We took a trip to the goldfields region of Victoria, Australia this weekend, taking in the towns of Ballan, Creswick, Ballarat and Daylesford. It was a cold, showery weekend but the constant rain on Friday had abated and we were grateful for that improvement. At this time of year, all you can do is put on your thermal underwear and keep going.
I always enjoy getting away for a weekend and if there’s a quilt shop to visit along the way, all the better. Mill Rose Quilting is a lot nicer than you might guess from their web site which, speaking frankly, lets them down. The shop is big, airy and light and has a big teaching space as well as a vast selection of quilting fabrics, probably the biggest I’ve seen in Australia so far. Not bad for a town of less than 2,000 people.
You have to wonder how they survive financially, as they had an awful lot of money tied up in stock. I love being able to admire a shelf of fabric that takes the eye through every hue of a particular colour. I’d love to make a quilt in shades of ivory, beige etc and play with subtle colour variations but right now I’m on a self-imposed fabric buying moratorium. The staff must have picked up on that vibe and they left us alone to browse.