Wednesday, November 24, 2021

The Needle Girls Retreat

A wonderful retreat - at Glenrose Patchwork Cottages in Warwick (QLD).
November 15 - 19, 2021.
  • Great weather - warm but not stiflingly hot & cool at night
  • Excellent company - a lot of laughs - a few deep & meaningfuls.
  • Eating Out & Shopping
I collected Maureen on Monday morning - late due to an accident on the motorway - on the other side of the road it seems - then we got held up in roadworks - but the other girls kindly waited for us to have morning tea - we have a ritual of scones on arrival.

What did I do??

I made a little pillow for my grandson to use in the cot he has for his anatomically correct doll - he has been using a quilt that Maureen made for him - and I had some leftovers.

I finished off a pencil roll-up case for Luka (same as the ones I made back here)

I had another Volunteer Leave Day from work - Sandi was making heaps of drawstring bags to donate so I helped her with these
(I had planned some sock guards .  ..another time)

And I worked on another "secret project".

Sandi had brought along a project for each of us - a Serviette Holder.  This is mine...
This is the collection.

Last year we decided to set ourselves a challenge:
  • Firstly,  we each had to make a stocking to gift and include a treat and a fat quarter.
  • Secondly, we had to make a Christmas Table Runner.

    (Both projects are from a Nancy Halvorsen book)
The stocking I made: - It went to Sandi

The stocking I received - it came from Sandi!!
My table runner - a bit different from the pattern as I want it to fit on the hall stand in the entrance.

And to my surprise - the gang organised a Birthday celebration for me.   I had planned on grouping any Birthday bits in one post later in the month - but will add these pictures. . . . 

and there were gifts!

It is one of those 0 numbers (as you can see from the cake) - and try as I might - it doesn't seem that I can keep it quiet . . .

"Someone" put this sign on my utensil holder 

We always have one lunch out at Warwick Garden Centre - and visit the shops in town - I forgot photos of the food that time . . .but after leaving Friday morning we went back to the Garden Centre for breakfast.  The food is wonderful - the presentation is always top-notch!

A wonderful week away - I came home pretty exhausted from late nights - kind of early mornings - and a lot of laughing, talking & a bit of concentrating.


Jeanna said...

Happy Belated Birthday. Your retreat sounds like it was a ton of fun. There were some cute projects, love the stocking swap idea.

Jeanette said...

Sounds like you all had a wonderful time. Love your runner. Hugs, xx

Karen's Korner said...

A lovely post about the birthday celebrations, quilt retreat and gifts given and received.

Lin said...

Well, first and foremost, Happy Birthday! Certainly a milestone but many more happy sewing years ahead I am sure. Lots of lovely work on your retreat, sounds like an amazing time. xx

Fiona said...

Happy Happy Day.... this birthday has gone on for a while hasn't it... way to celbrate in style.... looks like a wonderful retreat time - lots of sewing and fun...

Maria said...

Wonderful to have celebrated your special birthday at retreat with the girls….
Cute stocks and I like your table runner too.

Nutty Nor's Nest said...

What a wonderful post you put up Susan xx

Helen said...

What a great time we had.... love your post....

Cheryll said...

Looks like a wonderful retreat AND a lovely birthday celebration too...xox

jude's page said...

Sounds like a wonderful time away, just perfect for a quilter.

kiwikid said...

Happy belated birthday! Your retreat sounds like a wonderful time away. Great things were made!