This time last week…..

…I was sipping champagne and getting to know the other 6 girls at our workshop at Sewjourn whilst Kellie entertained us with the story of her quilting journey (and showed us her gorgeous quilts and cushions…….up close!!)

It was the start of an amazing weekend. Lara summed it up beautifully. It’s sometimes hard work learning a new skill. And for me who is used to precise rotary cutting, sewing straight lines and matching seams and points this was out of my comfort zone! But Kellie is a fantastic teacher and her patience and encouragement nutured us all towards producing pieces we could be proud of.

We appliqued…..

And quilted….

And watched and listened….

And unpicked….

And practised….

And stayed up very late………

Needless to say I was absolutely exhausted by the end of the weekend between concentrating hard on learning and cooking for everyone as well.  But it was worth it!  I came away inspired by Kellie and by the other 6 lovely ladies who had joined us. By early afternoon Sunday we were at the stage of hanging the fruits of our labours on the new design wall

It always amazes me to see the different color combinations that people come up with……they were all so different but all looked fantastic!


These are the faces behind the masterpieces…….

Back L to R: Me, Kerry, Mary (one of the gorgeous girls who made the drive from Canberra to join us), Kylie, Donna (Mary’s travelling companion)

Front L to R: Lara and Leah

What a creative group of girls………and hopefully they all had the chance to relax and enjoy as well.

And here’s some close ups of my first attempt at raw edge applique and free motion quilting………..there’s lots of room for improvement but it’s not too bad (especially when it’s home here and not sitting next to Kellie’s exquisite work!)  The plan for this weekendis to make it up into a cushion……and then there’s the Pretty in Pink pattern to start on……..



7 Responses to “This time last week…..”

  1. CurlyPops Says:

    They all looks soooo amazing. I was lucky enough to see Lara’s close up on Thursday night. The detail is just beautiful.
    I can only imagine how difficult it is to let go of all of the normal quilting techniques the you’re used to!

  2. jodie Says:

    Jan, It sounds like the perfect weekend.
    Kellie + sewjourn + good food + good craft

    Perfect !

  3. Dale Says:

    Wow it all looks amazing. What a weekend. thought of you all several times over the weekend. Can’t wait to catch up with you and see your work and chat about it.

  4. Helen Says:

    Sounds like the perfect weekend! Am very envious!

  5. Anne Says:

    The results are terrific, everyone has chosen interesting colours and produced great quilts. What a top weekend it must have been.

  6. corrie Says:

    ohhhh it all looks lovely! now I can’t wait for my turn 🙂 looks like you were the perfect hostess


  7. June Says:

    What a beautiful pattern! I am not a quilter but I would love to make this as a wallhanging- where can I find the pattern? You ladies did beautiful work!

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