We are now on the countdown to the 3rd Australian Quilting Cruise leaving Sydney on the 27th February. This 'Retreat at Sea' is fully booked and I am looking forward to catching up with the ladies that have attended previous cruises. Also to meeting all those 'first timers' including five lovely ladies who are coming from New Zealand this Retreat. Plus we have some ladies from WA that will be travelling the furthest to join our ship in Sydney.
It has been very busy here packing kits and organising sewing machines. I am taking 14 sewing machines with me. Machines, kits and everything else we have to take with us are going in the station wagon and trailer. Tony has painted the trailer and revamped the sheep crate on the back. He felt a bit out of place the last time as he drove to Circular Quay with the sheep crate. Not so this time. We won't be missed.
I was overwhelmed by the number of kits ordered for the Freezer Paper Workshop. In all there are 15 Beach scenes and 14 Lavender scenes which have been embroidered on fabric. It has been my first task each day to do one of the embroideries. So it has taken me over a month to do them all with some days being missed. Some ladies are bringing their own picture and fabrics and it will be interesting to see what they have chosen.
Last week I had my grandson staying and with his input I put together another sample of this workshop to show some different variations. This has turned out to be a rather bright picture but that is what kids like.
We are very organised this trip in that we have all the planning for our 2015 cruise well in advance to bring with us. The conference rooms on the Voyager have been booked and tutors selected. Most of the workshops are organised and the flyers are available.
There are two guest tutors on the 2015 'Retreat at Sea' which will be doing the north island of New Zealand, leaving Sydney on the 22nd February 2015. Helen Godden will be presenting her wonderful and fun ‘Flying into Colours’ class. Laraine and I have done this class with Helen and we enjoyed it immensely. Helen has a wonderful array of patterns for this workshop and her presentation makes for a very enjoyable experience. This is a picture of my quilt I did with her. Of course it had to be of a cat.
I will doing a workshop using a traditional block to create a modern quilt. I have been in contact with Lisa Smallridge, from Sunset Seams Victoria, to make the templates for this class. The sample ones will be here next week for me to test out. There will also be a mystery class for 2015.
Due to many requests from our ladies our second guest tutor will be presenting two 2 day embroidery classes and a mystery class. This talented lady is Jan Pilgrim. Jan does wonderful surface stitchery and incorporates stump work in a new light.