Last weekend I was delighted to be one of the inaugural participants at a quilting retreat, “Quiltessentially Clunes“ at, as the name suggests, the quaint old goldfields town of Clunes. I went with GJ, Carolyn and Amanda and we stayed in a delightful B & B.
The township is enchanting, with all the buildings dating from the late 1800’s (so enchanting I forgot pics!) and there are relics dotted in and around the few streets that make up the town.
On Saturday evening we were invited to Keebles Country House for a wine and cheese tasting. As you can see in the photos, it was a glorious evening and we started our visit with a saunter through the gardens…….
Down this path
to a little bridge
which runs over a rivulet
and across the bridge to the gazebo
and places to rest and ponder and enjoy.
And for a taste of the inside…..
with fabulous wall paper
and amazing chandeliers.
Our weekend of stitching was at The Warehouse Community Centre
where beautiful quilts greeted us as we walked into the The Conference Room
along with a trading table
which may or may not have been inundated by enthusiastic shoppers plundering the goodies on sale!
There were about 40 keen stitchers in attendance, several visiting from interstate, and while I didn’t get around to everyone, there were some gorgeous tins and bags on show
and lots of fabulous creations.
These special signature boxes
held delicious lunches
which were eaten in the sunshine at the rotunda above.
Over the two days there were competitions, raffles, lucky dips and lots more sewing
I was busy making Secret P&C Business
and the sweet little block on the right earned me an honourable mention in The Best Block Competition (thank you Jane and Emily!) and I scored this fabulous necklace from Margie and Bert.
One of the invaluable helpers over the weekend was Vicki, who really got into the spirit of the weekend and has up cycled an op shop dress with photos of Clunes township
and received permission from the Post Master General to use the Clunes Postmark for her necklace (and there are earrings too).
Congratulations to Judy, Rae, the inimitable Christine, and their helpers for a fabulous weekend and I’m looking forward to more fun at Quiltessentially Clunes next year!