Taking a break

Well my Lovelies, this is it for me for a couple of weeks.  There are some family matters that need my attention – all good – but I know I won’t have time or head space to be in this space.

I’ll be able to share all with you when I return here at the end of the month.

Until then, taken care, stitch/knit lots and I’ll see you back here for a round up of May’s 17ufosin2017……you have been warned!

Much love, Dear Peeps

Meredithe x

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Class show and tell

Morning

Marilyn is back from a short break and we chose the background/border fabrics for her “Carousel” blocks – which are all finished!

and she worked on some of her circlesSue W made flying geeseSue E cut out backgrounds and started laying out her border diamondsJo worked on one of the last two of her blocksLeanne worked on her diamond borderand Beth just has the last couple of background pieces to stitch inAfternoon

Carylin has her hexagons all finished and will now start on the applique for the borderseven the back looks pretty!together we chose fabrics and Carylin started cutting for a new quilt Cheryl joined us with her pretty sewing box, pin cushion and scissorsand, from a pile of projects she’s hoping to finish, chose Drunkard’s Path blocks which she quickly whipped up on the machineNova learnt how to hand blanket stitch this dinosaur onto her little son’s t-shirtJane finished off some more sectionsand Tineke and I had more fun learning embroidery stitchesMeredithe x

This class is held at Sew and Quilted.

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Here and Now | May 2017

Camellias and azaleas are blooming in the garden and this is the first time this dark pink camellia has flowered, I’m so pleased as I nursed this plant through the drought and have at last been rewardedand the hydrangeas keep flowering too, just a few, but they’re there, and with really sizable heads of petals Loving //  the warm Autumn days and cool nights for quilting (did I say that last month too??!!)
Eating //  so looking forward to soups and casseroles (have already made zucchini soup for Ma Kettle)
Drinking //  indulging in the occasional hot chocolate
Feeling //  pleased with myself for another quilt finish
Making //  blocks for a new quilt – can’t stop, I’m a bit addicted!
Thinking //  of  how many quilts I have that need to be hand quilted
Dreaming //  of cold Winter days hand quilting with my friends in front of the fire

Joining in with Sarah for Here and Now.

Meredithe x

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Squealers

Squealers met last Saturday and there was lots of wonderful work underway.

Of course, we shared afternoon teaKaren is working on one of my designs, “Bush Walk”and has finished this quiltas well as knitting for a grand daughterand  blanket stitching Miss S has a new sewing basket (from a recent holiday in Fiji)and is enjoying her hexagonsand has passed the fever onto her Miss 7who used her Nanna’s machine to sew up a background for her hexie piece!Helen has changed the background for something a little lighter and has started the applique and Helen is also going to start on some knittingMaree is making more of her blocksAndrea is enjoying her appliqueMiss E is hand piecingand I made another of my blocksMeredithe x

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Class show and tell

Here’s the second installment for the start of the month, and this class is held at Sewn and Quilted in Blackburn.

Morning

Carole was making another blockSue E cut the background pieces for her “CarouselSue W put the binding on her quiltJo and I chose another set of pieces for her next blockBeth almost completed another row by end of classCarylin has just one more side to stitch little hexies on toand Denise chose another set for her next blockAfternoon

Lyn stayed all day and made up more of her blocksFrances had the borders finished on her BIG quiltand she put the binding on her niece’s triangle quiltTineke learnt some new embroidery stitches as we played with different stitch combinations for her woolly bit circlesJane has a system for getting her DWR pieces stitched, starting three rows at once and by class end had 9 strips completed!  Great system!Meredithe x

This class is held at Sewn and Quilted in Blackburn

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Class show and tell

As it’s the beginning of the month there’s a double dose of Class Show and Tell!

This first lot is from the monthly class at the quilt shop in Eltham, and if you’d like to join us, please contact the shop here.

Beth laid out her “Carousel” blocks and added in the background piecesand by class end, the first row had been hand stitched (she’s a quick piecer!)Rhonda’s landscape is ready for machine applique, and after choosing a stitch and having a bit of practice it was all systems go.Jennifer worked diligently at her machine and made another 7 blocksand Denise, after having a refresher on prepping and appliqueing large pieces, successfully stitched two arms of her centreMeredithe x

This class is held at the quilt shop, Eltham.

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Sew, stitch, snap, SHARE

It’s been a busy week, including spending a day putting the binding on my “Saigon” quilt!  Yes, another finish for the year….well, almost, it just needs the label.  Carol did a wonderful job with the quilting.

It’s such a big quilt; I need a couple of extra people for a good photo, but here’s one of it on our bedI decided on a scrappy binding, and while I was cutting for the binding, I cleared up the fabrics in the bag that were used to make this quilt.  Sizable pieces, once a strip was cut for the binding, were sorted into colours and put back into the Fabric Library.  Smaller pieces were cut into 5″ squares, 2½” squares and 1½” strips and stacked into plastic containers.  This is a practice I hope will become a familiar routine after completing a quilt (well, one can but hope!).I used my favourite wideback to back this quilt, choosing the grey colourway from Tula Pink’s “Freefall”.and for the label I’ll use a spare block, writing the information in the white sections and then appliqueing it in place.  Shouldn’t take too long to do……..just need to find make the time to do it!

Linking up with Linda and Julie for Sew, Stitch, Snap, SHARE.

Meredithe x

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