Sunday, March 28, 2010

'Twas the week before Easter...............

......and what did I do......................drove to Mannum for a weekend of fun.......(and even some stitching!).....We gathered at the Pumphouse at the Mannum Caravan Park on Friday afternoon.......this was another Sharon and Shontelle retreat.....and they do it so well! It was great to catch up with retreaters of old and some first timers as well.......Sharon got the ball rolling late on Friday afternoon with happy hour.......

the crocodile made of bread made for novel dip presentation.......(poor thing was on the endangered list as soon as it appeared!)..........

The machines were set up and the stitching started in earnest......and continued until late that night...I didn't last very long.....last week was a huge week for me......so I retired to the cabin to rest up and recharge for the rest of the weekend!


I worked on my Club Rouge quilt and Marg Low Christmas club table runner........and got them finished (well the tops anyway!) ....I added another star to the table runner to make it a bit longer.....I also spent lots of time talking....a little time on a redwork stitchery......and just generally enjoyed the weekend.........


The red theme also appeared in other forms..................


During the afternoon on Saturday the Murray Princess made her way up river.....An impressive sight..........



The prolific bird life along the river ensured there was no sleeping in! These galahs were having fun in a tree on the river bank.....some were hanging upside down like bats...they were either the jokers of the group...or they just couldn't sit on the branches!!


Sharon and Shontelle are very generous retreat hosts....and last night I was the lucky recipient of the "door prize".......a fat quarter pack of Park Avenue by 3 Sisters.....to say I was thrilled with this prize is an understatement.....




Time to get back to the real world this afternoon........back to work tomorrow.........with the Easter weekend coming up......who knew Easter was this close!!?? Wasn't it just Christmas?

I have joined the Gardener's Journal Stitch Along ...... so far I have retrieved the book from the sewing room.......next step is to decide on what fabric to use...and if I will do the stitcheries in one colour or as they are in the book......decisions .....decisions.......meanwhile you can check on the progress of othes who have joined here........

'Til next time........................Lorraine

25 comments:

Grethe said...

Love to be the first to comment!
Wish I lived at your end of the world;your party looked nice.Love your quilt colours:We still have many FQ with snow,waiting for the sun to come to melt it.All into the Garden Journal at the moment.
Happy Quilting!

Dawn said...

Glad to see a fun time was had all round... Lucky girl winning the door prize..
Hugs Dawn x x x

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quiltygal said...

Glad to see you put the weekend to good use!! would hate to see you waste it on "housey stuff".:) lucky you to get such a great door prize can't wait to see what you make with it ..have a good week at work & a nice Easter ..

Quilt Hollow said...

Wow you received a gorgeous set of fabric.
The little red quilt is darling and sounds like a blast! Enjoy!!!

Kris said...

Love the red and white quilt! So glad you had a relaxing weekend! Love your door prize too! Well deserved. (You deserve every good thing I think!)

AnnieO said...

Ah--time away from home, quilting, friends, and winning a prize. Sounds like a soul-supporting weekend.

Levin said...

yay!
looks like you had a great weekend away and what a fabulous door prize - the fabrics look absolutely gorgeous. i have stopped sewing for a while now, i'm engrossed in knitting and.....well.....i have to study (please imagine that the word have is underlined several times). that said, you've inspired me to finish off my quilt :)
enjoy your week ahead - and your easter.
l
x

Peg - Happy In Quilting said...

Yes it was just Christmas Loz..looks like one awesome weekend...lucky you with the door prize..

Suzanne said...

What an absolutely terrific weekend you had..congrats on winning the fabric prize. I like when you share your adventures with us in blogland!

Pip at Rest is not idleness said...

Nice door prize, we can never have enough fabric can we? One or two galahs is bearable but that lot would be quite noisy.

Farmyard Crafts said...

Looks like you had a blast!! Retreats are always a great time away!!

Leanne said...

Looks like a fun time once again. How lucky to have won the door prize.

Fiona @ Dragonfly-Crafts said...

Looks like you had a great weekend and acheived so much sewing. Look forward to stitching along with you in the Stitch-A-Long. xx

Linda said...

Ahhh... quilt retreats. Ya gotta love 'em. I'm just back from one too, and it looks like we had a lot in common, even though we're half a world apart. We didn't see galahs though! Just several deer roaming in the backyard at dusk. Love seeing your finished rouge table runner. A fun weekend for you, I can tell.

Lynda said...

Fantastic door prize! and i love your red stars. A cruise on Murray Pricess - now that would be nice.

Jo in TAS said...

Lovely retreat! Lucky you winning the prize!

Sue said...

Great post Loz, fab photos ... as always. Glad you had a good time! I like the look of that wine!!! And your red quilt is divine!!!!! Well done on the finishes. A big congrats on the lucky door prize ... I can take that beautiful bundle off your hands if you like lol!!!!! That Park Ave is on my list of to gets!! Love 3 Sisters stuff. SSS was good yesterday .... but missed you! Have a good week. Cheers S x

Jeni said...

looks like you had a mountain of fun

Daisy Jayne said...

the red and white quilt looks fab So glad you had a enjoyable and relaxing weekend! who's the lucky one - great door prize wonder what the window prize would have been (lol) all good things come to those who wait - congrats

Chookyblue...... said...

sounds like a perfect weekend......we need to get some stitcheries traced for Gardener's journal........

Chookyblue...... said...

oh and the fat 1/4 bundle is beautiful.......

Doris said...

Sounds like a wonderful time...and looks like a a gorgeous environment to be in!

Stina said...

What a weekend.. and your doorprize is wonderful so pretty fabrics... and welcome to Stitch A long... hate the decisions mself... lol.. but I settled with some white & offwhites for background ...and hope for the rest to be solved..;o)))

Sharon said...

Thanks for the lovely comments on the retreat Loz. I couldn't think of a more worthy recipient for the door prize - congrats again. Please keep posting - it will help me with the homesickness. Hugs