Monday, February 17, 2020

Retreat at Vaughan Park February 2020

 Every year a group of us get together, usually in June/July at this fabulous retreat centre. This year we decided to give February a try also, but it was so hot, and not as many could make it , so we'll stick with July at this stage.

This is a convention centre, not just for quilters, so no quilts on the beds. 😉 We often share the centre with other people, but have our own rooms and space for sewing.
All meals are prepared for us, and bedding and towels all provided.

It is indeed a place to relax, and do what you want. Even go for a swim. The beach is about 100 metres away. (guess! )

 View towards my bedroom from deck.

 View from the sewing room.

Long Bay on the East Coast of Auckland.

 I was standing on the deck outside my bedroom looking towards the sewing room.

 We usually have approx. 18 - 20 people attend, but this time only 9, so plenty of space to spread out!

Some of the work the girls were working on in between eating!

 I managed to sew the 12 blocks above, now to sash, and get ready for the long arm quilter.

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Tuesday, February 11, 2020

Happy Days but very hot...

I intended finishing my Mystery Quilt by Bonnie Hunter, for my Grand-daughters wedding quilt, but then realised I had to add at least 15"to each side. They have a very large bed, and I wanted to make the quilt usable instead of just something that is put in the cupboard. 

This was made from scraps, and I decided it was too a big job to add so many borders to it, in the style I wanted, so I will finish it for our bed, which is a bit smaller, and I will make a different quilt for Chantelle and Conrad.  They asked for Grey, Black, White and/or blue.

I am making the big stars block from Missouri Star Quilt company.  The blocks measure 24.5".  The wedding is on the 25th April, so these big blocks will grow quickly.

 Not pieced together yet, just on the design wall. Prepping all the pieces to take to retreat this coming weekend...YAY!

Also at night I am making the felt flowers for my Don't Leaf Me quilt, by Wendy Williams. I love the fabrics in this quilt. I am machine appliqueing this, which is out of the norm for me, but I'm enjoying the process!

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