Tuesday, 6 May 2008

Girls' Day in the Country

Apologies for being late in posting news of Nundle - lots of things to catch up on when I got home! Hope you're ready to make yourself a coffee as this post could be long!The little town of Nundle had no idea what it was in for when over 100 women descended upon it for Kerry of Cottage on the Hill's 'Girls' Day in the Country'. The early morning tranquility was short-lived as women from all over New South Wales & Queensland gathered excitedly for a day of stitching with Rosalie Quinlan & Leanne Beasley, doyens of Australian stitchery.Kerry & her band of helpers had decorated the local hall for us & spoilt us with hand-stamped name tags, coffee cups & wonderful bags of treats. Leanne & Rosie had prepared special projects for us to stitch. Leanne's was a very cute red work chook stitchery ...... and Rosie challenged us with some needle turn applique with her beautiful cushion:Rosie & Leanne were wonderfully warm & generous tutors, willingly sharing stories & their enormous expertise with us all day...... oohing & aahing over our versions of their patterns & happy to sign anything we asked them to! As if we didn't think they were wonderful before, doubly so now that we have met them in person! And then of course, we had a special privilege of seeing the originals of so many of Leanne & Rosie's designs. Wow, just beautiful workmanship & very inspiring. Detail of Leanne's amazing 'Flowers & Flutterbuys' ...... Rosie's beautiful punch needle designs ... ... intricate gorgeousness of Leanne's 'Butterfly Garden' ... ... and teeny weeny dollies, no more than four inches high of Rosie's. It was the most brilliant of weekends. I just want to stitch for the rest of my life! Thank you to Kerry for her faultless organisation of the event. And a big hello to the many friends, new & old, who made the weekend so much fun. To Leanne & Rosie, an enormous thank you for giving up a weekend with your families to be with a mob of stitching mad women. We have had the best time! I caught up with lots of blogger girls. It was great to meet Anita, Jodie & Jodie for the first time. Be sure to check out their blogs for their version of events, as well as Happy in Quilting, Day-Day, Dragonfly Crafts & Chookyblue. There were lots of funny times with these girls. Fiona has taken the 'what happened in Nundle stays in Nundle' stance - perhaps the safest! My wonderful mother selflessly stayed with my children for the weekend, when I am sure she would love to have been with me! Thanks Mum! In addition to keeping the bairns alive, she also put the final stitches in the bind of her beautiful single Irish chain quilt. More photos of this to follow. Best wishes, Bloom.


  1. Have been reading all the posts about the weekend...looks like you all had a fabulous time...should be more of it.....great pics...I bought Leanne's - Flowers and Flutterbys pattern a while ago...just love that quilt but haven't started it yet...keep getting sidetracked...and that Chooky Blue doesn't make it any easier...I have now asked about joining a challenge! LOL

  2. Great post about a great weekend!! Great to meet you!!


  3. top weekend of friendship and sewing........

  4. well poo.. poo at all of you that went away last weekend, I am so jealous I could just spit.. *insert spitting noises here*
    I am going to go next year for sure, have no excuse for next year, my auntie lives in Nundle so I'll visit her when I am there!

    quilty huggers
    aka the green eyed monster

  5. So pleased we were able to spend some time together Bloom, the weekend was just fantastic...how lucky are we...!!!!

  6. I can't see most of your photos so I'll be back to try again.
    Loved your post and it was a great weekend wasn't it.
    Thanks for keeping me company and enjoying the "scenic tour" home.
    I'm sure I'll be finding dust all over the car when I wash it.
    Hugs & Kisses xx

  7. Love your post looks like a good time was had by all you lucky things all the work everyone has done is just Gorgeous.
    Hugs Mary.

  8. This is a fantastic post Ros, it really sums the weekend up well... Thanks for bringing along your Dear Jane blocks for me to have a look at, your work is so inspirational I just can't wait to get my book so I can start on them myself... It was so lovely meeting you and I can't wait til our paths cross again sometime in the future..

    Take Care
    Jodie :)

  9. Looks like you had a wonderful weekend away and beautiful piccies to share. Love your mum's quilt too. Thanks for the info on the redwork, will headover to the site. Happy stitching

  10. Wow,by all the reports on the weekend it sounded wonderful, very good for the soul. Thanks for sharing with us all who weren't there.

  11. I absolutely loved meeting you this past weekend too. Your work is very inspirational and I LOVED the Melly and Me bag you were using too - just gorgeous! I can't wait till we meet again x Janelle

  12. Sounds like a good time was had by all.

  13. How fun this must have been.

  14. It was lovely to meet you too on the weekend. Can't wait to do it again!


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