Amanda Daly

Amanda Daly
I've been passionately working with fabric for more than 25 years . . . relax with me as you read about my life and my quilts

Tuesday, 26 July 2011

Katoomba in July

The Country Pickin's retreat at CMS in Katoomba was wonderful.
Magnificent views over the 3 sisters, Lyre birds, great food, interesting projects and of course the best of company.

It's taken me a couple of days to recover, perhaps I'm not as young as I used to be.

During our 2 hour lunch breaks everyone found something worthwhile to do, some chose to have a nap, a trip down in the scenic railway to the valley floor, a shopping trip to Katoomba, or just a stroll along the cliff top to admire the view.

Log fires kept us warm and the slight chill in the air outside felt good.

We've booked again for the same weekend next year...looking forward to it already.

I'm off to Tamworth to teach another workshop next weekend, must remember to pack my winter woolies again.

Sunday, 3 July 2011

Weekend Retreat Katoomba

With the quilt show over (wasn't it great) it's now time to turn my full attention to helping Robyen at Country Pickin's at the Corner to organise the first of what I'm sure will be many annual Christmas in July quilting retreats.

5 teachers including yours truley will brave the cold mountain air, fill our cars with supplies and head off for a weekend with magnificent views over the three sisters, slow combustion fires to keep us warm, all meals cooked for us including a Christmas in July dinner which along with the many delightful Christmas theme projects will warm our hearts.

There will be extra long lunch breaks so that we can take a walk along the cliff top, or ride the scenic railway to the valley floor. Shopping, or taking a nap might be on the agenda for the less adventurous.

Still a couple of vacancies in workshops including Tita Leach - beautiful Santa Sack, Katrina Hadjimichael - foundation pieced quilt, Vaness Thomas - reindeer and bear, and Margaret Cormack - stained glass table runner. My class is officially full but I could be pursuaded to take just a couple more.

Let Robyen or myself know if you'd like to join us.