Warning: This is a photo-filled post so grab a cuppa!!
Last weekend I had the great pleasure of teaching in the tiny country town of Bribbaree in New South Wales. You may remember that I went there earlier this year and while i was there I heard Anne West mention a quilt exhibition of Life is Beautiful (a Hugs and Kisses pattern) that some of her quilt group had made. As I had such a fun time in February I thought it would be great if I could return for the exhibition. Well…… knowing Anne as I do, one thing led to another and pretty soon she had my flights booked and a workshop organised.
Bribbaree, for those that don’t know, is really the “hub of the universe” as Bill West likes to call it.
I arrived in Wagga on Friday and spent a quilty day with Anne and Mandy, visiting quilt shops and stocking up on much needed fabric (as if!). First stop was Nimble Thimble in Wagga owned by the lovely Maria and it was great to catch up with her again. Unfortunately she missed out on this year’s workshop – but not to worry as we have big plans for next year.
We also visited another shop in Wagga, Simply Stitches, had a lovely lunch and then went on to Temora to Patches of Heaven where I found the most divine hinged tin!!
I stayed at Bill and Anne West’s home “Balmoral”. It is such a beautiful home. Here are some pics:
What started out with a handful of women, ended up with 32 in my workshop– woo hoo!!! My biggest quilting workshop ever!! The two quilts offered at the workshop were Confetti and Eva Grace. Anne had everyone organised with patterns, fabric etc. and all I really had to do was come along and have FUN.
What was so amazing about this workshop is that the women came from far and wide and I was so impressed that some of them drove such long distances to attend the workshop. But then, what could be better than spending a whole Saturday sewing with quilting friends, yummy food, fabric shopping and lots of laughter.
We woke up bright and early on Saturday to set up the hall – or least part of the hall as Anne and Bill had done a lot of work earlier on in the week – and to get the workshop ready. Quilters started arriving by 9:15 and pretty soon everyone was there raring to go. For those quilters who felt that they needed more fabric, Keryl, with her shop Fabric Sauce, was in attendance as well. Morning and afternoon teas as well as a delicious champagne lunch was provided. It was great to catch up with old friends and meet many new ones.
But that’s not all. As we were leaving, there were a few of us outside chatting when Lindel drove past on her way home and realised that she had a flat tyre. Well, as far as I was concerned, you just call RACV or NRMA don’t you? Not these ladies. Four of them got together and with a lot of hard work and sweat they changed the tyre. Needless to say, they are my heros!!! I was very impressed.
On the way home from the hall we came across this modern day cowboy – I couldn’t resist taking a photo:
Satuday night dinner was at the bowling club with a bunch of quilters and their husbands – and again…… lots of laughs.
Sunday was much quieter. On the way to the airport at Wagga we stopped at the Schillers farm. I had never seen a “live” sheep shearing – so Geoff (who was kindly volunteered by Michael) offered to do a live shearing for me. To say I was impressed is putting it mildly. I took lots of photos of course.
All in all, a wonderful fun weekend. Many thanks to Anne West for her fantastic organisational skills. She is a remarkable woman who gives freely of her time organising the quilters in her area with sit and sews as well as sewing pillowcases for oncology kids. Again thanks to Mandy for picking me up at the airport, driving me around, selling my patterns at the workshop and generally helping Anne to make sure the workshop ran smoothly. Thanks too to all my friends in Bribbaree for making me feel like I’m “home” and for making me feel so very special. Of course, I’m looking forward to seeing you all next year for bigger and better things.
And of course a special thanks to Bill and Anne, for being such fabulous hosts and making me feel like I’m truly living in my own home.
This weekend I’ve been invited as guest speaker for the Embroiderer’s Guild in Melbourne. I’ll keep you posted………