The past 24 hours has passed in a blur. Barb arrived, our displays went up, the trunk show was on, today Barb demonstrated her painting and stamping technique, the displays came down and it was all over until next time!
When Linda from Gum Valley Patchwork asked me to be a tutor at this year's Stitch in Spring I was very excited. It's years since I last visited this section of Victoria's coast line. Back then cars pulled off the road and parked on the cliff edge. Mum kept a firm grip of the backs of our jumpers, Dad's included, ready to stop us falling or being blown over the edge. We only visited in winter when it was blowing a gale and freezing cold. Of course it's changed a lot since then, but it is still one of the loveliest coast lines.
Now I live inland and while the banks of the Murray River are only five minutes away offering a lovely spot to relax, it's not the sea.
So you can imagine my delight when I pulled into the car park at Port Campbell and saw this.
I decided to enjoy the moment and have a cup of coffee before heading indoors to set up. I would have happily lingered there all day!
The view from the venue was spectacular. I have to admit I wasn't sure how much stitching would be done when there was this to look at. Apparently it's a bit ho hum when you're used to it!
One of my projects for the workshop.
Something with flowers seemed the obvious choice for 'Stitching in Spring'. A bag for a small portable light, for those of us who need extra lighting to see by, a needle case, drawstring bag for a spare set of batteries or whatever you might like to put in there and a trinket to loop around the handles of a pair of scissors.
The pattern will be released in a couple of week. Kits will be available too.
A big thank you to Linda for organising such a fabulous day and the girls attending for their enthusiasm and wonderful company. It was a very special day.
Jan and Shelley organised the trip so the only thing left for Helen, Sue-Anne and I to do, was pack our bags!
We spent a whole day at the quilt exhibition, taking our time, making sure each quilt was studied and oohing and aahing over the fabrics. The quilts were stunning and we were surprised at how big they were. If there were any 'ugly' fabrics they were all beautiful.
It was with a twinge of sadness we said goodbye to the quilts, after all it's unlikely we will ever see them again unless it's from the pages of a book.