Class show and tell

Morning

Beth spent the morning cutting,

cutting,

cutting

and piecing 

her “Elwood Rose” and “Drunkards Path” blocks, and Beth bought some new fabrics to play with too.

Carole also bought some new fabrics
and set up the start of another heart block

We played around with Jo’s centre and hexagons

and Marilyn stitched more circles and we came up with “a plan”!


Afternoon

Lyn stayed all day, bringing her project in a bag made by her sister

and over the day worked on her smaller blocks, prepping them for machine quilting

Cathie has her quilt top finished and we worked on a pieced backing for it in class

Tineke prepped all this lovely goodness

and Jane and Frances packed up and ran away before I had time to take photos, so apologies.  I’ll get them next week!

Meredithe x

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Something different and new

For several years GJ and I have been wanting to learn Tunisian Crochet and thanks to good spotting by our friend Narelle, we’ve been able to do just that!

Yesterday 5 of us (we missed you Amanda), travelled to t’other side of town to spend the morning with the lovely Michelle and her beautiful Tunisian Crochet

To start we chose two balls of yarn from the basket on the table

I happened to be wearing my Tula Pink top and, wouldn’t you know it, look what I chose!

This very sweet little zippered bag showed us all the stitches we were to learn (and we have the pattern to make the real thing when our stitches are a little better!)

(Sorry for the colour change in the pics – not sure what happened to the camera there)

We stopped for a delicious morning tea

where even the teapot had a beautifully crocheted cosy!

By the end of our time these were our attempts (no names, no pack drill and one of us was shy!)

It was great fun and totally lived up to our expectations as a new source of yarn-y entertainment!!  So much so, that several of us  bought the pattern from Michelle on the spot for a blanket  (bottom left hand blanket in the collage above), came home and have ordered some yarn to make it.  Might have to set aside sock making……heaven forfend!

If you’d like to contact Michele her website is here and you can follow her yarn-y adventures on Instagram @poppyandbliss

Thanks Michelle for a fab day.  

Have you tried Tunisian crochet?

Meredithe X

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In the garden

Ma Kettle has been visiting and I took advantage of her help on Monday making her slave away.  First we visited the nursery and bought up on plants and potting mix.  We then donned our “gardening clothes” and set to.

The last couple of days have had a real hint of Spring about them; mild with beautifully sunny skies, the perfect time to rejuvenate pots and flower beds.

We added a white and a pale pink azalea to the side garden bed (the one I can see looking left from my seat in the family room).

I now have three pots filled with primula  and violas

The hanging basket is looking pretty again with polyanthus 

More polyanthus in a long pot, then I found a strawberry pot in the shed and planted it up too

with the cheeky viola faces peeking out around the sides of the pot and snapdragons in the top, (and these pots I see looking straight ahead from my chair).

The herb containers have had a revamp; sage, marjoram and………something else (can’t remember what!  I think it’s thyme).

and good old faithful parsley and chives.

And inside, these daffs were a steal at 3 bunches for $5.00.  They were tight buds initially but opened up to glorious Spring, daffodil, golden-yellow inside 24 hours and are bringing us much delight.

It was such a lovely time spent with Mum out in the garden as we discussed which plants to put where; the best situations to place the pots; helping each other with the planting, all the while laughing and talking over our labours.  One for the memory banks and a great feeling of satisfaction and achievement.  Talk has now turned to Ma’s pots and plants.  We may be doing this all over again at her home before too long!

Meredithe x

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FAL Q3 – socks

The second pair of socks listed for FAL Q3 are finished!


Very happy with these!

That’s nine, yes 9, pairs of socks since May!  I’m not the least bit obsessed………..

Meredithe x

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Class show and tell

Morning

Sue E has all her pentagon flowers ready in their rows


Marilyn has her quilt top finished!

and she worked on more circles for her next quilt in class


Leanne trimmed her background and set up her corners 


Denise cut and cut and cut…….


We protected Beth’s cuppa by putting the rubbish bin in front of it, ready to receive off cuts!


Jo worked on appliqueing her shapes down


and Carole started on a new project


Afternoon

Lyn stayed all day and finished binding her table runner

and started using the “leftovers” for placemats


Frances had two more blocks made 

and started on another in class


Cathie has her top very nearly done and chose this fabulous backing


Ann has another of her stars finished

and worked on this one in class


Tineke learnt how to make bias strips


and Carilyn showed us her quilt top to date

and worked diligently on her next border.


Meredithe x

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Squealers

We had a special visitor at Squealers this time, with Karen’s friend Barb visiting from Queensland.  Karen has been slowly, subversively, gently, unobtrusively indoctrinating Barb into The Dark Side and during this visit Barb started hand piecing……..yay!! 

 she’s nearly finished three blocks and enjoyed a visit to Lilly Patches for some retail therapy too.

Karen switched between stitching “Daisy Days” 

 and “Alice’s Cross” 

 Helen is back to piecing her stars, with a couple more cut out 

 Andrea is appliqueing  

 I’ve started hand quilting my “Alice’s Cross” quilt, using Baptist Fan and Sue Spargo Eleganza threads  

 and Maree is hand quilting too 

 it’s a quilt for her Dad and was made from a pile of donated diamonds and pieces from her scrap bag  

 Andrea’s son has spent some time in Canada and brought back some fabric for his Mum to make him a quilt 

 top done! now for the quilting.

Karen has been busy, basting this quilt ready for some big stitch hand quilting 

 and having great fun with these scrappy blocks 

 It must have been “new boots day” as Barb  

 Helen 

 and I were all wearing our new boots  

 It was a cold day, and Karen had the fire roaring, which lead us to discuss woodpiles, which lead me outside to take pics of not just one 

 or two 

 but three Huge piles of wood!  (Bit of wood pile envy Anne?) 

 While out there, I noticed Karen’s sweet peas are already getting quite tall 

 and there’s even a flower or two 

 Must give mine a severe talking to!

And I know you’re all just reading through waiting for the afternoon tea shot………so here it is! 

 Hope you’ve had a lovely weekend too.

Meredithe x

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Class show and tell

Morning

Jo played with her Paisley pieces, decided on a design, started appliqueing them down and bought a little bit of fabric! 

 Beth has one of her borders appliquéd down  and in class she got a little carried away with her cutting out of the pentagon flowers and threw the excess into her tea instead of the rubbish bin!  Tea dying her fabric, perhaps?

 Marilyn played with her circles

  Carole was appliqueing the last of her borders 
 Denise was tracing, pressing and cutting out more woolly bits shapes    Sue E cut out the centre fabric for her pentagon flowers quilt, then cut and stitched on the borders; just the mitred corners to go.

 
Afternoon

Frances made another block for her Aunts Quilt

  Fiona joined us and wanted to try her hand at hand quilting; do you like the inadvertent smiley face I drew?  We added the eyelashes after seeing the smiley face!
 Cathie has all her rows made, so she cut, stitched and re-cut her sashing  pieces and started stitching the strips together   

Lyn stayed all day; she basted and quilted her table runner, then cut, made and attached the binding

 and she brought in her finished quilt to show us  It’s a lovely quilt and Lyn did such a great job with that binding, I defy you to find a join!

Meredithe x

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