Friday, August 6, 2010

Quilting retreat

Last weekend I was lucky enough to be invited to attend the annual quilting retreat of the Eastwood Patchwork Quilters which was held at "The Hermitage" Mittagong. Setting off on Friday morning after breakfast we headed south across the Harbour Bridge which as you can see is hidden in all the fog which shrouded Sydney until mid morning.

After arriving in the Southern Highlands and fortifying ourselves with some lunch and of course some retail therapy in all those lovely patchwork shops we arrived at the Hermitage mid afternoon.

After setting myself up - or should I say spreading myself out - as you can see I have claimed a couple of chairs I made a start on my weekend project which involves using up my ever increasing scraps.

I cut up 6 and 3/4" squares of flannel (80 of them) on which to stitch and flip 1 and half inch strips. Each block has a medium blue in the middle and it goes out dark to black on one side and light to white on the other.

And looks something like this when pressed, squared and cut in 6 and 12" squares

I surprised myself just how quickly these sewed up and I managed to get just on 30 all sewn up and cut into neat squares.

After a day of sitting, sewing, eating and talking I took myself off for a walk just on dawn to have a look at the surrounding countryside and catch up with a few of the locals.

I know that I had a great weekend away and I am sure that all the other ladies that attended do so as well. I was even lucky enough to get some expert advice and tips on free motion quilting which I will have to put into practice sometime this weekend.

Thanks for stopping by and happy sewing to you all


Vicki ♥ said...

Looks like you had a very productive weekend Karen :) I like your blocks you did too, very effective :)

Margarita said...

Nice blocks Karen, those locals look familiar.....

Quiltin' Sandy said...

Sounds like the best kind of weekend, Karen. Your blocks look good, it is also nice to meet new fellow crafters and pick up some hints! ;-)

sandra said...

Sounds like a great weekend. Lucky you!!

Liz said...

A great weekend. What a lovely area to be in. your sewing looks great.

Shirlwin said...

Your blocks are very striking Karen. Sounds like you had a wonderful weekend.