Well... not quite ready or steady... but closer to being there. Having learned my lesson in constructing Ikea furniture at bump-in time (ending in the inevitable tears and then thankfully being saved by Kristen's Dad) at the Sydney show last year, I spent a goodly portion of today with pieces of badly-laminated MDF, allen keys and those little wooden pegs Ikea love.
I now have a much-bigger-than-I-imagined (or thought of how I'm going to move it) display unit sitting in the hallway of my house.... simultaneously obstructing access to lounge, bedroom, bathroom and front door.
I'm looking forward to seeing the divine Ms Doran and her lovely prints.... and I'm missing her Dad already.
The lovely Holly will be teaching needle felting.... if I wasn't going to be chained to my stall for the entire show, I think I'd be heading off to that one.
New to Stitches and Craft, but certainly not new to Blogland, is the wonderfully witty Leisl of Hoppo Bumpo fame, who will be teaching a class in making her funky showercap design in gorgeous Pippijoe fabric. Caitlin of Pippijoe will also be at the show.
The eternally effervescent Sandra of Pepperberry & Co is teaching lots of workshops - including a talk on how to bring your crafty dream into reality. She did it and she can tell you how!
In fact, there are LOADS of craft labs, stitch bars and talks organised. I particularly like that they have the "Small Talk" business series - for people who are thinking about turning their hobby into an enterprise. Kate Vandermeer (who has a long history in fashion journalism and fashion forcasting) will be giving valuable tips of trends, business and marketing.
I was also talking to Elissa from Kelani Fabric Obsession yesterday, and she tells me she has LOADS of gorgeous new fabrics for the show, and will be on the ground floor as you walk in the door. So if you're going to the Quilt Convention this weekend, save some of your fabric budget .
If you're able to make it to the show, please make it.... you'll make it worth all the effort we're putting into it if you come and say hello. If you have a blog, bring cards with your address and come up to the Incubator. It'll be like coming home.
If you're in another part of the world, I hope you enjoy following my links. I'll follow up with more links after the show.