QITB – Brenda’s first workshop

It’s been an amazing few weeks; amazing, rewarding, tiring and inspiring. Quilts in the Barn is over for another year, and with the added bonus of workshops and lectures from this year’s featured artists, there’s lots to report on! So grab a cuppa, sit back and enjoy these next few posts. And a warning – they’re picture heavy!

In the days prior to kick off there was lots of cooking and baking happening, and then, of course, the setting up of the Barn ready for the students

20141014-185740.jpgand there’d been a little bit of sewing done too, with GJ whipping up these fabulous “Dear Jane” aprons, especially for us to wear for the duration! (Cue sensible pic!)

20141014-185920.jpg(Cue crazy pic – can you tell we were excited??!!)

20141014-190022.jpgbut we weren’t the only crazy ones! Don’t try this at home!!

20141014-190927.jpg(Karen Martin from Mrs Martin’s Quilt Shop)

On Day 1 we served two bagels to each student, one chicken and one smoked salmon

20141014-191429.jpgfollowed by a fruit platter

20141014-191506.jpgand a cheese platter

20141014-191533.jpgDon’t they look scrumptious?

20141014-191605.jpgWhile we’d been fussing with food, the students had been studiously stitching

20141014-191705.jpglearning new skills and trying new techniques

20141014-191745.jpgThere was a little bit of bag envy

20141014-191833.jpgand sewing box wonder as this

20141014-191917.jpgopened to this

20141014-191941.jpgand rolled out to this!

20141014-192007.jpgisn’t that clever?

All too soon Joanne had made this

20141014-192140.jpgCan’t see it? Here it is!

20141014-192213.jpgElaine had this


20141014-192311.jpgand Marie had one too


20141014-192402.jpgAren’t they so sweet!

Then it was time for afternoon tea


20141014-192457.jpga little bit of show and tell

20141014-192530.jpgand a look at what all the students had achieved on Day 1!


On Day 2, the students were ultra keen to get back to their sewing. We interrupted them to serve lunch

20141014-193050.jpgthen just before afternoon tea there was some show and tell of Jane’s underway


20141014-193509.jpgthen some stunning student show and tell, which really impressed Brenda!



20141014-193644.jpgthen a look at all the blocks worked on over the two days

20141014-193803.jpgpretty impressive, huh?!

Finally, some afternoon tea

20141014-193856.jpgand then time to pack up and head home. Don’t know about the students, but we slept well that night!

More tomorrow.

Meredithe x

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14 Responses to QITB – Brenda’s first workshop

  1. Bloody Hell !!!! there’s MORE ??????

  2. Kerry O'Meara says:

    Best couple of days I’ve had in ages. Great company, super-friendly teacher, and fantastic food. Thanks so much.

  3. Kelly says:

    Stunning work, fabulous feed and even a picture of my quilt. I can’t believe I won the raffle quilt!! Thanks so much everyone for a great weekend.

  4. Cécile says:

    Ohhh my God ! Wow and wow…are you still all alive ? :))))
    Thank you for the photos…that’s incredible !

  5. barbvedder says:

    luscious! fun! You gals know how to have a great quilty time!!

  6. Irene Blanck says:

    Great post Meredith!! I’m missing out on all this so its good to be able to see what’s going on back home. Not that I’m missing out on quilting – or fabric shopping – i think I’ve gone a wee bit crazy!

  7. Kyle says:

    What an awesome inspirational experience for everyone who was there. Thanks for sharing such great photos. Now I’m inspired too. Did you and GJ do all the cooking? Beautiful.

  8. thimbleanna says:

    You’re so darn cute! Looks like you all had a great time. And so much talent — all in one room — those quilts are beautiful!!!

  9. Susan says:

    I’m speechless! As a quilting beginner (bought some fabric to make a throw using just squares) my breath was taken away by the beauty of all the quilts pictured here. Just found you so I’m looking forward to following along and getting inspired. Thank you Meredithe.

  10. Pip says:

    Very envious, but also very happy that you have shared the workshop with us via all your photos, it looks as if everyone is having a wonderful time.

  11. Jennifer G says:

    Oh my gosh! Who wouldn’t be impressed by that? The quilty stuff, the food, the wonderful people together! So, so, so, so jealous!

  12. Hilda says:

    Thanks for sharing – looks like everyone was SO well looked after – what fun! My goodness those star blocks are tiny! I love the basket quilt that is in the background of the funny apron pics – is it an antique perhaps?

  13. What a great opportunity you all had to be together with a great teacher, food and like minded ladies. It certainly sounds like the perfect weekend. It is also nice to see the well crafted sewing box getting some use.

  14. Carole says:

    Thanks Meredithe for the fabulous post and bringing back all of the wonderful memories of the ab fab weekend. I was so lucky to have the best possible start for my DJ journey, I’ve now done 9 blocks. Thanks for showing my sewing box and Morrell, I hope you’re not too exhausted from all of your hard work!

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