Anne Ida Is Finally Here!!!!

Saturday night at 10.30pm Anne Ida arrived at Tullermarine Airport in Melbourne for the first leg of her Australian visit. We were all excited and eager for her plane to arrive and after a short wait she cleared customs and we were able to meet for the first time!!!!!!!!
It was so wonderful to finally meet her!! We have been corresponding for almost a year now, so we knew so much about each other, except we hadnt meet. She is gorgeous!! Such a sweet soul, just as i imagined she would be!!! Although we were all tired we still managed to talk till 2 am, yawn yawn!!!!
Sunday morning we took a tram to the Melbourne CBD:

Here she is on one of the trams ready to explore the streets of Melbourne (and we did!!....we walked and walked our feet off!!!)

Sitting in Federation Square with Maddi and Cohen. We were lucky enough to meet with another blogger Leigh (formerley Cinnamonsticks) and her husband Ross and for all those who have read her blog, she is just as lovely and funny in person:

Anne Ida, the lovely Leigh and myself!!

We exchanged gifts and had a wonderful 3 hour lunch, chatting and laughing and enjoying our time together. Thank you so much Leigh and Ross for travelling in to meet us!! It was wonderful to spend the afternoon with you both and I cant wait till you come down to Tassie!!!!!

Monday morning we headed out to Dandenong, to Tecoma, to visit Sandra and the SBS group at Foothills Fabric and Threads.

Such a pretty shop in a gorgeous location!!! Sandra and the ladies gave us a warm welcome and we instantly felt part of the group:

We both had a chance to chat with the ladies and look at their progress on their SBS blocks. It was also an opportunity for Anne Ida to meet some of the other ladies she had been corresponding with on the SBS Mailing List:

Lots of yummy cake and yummy blocks to savour. We were also lucky to have Gail Pan drop in for a visit:

She is so lovely and it was wonderful to get to talk to her before she comes down to the Workshop, this weekend!!!!!
Of course when the SBS group began packing up, it was time to shop!!!!!:

Such a wonderful array of fabrics and patterns. Heaps to choose from, we finally chose some gorgeous fabrics to bring home!!!

We also drove further out to Monbulk to visit Mrs Martins Quilt shop!! Karen is such a friendly lady and made us feel so welcome.

Tuesday morning was time to catch our flight back to Tasmania.

It had been a hectic 3 day visit in Melbourne, so we were all tired and looking forward to seeing home!!
We have heaps more to share, so stay tuned!!!


  1. Yey, I'm here! Thank you for making me feel so welcome!

  2. I'm sure like so many others, we've been waiting patiently for setails of Anne's arrival. So glad she arrived safely and that you're having a great time.

  3. It looks like you had a great time in Melbourne. I noticed both shops had the tulips on black quilt. Is that from an Aussie designer? Pretty.

    I hope you are (sure you are) still enjoying a wonderful visit.

  4. Hi girls, it was so lovely meeting up with you both. Rose your family are gorgeous!! Wish you were closer. Hope all goes well at the workshop. Be confident Rose I know you'll be fine. Those ladies are in for a treat. Enjoy the rest of your time together.

  5. Welcome home Rose and welcome to Tassie Anne Ida. Sounds like you had a lovely time in Melbourne. I'v been flat out at work this week so looking forward to a break and meeting you both this weekend. I checked the weather channel this morning and the forecast is for 27 degrees on Saturday and Sunday. Hope it's not too hot! Happy stitching. Christine

  6. so nice to meet up with you at Foothills.......only one more sleep til Tassie...see you then!!

  7. such a wonderful time you girls are having and I heard you had been at Mrs Martins.........have a wonderful weekend with all the girls wish i could come and sew with you for the weekend.........

  8. Finally some report from Anne Ida in Australia. We girls here in Norway thought you had sold her for 25 kangaroos to an native LOL LOL we joked about that when she was here. Tell Anne Ida it's minus 15 cold and lovely sun her today. And tell her to bring a lot of photos back home.

  9. Thank you very much for sharing these photos! We Norwegians are very curious about Anne Ida's stay down under. See you...

  10. Sounds like you are having a wonderful visit.

  11. You would both be exhausted...but in a good way!!!
    Looks like fun, Tracey

  12. Hi Rose and Anne Ida!!
    So wonderful to see that you arrived safe and sound. The weather looks amazing - nothing like here - well we have sun, but it's cold......

    Looks like you two are having a great time together in Melbourne:o)

    Enjoy it all, both of you and have a great and wonderful weekend!!

    Many ((hugs)) from Yvonne

  13. Thanks for sharing your happy photos :-) Enjoy your time together. Anne Ida has promised to tell us all about it when she comes home.
    The very best for your workshop too - you know I love your work :-)

  14. Hi Rose and Anne Ida!
    I loved to see the photo's and read. What a great time you are having! Enjoy this week-end retreat and good luck with your teaching, Rose!

  15. It looks like everyone had a fantastic trip. The shops are fun to many beautiful things. Thanks for sharing your trip with all of us.

  16. Looks like you are having a great time together - blog friends are the best. Enjoy.


  17. What a wonderful trip! So much to see in so little time! Looks like you all had a great time! Thanks for sharing!


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