My local quilt store, Country Pickin’s at the Corner in Dural has always been very supportive of any charity work their sewers are involved in.  They have taken it one step further by agreeing to hang one of our Aussie Hero Quilts, this one made by Andrea, in their front window.  The best part about this position is that from outside you walk past the label and hopefully with it’s Aussie fabric border that catches your eye!
Pinned to the front of the quilt you can see a picture of one of our quilts on a bed in Afghanistan, my brochure on what Aussie Heroes is all about and a sheet explaining how people can get involved and help.  I am so delighted that Country Pickin’s is supporting us that I thought I should return the favour and tell you about their up and coming Winter Quilting Retreat being held at the CMS Conference Centre on the 27th, 28th & 29th of July.
Last year was the inaugural Quilt Camp and you can read all about my adventure there here but in case you don’t want to do that let me tell you that the accommodation was comfy, the meeting and sewing rooms were nice and cozy and the food………..well, everyone complained about the food – it was tooo nice and there was toooo much!  Nice problems to have.  Last year’s theme was Christmas in July. 
This year there is no theme as such, just the promise of good fun and lots of sewing!
There will be five teachers and five classes. 
Kim Bradley’s piece wasn’t available in time for me to photograph it but it is Funky Freehand Quilting or Machine Applique (choice of two projects).  
Margaret Cormack is teaching a Trapunto course involving two techniques.  You will be able to make two cushions over the weekend but will take away the patterns for a whole quilt.
Check out the detail in both these cushions.
The photos do not do the work in these justice.
Amanda Daly is doing a course called The Art Quilt Process.  This is an arty workshop that takes you through the art quilt process right from the initial design though to quilting and embellishment.  You will make at least one small quilt or journal cover of your own design or you can use Amanda’s lovely designs as a jumping off point.  I did Amanda’s class last year and she is a great teacher.
Katrina Hadjimichael is teaching a Batik Compass Quilt.  This class involves a combination pieced and appliqued batik wall hanging – look at how beautiful the sample is.
Vanessa Thomas is teaching a gorgeous Stick Santa – how cute!  he is 32inches tall, foundation pieced and wrapped around a cardboard cylinder.
Bookings open April 1st and to secure your place you need to pay a non refundable deposit of $160.  The total cost is $360 and the balance is payable by the 30th of June.  
I am going.  Does anyone want to join me?  It might be a lot of fun for some Aussie Hero sewers to meet up with a bunch of other lovely ladies and have some fun!
Now I have to go and sew some laundry bags.
Till next time…………..keep spreading the word and happy stitching!