Wednesday, 9 May 2012

Quilting at the Sanctuary

First of all I must let those winners of the last pattern give-away know that your patterns will be in the mail tomorrow!! Sorry but life got away from me yet again! Enjoy it all when it arrives.

Now to my recent weekend at Jude's Sanctuary. Jude has done an amazing job doing up a house in Bordertown about 4 hours south of Adelaide. Her plan is for it to be a home away from home for small groups - especially quilters! The house can accommodate up to 10 people. As you can see by the photos it is a wonderful retreat.............
 A cozy fire to stitch by in the evening
 Quilts on every bed
 fresh flowers in the bathrooms!

 And on warmer days the outside patio
 below - "the shed" for the dying workshops

Jude invited me to do my favourite workshop......"Designing for Applique". For me this is very rewarding as it empowers others to design their own work..and look at the results!!
Kay's efforts above - she was so excited and I hope this is the beginning of loads more designs and maybe a block of the month or two!!
 Pauline wanted to do a table-runner with a Scottish celtic theme on Blackwatch tartan - stunning
 Above is Jan's beautiful design minus a few extra details to come
 Marie's eye catching black, red and white number inspired by a tile
 Very shy Jean with her sensational thistles
 Pat deserved the award for patience.
I am sure she drew and redrew, then cut and cut for 24 hours non stop!!
 Jocelyn pretended she didn't know what she was doing so had a little help from me!
Well done everyone...Jude and Jill are missing with designs on paper.

 The end of a creative weekend and time to go home for two happy campers - and one patient husband of course! Check out the boot.....
 So on the way home I stopped by a wee shop at Culburra on the Duke's Highway between Tintinara and Coonalpyn......if you blink you will miss it and Wikipedie tells me there was a population of 10 in 2006!! Sandy Tonkin and her husband are the delightful residents of this house which is also a little quilt store full of all sorts of bargains - especially Madeira threads!! I have told her to make sure she has quilts hanging on the verandah because I have driven past many times and did not even know she was there! So do visit and tell her I sent you..she might let you see her kitchen wallpaper that I drooled over....from the 1950's we think - see below....

So thank you Jude for having me.........hope there are many more quilting retreats at the Sanctuary. If you have a group of friends who need some time away together do give Jude a thought. Email via her Blog.
Have great week wherever you are X


  1. What a lovely Place for a Retreat and All the Ladies Blocks are Wonderful...
    Thanks for Sharing.

  2. I've never seen a quilter's retreat anything like this. What a lovely place to stay and quilt with other quilters, get new ideas, and relax!

  3. Gosh the girls produced some lovely pieces. Bet they had great fun too!

    Your blog is always inspiring and encouraging.

  4. That wall paper is a quilt in the making!!

  5. That wallpaper is amazing, I thought it was a quilt at first glance! The blocks made by your students are wonderful, looks like a very inspiring workshop retreat.


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