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Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Quilt Camp in Katoomba

Well, quilt camp was a blast.  It is a compliment to Robyn of Country Pickin's at the Corner and the teachers who ran the classes.  It was more like a group of girlfriends getting together than a quilt camp run by a shop.  The accommodation was what you would expect from a camp site that is often used by school groups. I have to say that  it was certainly better than I expected!  Really comfy and warm!     Dormitory Rooms and a shared shower and toilet block.  I was lucky ( or unlucky ) to be allocated one of the disabled unit with a shared ensuite which saved me (and my poor knees) from having to negotiate the stairs to the showers and toilets all the time.

This is the view from the deck outside my room.   Aussies will recognise them as the Three Sisters.
Robyn was great at making sure that we all had what we needed and were all looked after.  This is the first time I have ever been on a camp where everyone complained about the food!  Yep that is right - it was too nice and there was too much of it!  Chocolate chip muffins, carrot cake, banana cake for morning and afternoon teas and yummy lunches and dinner - Saturday night's dinner was a roast with all the trimmings and then plum pudding AND chocolate self saucing pudding for desert!  Yes, I will be living on vegie soup all this week!

This is the ice on my car on Sunday morning - it was freezing mountain air outside but we were all snug and warm inside with fireplaces in each room.
Everyone had signed up for a class.  I am sorry but I was too busy sewing to get around and check out what everyone else was doing.  Paper pieced quilt, table runner, teddy bear, reindeer  - I think those were the other projects.  I think I picked the right class though.  I was with Amanda Daly, my teacher from Wednesday nights.  We had the option of making postcards, a gift bag and a Christmas Bon Bon but we didn't have to make them all.  I opted to make one Christmas postcard
Here is my postcard and while I am at it - we all received individually embroidered name tags AND Christmas decorations hand made by ROBYN!!!  How cool is that!
So, I completed one postcard and then got stuck into making as many of the applique blocks as I could so I could make a quilt
I came home with all the blocks stitched, all the applique finished and just had to sit and remove all the tearaway stabilizer. Today I came up with layout for them and tonight I am hoping to start sewing on the sashing.  I think that is as far as I will get as I also brought home a cold and am now on antibiotics and a puffer as it has gone straight to my chest!  Poop!  Oh well, nothing the meds and a few quiet days won't fix.

That's all from me for tonight........happy stitching!


  1. Your quilting camp sounds wonderful! I love to go on a quilt retreat, and you're right, there's always too much good food! Love the Christmas applique blocks...wow, looks like a lot of detailed cutting!

    Feel better soon!


  2. Quilting Camp? That sounds amazing! I wish I could have taken a trip to Australia for this! Our next quilt retreat in Canada in not until November :( The Christmas blocks you finished were lovely as well!

  3. Why is it the only camp I ever go to is with Boy Scouts!!! Maybe they need to start up a quilting Merit badge. I love the balcony view.
    In the next few weeks I will be at camp too. Just a tent for me and Nikko (no balcony) but on the side of Mt. Fujii.

  4. Wow! I have retreat envy!! Hope you are feeling better!

  5. Hope you get over your cold soon! The quilting camp sounds like it was a lot of fun and a great time away. Maybe when the kids are older I'll be able to go on a retreat like this. Thanks for sharing!

  6. Sounds like you had alot of fun. Sorry you came home sick hope you get to feeling better soon. What a way to wake up to the beautiful scenery. Your post card turned out really cute and I love your Christmas blocks. I think I would just love to have someone cook for me and just be able to sew and sew. So happy to have you back.

  7. So sorry to hear you came back sick! Hoping you get better soon!
    I am Loving your sewing though - gorgeous! I especially love all those appliqued blocks! What a Lovely quilt that will make!!!
    I have to say, I would love to attend one of these quilting retreats I often hear about one of these days! Probably in the far future though, lol. Glad to hear you had a great time there!
    Enjoy the rest of the week - as much as you can with that chesty yuckiness. Praying!

  8. Quilt camp sounds like a lot of fun. I am sorry to hear that you got sick - hope you feel better soon.

  9. What a beautiful place, and your blocks are beautiful. The food does sound 'awful', but only for those on a diet.


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