Trail Blazing

Last Saturday (I know, I'm a bit late with this post but I'm having the busiest week!! Better late than never. ) I was up with the birds to head off to Chris and Anne's Sewing Camp. It's held in Mulgoa which is about 40 minutes drive from my house. A fun drive it was too, nice winding road and lovely countryside. My 60's Bollywood music was blaring, drowning out my enthusiastic but terrible singing.

Before I knew it I was heading down the long driveway of the property when I came across this furry fellow...

Thomas the Donkey!!! What a sweetie!! Of course I had to stop and say hello.

But when I hopped back in my car it wouldn't start. I was still ten minutes from my destination. As I rang for roadside assistance my day flashed before my eyes as I pictured myself stranded for hours, or having to leave with my car being towed away. And why? oh why?in all my car full of sewing stuff did I not have some hand sewing to keep me occupied while I waited? There was nothing to do but enjoy the view, watch kangaroos jumping by and chat to Thomas. The NRMA car was a very welcome sight! And the mechanic went straight to the problem- a loose distributer cap. It was fixed in 5 minutes and I was on my way.

I was about an hour late to my class but my friends had saved my seat and got me sorted in no time.

Here's the lovely Ann Murry demonstrating some free motion quilting. She had so many good little tips and is such a patient teacher.

My quilting still needs lots of work but everyone says it just takes practise. I've decided to take up doodling on paper in spare moments to loosen up my free motion brain muscles.

Tracey who was sitting at our table took to free motion quilting like a duck to water and came up with butterflies, and flowers and my favourite, this gorgeous little pansy.

Each seat had a been allocated a raffle ticket and during the day numbers would be called out. The winner could choose from a lucky dip treasure bag. I won a handy tape measure and a good sized piece of wintery grey fabric.

We had delicious sandwiches and huge fruit platters for lunch supplied by the local cafe.

Very tasty!!!
In the afternoon we started our quilts using a pattern by Chris Jurd. I was so busy and time flew so I'm sorry to say I didn't take any photos , but there are amazing photos of everyones work on Chris's blog, definately worth having a look.

I had the best day. I wasn't able to stay for the whole weekend as I had vistors staying but I'm already marking it in my calender for next year. The fun continues after dark with games, fabric swaps and show and tell. A highlight for me was meeting Pamela whose name I've seen around blogland as Pamken. Its great to be able to put a face to a name. There's a fun photo of her on Chris's blog too.

Mulgoa had taken me to the bottom of the Mountains then on Sunday Gbf and I took our guests to the top to Blackheath to show off our favourite Blue Mountains view. Govetts Leap Lookout has such breathtaking vistas.
It never ceases to blow me away that this is our neighbourhood. Lucky us!!!

And if you're ever in the area Blackheath has a great patchwork shop called Ribbons and Rainbows that has a great range of different fabrics, and very helpful staff. I always find a few goodies when I visit.

Trail Blazing


  1. Sorry mate but had to laugh! That is the sort of thing that would happen to me, Stop to talk to a donkey and the car breaks down! How many of your friends believed that story! : )
    Looks like you had an awesome day! I am VERY jealous of your neighbourhood : )

  2. Beautiful views......but the donkey won my heart!


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