So, after I went to Towoomba and Melbourne and Orange, I went to New Zealand. Told you I've been busy, and that's not even the end of it! It is the next step though, so I boarded my Qantas jet and spent 3 happy hours watching My Week with Marilyn and appliquing in an otherwise row of empty seats - the perfect flight.
Fenella from Stitch Playroom in Christchurch picked me up and whisked me straight away to a retreat in Pudding Hill! This is the first year of the Keep Calm and Quilt On Winter Retreat, and it was great fun! The place we stayed was in beautiful setting in the mountains at Pudding Hill.
Isn't that beautiful? For a girl from Sydney where there ain't no mountains or snow, the view from the front of our room gave me quite a kick.
Fenella and Shiree had everything beautifully organised, including little goodie bags for everyone, a shop at the front of the room and lovely morning and afternoon teas.
With a lovely big light room to work in and lots of space -
everyone soon got comfortable pulling out fabrics and making a mess, as quilters do!
With all skill levels in the class from absolute beginner right on through, there was a huge variety of projects going on, mainly projects from Quilting: from little things.
And some old favourites too...
And some took their new found Step Down piecing skills and designed something of their own on the second day!
The two days went by very quickly and soon we were all packed up and off back to Christchurch - but I think that's enough pics for today. You can see the post Fenella wrote about the retreat here and Shiree's post here. Off to the studio to get some work done for me.