Summer School and The Challenge Project Revealed….
Well here we are at Summer School – YAY!!!!! We’ve located McDonald’s Wodonga for internet access (and a cuppa).
After tripping up the highway, with DF Ms K driving thank you very much, via the local patchwork shop, where we stayed way longer than we thought we did – oops!, we finally made it to the Yackandandah caravan park, about 25 minutes drive from Wodonga. I love it here. The park is small, quiet, peaceful, very nice hosts, our cabin is fairly new and has all that we need. First stop was tea. The CP host told us what was open in town and we choose to do a decent meal and go to the local pub. We were not disappointed. If you are ever in Yackandandah and feel the need for good grub take yourself to the Star Hotel. We had thoroughly enjoyed our starter and main meals when we finished with baked chocolate cheesecake with orange sauce – OMG! To die for!! It was absolutely divine. Seriously good food, excellent service and a bill that didn’t break the bank, what’s not to like.
Yesterday dawned with Day 1 of Summer School. A most enjoyable day – lovely group of ladies to play with and our tutor Karen Cunningham who is so low stress, no pressure, just play along at your own pace – bliss. And, of course, the obligatory visit(s) to the shop – Patchwork on Stonleigh – where there are just so many pretties to visit with and pat. I was very excited to find a basket of Day in The Country fat quarters and eighths. The main two fabrics I am using for SS Quilt No 1 is from this range and they are just the most gorgeous fabrics. Despite wanting very much to bring home the whole basket I was less indulgent and added this selection to the stash…
I managed to come up with NO thread for actually constructing the quilt – oops! Susan and Christine stock the entire range of Aurifil threads, which are just divine, so a new stash has begun, a thread stash starting with the three in the photo. I used to work with all different coloured threads back in the day but then with the advent of machine piecing reduced to the cream, taupe and greys of neutral land. Colour is back! With a vengence!!! Not minding that one little bit (sssh, don’t tell the bank manager).
The quilt we have worked on for these first two days is called “Bum’bel Bee” and the result of Day 1’s sewing is…
One down, 11 to go!!! The third row of hexies is not all joined as I didn’t get any thread for the brown fabric. Oh darn, I’ll have to add to the thread stash :). And that was the first port of call this morning to rectify that little situation – whew! the hexies are now all joined. There are 12 of these in total all joined together with another row of hexies to make the centre medallion of the quilt. A Day in the Country microdot in pink is the fabric for that task, but that won’t be for a while yet. Today much less was achieved, just a centre hexie and eight for the first row – no rush.
There was also shopping today but the results are not photographed yet.
Tomorrow we start SS Quilt #2, Simply Red, again with Karen.
Oh and The Challenge Project can now be revealed….
It needs a good press and maybe a little quilting on the “petals” to finish it off but that can wait until I get home Sunday. I was hoping to drop it off at the shop on the way up but that will be a trip up for Monday (the final day). When we stopped at the shop there were a few projects already displayed in the window, it was nice to see the creations.