Tuesday, July 29, 2008

Loxton was great in 2008!

Sorry Sue and Amanda! Couldn't come up with anything that summed it up better!

Got back from Loxton yesterday and spent some time (quite a bit of time) unpacking the car....why is there always more stuff to unpack than to pack......simple answer ......I spent three days in a quilt shop.....!!!
...then did some house hold chores so I could spend today in the sewing room.......
At the outset I have to say thank you to Tricia from Almond Grove Crafts for hosting the workshop - it isn't easy to organise these things and thanks also to Ann and Liz and Mark (and everyone else who helped to make it the great time that it was) - for a fantastic three days! I'm sure everyone enjoyed themselves...I know I did! Thanks also to the girls......Leanne, Rosalie, Gail and Viv (no blog) who taught at the workshops and also provided some comic relief from time to time!

It is nice to be home again and I have been catching up on some emails and reading blogs this morning but I intend to get into the sewing room asap and unpack properly and finish a couple of the projects I started while I was in Loxton.......back to work tomorrow.........!!!
Why is it that something you look forward to for so long can be over so quickly????...........but as the saying goes...don't be sad that it is over....be glad that it happened! (or words to that effect!)
I didn't take a lot of photos....was busy sewing....gabbing......eating....laughing.......did I say gabbing.....??? but.....here are a few pics......

Packed and ready to go......have I got everything????
Always nice to know you are on the right track........

Tricia surprised the tutors with the gift of a quilt each - to be signed by everyone who attended.....Surprise!!!

I was in Leanne's class for the first day.......Loxton Vines quilt..... nice to see someone happy in their work!
Always hard to get a good photo of Leanne..........talk about a moving target!!!

A closeup of the quilt.........


Concentration plus as Amanda and Sue (no blog) work on their Loxton Vines quilt.....Amanda chose black and white fabrics with a bright pink for the vines....which was looking stunning...check out her blog for the finished quilt - I am sure it will be there soon!!!!....she may even post photos of Sue's quilt when it is finished! (she is going to quilt it for her too!) Good incentive to finish I would say!

Some Saturday late afternoon frivolity......Tricia, Meg (I hope Meg comes out of her shell - she is a bit quiet!)...and Viv....this pic also gives a peek at some of the goodies in the shop......

Also seen late on Saturday afternoon..........no it isn't Meg!!!
This dolly had just had her shoes painted and they were drying.....not the most elegant pose!!!
....but wait there were more!

....Day two was spent with Gail and Viv........both had great projects and I can't wait to get some more stitching done on Viv's fabulous sampler.......also in the photo is Gail's project for the day....I made the bag because I haven't made many and wanted to make one "under supervision" if you like..!


Here is the lovely Viv helping Peta with her sampler.....
I finished the bag....minus the stitchery...and it was perfect to take back to the hotel room that night to put my "homework" in......oh it just needs some cord in the little loops.....


I had some serious "camera envy" goin' on.....Amanda and Gail with theirs.................

We quilters will go to any lengths to get to a workshop......and a broken foot wasn't stopping Kerry.....who travelled down with the Roxby Girls....and organised the jackets for the weekend...thanks Kerry! Hope the cast (nice colour!) isn't giving you too much trouble! It was great to catch up with you again this year.....


Day three saw me in Rosalie's doll class.......had a great time and learned a really good method for turning arms and legs.....and stuffing them!!! .....Rosalie also passed on some great tips for putting on the doll's face.........another interesting thing when making a doll - which obviously requires stitching and the sticking in of needles.......we were assured by Rosalie that the doll has no feeling until the whites of her eyes are done.....which makes me feel a whole lot better!!!

Rosalie with some "show and tell" her new book - Gift....a "must have" I think!!!

..........and she was helped by her "assistant" (partner in crime?) Leanne........

...........and once again thanks to Tricia for organising and hosting the workshop and to Viv, Gail, Rosalie and Leanne......for coming over and making our weekend fabulous!!!! Hope you had a safe trip home.......................................Look at these faces!!!!

I was good to go away but as always it is niceto get home........lots of fantastic memories.....and it was great to catch up with Dawn and Leanne as well....
'Til next time..............................Lorraine

31 comments:

Mar said...

What a good reporter you are! Is your day job in the newsroom? Looks like another awesome Aussie weekend!!

Pat said...

It does look like you had a great time. Great friends and great teachers. Lovely projects by all.

Jo said...

Sounds and looks like you had a great time in Loxton Lorraine, great pics,is that the Loxton hotel dining room I see in the background of the last photo? Ive had lots of nice meals there.No new shoes for anyone this year?

Kris said...

Great weekend you lucky duck! It's so nice to read all about it too (almost felt like I was there!). You achieved so much! I loved the photo of you packed ready to go. Sooooo much stuff! (All absolutely neccessary considering how much you got done.) I can't imagine what it was like when you came home!!!

Hope your day in the sewing room is equally productive. Have fun!

Sue said...

Hey Lozie, Great report on our FANTASTIC weekend, your photos are fabulous but couldnt you have photo shopped my double/triple chins. It was lovely meeting you and sharing each day with you ... lots of fun!!! Amanda and I had the best time. Everything was so well organised and the classes were excellent.
LOXTON WAS GREAT IN 2008!!!!!!!
Cheers Sue (no blog)

Connie W said...

You guys are having more fun than is legal ;D Looks so wonderful!

Peg - Happy In Quilting said...

Loz....looks like you had the best time...fantastic photos....

Calamity Jane's Cottage, Bonnie said...

Hi Lorraine, looked like you and all the girls had a great time. Being with friends are such special moments that you can treasure.
Happy Stitchen'
Bonnie

Lenora said...

Thanks for sharing your wonderful weekend. Great photos and great reporting, I feel like I was a fly on the wall. Enjoy whats left of your sewing day today. Lenora XX.

Amanda said...

Hi Lorraine, back to the real world today...must say was a bit grumpy at work, good job the boss was away though he got a serve by email. Sue and I called back at the shop yesterday morning as I had a couple of purchases that I wished I had picked up so Sue said you might as well call in before we leave ... didn't need much encouragement lol. Great report though I didn't have my writing brain in gear yesterday so just downloaded my photo's will see if I have a chance tonight.

Cheryl said...

Boy, how much fun was going on at that workshop!!! What great pictures and I love that quilt!

a home far away said...

It looks like you had a wonderful time, and so many projects:-)

I am a swedish woman living in Singapore, where I try to build up a new home for me and my family, feel free to visit:-)

//Gunilla

May Kristin said...

Oh my, look like you had a wonderful time! Thank you for sharing!

May Britt said...

What a great retreat!!!! You got a lot of vitamin Q this weekend.

Leanne said...

Back to reality.....did some homework like the good girl I am. Ha Ha

KCQuilter said...

Sounds like an absolutely wonderful workshop! Great looking projects. Fun time with the girls and sewing too? What could be better?

Kris Meares - Tag Along Teddies said...

Hey Lorraine! Looks like you had a ball at Loxton! I was very unproductive - it was just tooooooo cold to get motivated!! Maybe next week!!! Tee! Hee! Hee! Bear Hugs! KRIS (Tag Along Teddies)

Linda said...

My gosh what a jam packed post that was. I'm tired just reading what you got up to. Loads of lovely inspiration and very cute bag... Is that a proto type for an upcoming swap?.....

Christine said...

Great post. Looks like a fantastic weekend .. thanks for sharing.

Granny Lyn said...

oh, oh, oh, you forgot to show us what you worked on!!! I wannasee! I wannasee!!!

Bet you're too pooped to..well, you know, get some rest for work and then take pictures of the WIPs for us,,,K?

Karen said...

Looks like you had a great time. I love the little bag you made. Would share the pattern?

Maree said...

Great lot of pics Lorraine it all looks like a Great time had by all....looking forward to seeing what you made!!
cheers
maree

ozjane said...

Now we are all envious......and some camera envy also.

Kim said...

Oh, I can just tell you had a wonderful time! I'll look forward to seeing more of what you were working on, but the photos you took are great! Sorry you had to return to THE REAL WORLD so soon!

Chocolate Cat said...

Looks like it was a fantastic weekend!

Suzanne said...

What a wonderful weekend...thanks for the wonderful pictures and info....felt like I was there. Looks like you had a great time!

Suzanne

Stina said...

Lorraine...this week must have been amazing...these lovely teachers...and a lot of good friends...could it have been better???!
I´m green of envy!!! Yes I am!!! :o)

Chookyblue...... said...

wow what a weekend away........so many wonderful projects to work on.......

Red Geranium Cottage said...

OMG that looked like a great time. I'd like to visit that shop I'm thinkin. Lucky you!!!

neeltje said...

i love the sampler viv and peta are working at. is there any photograph made from nearby? like to learn it. is it a personal design? stitched by hand / machine / both?

so many questions....

neeltje from holland

Farmyard Crafts said...

Looks like you had an awesome time! Those girls (designers) look like they are a barrel of laughs! Great photos!