“I’m Forever Blowing Bubbles”

Ha!! That gotcha, didn’t it? No, I haven’t swallowed some shampoo or imbibed too much champagne (it is Saturday morning after all!), but last night I was making circles

20150704-104608.jpgwith my trusty Perfect Circles and the help of Best Press and an Aquash pen to apply the Best Press,

20150704-105207.jpgand that ditty, that my Nanna used to sing when I was a little girl, came into my head as “I’m Forever Making Circles”……….’cos I was making lots of circles. There are still some left over

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20150704-105507.jpgI want them to add to the border appliqué of “Alice”

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The appliqué for the last border is pinned into place ready to start stitching today. It’s time, then, to start thinking of the quilting, and last weekend at Millrose we spied these new WonderFil Eleganza threads (they come in plain and variegated)

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20150704-110616.jpgand they’ll live happily in this cute bag I bought at, of all places, the news agency in Heathcote, several weeks ago.

20150704-110728.jpgIt’s a freezing cold, overcast, rainy day here in Melbourne town. Perfect Winter day for stitching indoors in front of a fire…….which is what I shall be doing shortly. And best of all, it’s with friends!

Meredithe x

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Class show and tell

Wednesday

Ellen has her centre finished

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20150702-151436.jpgAdrienne has two more blocks of “Gypsy Wife”

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20150702-151625.jpgDeirdre put together and bordered her cot quilt

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Thursday

Carylin brought along the scarf she’s knitted for her daughter

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20150702-152024.jpgFiona has some more Lucy Boston blocks

20150702-152108.jpgand spent the day cutting out hexies

20150702-152714.jpgLorraine had prepped some hexagons

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20150702-152349.jpgSue 1 has finished Green Beans

20150702-152417.jpgand handed it over, together with the backing (two fabrics) and stripy binding to be machine quilted

20150702-152510.jpgSue then started on her version of Briar Hill

20150702-152547.jpgMarilyn and I had fun playing with her border fabric to cut out stars

20150702-152633.jpgSue 2 is patiently piecing her blocks

20150702-152815.jpgJosephine has her centre appliqué down

20150702-152852.jpgChris finished border 3 and made a start on border 4

20150702-152923.jpgAlison started putting her Dresden Plates together

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and GJ had kindly driven me to class and was working on her Passagalia

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Meredithe x

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Squishy parcels

This month’s fabric club from Material Obsession is……..well……a little different

20150627-194909.jpgI’m in two minds over the tropical flowers; love the orange fern leaf (I have some of that in turquoise); also love the two different stripes; but in really not a fan of animal prints, but I do know a home where I think it will be welcomed!

But the best squishy parcel for the week was from my dear friend Anne, all the way from sunny Scotland! The gorgeous Anne has shared her precious new Liberty fabrics with me, and included a lovely card, perfect for framing!

20150627-195317.jpgYum!! Thank you dear friend.

Meredithe x

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Discoveries

When GJ and I were out the other weekend, we chanced upon a market in a church hall, took a gamble and walked on in. And what a good decision that was! The “Handmade Show” is exactly that; everything for sale is handmade, but quality hand made and covers a variety of goods including, soaps, cards, jewellery, condiments amongst other things. Unfortunately I can’t show you what I bought just yet, but I can share the details of the shows for the rest of the year

20150627-194014.jpgWell worth going to.

In another discovery, The Golfer and I have found a delightful bijou cafe hidden away on a suburban street (I think it used to be the ubiquitous “corner milk bar” in its day)

20150627-194231.jpgWe stopped in for lunch; The Golfer had his favourite chicken schnitzel on focaccia

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20150627-194416.jpgWe’ll be going back!

Meredithe x

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Woolly bits class

Had a great day at Millrose yesterday, with lots of show and tell from my fellow students.

Jan was doing her beautiful embellishing

20150628-181802.jpgJoy had her houses to show us

20150628-181848.jpgGJ worked on some Christmas projects

20150628-181934.jpgand The Big Excitement of the day was several finished tops

:: from Liz

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:: and here’s the same pattern from Joy

20150628-182118.jpgchanged around, mixed up and with a distinctive Aussie flavour

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:: and Lyn is the first of us to get “Bird Dance” together

20150628-182248.jpgdoesn’t it look wonderful?!

Too soon it was lunchtime

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20150628-182411.jpgJacinta had all her birds cut out and was deciding on some Liberty wings

20150628-182447.jpgand I had the final set of birds stapled on to backgrounds.

20150628-182522.jpgHow was your Sunday?

Meredithe x

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Saturday stitching

On a cold, cloudy, winter Saturday, we spent a delightful afternoon in front of Mrs Mac’s roaring fire stitching, talking and laughing!

Mrs Mac had quite a bit of show and tell…….

:: she’s started making “Alice” blocks

20150627-191147.jpgall by hand

20150627-191211.jpg:: these Monkey Wrench blocks are machine pieced

20150627-191302.jpgready to go with her embroidered baskets

20150627-191342.jpg:: this quilt top is finished

20150627-191410.jpgwith strips cut from lots and lots of fabrics

20150627-191444.jpgand the left overs have made a little baby quilt!

20150627-191517.jpg:: and these blocks are being blanket stitched before getting some embellishment treatment

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20150627-191635.jpgKaye has been to the Exquisite Threads exhibition at the NGV and had this book to share

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20150627-192748.jpgHelen is working on another appliqué block of her own design

20150627-192845.jpgand she brought along Miss J who spent some time colouring in her own Puss in Boots drawing

20150627-193012.jpgAnd me? Yep, you guessed it….

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Meredithe x

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A little bit of appliqué

I know it’s been a bit quiet on the p and c front of late, but every chance I get I’ve been appliquéing

20150627-190432.jpgappliquéing

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20150627-190622.jpgI have two sides completed and the third side set up and started. Good thing it’s a great tv night……I’m off to do more!

Meredithe x

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