It has been a couple of months now since Judy Newman, Rae Telfer and I hosted the 2015 Quiltessentially Clunes Stitching Retreat, in November and the village of Clunes may never be the same again after the huge success of the inaugural event.
In the spirit of friendship, creativity, and enjoyment, and in a venue set within the scenic and historic backdrop of the village of Clunes the event attracted 60 quilters and textile workers from interstate and across Victoria. Many of whom had never heard of or visited Clunes before. The laughter and fun, the camaraderie and friendships, the sharing and networking, new skills and much inspiration are the memorable outcome of this event.
Quiltessentially Clunes manifested its way into reality from a vision created early in the year by Judy and I and with much hard work , team effort with our additional and valuable member Rae T. the event was named and realised. The format of the weekend was planned to provide participants not only a stitching and textile experience but one of local hospitality, history and country fare.The feedback about Clunes by those that attended was extremely positive and included such comments as “ fabulous country hospitality” “such friendly people” “ beautiful buildings” and “ such a unique village”. When asked would they come back again, the reply was a very positive “YES” and many have already expressed their interest to attend the next retreat that is planned over four days in September.
It would be an omission not to acknowledge the economic and cultural value of the event for Clunes. Participants were accommodated in the town, dined in the local eateries and shopped in the local stores. A ‘Meet and Greet’ event was held in the Gallery on the Friday night which was a huge success. Following this, a Sundowner in the beautiful gardens of Keebles Country house on the Saturday saw participants gather for regional wines, cheeses and bread.
With due respect this event would not have run so smoothly nor have been the occasion for celebration if it were not for a wonderful team of local helpers who we cannot thank enough. To the community of Clunes, the Hepburn Shire, the Clunes Warehouse, Linda and Neil Newitt at ‘The Gallery’, Keebles Country House, Jane and Paul Lesock at Beckworth Winery and the lovely donations from Leslie at French Pear your support was invaluable.
Judy, Rae and I feel blessed and thank everyone who contributed to make the inaugural 2015 Quiltessentially Clunes Stitching Retreat such a success. Much love and creativity. Cxx