Monday, October 24, 2016

Millrose Cottage!

Fiona and I headed off early on Friday to fly to Melbourne and then to drive out to our wonderful weekend away in Ballan, at Millrose Cottage. Before we headed to Ballan we took a detour to Castlemaine and visited Threadbear Quilting. It is a wonderful shop full of amazing quilts and lots and lots of reproduction fabrics!

After a delicious lunch at Castlemaine and a little shopping we headed to Millrose Cottage. It is the best place for stitchers and quilters. The house is just set up to suit 10 ladies so comfortably.

Here are just some of us as we missed out on catching everyone in this photo as some left early. 
Another highlight here in Ballan is that next door is the Millrose Patchwork shop. It has the most amazing collection of fabrics!

 Judy was teaching and we were so lucky as she came and spent and evening with us at the cottage.

 These two pictures are of the Liberty room!

 There is also a room dedicated to Japanese yarn dyed fabrics. It was heaven.
 I did try to resist buying too much as my sewing room is very full of fabrics but you can't visit these great shops and not buy gorgeous things!
 The weekend was full of chat and laughter and some delicious food too. It was great to catch up with lovely friends that we don't get to see often enough! Chrissie made us all a lovely, little key ring
 I was thrilled too to receive a little bundle of Gail pan's latest fabric range. Thanks so much girls.
Thanks too, Rose, for organising the weekend. It was so much fun.

Thursday, October 20, 2016

Lovely show and tell

Many of the ladies brought show and tell to share at the retreat. Here are some pictures of just some of the lovely work! It was great to see what the ladies did with last year's felt projects.

 It was motivating seeing all the great stitching and patchwork being done.

I had best go and pack as I am heading to Victoria for a weekend at Millrose Cottage in Ballan. So excited!

Tuesday, October 18, 2016

Stitching in the Hills

We had a wonderful weekend of stitching at Stitching in the Hills at Warrambui in Murrumbateman. We were blessed with lovely weather and it was great to catch up with dear friends and chat and share such good times. As we drove out the countryside was so lovely and green.
 Here are the bags all ready before the ladies.
 Celia and Diane made these gorgeous little handbags with chocolates in them to also decorate the tables.
 Here are our projects for the weekend. It was so lovely working with the gorgeous Tilda ranges of fabric.

 The ladies were all very busy stitching, chatting and just enjoying a lovely time away from normal life. We also enjoyed the plentiful food!

On Saturday evening we had a pastel theme and that was fun. 

 Fiona finished her little scissor keeper before anyone else!
 These are the goodies that were in the kits.

 Thank you so much to the ladies for my very special gift. That was so kind. I will enjoy drinking my tea from this beautiful cup.

Tuesday, October 11, 2016

Tilda Showcase

We had a great night at Hobbysew last Friday for a Tilda Showcase. The girls at the shop did a fabulous job decorating with lots of Tilda goodies and provided a delicious supper. It was wonderful to see the samples that Two Green Zebras had organised by designers and makers all over Australia, and some by Tone Finnanger too. It was very motivating.