Is where I have been for the last three days. (warning long post). Before the weekend we were all posted a pack of pink circles to turn into a flower broach so we could all recognise each other – very important for those flying in.
This was my first time at a Quilting retreat, and walking up to a group of ladies that I had never met before was a little daunting, but everyone was so welcoming and warm I instantly felt part of the group. I had only ever met some of the ladies online via their blogs but most of them I didn’t know at all.
I got to meet a wonderful bunch of ladies from every corner of Australia. Some had travelled from Far North Queensland, Northern Territory, Western Australia and Tasmania, with a lot driving from country Victoria and New South Wales. I on the other hand had to travel less than 5 kilometres from home.
Friday was a fun filled bus tour stopping into some of Adelaide’s quilting shops with lunch at Historic Hahndorf in the Adelaide Hills. Here we are in Hettie’s Patch – our first stop and one of my favourite quilting shops. I for one spent more than I had planned, but that’s always the way in quilting shops.
After a full day on the bus we were back to the resort to rest up for Friday night games and pizza, a few of the girls had games in the playground on the bouncing pillow. There were lots of giggles and prizes on games night, and I was lucky enough to win a lovely quilting book.
We learnt that Wendy B could touch her nose with her tongue, here she is having a good laugh about her talented tongue.
Saturday was a do your own thing day, and I did have to go to work for the morning but spent a lovely afternoon stitching with some of the ladies in their cabin. Then Saturday night it was out on the town for dinner at the Watermark Hotel in Glenelg. This photos is not the whole group – we were waiting for everyone to arrive to go in to dinner as a group.
Then today was the stitching Day….. and WOW, what an amazing day it was.
Look at what greeted us when we walked in the door.
Tables all set up with lovely gift bags for our places. But we were not allowed to open them until everyone had arrived. In our bags was a mug rug made for each of us by the host designers, and we got everyone attending to sign the back as a momento of our trip, mine is the first pic in this post.
In no time at all everyone got stuck into their projects, there were 5 patterns in the bags with a charm pack, as well as other goodies such as a pair of needlework scissors, Jams, lollies, and other goodies.
Here are some of our lovely designers, left to right,
Joy, Fee, Dawn and Vicki
And here are the patterns they designed for us, there were also two guest designers, Wendy and Judy.
Lots of raffle draws and prizes, I never win ANYTHING , but this weekend I scooped the pool, just take a look. Two quilting books and a lovely Fig Tree Jelly roll.
I did manage to get some stitching done, and started the project designed by Fee, the sewing caddy as I really could do with one of those. And I had a lesson in needle turn appliqué with Joy, she showed us a really clever and easy method.
Now I need to make a little something with my first needle turn heart.