Class show and tell

Morning

It was Carylin’s birthday so she brought in a delicious cake to shareJoy joined us and with limited space(!) we managed to get her (rather large) candlewick quilt top ready and then she pin basted itSue E and I worked as a team to get the sashings onto her blocks and then sewing them together – I pinned, Sue sewedDenise cut out heapsCarole worked on another block and I did the pen work for herand Sue W added lights to her Christmas panel

Afternoon

Three students stayed all day;  Carylin finished off the last of her hexagon bits and started to applique them onLyn finished stitching down her bindingand we made a rod pocket and attached it so she can hang her new quiltand Fernanda stitched stars all dayand with the other afternoon students, Cheryl has made some more “Star in a Day” blocksand she worked on another “Pele Mele” blockCathie had finished sewing her strips together, so she cut them up and we started to work on a layoutSue M worked on her bordersI showed Tineke how to sew her triangle pieces into hexagons, and she went nuts with it!Frances started to stitch down the cloth on her quilt and we looked at trims for the edgeand Jane finished another corner block.Meredithe x

This class is held at Sewn and Quilted

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Woolly bits

It was also Woolly Bits time last weekend at Millrose.

There wasn’t terribly much happening before lunch, we were too busy catching upbut the food must have done us good as I finished off a birdGlenda did some embellishing (this is for a class at the quilt shop on 8 December if you’re interested – contact them for further details)Lyn was hand piecing some bagsand Jacinta was machine piecing the same bagsKerry cut and stitched these birdsJoy is up to hand quilting the border of her “Sweet Sunday” quiltand Lizzie was working on a secret something for something at Millrose next yearDefinitely needed afternoon tea when it arrived!Meredithe x

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6and6in2018 | October

Once again, Dear Peeps, I’ve failed to attack even one of my listed projects.  I do think I’ll write them off for the rest of the year as well!

I did, however, get some other things done so I will show you those.

You might remember that the lovely Kate sent me some fabrics all the way from Singapore recently, and I decided that Kate needed a bigger thank you than just an email-ed thank you.  So one afternoon I fought my way to the table in the sewing room, cleared it off, found some fabrics and actually used some pieces from the scraps I’d cut up and put into an ordered box – go me!  A little stitching with Billy and……one large workbag finished!  The back is one piece of fabricand it has a light lining for easy seeingand a solid colour in the base as I didn’t want to lose any of the fabrics into the base when it was boxedI used the Noodlehead open wide zippered pouch pattern and just tweaked it for the size I wanted (approx 14″ x 19″) and used the aqua base fabric as a guide when boxing the corners.  I was really happy with it and best of all, Kate loves it!

With some yarn left over, I made another cot size ripple rug, using the pattern from Lucy at Attic24and Lucy’s simple border finish……ripplin’, ripplin’, ripplin’And “Taking Liberties” is progressing well with 3 rows finisheda 4th being stitched and yet another being prepped.

So all in all, it’s been a productive month, just not on anything on the list!

How did you go?  I know Anne has been knitting, but I’m not sure what else she’s done so we’ll have to wait and see.

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Meredithe x

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Treehouse textiles fun

On Friday and Saturday Treehouse Textiles held special sewing days down at Moorooduc.  I was lucky enough to score a ticket for the Saturday along with several of my students, enough to make up a table, and we had a lovely day out together.

As you would expect, everything was decorated so beautifully, from just inside the front door of the hallto the walkway to the bathroomand even in the bathroomEvery window sill in the hall was filled with more native Australian flora and in between quilts were hangingEach table had a centre decorationand everyone received a goodie bagcontaining a pattern and kit for a lavender bagWe were very well fed – anticipation for the food being fueled by the menu on the table!Emma warmly welcomed us to the day and introduced her mum, Sarah, who was manning a stall with delightful antique tins, pictures, tea towels, cloths and fabrics that she’s pick up in her travels around Australia.Morning tea arrivedwith special treats for the gluten free people on our tablethen it was down to a bit of stitching and chatI met up with lots of friends old and new and had a lovely time catching up with them, then before too long it was lunch time including dessertand again, the gluten free lot had special treatsIn the middle of the afternoon there was a “lucky chair prize” and my chair was one of the three winners!  I chose the “Blush” Quilt pattern, which came with a starter pack – so happy with that!! You may have recognised some of the quilts hanging in the photos above, and that would be because the gorgeous Judy Newman was the guest speaker. Judy gave us some sound advice on quilting making, fabric choices and following your heart, then showed us lots of her older quilts and also gave some hand quilting demonstrations which I was very keen to see – anything to broaden the knowledge!

Too soon the day came to an end; we were all very reluctant to leave.  Hearty congratulations to Emma and her “team” for a brilliant day.  The atmosphere, the beautiful surroundings, the delicious food and excellent company all made for a very special day.  And it was so nice to be able to have full conversations with my students, instead of hearing half sentences as I make my way around the teaching table helping them all, so much so, we’ve decided that we’ll all go again next year!

Meredithe x

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Class show and tell

There were lots of finishes on a very busy class day.   Wanna see?

Morning

Marilyn had her quilt top for her grand daughter finished (its from the Quiltmania “Simply Modern” magazine Issue 12)and she started working on “Sweet SundayJo finished her “Square Dance” top (pattern by everyday quilts)and worked on more starsLeanne is a bit besotted with “Sweet Sunday” and has a heap of blocks already, but we had a lesson on how to use doilies in the blocksSue E cut the sashing and cornerstones for an old(er) quiltDenise was cutting too, diamonds for her quiltCarole and I chose fabrics for her moths and she prepped and started stitching themand Sue W cut a wall hanging panel to size and started hand quilting

Afternoon

Tineke brought in her finished wall hangingshe’s done a great job with the hand quilting, and I love the backing and binding for itand she started working on a new quilt, cutting triangles to make hexagons of various sizes (there’s just not quite enough fabric in the kit to get them all the same in the biggest size – but we’ll work something out) Fernanda has finished her “Ruby Maywith a gorgeous crocheted edge and, as it’s a throw, just simple hand quilting around the flowersand she started embroidering an old cloth that came complete with threadsSue M has the main part of her “Rowdy Flats Library Quilt” finished– such a happy quilt, it reminds me of Summer – and together we cut and marked up the borders

Cathie joined us and we worked out a rail fence quilt pattern for her to make Jane finished a corner blockHelen cut and added the borders for her table runnerLinda happily stitched down and embellished more circle flowersCheryl worked on more “Pele Mele” clam shells (no, it’s not a Halloween one, they’re actually rabbits, just cut roughly before appliqueing!)and Frances cut out squares for a simple quilt for a nephew, but she packed it away before I had a chance to snap a pic, however, you can see it will be a very masculine quilt (the Liberty flowers aren’t in it!)Meredithe x

This class is held at Sewn and Quilted

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Stitch Sisters

Helen was our hostess for Stitch Sisters on Saturday, and with several Sisters away, we were just a little gathering.Vikki has put the binding on her quiltand has just the centre hand quilting to go and this one will be finishedKaren had finished up her large hexie quiltand was working on some smaller blocks for anotherand after getting the 4-patches made the day before, I started joining them togetherApologies to Helen and Rhonda – got so caught up with my 4-patch blocks I forget to get pics of their work……next time!

Meredithe x

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Friday stitching

At the last minute I organised for sewing to be at mine on Friday.  With a trip to the dentist in the morning I opted for soup for lunch in case I couldn’t eat, but all was good and I received a clean bill of health for my teeth!Karen brought me the beautiful sweet peas, and I had picked some roses and azaleas from our gardenand afternoon tea was simply cheese and biscuitsI’d cut out for another row of “Taking Liberties”and started stitching it upMaree showed us her tiny, tiny hexie blockHelen worked on her diamondsand Karen was finishing up the squaring up of her large hexie quiltMeredithe x

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