-related with our love of this wonderful broad, brown land. This is surely a pretty winning combination.
“Celebrate our unique and special traditions, enjoy our freedom and, of course, our great Aussie quilt shops,” says Helen.
Click here to learn more about the Great Aussie Shop Hop or to register.