Here and Now | August 2017

Loving // the flowers at the green grocer’s – this one broke off half way up the stem so it gets its own vase!

Eating // lots of pasta dishes in the last week or so – lovely Winter fare

Drinking // one of my lovely students has introduced me to Twinings “Digest” tea, a mix of peppermint, liquorice and lemon balm (I’m sorely missing the demise of their peppermint and liquorice tea, so this is a good substitute)

Feeling // a bit tired – end of Winter blues??

Making // tried my hand at focaccia this past week from a recipe found in a magazine – maybe not quite up to Paul Hollywood standard but The Golfer and I enjoyed it (I think I’m watching too much of “The Great British Bake Off” re-runs!)

Thinking // about quite a few things that need to be done in the next few weeks – haven’t quite hit the panic button but it’s not far off!

Dreaming // weird dreams lately and wondering if they’re to do with the above!!  Better get to; a list would be a good start!

Linking up with Sarah at Say, Little Hen, for Here and Now.

Meredithe x

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Class show and tell


Back to a full house this week.  Marilyn returned and has her circle border ready to stitchLeanne is close to getting her final border on her “Carousel” (pattern by Sandra Boyle, Everyday Quilts)and worked on the last of the diamondsthis is block 15 of 16 for DeniseBeth was working on diamonds tooSue E started to machine her bordersshe’s finished Block 3 of “Matildaand put a quilt in for quilting!and Jo was working on an oldie but a goodie, changing the size of both the hexies and the overall quilt, so a little bit of working out to be done.Afternoon

Carylin stayed all day and had show and tell for both groups; this finished quiltand her owl quilt which she machine quilted herselfand as both are being sent to Germany they needed labels, so we had a lesson on label makingCarylin’s Mum suggested that this fabric might be good for Carylin to make into something……so she didand in class she chose some sections to be broderie persed onto the cornersFernanda stayed all day too, she has finished Block 3 of “Matildaand her “Sweet Sunday” quilt topto which she added borders, so it’s now ready to be hand quiltedI showed Fernanda how to make a sweet thumb/finger pincushionand, wanting ideas for a quilt for one of her nieces, we came up with thisyes, you’ll have to wait for further installments!

Cheryl worked on more of her quarter-square-trianglesHelen made up some more of her “Sweet Sunday” blocks (and may have done a little shopping!) – love the strawberriesJane played with more embroideryand Frances started choosing fabrics and cutting out for another “Aunts’ Quilt” block.Meredithe x

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Saturday was Squealers day and even though the sun was shining it was very cold, so we were particularly grateful for the roaring fireand the sumptuous afternoon teas brought along by everyoneKaren had been to Ballarat the weekend before and scored these beauties from The Crafty Squirreland this cloth from an antique shop ready for her to embroiderAndrea has been embroidering these sweet angelsfrom this patternMiss E has a quilt top madeand has started knitting a vest for her husbandKaren was working on her “Daisy Days” blocks (VT4001MC)Helen appliqued another of her blocksMiss F joined us and was stitching some setting triangles Maree made the last of her blocks for “Emma Maryand I worked on my new template setMiss S joined us too and was hand quiltingand while we were doing that, Little Miss 9 made a unicorn cushion on Nanna’s sewing machine!  So clever!(photo’s a bit blurry – she was very excited with her show and tell!)

Meredithe x

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Class show and tell

And now from the class at Sewn and Quilted.  Again, we were light on for numbers due to illness and travels so there was only a morning class this week.  (Best wishes for a speedy recovery to those who are ill, and happy travels for those away!)

Fernanda had her Block 2 of “Matilda” finishedwhich she brought along in her new block book!and during the morning, Fernanda cut out Block 3as did Sue EHelen had lots of lovely “Sweet Sunday” blocks to show usand she did a bit more applique on her other quiltCheryl had “Sweet Sunday” blocks to show toobut wait, there’s more!and Frances traced off the patterns for the side and corner triangles, and started on another of her applique blocks for her “Aunt’s Quilt

But the BIG news of the day was that Frances had entered two quilts into last weekend’s Victorian Quilters Guild Show at the Craft and Quilt Fair, the triangle one made for her niece

and her version of Sue Ambrose’s “Sweethearts” quilt which won first prize in the Traditional Two Person Amateur/Professional category!

We are all so delighted for Frances – a Blue Ribbon!!  (Photos shown with Frances’ permission)

Doesn’t get much better than that!

Meredithe x

This class is held at Sewn and Quilted

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Class show and tell

As it’s the beginning of the month, it’s double class show and tell time again, firstly from the quilt shop class.

We were a bit light on for numbers as several students were away due to the rotten Winter lurgies that are going around (hope you’re feeling better soon, girls!), but those who did come did very well……..

Beth has her quilt top together, and looking faband we chose a backingthen Beth spent a very industrious morning fussy cutting borders and sashings for her “Pemberley” BOM (from last year)Jennifer has more of her blocks madeand Sue cut her sashings and cornerstones for her “left overs”quilts and got all the pieces sewn into columns, ready to sew into rowsShort but sweet!

Meredithe x

This class is held at the quilt shop, Eltham.

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Woolly bits class

I don’t know what it is about the place, and I know I’ve said it before, but going to Millrose is a balm to the souland it may just have a little something to do with my fellow classmates too, and the fact that I’ve missed the last couple of classes and was HANGING OUT for a Woolly Bits day!  Plus we get to spend The Whole Day just sittin’, stitchin’, eatin’, and chattin’ – that’s always good fun!  (We did miss those who were unwell or traveling.  Hugs.)

So on the stitching front………

Lynne’s “Cuppa” quilt was back from the quilterDoesn’t it look fab?!  Wanna a close up of the quilting? so cleverly done…….and look at the back tooand the doyen of this machine quilting?  That would be Kerrie from Black Forest QuiltingJan K was working on her birdsas was Iand I even managed to get this one finished!Jacinta was hand quilting her hand appliqued cushion (it was finished by class end)Can’t show you what Gail was working on, but her blocks came in this folder (and the blocks are looking wonderful – hope to show you in a few months)and Lizzie finished her cushion, which is soon to be classWe did stop our endeavours and head next door for a spot of lunch and a peruse of the lovely gift ware now in the cafeand then had to stop for the most delectable, melt-in-your-mouth chocolate brownie slice for afternoon teaI also did some Purposeful Shopping first up, choosing these fabrics for the setting triangles of Broughton Roadthis for a small border on “Steampunk”and these for the borders of 365 circlesNow I just need another weekend at Sewjourn sewing those borders/blocks to get these tops finished!

Still, it was a win, win, win all ’round day!  Sigh……very satisfying…….on all fronts!

Meredithe x

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17ufosin2017 | July

Anne and I are having such fun  hosting this challenge, but where has this month gone?  Well, far too quickly as far as I’m concerned!  Although I do seem to have achieved Substantial Progress, which is what this challenge is all about, mostly due to a weekend away.

My circle blocks are together and borders have now been purchased“Steampunk” is also together (not an updated pic but it is all together, believe me!) and a small border for that has also been purchased.“Brompton Road” is organised into rows and setting triangle fabric purchasedand “Wallender” is finished finished and now hanging in the family room.  If you haven’t read yesterday’s post about it you can catch it here.And on the knitting front, the front and back of Ma’s jumper are done and the sleeves are well underway.  Might even get it finished before……no! won’t say that!!  Might jinx myself!So, it’s now over to you.  How did you fare in July?

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Meredithe x

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