Sunday, October 11, 2015

A fine sewing Saturday ...

Yesterday, a group of us took ourselves off to the light and airy classroom at Cottage Quiltworks at Warriewood for a day of stitching - we worked on our own projects, consulted each other, took some lunch to share, enjoyed a show and tell session, shopped a little as necessary, and there might have been a bit of chat too. A lovely way to spend a spring Saturday with friends. We think we might do it again.

Thanks Gerri (the new owner of Cottage Quiltworks)
and Annette for making us so welcome
Elaine W is hand quilting the first of two similar Millefiori
(pattern by Sarah Fielke, Hand Quilted with Love) for her
little granddaughters in preparation for their return to
Australia to live just after Christmas. The background
fabric is a beautiful lemon yellow linen.
Helen's large collection of hexagon are being tamed by monthly
classes with Margaret Sampson George at Cottage Quiltworks

Miriam's applique is being worked on a beautiful piece of linen
given to her by her husband's 96 year old grandmother

Phyl has a number of works in progress (how odd!) -
this one is Candied Hexagons, using many of the
Kaffe Fasset large scale prints in Phyl's stash.

It was a treat to see Georgie's Jane Pizar again - she is about half
way through hand-quilting it with Aurifil 12 weight threads in
many colours (the horizontal lines of stitching are machine
basting). Georgie is aiming to get as much done as possible
before it gets too hot to handle this large beauty.
Another of Phyl's works in progress - she was showing us the
blue with white spot for the next border. Great choice!
A recent finish for Phyl - it all started with the
sashiko panel in the centre.

Phyl attended a 'borders; workshop with Margaret Sampson George,
starting with just the small appliqued Celtic knot block in the centre
- she says it has been 'Margrified', and it certainly and wonderfully has!
Georgie brought along this community quilt as we had
not seen it finished. The blocks were donated by JoAnn
who had done the heavy lifting of foundation piecing
the spiked arcs and cutting the curved centres,
Georgie did the next level of curved piecing the arcs and
centres together (without a single pin!).
Then we thought about the quilting for a bit ... and
eventually Georgie 
machine quilted it, and Barbara
hand-sewed the binding.
All of this over about four years, phew!

The fabulous batik outer border fabric is from 
The Craft Nook at Hornsby. We plan to donate it 
to a local community group to raffle.
We put together a delicious lunch to share - it was all lovely,
but Geoff W's smoked salmon crepe rolls probably took the prize.
Thanks Geoff - has Elaine mentioned that we have 
a Christmas 
lunch to cater for in a few weeks? 
Thanks for organising a lovely day, Louise.

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