Thursday, March 22, 2012

On retreat

A while back I mentioned that I had booked into a quilting retreat in an effort to get back on track with some crafting. Last weekend was 'it' and I have to say I had a lovely time. I even managed to get some work done!
This quilt top had been languishing for sometime, only lacking borders. It turned out nicely I think and now is ready to be sent off for machine quilting.

I then made a start on this Anni Downs pattern and made quite a bit of progress since I hadn't done any cutting beforehand.

The retreat was held here, at Cunningham's Gap not far from home, and this is the cottage I stayed in. Rather apt I think. The weather was a bit drizzly and cool, but the bell birds didn't stop all weekend. Good weather to be inside crafting anyway! 

They have regular retreats so I think I may be booking in again, later in the year.

Tuesday, March 20, 2012

Tuesday treasures

I'm a bit late joining in today as I have been having a lovely day out, which is also the subject for my treasure. I went on the train into Brisbane today for a National Trust day trip, cruising on the river from Southbank to Breakfast Creek, where we got off to visit Newstead House.

The front entrance to the house, originally the back.

This house is the oldest domestic dwelling still standing in Brisbane. The original house on the site was built in 1846 and was later extended to look like it does today.

The Sitting room

We had a yummy morning tea while cruising down the river, and a lovely lunch on the verandah of Newstead House, looking out over the river. Two treasures in one!

MV Neptune with her lovely crew

Don't forget to pop over and visit Melody to see who else is sharing today.