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Monday, 18 February 2013

Meetup - Quilt Club Australia SA Members

I'm in a lovely group on Facebook for Australian quilters, called Quilt Club Australia.  Late last year some of the South Australian members decided to get together when one of the Victorian members was passing through town on holiday and it was such a lovely day, we decided to meetup on a semi-regular basis.

So yesterday we all met up again at Sheila's lovely home on the Esplanade at Semaphore South.  It was very hot here in Adelaide today (again!) - 37 degrees so not as conducive to sitting outside and enjoying Sheila's lovely backyard.  We did however check out some projects Sheila is working on in her brilliant sewing room!  We had some lovely scones with our morning coffee and some of the girls shared some of their projects and I apologise for not having photos, I think I may have been enjoying Sheila's scones at the time!

Afterwards we moved inside for lunch in the airconditioning and had a lovely shared lunch, with three different types of quiche (all yummy - as I made sure to test each one!), some mini savoury muffins, a meat pie and delicious salad.  We followed those up with some delicious sweet goodies - some deliciously tart lemon tarts, a lovely choccie mudcake and scrummy Rolo brownies.

Full to bursting, we then were invited to Jenny's nearby quilt shop, The Mallee Tree, where she opened up just for us!  Oh the joy of a quilt shop all to yourselves!  She generously offered us all a discount on our purchases and we had a lovely time!  I wish I had thought to take my camera but alas, I left it behind!  She has recently apparently expanded the shop and there were four rooms full to the brim of fabric, all beautifully displayed.  I will definitely be back next time I need some fabric love!

So what did I buy?

The two on the left are Lark by Amy Butler - Sparkle and Treasure Box.  The other is Australiana - Spot Gooloo by Nutex which I plan, believe it or not, to make into a Union Jack!  Watch this space!
I already have some of the Treasure Box but I really love it and have recently cut into it for my And Sew On blocks.  When I saw it sitting there on the shelf, I thought 'Right, better get more while I still can!'

Anyway, I was very restrained.  When we got back (those of us who returned to Sheila's - a couple of the girls left from the shop) we put all our purchases out on the table together!

I might point out the large collection of fabric on the right is all one person's!  Once Margaret started, she couldn't stop!  Makes my little pile look very restrained indeed!

We all had a fabulous day and look forward to doing it all again.  We had loose plans to discuss future get togethers but we're not that organised, although Pip has offered to host at her place next time.  We're even talking about organising a bus trip to the Barossa to combine some quilt shop visits and winery tastings, along with lunch as well.  Love that idea!

Thanks again to Sheila for being such a lovely host. Hopefully it won't be so hot next time around!


  1. That's it! I want in on the next one! Maybe I can fly down to Adelaide (having never been) with Mr. Sparkles discount tickets. Definitely keep me informed, because nothing sounds better than fabric, lemon tarts, wine, and good friends!

  2. What a lovely day we had. Amazing that "strangers " come together with a common interest and get on so well. I do hope there will be many more such times together.

  3. Sounds like a great day - and a shop into the bargain - very lucky!

  4. Love the fabrics you purchased and it sounds like you all had a great day.

    Cheers Pauline


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