Yes, until this weekend, I was a Warrambui virgin.
Huh? Warrambui is a quilting retreat held in Canberra, or rather Murrumbateman, NSW each year around October. I’d been meaning to go for a couple of years and finally got there last weekend. I was a bit worried when I read the information pack the week before as it said, much to my dismay, that it was all hand sewing! Ugh! I’d never pieced a hand-stitched block in my life, and didn’t have any intention to, and here I was going to a hand-sewing retreat….must read the fine print next time ☺
Presented with the hand piecing dilemma, I decided that hexagons in a ‘Granny’s Garden’ design seemed a good way to use the box of scraps that was starting to explode in my sewing room and learn a new technique. So I got onto the internet, found that the pre-cut paper shapes were so cheap it wasn’t worth doing myself, packed up my kit bag and off I went.
It was great fun, stitching and chatting and generally doing not much else and I discovered to my surprise that hand pieced blocks weren’t really scary after all. Now I’m on a crusade to see how many hexagons I can sew in between everything else. I’m thinking I’ll make more hexagons while watching TV, while flying interstate, while driving to work, while talking to my Mum on the phone 😛
In fact, it was surprising just how many people were stitching hexagons at the retreat so we just may have to start a hexagons group to keep the friendships and the momentum going.
Thanks everyone for a lovely weekend.