This is actually the place I spend a lot of the Xmas break... On my veranda resting and chillin as the youth say.... I hope you enjoyed your break too. We all need R and R and John and I certainly did so we had a wine or two, sat and watched the river go by. ... Heaven... I didn't sew much at all a few little things just needed a break.
Well the new teaching year has begun with a terrific start. On the 15th January I met Katrina Hadjimichael and Lisa Walton at the International Airport here in Sydney for our flight out to Palmerston North for Quilt Symposium Manawatu.
The Kiwis surely know how to run a big quilting event. As you might recall I was a tutor at the 2013 event at Taupo and had a terrific time . Although as my first international event with 35 other tutors I was intimidated at first but by the famous tutors. But as soon as I was in the class room it all fell into place and away I went.
Well this time I felt quite at home enjoying the other tutors company enormously. Actually some of the tutors I have taught before at AQC , and they remembered me . So that was really lovely. It was Katrina's first time so I made sure she felt comfortable and I was around when Katrina needed. But she was wonderful, fully enjoying the experience didn't need me at all , but we just enjoyed the experience and the networking. We arrived at our motel to a wonderful bag of gifts, 'information , chocolate in the shape of scissors, cutters etc. and wine .
|View from my room at sunset which was around 9 pm...Palmerston is a shopping town , very flat with some really great eating places.|
The event was held at the local high school during the summer school holidays . Every symposium is held during some school holidays as this where the 1200 students and over 35 tutors could fit in one place. Actually the schools are perfect, classrooms , halls, Gyms for the merchant halls ,wet areas for dyeing etc ...
The weather for the 5 days was very warm, quite unusual for NZ. There hasn't been much rain there lately so the green rolling hills of NZ were a little brown but still very beautiful.
|This was one of the lovely ladies pin cushion, Her childhood NZ wool blanket cut up and rolled for her pins... love it ......|
I taught the following classes :
1. The walking foot , theory and decorative stitch quilting.
2. Blind hem and Free motion raw edge applique