Monday, 5 September 2016


Last Friday was one of my quilting group's Mystery Bus Tour. We left at 8.00am and didn't get back until around 6-40pm. Whew! It was a very long day but well worth the effort. This is what the committee had made for us and filled with chocolate, mags, dry biscuits, sweet biscuits and a bottle of water.

Where did we go?

First stop was Ballan and we stopped at the lovely Melrose Cottage. I bought  some fabrics and  a Cottage Garden thread. We were a bit disappointed that the cafe wouldn't make us some sandwiches to take away at 11.30am. They said we had to wait until lunchtime but our bus was leaving before then. 
After that we headed off to Ballarat. I love Ballarat , although it is a bit cold for me. I actually have several relatives in both the cemeteries but didn't call in on them this time. After a stop for morning tea we went to Gail's Patchwork Emporium which has been rebuilt after the fire a few years ago. It is a lovely place and I found the 3rd book of Civil War quilts that I wanted and a lovely owl fabric.
I bought the above coordinating fabrics to match the owls at Eureka Patchwork in Ballarat. 
I also found some spotty fabrics for the cupcake BOM I am still working on from a couple of years ago. You can't rush these things!
We stopped at another couple of shops  so these are all inclusive.
I bought 2 books I wanted and a companion pack of EPP papers to go with The New Hexagon book. I figure I can start making the hexies whenever I like this way. No searching around for the various papers.
Mum bought some novelty fabric and gave it to me to make something for my grandchild due in February. I also bought another one of Rosalie Q's BOM "Best Friends Forever" patterns to add to the ones I have already stitched.
I haven't been doing a lot of stitching lately but I started another Lucy Boston block. Gee, did this fussy cutting drive me nuts! I tried about 4 times to match the centres up to no avail. I unpicked a couple twice but after that I decided not to worry as the fabric would become a bit thread bare. In the end, one ended up slightly askew but it will just have to stay that way.
Another stitchery in progress for my November mini.
Thanks for wading through all the pics. I am now going back to my stitching.
Angel Blessings.


  1. Hi Ondrea,gee i wish i knew that you were in Ballarat i would driven in to say hi.
    I love all your new purchases,you have bought beautiful things,so glad you had a lot of fun ,Feb will be here before we know it xx

  2. The perfect way to spend a, chatting, eating and all in the company of good friends. Another gorgeous stitchery on the way.

  3. Sounds like a fun day out....shame about the sangas! Love all the treasure you bought home x

  4. Lots of nice purchases .... Glad you had fun .. Nice fabric for the grandbaby 💖💖💖

  5. what a lovely day! and some wonderful purchases