Quiltessentially Clunes weekend

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.

20151111-195025.jpgThe 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.

20151111-201018.jpgOn 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

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20151111-202225.jpgbeautiful plantings

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And for a taste of the inside…..

Sumptuous accommodation

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Our weekend of stitching was at The Warehouse Community Centre

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20151111-203638.jpgalong with a trading table

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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

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20151111-204408.jpgThese special signature boxes

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Over the two days there were competitions, raffles, lucky dips and lots more sewing

20151111-204847.jpgI was busy making Secret P&C Business

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20151111-205608.jpgOne 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

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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!

Meredithe x

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19 Responses to Quiltessentially Clunes weekend

  1. I’m amazed that any stitching was done, with so much that was wonderful to look at!

  2. andrea says:

    Wow wow wow I live 30 minutes away and didn’t even know it existed.

  3. Quilter 501 says:

    What a wonderful new venue for escapes from the mundane! Again….what can ever be better than stitching and visiting with friends? Maybe I have an answer now……stitching and visiting with friends at Quiltessentially Clunes!

  4. thimbleanna says:

    Ohmygosh — you guys KILLED me with your IG pictures this past week. What a retreat — it looked fantastic! And I ADORE that block you did on the left — the winning one on the right is beautiful, but the one on the left grabbed me. Did you do templates for it? It’s ADORABLE!!!

  5. Cécile says:

    I just can say that : Oh my God ! Lucky youuuuu !!!!

  6. Judy says:

    How darn lucky can one gal be?? I agree with Thimbleanna, love your little block on the left.

  7. audrey says:

    Your winning block immediately caught my eye! Great job with that one.:) Looks like a fabulous weekend!

  8. Janet says:

    What an amazing retreat! I want one of those boxed lunches! I like both of those sweet little blocks :0)

  9. One word …. FABULOUS!!!!!

  10. Helen F says:

    What an amazing place!!!

  11. Amanda Blyth says:

    Superb photos Meredithe, thank you for the lovely reminders!

  12. Kelly Callaghan says:

    Hi Meredithe,
    Again, beautiful photos and marvelous work be everyone. While I am sure that the little block was a worthy winner and I think the one of the left was very unusual. Will there be a pattern? I wonder where they got that great hexagon shopping trolley. Serious envy regarding your whole weekend, Kelly

  13. Hilda says:

    Fabulous retreat – just everything about it! You Victorian girls really know how to do it 🙂

  14. Pip says:

    When I saw your blog title I immediately thought of Martin Clunes and though you were having a weekend watching dvds. The B and B looks glorious and you had a wonderful venue for your stitching weekend, it looks as if everyone was very industrious and got quite a lot done.

  15. Carole Minihan says:

    Lucky girl, what an amazing weekend, the block on the left was my winner

  16. Maree says:

    Lovely photos ,the whole set up looks great .! Very sweet block ,x

  17. Lorraine says:

    Just catching up on some blog posts after a very busy week – lovely to see your pics from Clunes. What a fun weekend it was – I had a great time!

  18. Kerry says:

    Love the little block on the right. Well done being the winner! Does the curved edge get gathered over the cardboard piece or was it glued? Kerry

  19. Jan says:

    Wasn’t it a great weekend – so nice to just sit and chat and stitch and admire for two whole days. I enjoyed it so much and it was great to catch up with friends and to meet so many nice people like you!

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