Sarah flew up to Sydney on Friday and, after booking into our beautiful hotel, we had a wander around the cbd shops before heading up to Una's in Darlinghurst for dinner - introduced Sarah to my childen's favourite schnitzel restaurant.
Saturday finally arrived and we headed off to Quiltsmith for our class. Quiltsmith is a wonderful shop with a fantastic range of fabrics. I've visited there a few times on roadtrips with the girls.
When we arrived Camille was wandering around the shop choosing fabrics for her souvenir-Australian quilt. We started chatting straight away and she was so delightful and friendly. The class was wonderful - lovely ladies in our group of 16. Quiltsmith loaned Sarah a sewing machine, which was fantastic for her and me, as it turned out, because, dumb bunny that I am, I left the lead for my machine at home - couldn't believe it when I was unpacking the machine. Nevertheless, Sarah and I managed to make two blocks each, as did most ladies in the class - one lady was on to her fifth block by the end of the day.
Camille explained the chain-piecing technique she uses, I think it's called "webbing", and the blocks go together very easily.
|Sarah's block in lovely French General fabrics|
When I visited Tasmania a couple of weeks ago, I left my Scrappy Trip Around the World with Sarah for quilting. Sarah brought it with her to Sydney and I took it along on Saturday to show Camille as it's made entirely of Bonnie and Camille fabrics. I love the clamshell quilting Sarah chose - I suggested a couple of options and asked her to surprise me. Camille posted a photo on Instagram, which was a lot of fun.
Late Saturday afternoon Camille's friend Holly, Holly's husband David and Camille's husband Jarom turned up at the shop. The husbands had arrived in Sydney on Friday for an extra-quick visit to Sydney. Jarom had spent Saturday having a surfing lesson at Manly. Was lovely to meet Holly as well and see her "Red Letter Day" quilt - it's a huge 16 blocks.
|Camille and Jarom with Camille's "Red Letter Day" quilt|
What a day! It was fabulous. Can't thank Di enough for arranging Camille and Holly's trip.
On Sunday Sarah and I took our time checking out of the hotel then caught the ferry round to Darling Harbour to visit Madame Tussaud's.
All too soon it was time to drive Sarah to the airport and then the weekend was topped off with dinner with Elizabeth, Matt, Michael and Peta - almost perfect (would have been with Jenni there too).