On Tuesday before we departed for home, we took a couple hour drive up to Castlemaine, to ‘Threadbear’ quilt shop, oh my, I left some money in Australia and brought home fabric. What a gorgeous shop in this antique building, filled with Reproduction fabrics and the most beautiful quilts designed by the shop owner Corliss, Megan who works for Corliss and of course Di Hall’s wonderful designs. I even saw some familiar fabrics by an American designer!
We walked a couple of blocks to a favorite restaurant and had the most beautiful lunch – a salad of mixed greens and roasted vegetables, artisan bread with a couple of cheese wedges. I wish we had restaurants like this where I live. Looks like a small quiche or perhaps a gratin for one meal. Yes, the ever patient husbands were with us and they enjoyed the same beautiful lunch. The water is served in chilled bottles. You can also find delicious cappuccinos, lattes and of course tea to accompany your meal. My cup of cappuccino is empty, I should have had it after my meal instead of before. Lunch anyone?
Seems we never got tired of talking quilts! I could talk and post more about our trip, I took 756 pictures, but I won’t bore you with them. So much of a wonderful trip/vacation is really personal experience. We enjoyed the company of our friends down under, we saw beautiful sites and countryside, enjoyed beautiful meals, just couldn’t ask for anything more.
I think I’ll sit a spell on this church pew full of ‘Elizabethtown’ – it had just arrived!
Two darling shop owners made us very welcome, Deidre is standing next to Linda, Leonie is sitting next to me.
These are the ladies that had the ‘store’ at “Quilt in the Barn”. http://www.thequiltedcrowgirls.typepad.com/
They have also been coming to Quilt Market here in the States, so be on the looking for their wonderful pattern line by ‘Quilted Crow Girl Designs’.
We walked across the street for lunch, love this sign!
September 5 or 6th
Hum, I have a little dilemma, my camera was on US time and zone while we were down under, so not sure what day this way, either Monday or Tuesday after Quilts in the Barn.
Lunch with some of Linda’s quilting friends, it was a little drive away, but so fun.
The girls all brought Show and Tell.
Russ was there, just not in the picture.
It was Spring in Australia when we were there, this was taken in Linda’s yard, so beautiful!
Next – off to Sorrento, near the beach, it was cool and windy, so we mostly stayed in and stitched.
The ocean is beautiful!
Stitching and visiting
Beautiful dinner of risotto with vegetables! Oh so good.
A little sightseeing, including vinyards and olive grove.
No wine tasting it was too early in the day.
Maybe we need a cuppa to warm up and share beautiful desserts.
Tip of the day – make a large pan of risotto one day. Next day make risotto cakes – so yummy with a beautiful mixed greens salad.
September 4th — the Raffle Quilt was won by Viv, many friends congratulated her.
It would have also looked very lovely here in Nebraska, but alas, it resides down under.
Russ drew the winning ticket and he got to sign the quilt too!
Russ drawing the lucky winner!
After the quilts are taken down, folded, and stuff put away, time for a little celebration of food and spirits to celebrate the wonderful weekend and another successful event with the proceeds donated to Breast Cancer Research.
September 2 -4, 2011
Just a few quick snaps . . . .
lots and lots of people having a wonderful day
lots of lots of beautiful quilts to see
time for a cuppa
cakes and sandwiches
What more could you ask for?
Jo and Russ amid the quilts and visiting.
Deidre, Jo and Leonie
Make room for more?
Time for a chat!
Jo with Linda!
New and Old Friends – I met some of these ladies 5 years ago, was so nice to see them again!
Gorgeous day for a chat with a cuppa, then go look at the quilts again!
Jill and Dorothy taking admission and selling tickets for the gorgeous Raffle Quilt and a 2nd Raffle of the suitcase of goodies on the table donated by the Quilted Crow Girls.