Monday, 30 April 2012

Busy Busy Busy

The Sun was out, and so were most of our members, all ready to sit and sew.  Lots going on today.

Do you remember a few weeks back we were given a challenge to make New York Beauties, its here if you need a reminder.  Lesley had made a start

New York Beauties
and this is Jo's collection

I think there are 10 different designs that complete the challenge.  I do believe we have fallen behind, but  we just need another rainy day like Sunday and we will have them done in no time.

Lesley was finishing off some mug rugs

Angela was getting on with her little patchwork dress

Carol making an anniversary block

Ena making miniature carpets

Goodness what's going on here....testing the blade..... no, Betty is more sensible than that.

Jan's making a log cabin quilt 

And Christmas blocks by the score (well, not quite a score, but quite a few)

And finally..... this is Ellen's sewing machine cover.  This was started at our 'Back to Basic' days, and Ellen feels she has learnt a lot by playing along, and I feel congratulations are in order.  Well done Ellen.

Friday, 27 April 2012

A productive Wednesday!

At our evening meeting this week, we had three (almost) finished quilts.
These look really quirky!  Brenda's "Ideal Home" ?
This one is Brenda's. She started this at her ,LQS  in a workshop. "House Blocks with Attitude"with Katharine Guerrier

Then we had a Jelly Roll quilt by Chris
Lovely colours, nice and bright for a little girl
This was Chris's alternative design based on a pattern from Monkey Buttons ."The House that Jack Built". Chris took out a few houses and added some lollipop trees. Cute!

And then we had Jackie's , also a Jelly Roll quilt.

This was a William Morris Jelly Roll
This is called a 1600 JR quilt.(a quick "how to" here) Really quick to do. Now comes the hard work, quilting!  This will be hand quilted.

Not sure why we don't have any faces in this post. Maybe the girls are just shy?

Next week Carol is going to be showing us how to make a work bag (looks like a miniature holdall) that is ideal for carrying all your bits and bobs in.

Tune in soon!

Monday, 23 April 2012

Parting of the ways :(

Joan and her crew
It was a bit sad today. Joan Bates (Centre Back- photo position not five a side football!) is leaving us to move to Hampshire to be closer to her grandchildren. I am sure that she is looking forward to being a more involved Granny!
We shall be sorry to see her go, but she has promised to keep in touch, and I hope that she will join a local group. I know she has enjoyed her time with us and I hope that we have been able to help her in her patchworking endeavors!
lots of sewing

Work was still being produced, Pauline busy busy busy - looks bright and cheerful.
Bright and cheery of pencil cases
She is making these lovely pencil cases for a friend a BSK who travels to (somewhere between Russia and Mongolia!!!) to support a local orphanage.  What a lovely idea!

Fran is busy completing her beautiful needle turned applique blocks. I think this may be the last one.

 Sheila was sewing tiny beads (can you see the tweezers!) onto her seascape, very pretty
And Jan was stitching a design of her own - this looked a bit like a Knot Garden

Angela was piecing scrappy squares, I hope she managed to keep them in order


Joan finished the day with a chocolate bar for everyone!! 

Good Luck Joan
Happy Stitching!

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