Monday, November 11, 2013

October Retreat - Patchworkers' & Quilters' Guild of Victoria

Where has October gone.....!    Time rushes past so fast, as the end of the year draws closer.   

Recently I had a wonderful weekend away with about 45 other Quilters at a gorgeous country venue in Arrabri (near Warburton, Victoria).  It was a terrific way to meet other members of the Patchworkers' & Quilters' Guild of Victoria, which meets monthly in Ivanhoe.  (aka P's & Q's).  Thanks so much to Caroline & Lyn for talking me into attending.  It was worth it!

That's me, second from the right.
Such a well-organised Retreat, with fabulous country cooking, hearty meals, peaceful surroundings, friendly fun and nothing to do but sew!   Above is my (modest) attempt at a "Traditional Quilt" class, thanks to Raelene for her patience.    I may not have made many blocks, but it was such a luxury to have TIME to think, and plan and then sew.   During the weekend I met many lovely, friendly ladies, and also enjoyed the presentations by the various shops which were invited.   Can't wait until next year!

One of the many admirable activities arranged by the Guild each year is the combined donation, preparation, sewing and quilting of  Caring & Sharing Quilts'   I was happy to help out with sewing on the borders for these three quilt tops (I can't take credit for the actual blocks), and really enjoyed "doing my bit to help.   

At the November meeting of P's & Q's, we had a visit from a female Sergeant of the Australian Regular Army (who had previously served in Mazurka, Egypt).  She was promoting the wonderful work of  Aussie Hero Quilts.  She advised us how the serving members overseas felt deeply grateful to receive a hand-made quilt, all the way from Australia.  The soldiers, sailers and airmen & women do a fabulous job serving our country in very harsh climates, and miss their family and friends at home.  (Can you tell I come from a military family?)  Do check out this site, if you can help.  I hope to make a quilt to donate over the long Christmas holidays.  Sadly, there will probably still be Australians serving overseas in conflict areas, for the next few months to come.

A fitting ending to this post.... on Remembrance Day.... 11th November 2014.  

"At the going down of the sun, and in the morning, we will remember them".

Stay safe,