Sunday, March 12, 2017

No Sleep Retreat

I guess if I'm featured in the QNews (a newsletter for members of the WA Quilters Association) I'd better get organised and get a post up. I don't have a lot of time for sewing at the moment so haven't blogged properly for ages.

One of the recent activities I participated in through the WA Quilter's Association was a no-sleep retreat. This is a one day sewing activity that went from 10am to 10pm with either hand or machine sewing. I was able to make a good start on a baby quilt for a friend of one of my daughters.

"Splash" 12 inch block

The retreat was held in a church hall which had plenty of light and space. Overall it was a great venue but unfortunately no air conditioning. The day turned out hot, hot, hot at 40C. There were ceiling fans and high windows and we could take our shoes off so we just got on with it. We are tough Aussie girls after all. We took our own lunch and our tea was catered. We had two shops in residence so we got to have a little retail therapy.

Robyn from The Strawberry Thief brought gorgeous Liberty fabrics and a selection of her quilts to show how she used them. She also shared the history of Liberty fabrics and what makes it so special. Robyn has done a great blog post Tips and Tricks - Sewing with Liberty Fabrics.

Tips and Tricks when sewing the Liberty fabric

Our other shop was Anya of The Quirky Stitch. She demonstrated one of her products - a mini hoop which can be used as necklace, brooch, little pincushion etc.

Mini Hoop Necklace with Embroidery

We had a lovely late summer day here in Perth yesterday. We enjoyed time with friends for a picnic and then a walk along the tranquil Swan River. I managed to forget my hat so I'm a bit red today - just call me Rudolph (a.k.a. red nosed)

Swan River at Point Walter
It's cooler and rainy today in Perth - with a little thunder even. A reminder that summer will end soon as it usually does. We will enjoy the cool and rain but no one thinks that summer is done with us yet. I suspect there are plenty of hot days ahead.

Hope you enjoyed your little visit to my blog.

Sunday, January 29, 2017

Stonehenge - Esperance

March 2015. A quick trip South to visit family. Who knew this complete, life-sized replica of England's Stonehenge was tucked away only a few km out of town? Not me. It was totally amazing and had a real atmosphere. The huge granite blocks created a calm quiet space.

Outside looking in. Note the dry, brown paddock.












Inside the structure it was cool and green and serene.
Standing on one side of the circle looking back at my husband and brother-in-law.
Gives you an idea of scale.
If you live in WA or are just visiting, it's well worth the journey.
Esperance Stonehenge.


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