Gails in Ballarat burnt down some years ago but she rebuilt her shop and it you didn't know about the fire I don't think you would realise that she lost everything.
I love the way the shops display all their beautiful goodies. each way you turn there is something different that catches your eye.
Also in Ballarat is the cotton factory. I'm proud to be able to say that one of my friends is a designer and many of her patterns are on sale here. She has also been doing some classes here too. The quilt on the left with the big circles is one of her quilts and Anita from hillside quilting has done magnificent quilting on it too.
There are softies on display, the ladies who make these are such talented women.
Once again at every turn there is something else that grabs your eye. I'm very good at finding things for my friends... I found a lovely panel for Jennifer to turn into dolls for her daughters. My girls are a little old for paper dollies now but the fabric version I spied was perfect for younger girls.
More softies poked out of little nooks and crannies.
Pretty fabrics to pat and stroke. Now Kaffe Facett fabrics aren't a range I had ever thought I would use. Its beautiful with lots of colours, flowers and designs.. a very busy fabric and often I would look at it and think it was just too much to try and figure out out to use it. My wonderful mum bought me a bundle of FQ with a simple pattern that is perfect for a busy fabric for my birthday. So now I can tackle his fabrics with out having the mental breakdown of trying to figure out which goes and what doesn't! stay tuned...
So if you are in Ballarat make sure you visit both these shops as they have different styles but both worth the time.