17 June 2014

Red Letter Weekend

Lots of blog posts, instagram and facebook message have been popping up over the last 10 days or so about Camille Roskelley's visit to Australia.  As soon as Di Mill hinted that Camille would be coming here, Sarah and I stalked her blog so we could book into a class asap.  Last Saturday was the big day for our "Red Letter Day" quilt class with Camille.

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.

Queen Sarah

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).


Anonymous said...

wow Lynda what an awesome few days you have had and how special to spend it with Sarah as well,i so love your blocks and your scrappy quilt is awesome,well done my clever friend.xx

Lorraine said...

what an amazing weekend Lynda! I was following along on IG and turning a very nice shade of green! Great that you got to share the weekend (and a machine!) with Sarah....and look at you with your amazing quilt (and over 600 likes!) what a star :) Glad the weekend was awesome - you deserve it!

marina said...

looks like a wonderful weekend!
love the blocks.

Sue W ♥ said...

looks like you two had the best time, your quilt looks great, lovely quilting 'Queen Sarah' and your blocks look amazing also.

Peg - Happy In Quilting said...

Awesome post...love your blocks...so pleased you had a fantastic time...xx

Susan said...

What a wonderful weekend for you both. I think the designers love seeing our interpretation of their projects as much as we enjoy showing them. You can be very proud of that one.

Karen said...

It was a wonderful day, wasn't it. So glad to have met you and Sarah. What a wonderful opportunity to have a girls weekend with your friend.

Maria said...

Looks like a real fun filled weekend.. Love the blocks.

Bloom said...

How special Lynda to have met Camille, such a superstar of world quilting! And lovely to hear that she was so personable and friendly. What a fabulous weekend for you, and especially that you had your wonderful quilt to show her. Your blocks look perfect :)


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