Monday, August 20, 2012

Weekend Retreat

On Friday I went off to the Ballarat Quilters Retreat. The rain was pouring down and it was very cold with news reports of snow. We arrived safely and on time, missing one truck accident that happened earlier and the 4 later accidents that caused several quilters having to take a long detour. We registered and went to our rooms and unpacked, then it down for a buffet dinner.  After dinner we had a meet and greet with the tutors and a show n tell. I apologise for the photos, the lighting was not good and I had to use the zoom which didn't help.
These 4 art quilts are by Jenny Bowker's  and are wonderful, especially seen side by side.

This is Kathy Doughty with her Soul Searching.

This black and white quilt belongs to Margaret Mcdonald.

This is Di Ford/Hall with her Antique Wedding Sampler which was the class I took.

Michele Hill was also teaching but the photo of her 'Tile' blocks was just too dark to show you.
The rain continued to thunder down all through Friday night and the creek that runs through the middle of the grounds of the Convention Centre, where we stayed filled and raged along. This is a photo of it on Saturday morning. The temperature dropped a few more degrees but the rain stopped and we had blue skies for the rest of the weekend.

On Sunday about 5pm we all went over to the hall to see everyones work. This is what was achieved in Kathy's class. I'd like to try this. I bought her new book called  and this quilt is in it

These are the 'Tiles' made in Michele Hill's class.

This is some of us from Di's class. Some started the Phebe quilt and some made blocks for the Antique Wedding Sampler.

This is Margaret McDonald showing what her students had made on Saturday  

and what her students had made on Sunday.

It was a great weekend but after 15years this was the last one. It would be wonderful if they could find someone to keep it going.


Heather said...

Sounds like a wonderful time. I would have been so excited to take a class with any of those teachers, I am inspired by them all! Thanks for sharing.

Karen said...

The Wedding Sampler is wonderful, wonderful, wonderful! I would have selected that one too.

WoolenSails said...

It is nice that you can get together with others and share your love of quilting.


Hilda said...

Beautiful work! thanks for sharing. Do you know if Di has the pattern available (or "block of the month") for the Wedding Sampler - I just can't get to any of the classes but would love to make this one?