Monday, December 1, 2008

Avalon Retreat!

Wow! We are home from a wonderful few days at Avalon Homestead, Toodyay, Western Australia. All retreats are great - I think this one, perhaps the BEST! Everything was soooo perfect! We had wonderful hosts, Delveen and Peter, thanks so much to you both, great food, so much quilting inspiration and such wonderful camaraderie in a group of 25 people!

I must admit, quite a few of us were a bit naughty, so many laughs, singing and dancing. Quite a few bubbly drinks, too! Here we are suitably attired for our Christmas Dinner Saturday evening. That's Delveen seated middle of front row and Peter, in the dark shirt, back row!

These teddies, made by Felicity, graced our sewing tables! The sewing room was a buzz of sewing machines and always lots of chatter and laughs. We had a couple of little shops there, so lots of time was spent stroking fat-quarters - yes, I want these - no, I don't really need them!
The lighting was wonderful - beautiful sunshine filtered into the sewing room in the morning and the electrics were so great, very few of us used Ott Lights.

I have taken so many pics, so will have plenty to talk about this week. Here below is a great Sudoku quilt sewn by Janet over the weekend. Show and Tell yesterday was full of surprises!

I don't think any of us will ever forget this weekend - oh, to be waited on and pampered constantly! We have booked for next year, so here's hoping for more happy times ahead at Avalon Homestead!
Enjoy your week - I am on such a high, I know I will - hugs!

18 Lovely People said ...:

Kris said...

Sounds like you had a great time! I was just sitting here reading about you going (and feeling envious) and then this post popped up! It's lovely to have a break with like-minded people, isn't it?

Mildred said...

So happy you enjoyed the visit. Thanks for sharing pictures and I look forward to seeing more in the week ahead.

Kerri said...

Looks like you had a great weekend. Its always nice to have a break. I love the quilt yo have made. The colours are great. Have a great week and enjoy your high.

clare said...

So glad you had such a lovely time . Nice to have a break before Christmas . Clare's Craftroom

Terri S said...

Sounds like you had a wonderful, relaxing time. Timing is perfect ...just before the hectic holiday season.

Julia said...

Great photos Lurline, yes I can see by all the smily faces that you all had a great time!
I was thinking of you all weekend..
Hugs Julia

Julia said...

Is that a beautiful Dear Jane quilt I see under the teddies??
Hugs julia

Maree said...

Glad you had a Great Time...Thanks for sharing your pics...Lovely Group photo.
cheers

Quilter Going Bananas said...

Retreats are the best thing in the whole world for a quilter so I'm not surprised that it was a fab weekend. The soduko quilt is lovely. Looking forward to seeing all your pics later this week...

Shari said...

I sure missed a great Retreat! Maybe next year... Glad you all had such a great time.
Hugs Shari

Christine said...

So pleased you had a wonderful weekend.

cheers
Christine

em's scrapbag said...

Sounds like a wonderful time. So happy you were able to go. Thanks for sharing.

MYRA said...

ALL retreats are great!!! Glad to hear you were well pampered and enjoyed yourself! Love the Soduko quilt, and I look forward to seeing more from your weekend! 8-)

Nanette Merrill and daughters said...

Everyone needs a chance to retreat! Lovely.

janet said...

Glad you had such a great time, I can't wait until my next retreat but it's ages away. Looking forward to seeing what was worked on.

Wendy said...

I'm glad to hear your retreat was so much fun, I can feel it in your post. Must be a great bunch of ladies, you'll have next year to look forward to.

Stina said...

Ahhh...such a wonderful you have had...retreats are the best!! :o)

Candace said...

What a great time to have with people you like doing one of your favorite activities. No wonder you booked for next year.