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Sunday, April 22, 2012

Quilting Retreat & Table Runner

Just completed a table runner which will be a gift for one of my relatives. Hope she likes it.


This weekend a bunch of quilting friends and I rented some lovely cottages at Neerim South to spend time relaxing, eating, quilting and touring this lovely region.

We stayed at Neerim Country Cottages set on five acres with beautiful rural views to Mt Baw Baw.



Their gardens are beautifully maintained, have a pool and a tennis court.


I took several photos this morning but the camera lens was not good enough to show the bees on this Bottlebrush   (Callistemon).



As the weather turned out just perfect (around 26°C) some of us explored Yarragon Village and a trip to the local  quilt store was not to be missed when they had a sale on.



Yarragon Village is renowned for its speciality shops (quality homeware, linen, lace, soaps, clothing) antique stores, eating places (wine, cheese, smoked meats) and Galleries.  





One of the interesting places we visited, was Candalaraine Alpacas, that sells hand crafted Alpaca garments.





The store is located on their working farm where you can meet the animals up close.


This boy is particularly handsome and was not shy to stare at us !




Cappucino (one below) was given a treat of fresh cut roses... apparently all the alpacas on this farm love eating roses.



I think the owner said they have about 70 alpacas at the moment and she showed us one baby that had just been born in that morning.




I can't say that we all did a lot of sewing, but we had a great time together....




One of the girls had a quilt to baste ready for quilting and she progressed a fair bit with it.
I really liked the scrappy look of it.




Back to the real world now but very relaxed and inspired to tackle more projects !