Here and now | September

Joining in with Sarah for September’s Here and Now….. Loving // These early signs of Spring; blossom and flowers, and enjoying the last of Dad’s orchids.  The street looked like there’d been a huge wedding the other day; loads of blossoms littered the footpaths and road like confetti.

Eating // Zucchini soup

Drinking // Herbal Tea

Feeling // Very annoyed with the possums.  I checked the lemons a few days ago and they were almost ready to pick – big and full but not quite ready to come off the tree.  Two days later and the possums had peeled the skin off EVERY one!  Not happy!

Making // Some bunny rugs for a friend’s baby and some hanging towels for me

Thinking // It’s September…..already!

Dreaming // Of more days eating lunch outside in the sunshine

Must tell you too that Sarah has put out the first edition (sold out!) of a digital yarn magazine called Yarnologie.   I’ve subscribed and was delighted to receive the first edition on 1st September and thoroughly enjoyed reading it; articles about yarn, interviews with interesting yarny people, a recipe, links to some gorgeous patterns and stunning photography.  Highly recommended.

Meredithe x

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Squealers

Squealers this week, and despite the freezing cold we bravely turned out to share some afternoon tea and have a stitch…….

Helen’s Miss 10 grand daughter came and she’s sewing trianglesand while Helen supervised she stitched some more diamondsKaren was crochetingas was Miss EMiss S bound a minky rugMaree moved onto hand quilting the blocks of her quiltMiss F spent the afternoon cutting, cutting, cuttingI made more inroads on “Sketchbook Geese”and Andrea started the afternoon with thisand by day’s end had thisSo Cute!

Meredithe x

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Friday stitching

We were at Helen’s on Friday afternoonand as it was her birthday, there was a little cakeand “snap” presents! Maree was hand quiltingKaren added some more pink hexagons to her quiltHelen was knitting from GIANT balls of yarnand she’d backed a crocheted rug with fleecy for a grand daughterand I worked on “Sketchbook Geese”Meredithe x

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Class show and tell

Morning

Carole had finished one small block and during class stitched lots on another, and I helped out with pen work on the insectsMorning class was only small, so Jo and I worked together as a team and soon she had all these stars made, and emptied a reel of thread to boot!  (yes, they’re yet to be pressed)and Sue E prepped more squares ready to be stitched

Afternoon

Lyn stayed all day and showed us a beautiful embroidered cloth, started by her mother and finished by Lyn and one which Lyn uses toothe stitching is amazing; all done by handand Lyn prepped and attached her binding, and started hand stitching it downHelen cut and pinned the final borders (my maths from the previous week was correct!) and we hatched a plan for the hexagons…..and she worked on some more “Sweet Sunday” blocksSue M has started on a second “Woodlands” quilt top for her other grand daughterJane stitched the base for her next block and started to lay out the felt flowersFernanda is going well with her hand quiltingand she added the top and the extra applique pieces to her bagFrances finished sewing her blocks together with the sashingsand Cheryl worked on her “Pele Mele” blocks

Meredithe x

This class is held at Sewn and Quilted

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Stitch Sisters

Before the lurgi hit, we had Stitch Sisters here.  I didn’t feel like baking so we had bought goods for afternoon tea.Not a lot of stitching occurred, so not much to show, but lots of chat and laughter happened!

Karen has been knitting up storm for the new grandbaby due soonKaye was working meticulously on cutting the next round of her blocksI started on the embroidery on my new quilt topand Maree is knitting a loooong scarfAnd as Helen was having a birthday in the not too distant future, we had cake and candles and singing!Meredithe x

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Class show and tell

I did manage to drag myself from my sick bed last week to get to class for my students, but haven’t had the oomph to post about it, but better had before it gets too late!

Morning

We were spoilt with morning tea from Linda, a delicious banana loafSue E stitched more of her squaresand bought some of the new fabrics in the storeI helped Leanne cut the final borders for a quiltand she shopped too for some fabrics for a new projectCarole nearly finished the next block and I did some pen work on the bugsand we set up a little block for her too

Afternoon

Four students stayed all day; Carylin has been very busy while we had that couple of weeks off, finishing a quilt top and nearly completing a couple of others

and in class she was busy with her hand quiltingLyn finished machine quilting her little quiltFernanda had finished the applique for her bagshe then started running stitch embroidery around all the applique pieces and also chose some fabrics for the lining and topLinda has block 1 finishedand together we set up and she started work on block 2Linda also showed us a beautiful supper cloth that she’s bought, complete with embroidery threads and she’s going to embroider itand she shared a photo of her finished and hanging “Umbrella” quiltWe were spoilt in the afternoon too as it was Cheryl’s birthday and she brought in a cake to shareCheryl has made 4 of the “Star a Day” blocksand she’s working on a clam shell project tooTineke has finished the hand quilting on her quiltand she worked some more of her birdSue M made more “Woodlands” blocks and stitched some togetherAfter a bit of brain work from me (not easy when you’re not well!) with directional fabric and just-not-quite-enough, Helen cut and stitched on the outer side borders for her top (we’ll work on the top and bottom borders next time!)Frances started putting her blocks togetherJane worked on her next blockbut she had The Best Show and Tell…….her Double Wedding Ring quilt is finished!!and looks fabulous!  Jane and I learnt a lot during this quilt journey!

Meredithe x

This class is held at Sewn and Quilted

(and Prue, if you’re reading this, hope you enjoyed your visit to Melbourne!)

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6and6in2018 | August

Hi Lovelies, It’s been a bit quiet here lately, hasn’t it?  I had hoped to make it through Winter unscathed, but unfortunately I succumbed to a virus and have been a bit off colour and spending lots of lazy time.  On the mend now though (fingers crossed).  Apologies for any unanswered comments.

With being unwell and the time I spent with Mum earlier in the month there actually isn’t a lot to report for August.

I started crocheting Sandra’s “Spice of Life” blanket and it’s grown from thisto even more than this (photo taken a couple of days ago)having so much fun with it and it’s about all that’s been able to keep my interest while couch sitting.

You may have seen that my blocks are together from the “Sketchbook” fabric I picked up at the showand I’ve started the embroidery on the two plain panelsand really, Dear Peeps, that’s about it from me.  I do hope you’ve fared better, so it’s over to you now.

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Meredithe x

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