Last weekend with my friend Theresa at Sew and Sews I headed off for Brisbane for the Quilts 1700-1945 exhibition. There were lots of wonderful things about this weekend and this short trip away has fed my soul to last through the final few weeks of winter. To begin with the weather was so perfect and sunny it seemed a shame to be inside. But of course that is what we had flown 1000 miles to do. Look at quilts. And they were so worth the effort. This exhibition has a range of styles and types, some that I loved, some not to my taste and some that I would never have considered looking at before but they all told a story and they connected me to this whole crazy quilting thing that I so love. Just thinking about the conditions that these wonderful women (and a few men) had to make such amazing quilts made my brain hurt. But it is still that thread of stitching together small bits of fabric to make bigger bits of fabric that inspires me. So much so that since I have been home I have made a quilt that involves all sorts of small blocks and classic ancient quilting ideas. And that makes me very happy.