I had the most awesome day on Thursday! I drove down to Ballarat with my co-pilot Mum (it's about 1.5 hours drive south west of Bendigo), and met up with my gorgeous "Quilty Sister" Jess as she was passing through on her recent road-trip from Queensland to Melbourne (she's on the home trek now).
|Jess & Fiona aka "Scrappy n Happy" & "Bendigo Lioness"
|Bendigo (where I live) is the top town marked on the map - it is about 1.5 hours drive from here to Ballarat.
We had arranged to meet up at Alison's shop - the Cotton Factory, and Jess had also arranged to meet up with Jodie from Ric Rac. This was the first time I had physically met any of them (although we often chat online) and we had a lot of laughs!
|Jess & Jodie from "Ric Rac"
(can you see Alison photo-bombing in the background?)
|Alison (Cotton Factory), Jodie (Ric Rac), Fiona (Bendigo Lioness) & Jess (Scrappy N Happy)
|posted by Alison
|posted by Jodie
|Apparently I "cook, sew, have great hair & I give good muffin"... oh deary deary me...
After we left the Cotton Factory, Jess joined Mum and I as we visited the Crafty Squirrel and Gail's Patchwork Emporium. It was here that we bid farewell to Jess. Mum and I then headed off to get some lunch and then had coffee & macarons at McCafe. We squeezed in a quick visit to the Elephant Patch before leaving Ballarat for the journey back to Bendigo. I will detail these visits in coming posts over the next few days, including our stop on the way home at Maldon.
|Macarons & Coffee for afternoon tea at MacDonalds
I know that Jess hasn't had a chance to open the box of presents that I gave her yet, but these are the gorgeous goodies which she so generously gave to me (I didn't get a chance to open them until the following day):
|My first ever box of Aurifil! I was absolutely blown away when I saw these!!!!! Yes, I cried! Absolutely ecstatic!
|A very yummy box of chocolate truffles from Yarra Valley Chocolaterie.
The flavours are: Zingy Lime, Strawberry Delight and Marble Mint.