What to blog about first? There's been so much going on with me that having time to blog has not been very pratical. Now that I have a little down time though I don't know where to start!
How about I start at the beginning? 'Coz I haven't told you about my trip to Toowoomba yet, and that was WEEKS ago.
I love going to Queensland because it usually means seeing my husband's parents. I know loads of people whine about their mother-in-laws, but not me - and that's not just because I know she reads my blog :) Having lost my own beautiful mum 12 years ago, to me Dorothy is the next best thing, and it doesn't hurt that I quite like her hubby too (heh heh). AND I get to look out at this every morning:
Beautiful. And so a trip to teach in Toowoomba for Lisa at Precious Time also meant that I got to spend time at the farm, and that the kids and Damian could come too. The boys spent a very happy few days riding motorbikes, cutting down trees and chopping firewood.
And while they were doing that, I got to go here:
Isn't that a fantastic space to teach in? A lovely light room, and everyone had loads and loads of space and room to lay their blocks out.
We had a lovely group of ladies and everyone got right to work. Over the two days, we had Jazz Hands (pattern from Material Obsession Two):
Two versions of The Burbs (Material Obsession One):
Two versions of Looking Back (Material Obsession Two):
A Stars in Your Eyes (Quilting: from little things):
Two Made in Cherry's (kits available from my website):
A Night Garden (Quilting: from little things, perspex template sets for rotary cutting available from my website):
I think SIX different Whirligigs - but I only have a pic of one! (Quilting: from little things, applique kit available from my website):
Two versions of The Seasons (Material Obsession Two):
Two different Geese Around the World (Quilting: from little things):
And a Fruit Tingles (Material Obsession Two)- and a partridge in a pear tree!!!
(Thanks to Lisa for letting me use some of her photos). They certainly kept me busy but it was a fantastic few days and I will be back in Toowoomba later in the year - and I think again after my new book comes out in April next year - right Lisa? :)
It wasn't all work though - I did get to go and play a little in Lisa's beautiful shop. If you're in Toowoomba it is certainly worth a visit to this pretty little blue cottage. Just look at all those quilters streaming in.
Precious Time is a treasure trove of pretty things and little nooks filled with gorgeous fabrics and kits.
This was just the most beautifully organised workshop and I had a blast. Thanks so much to Lisa for inviting me! One of the things I love so much about travelling to teach is the new friends I make in the process, and I've certainly made some great ones in the last few weeks. Lucky me :)