Saturday, June 30, 2012

Another Finish for WIP 2012

I didn't realise that I hadn't blogged this one.
Lots of my favourite Amy Butler prints with some off white quilter's muslin. Obviously a very simple quilt but sometimes it's more about the fabric than anything else.
I quilted straight(ish) lines between the blocks and then practiced my stipple quilting in the blocks. It's the first time that I have free-motion quilted on a big quilt and I was surprised I didn't find it harder, which is great because it's encouraged me to do more.

But.... I don't seem to have a pic of the finished quilt and I took it up to The Retreat yesterday. It's the last day of June and therefore the last day to get another entry into the 12 WIP in 2012.
I hope they'll believe I've finished it, especially since I actually completed the binding on the 2nd of June. 
I should have blogged it then!!

It seems I'm dobbing myself in for the actual amount of WIP's I have.
I've already finished off a few that weren't even on my original list for the year.
This is another one of those....
It's a challenge one that I did with my aunts and supposed to represent the four seasons.
I did some stipple and some meandering for quilting as I needed it to be a quick finish. I machined the binding on this afternoon during Harvey's nap and it folded and ready to go to the retreat. 
Pretty floral backing
I got this back from Kerry, the long-arm quilter (Black Forest Quilting, Macedon) and she has done an amazing job. It's destined to be a wall hanging in the studio at The Retreat.
Only a sneak peek for now, you should come and see it.... 

Remember The Retreat OPEN HOUSE is on Saturday the 14th and Sunday the 15th of July.
Contact me for address details.
Abbe x 

Wednesday, June 27, 2012

You're Invited!

The Retreat Woodend is 

You're all welcome to our GRAND OPENING of
Come and see Victoria's newest Crafters Retreat.

From 10.00am until 5.00pm on Saturday the 14th and Sunday the 15th of July the doors will be thrown open.

We'll supply the nibbles, sparkling wine and a comfy place to sit and sew. Bring friends, bring your enthusiasm and bring something to work on.

Contact me:
for further details.

Our rather fab bathroom.

I hope to see you there.

Stay tuned for the HUGE GIVEAWAY!!

Tuesday, June 26, 2012


We're open for business from July 14th, 2012.
Our five bedroom house comfortably sleeps 10.
Beautiful kitchen with huge double oven.
Stunning Hanging Rock is only 10 minutes away.

After several years of planning we are finally launching The Retreat.
It's a dream turning into reality for me and I hope that we'll help fulfill some crafty dreams of yours. The house can be booked for Weekends, Weeks and Mid-Week.  

More pics will be added to the Website once we have finished off furnishing the house.
for bookings and enquiries.

Keep an eye out for a GIVEAWAY that begins at the end of this week.

A huge thanks to all of my Crafty Friends for all of the encouragement. You know who you are,
Abbe x

Saturday, June 23, 2012

Fabric Search

I'm on the hunt for a fabric. I have been having the worst luck in the search for it (admittedly it is a bit older) and have ordered it from two different stores, paid, only to then find out that they had much less than advertised and therefore not enough. I'm after at least two yards/meters of it.

I thought some of you might have a LPS (local patchwork shop) that may not be online and you could point me in the right direction....

I'm after Lecien 'Celebration' in this pale yellow:

2608y Fabric by Lecien

Sew well ladies,

Abbe :o)

Friday, June 15, 2012

Still here!

I'm still here friends, I'm just a little busy with a project or two and so have taken some time out from Blogland.
Lots of very exciting news to share with you all so hold your breath and sit on the edge of your seat.
I'll be back soon.

In the meantime, the one you really want to see.....

My Crafty Ninja
That's what happens when you mess with Mum's craft room, she's takes the opportunity to add some fabric to you.

I made some ruby slippers for my friends beautiful, new baby girl aptly called Ruby.

Stay tuned,
Ab x