2013 Quilt Retreat at Hepburn Springs

Last weekend was our annual quilt retreat at Hepburn Springs.  What can I say?  Lots of laughter, lots of sewing, lots of good food, great company – Maureen M, Maureen D, Suzanne, Rose, Joy, Dianne, Lorraine and myself.

The Craft Retreat is a beautiful place which can accommodate 9 with a large light filled fully equipped sewing room.  There’s nothing better than being able to leave your work around for three days without having to pack up every night.  I usually take a lot more than I know I will work on but I like to have variety.  This year it seems that there’s so much more knitting and crocheting being done – the queen of crochet being Maureen  M, with Suzanne managing to knit a hat in one day which she will now felt. Lorraine outdid us all by completing a quilt top – well done Lorraine!

This year I only took photos of projects – something different!

Dianne's projects
Joy's beautifully crocheted rug and a project that should have been completed many years ago!!!
Maureen M working on a "Marie" project and Eva Grace
Maureen Ds many projects - she loves making shawls and cowls
Suzanne working on piecing - another "Marie" project
A sneap peak of my new crib quilt, Minerva; a sewing kit I designed to take with me when i travel.
Lorraine with her completed beautiful Japanese fabric quilt

It was bitingly cold there but we braved the chill and walked down to the Macaroni Factory for lunch – others braved the hustle and bustle of downtown Daylesford.  Dinners were at home with no one wanting to venture out.  Lots of lovely dishes and yummy deserts and cakes.

Can’t wait for next year.


  1. I absolutely love your beautiful quilts and patterns. Do you have an idea of when the pattern for your Minerva quilt will be available for purchase?

    1. Hi Carol

      Thanks for your response. I have yet to finish Minerva (named after my little cat lovingly called Mini). I’m making it for a crib quilt workshop that I’ll be running with a couple of friends, Jennifer Murray and Margaret Mew. I still have the border to do – not sure how that’s going to work out. So it should be ready in about 3 to 4 months. If you live in Melbourne check my calendar for the next crib quilt class. We are offering one in October but that will be for another quilt – photo coming soon. Once Minerva is ready I’ll put that out on my website and blog.


  2. You are one busy lady Irene. Love how the new quilt is looking, it’s amazing you get any time to stitch. Looking forward to catching up with u again in November. Mandy xo.

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