Monday, 18 April 2016


Good news the Secrete Squirrell quilt is finished being quilted and Lynne is picking it up on Friday .....very exciting.  Hopefully we can get together soon and start on the binding.

Really looking forward to seeing this one finished.


Just before we let for the AQC I made the snap decision to buy a new machine.  I found a Bernina 750QE on ebay and just couldn't resist it.  So I made a bid and there was a counter bid followed by another bid from me and then a final one from the seller and I clicked accept.  This sparked some discussion about how I would get it from Melbourne.  My wonderful husband suggested we go and get it, so off we went on the Friday afternoon with an other night stay in Albury and we grabbed my purchase and headed off home.

I really love it.  I have had some small problems with tension but I am having some discussions with Bernina and they are in the process of helping me with the problem.  Other wise it is fantastic and I am looking forward to sewing lots more with it.


Well Lynne and I made a decision way back last year that we would like to attend the AQC and especially as we found a class with Michelle Marvig our favourite quilting teacher.  So the bookings for accommodation and flights were made and AQC registration done and paid for as well classes chosen and Gala Dinner and cocktail.  Which all means we took "the works".  We were GOLD delegates :-)

As we were virgins at the AQC we really didn't have any idea what to expect.  We have attend weekend retreats before but this was something completely different. 

We were actually blown away the organisation was amazing.  We had lunch supplied and of course were expecting the usually sangers and juice or coffee and tea but the food at this event is absolutely amazing with a Buffet lunch every day and something different every day.  In the class room we were provided with a paper bag containing something sweet as well as cheese and bicis and fruit that we could eat any time of the day with constant coffee and tea available outside the rooms.  The Gala dinner was also something else with a beautiful meal and entertainment.  There was also a song for the event which was something right up our alley they had taken the theme from Strictly ballroom and changed the words to suit the quilting theme it was great and played each time we had a lecture with everyone singing along.  Lots of fun :-)

Overall the experience was excellent and we will be back next year.

The two day class with Michelle was Kasuari and paper piecing project with as usually for a Michelle it was challenging but lots of fun.  We still have lots for squares to make but we get the idea and will concentrate on this one at our get togethers.



Our second class was Arty Bags with Ro Bruhan.  This was something right outside our comfort zone.  But also lots of fun I managed to partially complete two bags and certainly learnt lots.

All good fun and we definately be back next year.

Now for the big surprise Lynne bought a Sweet Sixteen long arm quilting machine....!!!!  Wow so exciting can't wait for it to arrive and have a real go on that one.