A Warm Weekend… Picture Heavy Post

In so many ways…. I had the pleasure of a very warm welcome to Country Patchwork Cottage over the weekend from a wonderful host Jean Marie and her girls.

JM hosted me at her home with the most delightful young gentleman Bryce and his adored puppies. West Aussies know how to turn on the welcome.

Two days of successful classes (not without one teeny glitch which resulted in many miles from JM!) and lots of wonderful, inspiring, courageous and talented women to share with.

JM has a lovely team of friends working for her.


That’s Denise on the left. She is the most nurturing, thoughtful and passionate (about her stitching) person I think I have met.

Next is the owner and an old Townsville friend Jean Marie – we learnt needleturn and machine quilting together whilst up there and are still going strong…

On the right is the lovely Kim – now she is the most enthusiastic, energetic stitcher I have ever met! Thank you, thank you for wonderful new friendships girls…

Denise, whilst listening to the workshop had to work on this for an up and coming wedding –mmmm hope she doesn’t look at this blog? But added some colourque to it…


and has made this sample for the store


Kim has already finished this


Saturday’s class was ‘Fun with Inktense’ and was a challenge to many – but a fun challenge to free motion quilt, a free design and then colour in.. with lots of lovely results


Judy mastered 3 flowers


I just loved Lyn’s funky flowers which turned out really well..P1030043

Ros did the only heart in the room, and I have to say, brought the best homemade rocky road – yes she won the blog secret item contest! and she brought show and tell –a lovely different version of Twas the night – but silly me didn’t take a photo of either!


Desiree finished her original design – just background quilting to go


Simone and her mum Dorothy both made great progress and enjoyed the colouring process most. Simone won the prize for being the first to book in – the ‘send’ button had only just been pushed and she was on the phone!


McKenna had just too much fun, she did two, couldn’t keep her down – and both very original. I look forward to seeing her future creations as I could see her mind ticking over with excitement.


Sunday’s class was the traditional Colourque technique and all the girls made the Blessed Baltimore wallhanging – and very nicely indeed..


Now girls, I must tell you that Jo has already made a whole quilt and is well through colouring it!!! Hope the rest of you were also that inspired by the day. It really was lovely to come to such a warm and welcoming classroom, I do hope you invite me back one day.

hugs to all – oh did I mention it was 41 degrees when I arrived on Friday? – warm all round!



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