Tuesday, July 31, 2012

Last chance GIVEAWAY!

Today is the last chance to enter the GIVEAWAY to win a whole weekend at The Retreat, a prize valued at $950!!!

If you are unable to claim that prize there is a second prize of a $100 Fat Quarter Shop voucher.

Refer to my original giveaway post for terms and conditions.


Wednesday, July 25, 2012


I meant it when I said I have a new addiction.
The Retreat needs some cushions for the four couches and of course another quilt so I'll make a few more Dresdens of various sizes and then start putting everything together.

I'm handing quilting this cushion cover. I realised I was a bit rusty when I shoved the wrong end of the needle, yes the blunt end, into my finger. Ouch!

I tried to take some pics of Harvey's oh so comfy butt in the air sleeping position but he woke up.
It seems he does not suffer from morning grumps.
How's the cheeky grin?
And giggles!!

Back to the hand quilting.
Ab xx

Monday, July 16, 2012

It Opened and it was Grand, oh and some FINISHES!

The Grand Opening of The Retreat was fun filled and exciting.
Several people came to see what The Retreat is all about and I got heaps of positive feedback.
I also got to have a wonderful weekend with some very special friends and family.
It's one thing to have an idea but actually doing it and then putting it out there for all to judge is rather nerve wracking.
Lucky there was some nerve calmer (I managed to wait until 11am on Saturday which I was advised was a decent time...somewhere)

Due to the GIVEAWAY there are lots of photos popping up of the retreat so I thought I'd show off some of the quilts that I've managed to complete and get onto the beds.
I must say, I had help! It's handy to have mates who love to bind. Very handy.

I'm very proud of the Giant Dahlia quilt.
It hangs on the huge wall in the Studio to really show it off.
I made it with Michelle Yeo in a class at the now closed Primitive Patches.
I had the top done for several years but I knew it needed some special quilting to do it justice.
Kerry from Black Forest Quilting did a brilliant job with the most perfect feathers quilted onto the petals.
I love how it looks - it's even better in person.

'Chocolate Lollipop' was in the pipe works for a long time. It's super busy and crazy and no doubt not to everyones' taste but it's fun and I like fun. It lives in the purple bedroom these days.

There was no way that I could cut up this stunning Amy Butler fabric and same goes for the backing.
My lovely friend Jenny from Bayside Quilting did this one and it looks great.

This quilt didn't have a name other than 'More bloomin Amy Butler fabric!!!??!?' until I took it to Kerry for quilting. After a quick chat we settled on 'Persian Princess' pantograph pattern and I fell in love so meet my 'Persian Princess'

It's a very cool pattern.

Under the influence of Dresden Girl aka Dear Fii I made a quick trip home from craft camp, grabbed some extra supplies and zoomed back. A fortifying sip of champas and I cracked out my dresden templates. I have been stashing hoarding my fat quarter set of Hope Valley by Denyse Shmidt for quite a long time. 
Now that I've cut into it, I actually like it more than I previously did.
So much so, that I now intend on using some of my other all time favourites so that I can enjoy as the patchy, quilty gods really intended.

For some great house pics check out Nic's blog at Yardage Design and Cam has done a post at Curly Pops.
It was so wonderful to see them both as well as Bronwyn who stopped in for some crafty time.

Dates are starting to fill up at The Retreat.
If you're hankering for a getaway, don't forget 20% if you pay and stay before August 31st.

Thanks again for all of the emails, messages and posts of support. I'm a lucky girl.

A HUGE thanks to my helpers - Jules, Fii, B, Faith, Pam, Jude, Gis, Bec and of course my CP boys.
I'm really, really lucky.
Ab xx 

Saturday, July 14, 2012

The Grand Opening

The Retreat is open.
After a lot (LOT) of hard work and with a heap of wonderful help from Mr CP, both small CP's, Faith (no blog. Yet), Jules, Bianca, Fi and Pam (no blog but she should because she makes sooo much) I was ready at 10am today.
I had some lovely visits at the house today. It's great to have lots of lovely visits and positive reactions to The Retreat.
We are open again tmrw from 10am until 5pm tomorrow, Sunday 15th July.
Contact me for address details at abbe@theretreatwoodend.com.au

We are also having an Opening Special. 20% OFF if you book to stay before August 31st. You also get the entries in the giveaway.

I have lots of lovely finishes to show you as soon as my world calms down :-)
Abbe xx

Ps. A big thanks to you all for your supportive emails, comments and messages.

Sunday, July 8, 2012


As part of the launch of Victoria's newest Crafters Retreat,
The Retreat Woodend is having a GIVEAWAY!

Grand Opening on July 14th and taking bookings now.

A giveaway valued at $950!!!!

The Retreat Woodend is offering one lucky person and up to NINE of their friends, the chance to win a whole weekend at The Retreat.

Interstate and International people you don't miss out - if you are unable to claim the prize due to distance, you will receive a voucher for $100 to spend at the Fat Quarter Shop online fabric store.
Yes, that's right ONE HUNDRED DOLLARS!

One of our pretty bedrooms.

The Studio (it can be set up in various ways)

What do you need to do?

Book a weekend at The Retreat to receive TEN entries into the giveaway. Yep, ten.
(You do NOT need to have a blog to receive the 10 entries, just make a booking and pay your deposit before 31st July)


Blog it. In order to receive one entry into the giveaway, all you have to do is blog about it. Please include a link to our website: www.theretreatwoodend.com.au
Then just come back here and leave a comment telling me that you blogged and add a link so I can verify your entry.

Each time you blog about this massive giveaway, you will receive another entry. There are not limits!

Please Note: I've done this giveaway to say a huge thanks to all of the wonderful bloggers who have encouraged and supported me. I appreciate non-bloggers can't blog to get entries although you can get 10 entries if you make a booking.
Down the track I will do another giveaway that will include non-bloggers.

Good luck!

Conditions of entry in our GIVEAWAY:
1. Eligible entries must publish their blog post, linking our website, prior to July 31st, 2012.
2. The Giveaway will be drawn on August 1st, 2012 and will be published on this blog.
3. Winner will be notified by email, please make sure your comment enables reply via email. 
4. Accommodation voucher valid until December 31st, 2012.
5. Long weekends and peak holiday periods excluded, date to be negotiated with winner.
6. The Giveaway will be redrawn if winner is not contactable by email prior to 7th August, 2012. 
7. Booking must be confirmed and deposit must be paid in order to receive ten entries into the giveaway.
8. Giveaway weekend is not exchangeable for the booked weekend or for cash and must be used by winner and cannot be gifted to another party.
9. Gift voucher will be valued at $100 Australian dollars.

Wednesday, July 4, 2012

Bound for Glory

Bound Up, In a Bind, Bounding Along....
I have several quilts to bind.
Not my favourite part of quilting but I do feel rather accomplished with this lot.

Less accomplished with this lot....actually all of that cardboard equates to a hell of a lot of flat-pack furniture that has been put together so maybe it is an accomplishment. We'll be visiting the local tip that has a cardboard recycling area. I think it might take a few trips.

On our visit to Ikea we couldn't resist buying this Circus Tent for Ring Master Harvey.
It's quite cool and enjoyed some lovely quiet time in there the other day.
Lucky he's willing to share his toys. 

I don't photograph my food that often but the other night we had sticky date pudding for dessert and mine was extra decadent because I ate it while snuggled in bed.
Thank you Sara-Lee 

My new interest in knitting hasn't abated, just been slightly sidelined with all of The Retreat setting up.
Danielle tweeted that there was a sale at Suzy Hausfrau so of course I had to have a look and somehow these goodies ended up being purchased. The Cashmerino is sooo soft and it is such a deep berryish colour.
No idea what it might become, I guess I'm starting my stash.

Busy busy times around here but we're nearly there with all the furniture buying and setting up at The Retreat.
I can't wait to show off the finished product to you all.
Sew happy,
Abbe x