Class Show and Tell

Lots of tops this week!

Marilyn has this one finished – the blank areas will be filled with quilting.

20140918-152456.jpgLorraine has been playing with these fabrics

20140918-152626.jpgCarilyn has her latest top finished

20140918-152724.jpgA couple of close ups? Ok…..

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20140918-152840.jpgPeggy has her blocks together ready for borders

20140918-152919.jpgLorraine finished this little “Farmer’s Wife” block

20140918-153120.jpgSue 2 is making stars

20140918-153311.jpgThis is Lisa’s latest star

20140918-153355.jpgJane finished appliquéing her corner blocks

20140918-153426.jpgand Chris photo-bombed it with her little bit of Mrs B!!

Meredithe x

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Eliott Stitchers and a special treat!

Tuesday was Eliott Stitchers (and we finally got to see the next episode!). We dined magnificently on this spread

20140917-160720.jpgwhich included home made bread! (From GJ this time – and scummy it was too!)

Linda showed us a layout of her hexagons

20140917-160851.jpgMiss H has this beautiful tin

20140917-161001.jpgwhich she’s lined

20140917-161039.jpgLovely, isn’t it?

And GJ, the trendsetter, has finished her “Hitchhiker” scarf

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I left early as I had a dinner to go to…….with Jan and, all the way from the US of A……Anna of thimbleanna fame!!!. I was so excited to meet in person this lovely lady whose blog I so enjoy reading, with her quirky sense of humour, fun family events (the gingerbread house competition is my favourite!), and gorgeous projects and quilts.

Jan had decided that she’d treat Anna to a real Aussie dinner, so there were delicious prawns for starters, then a scrumptious roast lamb, roast vegies and all the trimmings for mains. Anna and I were so busy chatting I forgot pics of Jan’s fabulous food, but I did take one of Jan’s beautiful camellias

20140917-162714.jpgI’d offered to bring dessert and had decided on raspberry clafoutis until Jan mentioned the “Aussie” thing, so then I thought……pavlova!! At this stage I should have gone to the supermarket and bought a pav case ready to fill, as I’ve only ever made two in my life, but Oh No!, Mrs Smartypants thought she’d make one. To cut a long story short, I ruined the first lot of eggs with yolk, ran out of vinegar and had to dash to the supermarket, and must have had the oven too hot as it ended up with a burnt bottom and was as flat as a pancake!

20140917-162506.jpgStill, it looked ok, and, as the old family saying goes, the bit between the raw bit and the burnt bit was delicious! As this was Anna’s first pav, I do hope she gets to taste a “real” one before leaving Australia!

20140917-162938.jpg(Jan, Anna, me)

We had a great night, with lots of talk on quilting, travel, and differences in culture, but also lots of laughter! And it was great to finally meet someone I’ve come to call a friend, from the Internet!

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Meredithe x

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Monday Ya-Ya’s

Today’s weather might not look like Spring, but the garden is producing flowers, and Linda had picked these beautiful hellebores to grace the table

20140915-162232.jpgFiona and Trish came up trumps again for morning tea!

20140915-162359.jpgIn the show and tell stakes, Deb had quilted this one for Kim

20140915-162842.jpgThe quilting looks great

20140915-162912.jpgTrish had a special show and tell (just for you, GJ!); she started this at age 11, and every week Trish’s Mum took her to Myer in Frankston to choose four balls of wool

20140915-163057.jpgthose were the days when wool was wool, and a 25g ball cost all of 25 cents!!

20140915-163151.jpgFiona also brought some crochet show and tell (again, for you GJ); this beauty was made by Fiona’s grandmother and bequeathed to Fiona.

20140915-163526.jpgLinda showed us these fabrics, bought as a kit from Amities Textiles

20140915-163816.jpgto make Steampunk blocks!!

20140915-163849.jpgI think they’d look great in with mine, but Linda wasn’t keen to hand them over!!

Kim finished knitting a pair of socks (and I had a lesson on how to finish toes!)

20140915-164043.jpgSandra’s making star-a-day blocks

20140915-164116.jpgMargaret’s having fun with hexagons – and had a pretty piece of Liberty

20140915-164152.jpgLinda’s ploughing on with her hexagons

20140915-164229.jpgTrish is working on her pretty Liberty stars

20140915-164307.jpgFiona appliquéd basket handles

20140915-164338.jpgDeb is cutting clamshells from leftovers

20140915-164417.jpgand I’ve finished two more Steampunk blocks

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and set up another

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Such a productive day!

Meredithe x

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Sunday stitching

Spring sunshine again today, with early morning light streaming in and lighting up the ranunculus

20140914-181515.jpgAs promised, here’s what I stitched last night

20140914-181556.jpgLoving this one too!

It’s been an inspiring stitching day with friends at Judy’s beautiful home

20140914-181925.jpg(and there’s a Judy’s Dilly-Bag-Along! Details here.)

As usual, there was scrummy food

20140914-182228.jpgand lots of fabulous projects

20140914-182342.jpgI do love seeing what other quilters are working on, fabrics they’re using, techniques employed. Bev is steaming along with her Cousin’s Walk Quilt

20140914-182618.jpgI didn’t manage to stitch a whole Steampunk block – too much talking, eating and checking out everyone else’s projects! I shall endeavour to finish the next block this evening.

A lovely day – thanks girls!

Meredithe x

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Stitching – day 14

It’s our last day of the contest!

How are you going with your 1 hour of sewing today?

It’s been a glorious Spring day here, and the temptation was too great for me; I grabbed some left over salad, added some smoked salmon strips and extra avocado, and took it outside to eat on the deck with some new magazines, and soaked up some sunshine!

20140913-161434.jpgBut for the last hour I have been sewing……… I just can’t show you as yet! Sorry!

Promise I’ll do another Steampunk tonight and show you tomorrow!

Thank you all so much for participating in this two week contest…….and I declare that the winner is……

Everybody!

It’s been such fun to sew along with you.

Achieved: secret women’s business!
Watching: a Midsomer Murder re-run……well it’s been on in the background as I’ve been in and out, machining, ironing, hunting down bits and pieces…….

Meredithe x

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Stitching – day 13

We’re so close, dear peeps!! How are you going??

I’ve finished off yesterday’s block

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20140912-173220.jpgI’m quite addicted to these blocks now, and can’t wait to see how each one turns out!

One day to go………

Achieved: two more blocks completed
Watching: “Outlander” and “Shetland” on Foxtel

Meredithe x

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Stitching – day 12

Phew! It’s been a busy day – I’m just scraping it in, but here’s what I’ve been doing for the last hour and a half…..

Finished off this block

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20140911-220715.jpgDid you get your hour in today?

Achieved: finished one block, nearly finished another
Watching: “Silk” on ABC1, another great British drama

Meredithe x

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