My city based Quilting Guild has a country meeting each year. Last year we went to Taree and visited quilting shops on the way up and on the return journey home. It is a terrific idea, only I realised that you must know what you need or it can become expensive buying on spec.
This year the coach left Sutherland early Friday morning, with a pick-up at Strathfield Station, by which time we had a full bus. We stopped at Post Office Patchwork in Glenbrook for a few hours, had lunch, onto Ribbons and Rainbows at Blackheath. Quite a lovely place, a few new shops, bought again, wandered around, hot chocolate, cool evening and on to Bathurst.
The motels were very primitive but comfortable. We had dinner at the RSL. The next morning we had two hours to shop in Bathurst, two or three good shops, then onto Kelso High School for a quilt show and the meeting. There were a few stalls at the show so we could buy there also. I thought the quilts were of a good standard, some were for sale and lunch was provided, quite reasonably, from the school canteen.
The meeting was well attended and the guest speaker spoke about antique quilts and had some to show and sell. Back to the motel and dinner was at a local restaurant. With so many people to serve plus a birthday party and another function dinner was very late. We left early morning for home, via The Patchwork Heart at Penrith and finally arrived home about 5.00pm Sunday afternoon.
This was quite a good way to get to know members. It did inspire me to make a
Blanket of Love which I am pleased to have finished. And I have booked a weekend away at Bowral where I can sew all weekend.
Perhaps we could think about a springtime visit to Morpeth.
Book Club with a Twist — Adrienne