And so……….the time has come……….to do another post

She who shall remain nameless should be very pleased about this. 

I’ve been to Bribbaree and back, to Byron Bay and back and to Ballan and back!  Busy as ever – so finding time to make blog posts gets a tad difficult, but I shouldn’t complain – have to keep that HUGE audience happy! 🙂

My Bribbaree trip was planned by Anne West:

Anne and Mandy – the two wonderful organisers

Everything was worked out within a day – air fares booked and accommodation arranged.  This was quite a few months ago and from Anne not knowing how many would be attending, and even settling for just her sewing group, we ended up with 25 women at the workshop and had to get a larger venue – my biggest ever group!  And what a grand time I had.  There’s nothing like sewing with a bunch of your new best friends on a beautiful Saturday where everything has been laid out for you.  Again thanks to Anne – with a lot of help from Mandy – we didn’t have to worry about anything – snacks available all day, morning and afternoon tea and a delicious champagne afternoon lunch – including lots of show and tell.  As is obvious from the photos the quilt chosen for the day was my version of Clamshells.  

Here are some photos of that day – I’m sorry its been a loooooong time since the workshop and I’ve forgotten some names……..



The last photo is Janella from Country Matters Designs holding up her beautiful hexagon quilt.  Go to her blog to see her post on our Bribbaree sewing day.

Soon after that I was off to Byron Bay to run a 7 day meditation retreat at Sangsurya.  It was – AWESOME.  Its such hard work but someone has to do it!

Sangsurya at Byron Bay

Came home on Thursday, had to catch up with my day job and had another teaching gig at Ballan at the beautiful Mill Rose Cottage with one of my favourite students (you know who you are!) It was the first day of Mosaics.  Lunch at the café next door was again delicious – there’s a new menu so for those who haven’t been there recently you’ve gotta go!  I had the lamb chops – yum!

I’m back in Melbourne for a couple of weeks trying to catch my breath before I’m off to Jukejema Quilting Barn in Nowra for a two day class on Saturday 23 and Sunday 24 March.  We are offering my latest two quilts, Tulipa and Message in a Bottle.  You can choose either of the quilts to work on.  For those of you who’ve done my classes you know that we’re gonna have a lot of fun – with maybe some serious sewing thrown in.  So I hope to see you there.  For more details on the class please contact Kim on Shop Ph 02-44212577 or Jukejema Quilting Barn.

Message in a Bottle



Hopefully I’ll be back soon!


  1. It was our pleasure having you come to Bribbaree and teach us. Our little fingers are working on those clamshells. Some of the girls even have UFO’s out!! Roll on 2nd November when you return to check our progress and for us to start work on Confetti or Eva Grace.

    1. Hi Anne

      I don’t think I stressed enough in my blog the amount of work that you did – so let me do it here! Thank you so much for all the time and effort you spent orgagnising this, even to the extent of driving to Melbourne so that you could take back some of my quilts! You are one terrific organiser and everything ran really smoothly that day because of all your efforts. Also i forgot to mention that my plane was 2 hours late arriving in Wagga so by the time we got home it was almost midnight – a BIG day for you! Thank you, thank you, thank you! I can’t wait to come back in November and catch up with the girls again!


      1. Thank you Irene, it was my pleaseure.
        I am just so glad that our paths crossed and you are now part of my world. Anne

  2. Byron Bay looked wonderful-with such hard work maybe you need someone to help carry your bags!! Thankyou for putting in a link to me, I really appreciate it for people to find me. My daughter is in Melbourne at uni and she said you are having a heatwave down there, hope it eases soon. Have a good day, Janelle.

    1. Thanks Janelle. Yep its hot hot hot in Melbourne – can’t wait for this 30+ temperature to break – we’ve had toooo many days of it.

  3. Irene, Thank you for coming and teaching us and sharing so much with us. I had a fantastic time and am counting down the days until the next one in November. Bring on the FUN…..

    1. Hi Mandy
      Thanks for coming to pick me up and for spending Sunday with us. I too am looking forward to coming back to catch up with all my friends!


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