Saturday, 27 June 2015

a day of retail bliss!

For my birthday that we don't like to mention, the girls at work gave me a gift voucher for Patch and quilt in Gisborne. This was an amazing gift that I was looking forward to using!
Elyte had mentioned a trip to Patch and quilt to attend the book signing for Irene Blanck's wonderful book of patterns published by quiltmania. I hit the road with Thelma and Louise (aka Anne and Elyte) and we headed off to Gisborne. Now a visit to Gisborne would not be complete without a visit with the Gisborne girls so we met up for Coffee then headed off for some retail therapy and to see Mary and Irene.
Of course we had a fantastic and frivolous time and I even made a new friend. Wonderful isn't it?
would you like to see my goodies....
I have been inspired to add to my blues stash, some gorgeous fabrics and some wonderful inspiration in Irene's book. There are quite a few of the projects that are on my new to do list, now that I am such a fan of needleturn applique. I also booked in for a class with Irene for August-so exciting.
Can you tell that there was some laughing involved?
 Here's a pic of my companions for the day.....don't they look so demure and lovely?
 Well not always.....they can be silly and lovely. and you knew I would post it didn't you?
the silly girls are ... tania oops meant tracee, marg, tania, anne and elyte at the back

thankyou girls for a wonderful, fun and inspiring day!!  Sorry I didn't share


Now to share some quilting because some of you asked for it....
Nearly finished this edge border, My stitches are getting a bit neater. Another border to quilt and then it will be on with the binding. I can't wait but I know there will be a few more weeks to go.


Hope you all have a wonderful crafty weekend. I hope to make a start on my latest baltimore block.I am way behind well according to my agenda anyway.
Happy days!
cheers
marina



















27 comments:

shez said...

Hi Marina ,oh what fun you girls have,lol,you are all crazy fun people. I love your new purchases ,your sewing is amazing,I always love to see it,Thankyou for sharing,enjoy your weekend my friend xx

Lib said...

Ha ha love the pic at the end of your post. Some great pick ups there, nothing like indulging in a little fabric buying especially in the company of friends. PS Happy birthday

Tania said...

Thank you all for such a wonderful and fun day! I enjoyed it so much. We will always be friends - old, new, senile, whatever!! Beautiful sewing! Hope Coffee is doing OK x

Marie said...

Silly and lovely is always the best! I've seen sneak peeks of your book and it's a beauty - I'm certain that you will do wonderful things with it.

Melody said...

Looks like a fabulous day, great buys too.

sunny said...

Looks like a lovely way to celebrate a birthday! I really want to love needleturn applique, but I'm not there yet. some day. Happy Birthday!

Serenata said...

Great pictures, looks like you had a fabulous day. Many good wishes for your birthday you don't like to mention ;-)

Janet said...

Your stitches look lovely! Progress with handquilting is slow but SO worth it!! Sounds like such a fun outing :0)

Jeanette said...

a lovely day out for you Marina. Love the goodies you bought. Hugs,xx

Susan said...

Your gift voucher looks well spent! Wonderful to meet Irene in person and to have her book, I'm tempted by that one myself. Some supportive friends are always helpful when shopping for patchwork supplies!

Willsquiltnsew said...

It was yet another great day shared with fantastic friends.

Baa. xxx said...

Ha... ha... new friends when we're old - ain't that the truth!

Cath said...

Such a lovely day......and lovely goodies. I am liking your wool applique. I am starting on a Leonie Bateman design next which is wool applique....I am excited as I have never worked with this medium before. Happy belated birthday!

Cheryl said...

You girls always have so much fun. Wonderful day - very envious of you getting to meet Irene. Lots of inspiration in that beautiful book I'm sure

Oddbjørg said...

Seems you had a lovely day!

kiwikid said...

Hee hee!!! Looks like you had a wonderful day....retail therapy is always good for you...love your blues! Those girls....can't keep serious!! Thank you for sharing all the photos!! Your appliqué is looking wonderful! Enjoy the holidays!!

Maria said...

Lucky you spending a fun filled day with your friends shopping....

Elyte said...

Always a fun day out with all you guys. A very happy photo of you and Irene, sort of sums up the day, doesn't it? I had no doubt that you would publish that photo. And yes, we will have to practice "sharing".

Fiona said...

what a lovely post... gift vouchers are such a great gift and you spent yours well.. that book looks wonderful... I just love the pictures of the gals....
Hugz

Chookyblue...... said...

i'm dreaming of that book...........have fun in your class........

Khristina aka Khris said...

Crazy friends are the best!! Great to see you had a lovely day with them.
Hugs Khris

elliek said...

Sounds like a fun time was had by all. Great purchases.

Karen S said...

This is a delightful way to spend a day together. Love the special purchases, too.

Bev C said...

Hello Marina,

Demure, that is a word you don't often hear, lovely to see your demure friends!
Your day sounds the perfect way to celebrate a Birthday that you don't want to mention.

The new book looks wonderful, enjoy.

Happy days.
Bev.

Lynda said...

Such a fun day out and lovely shopping. Love the border you are working on.

Els koetsier said...

Its always nice to have fun with friends. Seems you had a nice day. And you shop lovely things.

Carrie P. said...

I hope to own that book one day!