Friday, February 21, 2014

UFO Weekend and Blog Giveaway

Russellee’s UFO Retreat last weekend a great weekend despite several misshapes preventing some from coming.  All in all a lot of sewing was achieved. 

We had a lovely lady, Lois; from Sydney join us for the weekend.  Her main project was a very colourful basket weave quilt.  Lots of ‘Y’ seams but the end result was stunning.

One of our regulars from Canberra did a Shop Hop Road trip in California last January.  She brought along a lot of the goodies that she purchased while she was there.  Her project for the weekend was a beautiful Peacock Quilt that she purchased as a kit from one of the shops.

Roz continued on her UFO from our last retreat as her life has been so busy that finding time to sew has been difficult.  When she started to lay out her blocks she found that she had gone overboard and will probably have enough to make two very large quilts.

On Sunday Anne came out for lunch with us.  She had a fall in her backyard  the day before the Retreat.  She fell onto some rocks and was in a bit of a mess.  Very lucky as it could have been a lot worse.

I actually started another project.  Have a heap of UFOs but I am hoping to have this one finished for a display in April.  We will see as our Quilting Cruise is next week and when we arrive home the next two weekends are booked with a Scrapbooking Retreat followed by a group of 10 ladies coming from Canberra for a Retreat of their own.

Russellee’s next UFO Retreat is the 13-15 June.  I am running a blog giveaway for the Retreat.  Leave a comment and you could join us with two nights’ accommodation and meals at this Retreat in Tumut.  You have until the end of our Quilting Cruise to leave a comment.

I shall keep you posted on how our Quilting Cruise progresses.

Until then


Monday, February 10, 2014

Thread Painted dog

I finished a thread painting of my sons, Nathan, dog, Jack Daniels today.  The dog is not my most favourite dog in the world but he was a bit of a character to thread paint.
Just about finished packing all the stuff to take on the quilting cruise.  Apart from 16 sewing machines I have eight suitcases with power boards, kits, fabric, quilts and lots more.  When you are out at sea you can not go to the shop to buy something you have forgotten.  It is a matter of preparing for everything or else do without.

Friday, February 7, 2014

Quilting Cruise Getting Closer

Been a busy week here at Russellee.  Finally have all the my workshop kits organised and packed .  Have spent the day checking, oiling and packing the machines.  Most of the machines are basic models but they serve us well.

Laraine has finished two examples for the ‘Freezer Paper Workshop’.  Has written her notes for the ‘Mystery Workshop’ and has been a wonderful help to me.

Chris has had some great news this week.  Her submission for the ‘Living Colour’ exhibition has been chosen.  Her quilt is titled ‘Consider the Flowers of the Field’.  Chris also had a quilt in the previous ‘Beneath the Southern Skies’ exhibition.  Congratulations Chris.

Her kits for the cruise are well on the way.  Chris not only has designed two great projects for the cruise she had hand dyed the fabric to go into the kits.  I purchased the plain fabric for her on our Bali Quilting Retreat last year and she has had a wonderful time dying it.  I am looking forward to seeing the end results.
The flyers for our 2015 Australian Quilting Cruise and Embroidery Cruise should arrive from the printers this week.  I will be sending some out very soon.
Until next time