My European/US teaching trip

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Whew!!!  Just returned from a five and a half week teaching tour around Europe and the US.

As this is going to be a long post with photos I think I’ll do it in two installments – can’t have you getting bored now can i?

Before Europe I did a 10 day cruise from Sydney to New Zealand as one of a number of quilt/scrapbooking tutors.  That was quite an experience.  We were chasing the tail end of the cyclone so the seas were pretty rough.  Fortunately I discovered that I don’t get seasick.  I taught for 5 days and the other days were spent exploring Dunedin, Wellington and Picton with one day just relaxing on the ship and catching up on my own sewing.  Teaching on a ship can be challenging but it was fun nonetheless.  Sorry no photos….

On return to Melbourne I had just 5 days to get ready for my extended trip to Europe and the US – why do I do this to myself?  It sure was a mad rush to make sure that I had all the quilts packed as well as samples etc – and yes, of course clothes!  I had one suitcase full of quilts and another with clothes – remembering that I’d be experiencing both spring weather with a lot of very cold days – so I had to pack light.  So if you’re sick of seeing me in that stripey top you can imagine how sick I was wearing it!

First stop was Nantes.  I went there to check out all the Aussies that had book releases and was fortunate to teach one class as well.  I had fun hanging out with my Norwegian friends – Randi, Ellen, Miss E and Miss B (I couldn’t do justice to their names).  There wasn’t much time to do any touring – and I’ve promised myself (again) that I will time on any future visits to France.

Deirdre and Randi at Nantes
Deirdre and Randi at Nantes; one of Deirdre’s beautiful quilts
Quilters from my workshop in Nantes; Pour l'Amour du Fil
Quilters from my workshop in Nantes; Pour l’Amour du Fil

Next stop was Norway.  I managed to spend a few days with Randi in Asker – and what a lovely generous friend she is.

Randi; It snowed on my first day in Asker!
Randi; It snowed on my first day in Asker!

She organised trips to shops – Lappe Makeriet (a beautiful shop where we had a sit and sew), Katherines Quilt Shop as well as having her quilt group over for a sit and sew – and dinner with Ellen.

Sewing at Randi's
Sewing at Randi’s; Look at the yummy food!

We both travelled to Røros for a retreat.  Siw from Quiltegården organised a retreat at the Røros Hotel for more than 200 quilters – more than 10 tutors running workshops for 4 days.  That was hard work but who bothers about that when you’re having fun.

Photos from Røros
Photos from Røros

I was sad to leave Norway and Randi but had my next workshop at De Frottende Freule in Schildwolde, The Netherlands.  Inger has been supporting me for a very long time and I always love visiting with her and Danielle.  Again, teaching was fun and I know that everyone had a good time.  I stayed at the Jonkers-Aarf B&B where I’d stayed before.  Breakfasts are a treat – check out the photo where breakfast is just for me….

De Frottende Freule; top right is my breakfast at Jonkers-aarf B&B
De Frottende Freule; top right is my breakfast at Jonkers-aarf B&B

The shop is beautifully done up in the front room of Inger’s home.  Morning tea was scrumptious and so was lunch.

I did have a few problems with customs on arriving at Groningen airport because they thought that I was carrying too many cigarettes – and I don’t even smoke.  They went through all my luggage.  When they asked if I had anything to declare I said “no” but then realised that I had some yummy figs in syrup which I was taking for friends.  Of course they didn’t even bother about that – they were more interested in my clothes suitcase which had nothing out of the ordinary in it (glad I washed all my underwear!!)

More soon…..