Quiltessentially Clunes

Dear readers

I cannot believe that so much time has passed since my last post. I have been busy with F/Book and Instagram posts though and followers on social media will know there is so much happening creatively at the studio. Relevant to the title of this post, earlier this year my friend Judy Newman and I started to dream about the possibility of running a quilting/stitching event. Judy had been visiting us in Clunes for some time and had come to really appreciate the village for its quirkiness and historic beauty and against this backdrop we began to think how fabulous it would be to bring a group of quilting enthusiasts to town and maybe . . . . . just maybe if it was successful enough hold it as an annual event. With much more organising and bringing in another partner in crime Rae Telfer to assist us with our vision things evolved quite rapidly and we had enough done to launch our first promotion on July 5th. I answered telephone calls and emails all day and within 6 hours our event was fully booked out and we had a wait list. We were so excited, I was on a high for a few days and together we were amazed at the response. Thanks to Judy and Rae who both with their quilting tuition, designs and kits have a very loyal following among the quilting fraternity this was going to be a ‘must entry’ on their quilting calendars. Me being the new kid on the block and more the ‘arty farty’ member of the group will contribute in my own way to the event but I insisted at the outset that the words ‘stitching’ and textile workers’ had to be included somewhere. So this is how our introductory blurb started off

A unique experience” is happening in the springtime. Quiltessentially Clunes, hosted by Judy Newman, Rae Telfer and Christine Lethlean is an inaugural two-day stitching retreat aiming to attract quilters and textile workers to the historic village of Clunes, in the Central Goldfields of Victoria. With a combined spirit of friendship, creativity, and enjoyment and a venue set within a scenic and historic backdrop, Quiltessentially Clunes is a must visit entry on your calendar. You will get to experience a weekend of country hospitality, enjoy local wines and cuisine and explore a village rich in history along the many trails on offer. There will be displays, fun activities, tutorials to hone your skills and beautiful prizes to win.
We so look forward to sharing this great weekend with you, we hope you can join us
Love and creativity Rae, Judy and Christine

Now its on with the show and with 73 sleeps to go time is now moving fast. The photographic shoots have taken place. Imagine how lovely it was to have all the quilts from Judy and Rae’s collection draped around the studio and anywhere and everywhere across the village. I felt so grown up and important lugging my big bag of quilts around . . . . ha ha ha. We have an Instagram account @quiltessentiallyclunes and a F/Book account so go to https://www.facebook.com/pages/Quiltessentially-Clunes/787386908046539?fref=photo for a peek at our work and scenic shots of Clunes.
An added bonus to our plans so far has been that the local community has also been so supportive with sponsorship and donations and word is getting around that 50 women are coming to town. Most are staying at the different places of accommodation in Clunes which has been an added boost to tourism in the area over that weekend. We also have participants coming from interstate NSW and SA as well as our local ladies from Melbourne and regional Victoria.

So all in all I just want to finish up by saying dreams can come true. No sooner was the seed for this little venture planted and the show was on the road. Three amazing minds with equal doses of creativity are working hard to make this all happen. Stay posted Cxx
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