Wednesday, March 31, 2010

Mannum Retreat

Four years ago when Shontelle & I commenced our longarm machine quilting business I had no idea where it would lead us. I have met so many gorgeous people and feel tremendously blessed to have you in my life and share the experiences that we have had. I thank each and everyone of you for supporting us and sharing the fun and learning that our retreats provide, I know Shonny feels the same.

This retreat wrap up is a little more timely than the last and I hope you enjoy looking at our "weekend". I always seem to be doing something other than taking photos and wish that I had more time and could remember to get the camera out! We really must remember to take a photo of Leon (my Rav4) packed to capacity with the trailer following along behind - many times I get a glimpse of something blue in the rearview mirror and think "who's that sitting on my backside?" Then I remember it's the trailer with the blue tarp!!

This is one of the kits that Shonny prepared - she loves this fabric so much, Moda Garden Party, that she told everyone she wanted to "lick it"! The kits looked so pretty.
The photo below is of the gift bags, lined up and ready to be given to the "retreaters". They are sold as lunch bags - they have a place inside to hold your bottle of water and are made completely from recycled bottles. We filled them with toiletries and choccies - they go well together :-)
The girls busy sewing - it was so hard to drag them away from their work....even to eat!!
Celine began piecing her quilt, Jelly Stars, at the Wallaroo retreat and was so proud that she finally has something to show for her hard work - great job Celine! I was delighted to hear the musical notes played by the majestic paddle steamer, Murray Princess, and raced (well waddled) down to the riverbank to take this snapshot - it was so beautiful.
Barb & I were sitting outside late at night having a milo when we were surprised by this little brush tailed possum - I was tickled pink that I managed to get this photo, he is SUPER CUTE or what?
Once everyone had left we packed up and headed home with a stop at Birdwood Pizza Bar for the best pizza we have ever eaten. On arriving home, absolutely exhausted, I walked into the bedroom to husband had the washing done and folded and had placed Cadbury chocolate Bunnies all over the bed. I'm a very lucky girl.

Tuesday, March 23, 2010

Australian Machine Quilting Festival

A few weeks ago I alluded to some exciting news that I'd be able to share in the near future. Well that time has arrived - it actually arrived a few weeks ago but at the moment I'm very time poor!!

The very first Australian Machine Quilting Festival will be held at Endeavour College, Mawson Lakes, South Australia from 1st - 4th October 2010. This is a very exciting opportunity for machine quilters in our Country, previously the only way we could access a show such as this was to travel to the United States.

It's going to be fantastic with National and International teachers, a Machine Quilting Show, Vendor Mall and Banquet - don't miss the fun. There will be classes for piecing, colouring, quilting on a domestic sewing machine, quilting on a longarm.

One of my very favourite teachers, Kimmy Brunner, is coming and take it from me she is fantastic! She is so funny and her teaching method is second to none. I was so feather challenged until I took a class with Kimmy and now there's no looking back!

For more information go to or you can email me at

Hope to see you there!!!

Friday, March 12, 2010

Very late Retreat Wrap-up

How slack am I? I can't believe this time 2 weeks ago we were away on the "Wallaroo Retreat". Special thanks to all the girls for making it such a fabulous weekend - we certainly couldn't do it without such an absolutely lovely group!!

I'd like to apologise at this point for not having a photo of everybody, we'll have to get organised and take a Group Shot in future and my aim is to take more photos.

The first is of Kris who I admire for so many reasons! This is a quilt that she pieced and then freemotion quilted - as a longarm quilter I find this skill amazing. Great job Kris!
The next is a photo of Lorraine who managed to complete 2 projects - Oh yeah! she's an overachiever, there's one in every group. You are so special Lorraine, don't ever change!
The next is Jan, my friend from "across the road" whom left the State to move away from me. I'm so glad she travelled down from Queensland to attend the retreat and spend some time with me after - I miss you so much Jan! Jan is holding a gorgeous scrap bag that she makes and has just started selling them. If you're interested visit her blog
Jenni started this quilt on our June 09 retreat at Mannum - the colours are gorgeous and she was really happy with the finished project. Jenni spent the weekend helping her Mum, Diann, who is a new quilter and I have a feeling she's now hooked!!
Pam's quilt was also started at the Mannum 09 retreat, the fabrics are really lovely and Pam added extra sashing to hers which really set it off.
MaryAnne also completed this at Mannum - it was one of 2 that she finished that weekend. She is now busy working on Jane Says - her choice of project at Wallaroo.
The next is Vicki - what can I say about her??? She is such a joy and makes me laugh all the time. Vicki made the bag she is proudly showing - it was like something out of Mary Poppins! You'd never believe what she had in that bag, it was amazing. Who takes 5 pairs of bras away on a 3 day weekend......with women!!!!
The photo below is 3 generations! Me, my beautiful daughter, Shontelle, and my incredible Mum, Mavis. We make a great team and I can't tell you how proud I am that they are mine! Shontelle is just amazing in so many ways and Mum....well what can I say. Mum will be 81 on March 22nd and she cooked treats for us for weeks leading up to the retreat and worked like a "navvy" all weekend.
Once everything was packed up, cleaned up, and put away there was no way we were getting our own dinner. Here we are having a fish & chip TV dinner. Here's to each and everyone of you that once again made our Wallaroo Retreat such a success......Cheers!!!
Shontelle has created a new blog dedicated to our retreats. Please visit