Wednesday, 25 May 2016

Stitching among heroes

On this trip we've stitched in a college, stitched on a farm, seen William Morris in Newcastle and for the last two days we've stitched in the most humble of places….. among heroes of the RSL, at the Terang branch. It was a privilege to be allowed to conduct an appliqué class in the midst of such important memorabilia. Steve the branch president has an impressive naval service record himself and has spent countless voluntary hours setting up an impressive war collection (and even with a younger Queen Elizabeth looking on)……… 











  Since we've been in Terang it has been rather chilly and today was only about 13C with lots of heavy rain. So what better way to keep cosy and warm  surrounded by a lovely collection of Morris inspired quilts made by some local ladies. I am always so chuffed to see that my designs bring so much pleasure to others…...

This version of Kelmscott was made by a lady who was looking forward to meeting me but sadly passed away earlier this year. The blue and white version was hand appliquéd by Darlene……….


So a little more about Terang. The buildings reflect past times of wealth but sadly some are in serious need of restoration especially this wonderful small arcade 'Johnston Court'………..





 There is a large avenue of oak trees down the centre of the High St with more wonderful buildings…...




 Darlene owns The Good Old Days Quilt Shop and this is the first time she has hosted a tutor. I am not sure she realised how much work was involved but then again I have a feeling that she may have spoilt us all way too much with the scones, cakes and sandwiches….and that was just for morning tea!! Then yesterday was homemade pumpkin soup with freshly baked rolls, followed by chicken and salad. Today was homemade chicken soup followed by corned silverside and vegies! But her mammoth efforts were appreciated by us all and I was thrilled that I could do the workshop for her……….

 A visit to her shop was a treat where hanging on the walls were two of my quilt designs…..all hand appliquéd (needle-turn) and also entirely hand quilted……...


 Thankyou Darlene for asking me and for your kindness and generosity to us all. Thanks also to everyone who came………if it wasn't for all of you there would be no workshop! It was also a great surprise to have some of our 2014 Whitecroft William Morris tour guests come to stitch as well! Jude and Liz………..
 and Marilyn and Jenny…..so very exciting……..
So tomorrow we head home…another 640kms to drive so in total we will have travelled about 4,340kms (2696 miles), and in just two weeks….so it will be time for a good rest when we get home! Thanks for sharing our journey and more soon when we are rested x

Sunday, 22 May 2016

Quilting on a farm

It has been such a busy few days that the blog has been neglected but we're back on track to report on our continuing adventure. We left Newcastle on Thursday morning and arrived on the farm out of Corowa late Friday afternoon. In all we have travelled almost 2,700kms (1,677 miles), and have another long haul to go. Thursday was my down day and that night we both hit the sack by 8pm... so a good rest was obviously what was needed before two more wonderful days of quilting. A few sights along the way….



 A lunch stop at Narrandera was most pleasant and Larry was impressed with the cricket ground…...




 And then we arrived at the farm - and what a beautiful historic homestead it is………..


Love the mammoth front door bell…………...
 And wonderful chimneys…...





 Larry made himself at home in front of the open fire quite quickly……...

 Leanne and Derek were such wonderful hosts and on our first night we were treated to pavlova adorned with raspberries for our 38th wedding anniversary ………(and Morris placements too)……..



 Impressive solar panels with the cows grazing beyond…...
 The workrooms were light and airy and all ready for two days of chatter and stitching…….(and eating the most amazing meals too!)…..

 So thank you to all the girls who came to class and an extra special thanks to Leanne and Derek for a most memorable weekend staying in your 100+ year old home. Larry loved being a farmhand for two days and I am sure we will be back! xx