Spring Workshop in Warracknabeal

On Saturday I spent the day stitching in Warracknabeal at the Harvest Quilters Vintage Retreat.
The tutors were (from left) Marg Low, Shelley Kelly, Leonie Bateman and we were hosted by the Quilters Harvest owners, Dell and Shirley.
I started this wool applique door stop, by Leonie Bateman.
 I don't own a light box, so I made use of the numerous light boxes available to participants to trace off this stitchery by Marg Low.
I stitched tiny hexies and started the applique for a sweet needle roll, by Shelley Kelly, which is in the bottom middle of the below photo, which shows all the finished patterns we got in our goodie bag.  
I fell in love with applique all over again.  Shelley showed me how to needle turn, so I thought it only fair I brought one of her patterns...how beautiful is this pillow!
Shelley does wonderful work, this is her naive tulip quilt.
 But her miniatures in reproduction fabrics were just stunning.  I would love to do a class with her, but Shelley lives over near Albury/Wodonga, it's at least a five hour drive!
 Log Cabin miniature by Shelley Kelly. Hand sewn and quilted.
 Lone Star by Shelley Kelly.  Machine pieced, hand quilted.
 Gather your Baskets by Shelley Kelly, I had to have a picture of it, as I love basket quilts so much!
Brookfield by Leonie Bateman..  The baskets and top border are all wool and appliqued on.  Leonie loves hand applique and helped me improve my blanket stitch.  As well as demonstrated her technique for preparing wool work, which was very helpful as she uses woven wool which is too thick for fuse web.
Last but not least a stunning red and white quilt by Marg Low, Sarah's Sampler (1855).  This was available as a pattern and I was very tempted, but thought I am going to be busy enough making all the lovely patterns I had in my goody bag. 
It was lovely day out, with lovely friends.....and I came home to a roast dinner and three happy chappies cos their footy team won, yeah!
Happy quilting Sue.


  1. Gosh, what a wonderful class and beautiful quilts for inspritstion. I liked all the quilts you showed. Glad you were able to pick up a few new tricks for applqiuing and working with wool. Can't wait to see what you finish up. You all looked so springy and excited about stitching together.

  2. Sounds like a great day out. Awesome patterns in your goody bag, Margs projects always tempt me to do more stitchery. It just tops the day off perfectly when the menfolk prepare dinner for your return.


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