Sunday, 29 May 2016

Retreat 2016

Last weekend most of my Friday Quilters group (and a few friends too) set off for Lawson in the Blue Mountains.  We stayed at Kihilla, which is a beautiful 19th Century home, and perfect for our needs.

We had planned a challenge so everyone participating brought along a piece of fabric with the brief of "sand, sea, beach".  Here we are trying to decide how to group the fabrics. 

We split into 2 groups of 7 for this so we all chopped our fabrics and passed the bits on so everyone had a piece of fabric from everyone else in our group. And this is "it" partly made.  It will go to charity.

Unfortunately I didn't manage a photo of what every one was working on.  Sorry to those I missed!   There was such a huge variety, and such an inspiration!  However I did get some photos.
Di had been given a number of blocks by an aunt.  She had to finish a couple off, then she sashed them.

She got the top completed on the weekend.  The applique is stunning.

Evelyn got a couple of projects completed.  This is the first.

The fans are fussy cut and look fabulous.

Raelene was finishing off a couple of UFOs.  This one needed borders.

She framed the border with lace.  How cute!

Robyn was working on a Japanese quilt.  Its a completely original design.  The photo does not do justice to it - the work on the centre panel is very intricate.

She is planning to put dozens of tiny broderie perse flowers on the block on the right, on which she has appliqued the stems.
Fiona was making a Combi Van quilt.  It is such a fun pattern!

This is before she finished putting the top together.  She got the top done over the weekend.

And moved on to quilting this beauty.

Robin worked on this fabulous quilt.  There are a bazillion pieces in the centre panel and the outer borders.  She has fussy cut it all. 

And just look at these corner squares.

Jocelyn had to work on Friday so she was late getting there, but she still managed to get this quilt pinned and lots of the quilting done on it too.

Here is another of Evelyn's quilts.  This one is for Quilts of Hope, a charity which supports children and families living with cancer.  She was supplied with a number of blocks made by volunteers for the charity and had to put them together.

And here is another.  This one is for Stitching Hearts.

Here we all are, busy at work....

There is a lovely sunny corner where we have morning and afternoon tea.  Its a nice spot to do hand sewing too.
We were so lucky with the weather.  Glorious sunny days.  As you can see - most of us have tee shirts on.  Since then we have had a cold snap and I noticed that its only 9C at lunch time today.

Can you see the gardens behind us?  Off to the left side of this photo is a huge tree in glorious autumn tones, and a bank of lavender which you can just make out.  Behind that is a stunning view of the valley.

And what did I do??  I was working on my Scrap Dance Tango mystery quilt.
I was soooo behind on that!  I am now all caught up, but I plan to post about that next time.  If you'd like to take a look at the mystery, it is run by Carole at From My Carolina Home and you will find the link to the mystery there on her page.
Til next time.....Keep on stitching.


  1. Lots of great projects... Glad you had a great time.....

  2. Looks like a fabulous retreat Dasha! Some stunning quilts being made! Enjoy the rest of your weekend! Christine x

  3. Wow, those are a lot of beautiful quilts, what fun to have a retreat! Love your Scrap Dance Tango colors!

  4. Hi Dasha! So glad to see you had a wonderful time at Retreat... so much great sewing happening from all the ladies... and well done on making such fab progress on your projects too... x

  5. What a lovely time you must all have had. I love the beautiful applique quilt but all the work is beautiful. xx

  6. Looks like a great place with lots of elbow room to work in. The "sand, sea, beach" project is wonderful to get a group working together. Robin has an amazing talent for fuzzy cut. Love the applique quilt too, oh and the van and .. well they're all wonderful. Thanks for sharing. Glad you got caught up on your own project too. ;^)

  7. Sounds like a lovely location and inspiring group of quilters! Thanks for sharing the eye candy!

  8. Hi Dasha ,wow what amazing work ,such beautiful quilts,looks like an awesome retreat ,well done my friend xx

  9. I'm just amazed at all the projects you women worked on at the retreat, and at how gorgeous and intricate they are! Stunning, truly. You are all very gifted and creative. I bet it was fun to hang out and share ideas and give encouragement too :) Thanks for sharing all of ti with us!


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