I was teaching my free motion class, 'The road to my house' and I was ready to get the girls creating!
They were off to a great start, and even the two girls who said they either hadn't done any free motion stitching, or weren't confident at all were soon sewing like nothing you've ever seen before!
One of the girls decided she didn't want to do houses or buildings, but she loves butterflies and she wanted to create a free motion sampler of butterflies! What do you think of her progress? Are they gorgeous!
I was thrilled to see one of girls who had never done free motion stitching churning out wee stitcheries with loads of charm. Can you imagine what this one is going to look like after she's added some hand embroidery?
These girls all worked on small pieces of fabric, and designed from memory, or from mind. Layout was fun, should this one go here, or here?
Lots of experiments were happening - I love the fruit tea stains on this. It sure smelt good too!
I hope I get to see these once they are finished. While in Wellington I got to stay at the Silverstream Retreat, right onsite. I had a beautiful room and everyone made me feel so welcome.
I stayed in the Forest Wing.
I even got an invite to a 50th birthday dinner which was lovely! The meal was beautiful but my favourite was these gorgeous cupcakes!
I also got to meet the very lovely Yvonne who owns Sawmillers Quiltery and check out her store and all the beautiful fabrics she had. And of course I definitely needed that fabric I bought!
I you'd like to see what Shirley was teaching you can visit her blog here..... for photos.
Thank you to everyone who made my visit an enjoyable one, especially Shirley and her lovely neighbours and all the girls who took my class!