A couple of weeks ago Mr Daisy and I filled the daisymobile with quilts and headed off up the highway to Coffs Harbour.
Coffs is well known for it's Big Banana,
and beautiful beaches,
and while we did visit both
our main reason for going there was because I'd been invited to teach some workshops at the wonderful Nesting Needles Patchwork Shop in the heart of town.
I wish I'd taken a photo of the entrance where there was a table and chair set up for patient husbands but I was too busy being swept up by the happy welcome from the owner of the shop, Lisa
And then I got caught in the trance of looking at fabulous fabrics. There were aisles of fabric with shelves full to the ceiling with wonderful eye candy!!
Everywhere you looked!!
All different styles, eras and colours.
There would be the perfect fabric for every quilt in this shop, and lots of bolts to inspire new quilts!
As I said in my last post, I get so caught up with teaching that I forget to take photos but here are a few from the two lots of 2 day workshops teaching blocks from my Whizz Bang! quilt.
I really got the sense that Nesting Needles was a heart of a community not just a shop that sells fabric. It takes a special knack and the right people to make that happen.
Lots of busy sewing!
and fun conversations.
We had this very cute little fellow join the class one day. Not only does Lisa run a patchwork shop she also breeds pedigree cats. The ladies had some fun stories about Lisa's pet birds visiting the shop too.
And Lisa would make the most AMAZING lunches!!!
served with a refreshing drink!!
And the end of the days there was lots of Whizz Bang! show and tell!!
I love all these beautiful and bright sparks that will become wonderful quilts, cushions, bags, pot holders, and other fun things.
My most heartfelt thanks to Lisa for being such a wonderful host and all of the lovely people at Nesting Needles who made me feel so welcome. I'll be working on fun new ideas for workshops next year.
Each day after the classes Mr Daisy and I would go exploring.
The weather was quite wild and rainy while we were there but it seemed to magically clear up so we would wander around and take in the views.
We watched waves,
walked on piers,
followed paths that took us to beautiful places,
Sometimes it got very dark and stormy but that just made it even more picturesque in that grand
We visited the Botanic Gardens
I'd never seen a musical note plant before.
I can't resist following paths
to see where they go.
I know this is the longest blog post ever but I have to include some photos of where we stayed as well. I found it through AirBnB and we got lucky. It felt like a home away from home.
Once again Coffs Harbour put on a warm welcome for us.
Beautiful morning sunlight on the deck.
This is where I would sit in the mornings and drink my cups of tea and check my instagram.
Mr Daisy set up his office at this desk while I was at Nesting Needles.
The perfect couch for relaxing on at the end of the day.
and because every home should have a gong!
So that's it for now. Thank you for being patient with me and all my photos. It was such a special trip and we had such a wonderful time. It's hard to put all of that into just a few photos and words.
If you're ever in Coffs Harbour here is the website for Nesting Needles,
Or follow along their facebook page here