It's hard to believe that a couple of weeks have already passed since the Gathering in the Barn. I had ladies travel from five different states within Australia to attend over the two days, some who caught planes, trains, buses and even walked the last mile to get there! Thankfully, quilters being quilters, one lady stopped and collected some keen attendees walking the last stretch!! Now that's the spirit!
So a lot of people ask, how do I do it? Well, here's how it generally runs folks. I load my car up so tight, not a thing moves an inch! It's tight like a tiger!
With snacks packed and the music ready, the fun road trip begins!! I take the four hour drive from Hobart, my home in Tasmania, up to the north of the state to catch an overnight car ferry across Bass Strait, a notorious stretch of water between Tasmania and Mainland Australia, one of the roughest in the Southern Hemisphere! Here's a little peek at what it looks like in what I would refer to as calm seas!!
I spend two days setting up the barn, hanging quilts, decorating tables and ensuring all looks just beautiful in the Essence of Cloth pop-up shop for the ladies to enjoy. This is one of the things I love to do most . . . making it all just perfect for the enjoyment of others.
Lots of luscious eye candy is always present, such as these lovely kits for Blueberry Pie . . .
And yummy kits for Raspberry Ripple, along with bundles of Houghton Hall and Evandale . . .
On the day, each lady received four of my latest designs . .
Blueberry Pie, a sweet little table topper . . .
Spot On . . . a fun, easy to piece cushion . . .
Raspberry Ripple, a lovely quilt with a combination of needleturn and wool applique
And lastly, Colville, a four block applique which also combines both needleturn and wool applique.
When it comes to catering, I can't go past Linda, Robin and Sharon who together put on a terrific spread of food as usual and I can't thank them enough for the wonderful job they do! There was plenty of yumminess on offer from gourmet sandwiches, freshly baked scones, apple cake to cheese and fruit platters . . the choice was endless and super tasty!!
After pack down on Sunday morning, because let's face it, by Saturday night I was a wee bit weary, it was time to head on back to the tugboat for the ferry trip home.
Finally, a huge thank you to the lovely ladies who chose to join me on both days . . . the Friday ladies . . .
It was a pleasure to spend both days with you all.
Next year will see me changing things up a bit . . . a new venue . . . a different time of the year and who knows, maybe even a different state! So keep your peepers open as I take my Gathering on the road again, something that I've always loved to do.
Until next time,