18 June 2009

Back Home

I have had such a fantastic week, starting with our day at the Quilt Show and then the trip to Queensland.

Mum drove me to the airport on Thursday morning and Diann was waiting for me when my flight arrived.

We visited a patchwork shop not too far from the airport and then had lunch in Currumbin followed by afternoon tea with Diann's daughter, Angela, and The Sweet One - 20 month old Hannes - absolutely delightful little guy - he loves an audience. We spent the evening sorting/packing our gear for The Retreat.

Friday morning we took our time driving to The Quilters' Rest, Kingaroy - arrived about 1.00 pm and the other girls arrived not too long afterwards (Jenny and her friends from Bundaberg). Once we were all settled in 5 sewing machines were buzzing away and 3 girls were hand-piecing hexagons.

Diann showed us how she quilts feathers on the doover.

This is Janice with her first completed hexagon flower.

I made a Disappearing 9 Patch quilt top on Friday afternoon/evening plus the binding and backing. Saturday I started piecing the Simplicity components (140 half-square triangles, 68 flying geese, plus various other borders)

and Sunday was spent hand-stitching on the sunny verandah until it was time to start our drive back to Diann's. Diann pieced a quilt for a friend's new baby due later this year and started piecing a Natalie Bird quilt for her daughter-in-law.

The Quilters' Rest is such a great place - excellent workroom, bedrooms etc, lovely hosts and fantastic food (my first camp oven roast dinner) and a wonderful shop (bought some of the In the Pink fabrics for when I'm ready to start Homespun's "Breast of Friends").

It was freezing cold during the nights (into the minus degrees) but we were warm and cosy and the days were lovely and sunny.

Monday morning we tidied up Diann's fabric cupboard, did a bit of shopping then I spent the afternoon quilting the Disappearing 9 Patch.

putting feathers in the outer borders
and sewing on the binding while Diann pieced some more of her Natalie Bird quilt. Stitched down the binding while watching "The Curious Case of Benjamin Button" on Monday night.
Tuesday we visited Diann's mother, did a bit of hand-stitching back at Diann's then it was time to head out to the airport, flew back to Sydney, John picked me up and we drove home.

Yesterday I added a border or two to Simplicity then went to lunch and the pictures with Mum. We saw "State of Play" - excellent movie. I'd seen the BBC TV drama twice and loved it and I thought the movie was adapted extremely well.

Back at work today. Life is great - how could I not be happy with such wonderful friends and family?


Peg - Happy In Quilting said...

Well it sounds like you are blessed to me ....what a wonderful time you all had....lots of lovely projects made....welcome home.

Suzi-q said...

I'm exhausted just from reading, sounds like you had a blast

Lorraine said...

wow....wonderful time away! Love the feathers on the quilt...you and the doover must have got along really well!....you will have to give me lessons!! You certainly packed a lot into your trip....doesn't the time fly by when you are having fun!! enjoy the rest of the week at work....and have a great weekend!

teresa said...

Glad you had a lovely time in Qld. After boasting about the 10 degrees (I love winter) it got down to 2 on the Friday!!! Although it hasn't been quite so cold since. Love your disappearing 9 patch. I've just recently made one myself...it's clever huh?

Sarah said...

Woah Lynda! What a week! Looks like alot was achieved! Love the feathers, but cant work out how you didnt sew back over your stitches.... I cant seem to blow the pic up!
x Sarah


You certainly packed a lot into your week Lynda. We did have a great time at Kingaroy and it was just wonderful to catch up with you and Diann.

Cathy said...

I just love the quilts that you are working on. The border and binding on the disappearing nine patch look so cool. I am glad that you had so much fun!


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