There and back again! (with apologies to Bilbo Baggins)

Roads go ever on

Under clouds and under star,

Yet feet that wandering have gone

Turn at last to home afar

(The Hobbit, JRR Tolkein)

 

We have just returned home from a most wonderful road trip! 17 days, 10 towns and 4000km!

Hanlie from Amafu Fabrics and I toured our beautiful country. From the dry, harsh, beautiful plains of the Karoo  we dipped down to into the lush green valleys and ravines of the Garden Route.  We swooped from the mountains of the Drakensberg to the highveld of the Northern Cape and the fruit-filled valleys of the Western Cape.  I could continue waxing lyrical about the scenery of this magnificent country to the point of boring one half of you  and making the other violently  jealous!. Not only were the surroundings beautiful, but so too the wonderful, friendly and hospitable people we met along  the way. We’ve made new friends, reconnected with “old” ones and enjoyed the company of family too.

I taught classes in applique and trapunto, free-motion quilting and patchwork knitting to amazing students who appreciated their learning and showed it by producing wonderful samples. As a teacher, I can only hope that they enjoy and put into practice their newly acquired skills!

Hanlie brought some of her  fabrics and accessories along, and the pop-up shop was greeted enthusiastically by fellow quilters along the way.

Thank you to the people who participated, the  groups and guilds,  the students,  organizers and hosts who made our road trip such a success.

Thank you in particular to Hanlie, for having put the trip together, contacted people to host us, found us accommodation, and most important of all –  for putting up with me! Everyday there was something to laugh about, even at 4 in the morning!

Definitely something we will do again!

Watch this space as the next plans are afoot!

Look here for classes on offer and if you are interested in Hanlie’s fabrics: Amafu Fabrics

Jane’s tip:

Many of you have heard me say: If you want your work to be neat, start off neat!

I recommend a stitch starter, read the article on Craftsy; use the scrap of fabric at the end too. This keeps your beginning and ending threads under control.