Saturday, April 29, 2023

Home again

 We headed back to the airport on Thursday for our flight but just needed to visit Chrissie's shop in Ballan on our way. It is always a delight. I couldn't resist this cute tin and some ricrac and earrings!

Here are some of the goodies I bought during our time away. At AQC I bought a kit from Anni Downs which I loved, some pigma pens and some woven wool felt.
In Daylesford, I couldn't resist this beautiful Scottish cardigan. I tried to buy one in 2019 when I was in Scotland but had no luck! Very naughty but it is gorgeous.
Not much to show on the stitching front even though I was away a whole week. I appliqued and stitched the front of this pouch and knitted most of one sock on a circular needle. It was fun to learn a new skill. I did prepare some hexies and started another stitchery. My stitching is obviously slow stitching or perhaps I chat too much!

Wednesday, April 26, 2023

Harcourt and Clunes

 We spent several days stitching at the retreat in Ballan, We were spoilt by Chrissie with delicious meals and really had to do very little other than chat and stitch.

On Sunday we went to Harcourt for a wonderful destash that was happening there. It was too tempting and I came home with lots of goodies.

We then drove on to Bendigo to visit the Maree StClair Quilt shop. It is a gorgeous shop and was well worth the visit.

We also had a day out to visit Clunes. On the way we just had to stop at Creswick and enjoy some gorgeous cake and coffee and the French Patisserie. We also visited the Creswick Woollen mill

We then headed to Clunes to visit the gorgeous Textile exhibition. It was amazing and it was a delight catching up with Christine Lethlean! We haven't seen each other for a long while so it was very special.

Here are just some of the wonderful exhibits.

Sunday, April 23, 2023

AQC and Millrose Cottage

 A few of us headed away last week to Melbourne for the AQC and then for a stitching retreat. We enjoyed our time away especially the quilt show and the lovely towns that we visited in Victoria. On Thursday we flew out at 7.15am!!! Thanks Virgin for changing our early flight to an even earlier one! We then had a day at the AQC. The Exhibition Centre is so gorgeous and it was fun to see all the stalls and catch up with many designers.

So lovely to catch up with Anni and Pete of Hatched and Patched.
Here are some of the amazing quilts.

These miniature quilts were made by Kumiko Frydl and were just wonderful!

We had a delicious dinner at an Italian restaurant and then headed to bed. On Friday we picked up our car and headed to lovely Ballan. We couldn't resist a visit to Millrose Cottage on the way to Chrissie's retreat house in Ballan.