It always seems that whenever Majella and I head off on an adventure it is the "road trip" kind. Before we met I had only ever been on one road trip in my life - in grade 4 my parents took us on a holiday all the way to Cairns - camping (unbelievable I know!) and towing a boat. As you can imagine that turned into a bit of a nightmare. Firstly our family car broke down driving into Townsville - yay! Then we watched our camp beds float down the walkway of the campsite in Tully due to a day of unrepentant rain. I am very glad to say that Majella and I have now had several road trips and the only dilemma we have encountered is a relationship breakdown between Majella and my Navman. It doesn't matter how many times they have travelled together they still can't seem to form a friendship - at times the Navman has been lucky to make it home in one piece. I'm not sure if the last three letters have anything to do with it - just saying!
Two days on the road and we arrived at our destination - a gorgeous little B&B that we found on the internet called Baringa Villa -just 10mins drive from Quilts in the Barn, it was perfect. We had two fabulous bedrooms, two full bathrooms, large lounge room (for all that stitching we never got to) and a kitchen - which was plenty big enough to prepare breakfast and a late night cuppa. If you ever need somewhere to stay in Croydon or are attending an event at Quilts in the Barn you should give Carmel a call.
So off to the opening we went -- what a fabulous evening. A glass of champagne - wonderful new friendships - lots of chatter and laughter - delicious food - amazing quilts and a crown to boot! Who could ask for anything more. Of course we were there to acknowledge the wonderful quilts that Marg inspires in classes around the country with all the profits donated to Beyond Blue.
It was so hard to choose your favourite quilt - each time you took another lap around the barn BAM a new favourite. There were so many outstanding quilts and everyone had something totally exceptional - I don't know how you could choose. You won't find a complete picture of any of the quilts from the exhibition and this is to not only protect Marg as most of her quilts are only available in classes but also to protect those creative ladies who take a pinch of inspiration from Marg and run with it, creating the most fantabulous quilts.
We could not be made to feel any more welcomed into the barn and this beauty (above) was the first quilt that made our mouths drop. Truly, truly divine....
Marg gave a wonderful speech at the opening talking about the effects of depression - she has seen only too well the issues that depression raises. As a community quilters have the opportunity to support each other through difficult times - be it with family, friends or themselves. As we come together in our sewing circles it is a time to talk about what is happening in our lives and for some of our sewing sisters this may be the one time they can actually breath and bring themselves out of the depths they find themselves in. Marg's words were truly moving......
Of course an event like this could not be made possible without a lot of hard work from many, many people. Lizzie and Jean of course are at the top of the list - not only promoting the event but also organising the food, drinks and speaker for the opening night - organising all of the quilts that were displayed - managing the Beyond Blue Shop - patterns - volunteers - are you exhausted yet! They did an outstanding job over the two days - Hats off to you Ladies.
Linda turned the Barn into a house of quilts with room after room of quilts - after the pull down we were totally gobsmacked at this mean feat......Linda was a wonderful hostess over the weekend and we look forward to the next time we are able to visit.
Anyway I feel I have written plenty of words tonight but still have many more photos to share in my next post.
So until then...........happy stitching.........lisa