Ballarat quilt enthusiasts were treated to a masterclass in craftsmanship on Sunday at the inaugural Cottonfactoryunplugged quilt exhibition.
The event, run by the Alison von Bibra – the owner of a local fabric business called Cotton Factory – drew a sell-out crowd of 60 in its first edition.
Internationally acclaimed tutors Sue Daley, Judy Newman, Michelle Yeo, Nicole Mallieu were present alongside local Jodie Carleton and emerging Victorian designers Amy Morgan and Sharon Burgess.
Ms von Bibra said the event was all about helping foster relationships within Ballarat’s growing quilting community.
Social media played a big part in the promotion of the day and the event was largely attended by Instagram followers of Ms von Bibra, who sold it out in under six hours when tickets went on sale in early April.
"With a line up of such incredible Australian talent, I was anticipating a positive response to this inaugural event, but the social media response has exceeded any expectations I could have ever set for it,” Ms von Bibra said.
"Early on in the planning phase I was approached by an international fabric distributor who requested a connection with our event, as part of a global giveaway program they are hosting in the lead up to the American Spring Quilt Market – an international Wholesale event.
“Facilitated by Australian distributor Millhouse Collections, it was wonderful to hook in to something larger than Cotton Factory and really showcase Ballarat and surrounds to all our social media followers.
“I am looking forward to hosting future events, as Ballarat offers so much in terms of event spaces, wining and dining and accommodation choices.”
Quilt making, bag construction, toy making and crafty whimsy were all on display.
Ballarat’s Cotton Factory operates from 128 Clyde Street from Thursday to Saturday between 10am and 3pm.
More information is available on the www.cottonfactory.bigcartel.com website.