Oh To Retreat Now That Spring Is Here

Our local quilting and patchwork club held its annual weekend retreat recently.  The location is usually in a rural setting and the participants can enjoy some fresh air and wide open spaces. The venue, in eastern Victoria, Australia was surrounded by rolling hills and some beautiful wildlife.

A member of the giant kingfisher family-a Kookaburra

 The food was good and plentiful and the company was pleasant and agreeable. AND talented…..

Ann is a supremely skilled needlewoman and I was able to see her wonderful fabrics and hand sewing techniques.

Ann's fabric choices have pizzazz

Ann uses 50wt. Aurifil thread for her hand sewn patchwork.

Perfect Patchwork

I always enjoy the time available at retreats to sit and sew on projects that may have been started some time ago. Many people brought some UFOs (unfinished objects) along with the best intentions to finish them.

Civil War Blocks from Barbara Brackman's Block of the Week

I brought my Civil War blocks along as Barbara Brackman issues a block each week to commemorate the 2011 Sesquicentennial of the American Civil War. You would think one block per week would be easy to keep up with….


Jeanette brought  a beautiful pattern produced locally in Victoria, Australia by Mrs. Sew and So,  http://www.mrssewandso.com.

Jeanette's wonderful fabric for Mrs. Sew and So's Embroidery

Jeanette is using some delicious shades of Aurifil’s Lana Wool on her richly coloured background cloth.

Splendid shades of Lana Wool

I always learn so much at retreats from the busy people around me….new stitches, unique colour combinations, delightful interpretations of traditional patterns….and most importantly, learning to relax and enjoy the company of like minded people. I have already set aside some weekends on  the calendar for next year!

3 Responses

  1. Hi Anne, I agree, retreats are a great way to escape the every day rush so I was very sorry that I wasn’t able to join Judy at the guild retreat this year. I think that I’ve seen advertising for your retreat venue in the patchwork magazines. It sounds as if it is the ideal size for a friendship group.

    • Yes our place is ideal for a friendship group. Our ad is coming out in a magazine in January so it must be another one you have seen unless it was an ad though the Quilting or Embroidery Guilds. We are enjoying running it and our visitors have been happy and productive!

  2. Aren’t retreats great for the soul …not to mention for finishing UFOs?! My quilter friend and I also run a retreat venue – self catering for up to 10 ladies with a specially equipped workroom so equipment and projects can be left set up – don’t know if that would suit your group or part of it? It is in Alexandra, NE Victoria and called Vickery Quilt and Craft Retreat.

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