08 August, 2011

Back from Retreat!

Well, our retreat is over for another year. We headed to Lake Dewar at Myrniong, only an hour or so from home (although it took us a lot longer getting there as we went via Geelong!). We had a lovely time sewing, eating, talking and getting lots of inspiration. I had hoped to have finished my double wedding ring quilt top but didn't quite make it. I'm half way through the second last ring, so I'm nearly there! There were over 80 ladies, all busy sewing. This is the main room.Behind these quilts is the dining area. There is also another area up stairs so we have lots of space. When we stay there, the electricity bill must go up heaps as there were so many sewing machine going!Every year we come home with lots of goodies. A big thank you to Diane, Julie and Margaret (All Things Stitched) who organise everything. They do such a fantastic job. A special thank you to Chris who made over 80 pin cushions! She made them from vintage doilies. They were all beautiful. Thank you also to the girls who made the book covers (apologies I can't remember exactly who made them).Finally, these were my purchases over the weekend. I've been looking at everyone's Tis the Season stitcheries. I bought the book so now I can do them. The fabrics haven't shown up their true colour.
They are much nicer in person.

Thanks to everyone for a great weekend.
Only 364 sleeps to go until next year's retreat!

11 comments:

shez said...

i love retreats ,glad you had a great time Christine,great buys.

Tonya said...

Aahhh, too bad you didn't win the book on my blog awhile back when I gave it away! Enjoy stitching it up!

Vroomans' Quilts said...

Wow, that is a lot of ladies and machines!! It sounds like you had a great time. Love the gifties and purchases.

Bev C said...

Hello Christine,

Wow that is a lot of people at a retreat. Good luck with your new quilt and the DWR.
Happy days.
Bev.xoxo

Peg - Happy In Quilting said...

Wonderful photos...your DWR looks fantastic...80 woman..my goodness....

Peg - Happy In Quilting said...

Forgot..love the purchases...

Vickie said...

oh my Christine I can feel your excitment and nearly finishing your DWR top,yuour purchases look great and wow that is a lot of people in one large area..glad you had a good time,cheers Vickie

Maria said...

WOW eighty ladies!! That is a big retreat. The ones I go to are between 10 to 22 ladies.
You have NEARLY finished your DWR.Nice fabric your have chosen.
Great goodies and purchases you come home with Christine.
I really need to put on my thinking cap for your Santa gifts??

Elyte said...

Lucky you. A creative week end away always recharges the batteries.

Kathy said...

Wow, you have been busy! Retreat looks like it was wonderful - so many sewers and so many ideas! AND you came back with a few more projects to do!

Share with us soon something you have done with your new Go-Baby!

Cheers Kathy

Sew-Happy House, formerly Quilted Notions)

GardenofDaisies said...

Your wedding ring quilt looks amazing!! Thanks for following my blog and for entering my giveaway!