Since I last posted I have finished a few quilts, that I will post photos of soon. There have been preparations for Christmas in July retreat, which starts tomorrow. And I had a trip to Horsham last weekend to deliver a couple of quilts that are going to Quilt Showcase in Melbourne next week. I do hope to get there to see them hanging and combine it with visit to family. (They are customer quilts, that I have quilted and not my own).
Most of this week has been taken up with a few days spent with lots of other quilters, taking part in classses at Quilt Encounter. Thankyou to Kerryn and her committee for an amazing job of organisation for this event, which is attended by up to 190 ladies who came from all over Australia. I know the work that goes into each retreat that I have here for only 8-10 ladies, so I appreciate what this committee does to enable so many this opportunity.
As it is quite a few years since I have had the chance to attend, it was such a treat to attend classes. To have nothing else to think about, except what you are learning, and just rock up to the dining room for each meal which has been cooked for you, was very special.
Sunrise one morning.
Getting to know new friends that we shared accommodation with, and chatting about the day's classes.
Some of the lovely goodies that I received from the very generous sponsors.
Afternoon tea with friends.
And if you saw these ladies wandering around the grounds doing strange things, they were doing "rubbings" for their class with Ali George. (aliquilts.com.au). I should have taken a photo of the results which looked great. They loved their class, and I love to see what they do, but it is just a tad too "arty" for me.
Who knew that fire hydrants could yield such good things??
One of my classes was Modern Hexagons with Heather Ford.
It was special to have the lovely Faye in this class too, and we were very good students, in the back row. We were very busy trying to make lots of hexagons in the one day workshop.
My placemats and table runner in progress.
My next class was On the Reef with Amanda Daley, who comes from Sydney. It was a very busy 2 days, with lots of tracing and cutting out.
My progress at the end of 2 days, and lots of stitching and embellishments to do yet.
Some of our class of 17 students, and their results.
Well it is rather late now, and tomorrow I need get my head back "out of the clouds" and back to work again. A trip to the shops in the morning, for supplies for the weekend, and to the butcher to pick up the turkey roast for our Christmas dinner. And then after lunch some lovely ladies will arrive for another fun weekend.
Blessings, From Jude