Monday, June 23, 2014

2014 A Quilters Odyssey Annual Retreat

What a great weekend we all had at our annual quilting retreat, organised by A Quilters Odyssey. It was held at Nunyara Conference Centre, Belair. The weather was cold but the rain held off. We arrived on Friday afternoon and got set up and we could work on what we brought with us for the evening. 
Kate and Sue from A Quilters Odyssey arranged a weekend full of quilting pleasures, giveaways, presents, shop specials and with a workshop held each morning for 20 quilters. On Saturday Kate's workshop was on English Paper Piecing Kaleidoscope Stars. I am very familiar with English Paper Piecing but I haven't done much with fussy cutting piecing and only 2 fabrics were used in this workshop and all the stars were different when finished. This technique could turn some ugly fabric in my stash into something brilliant.

On Sunday Sue's Workshop was a no sew purse. Now this one was something different for me. It was very interesting how you can create a purse with some fabric, sticky backed vinyl and some hardware. I don’t think it would be something I would have tried if it wasn't for this workshop but Sue showed us some interesting project ideas that got my attention. So stay tuned for some small projects.

The rest of each day we could do what we liked and I can tell you we didn't go hungry, with breakfast, morning tea, lunch, afternoon tea and dinner all supplied.
 A view of  some of the other buildings on site.
 Adelaide is down there some where. At night with the city lights it was a magnificent view.

 I took 3 of my own projects to work on. Unfortunately I didn't get any completely finished but I did sew some more blocks towards my Leaders & Enders Challenge and I made a big dent in my Celtic Solstice quilt. I finished the last few blocks, got the first border on and got halfway through the second pieced border. A lot more work than I thought but with all the eating and socialising I may of been a bit busy.  A very successful weekend I think and we can't wait for next year's retreat. 

Until next Time
Keep Stitching
PS- My long suffering husband (LSH) tells me he is refreshed and can't wait for next year's retreat. What is he telling me?

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