Monday, 5 June 2017

May

Three go wild in Croydon....sorry Shirley.  Car loaded off we headed to pastures new. Our meeting held at HT this month.

A good catch up first, with tea and biscuits and a look round H's wonderful garden. The sky is blue and the sun is warm.

Show and Tell first, finished projects by CD.



Monthly crochet project finished by HW


And, finally on with our UFO!

A wall hanging, which had a major design change - becoming a garden table cover. Wonderful colours.


A wedding gift from HW, final decisions on how to finished - stuff with wadding or lavender, were discussed



Foundation pieces being made for demonstration purposes by CD.  One much easier than other. Decision made perhaps not to do foundation piecing again!


Lunch in the garden, with some beautiful blooms.


And the biggest flan I have ever seen!! ;)


A great day, yes you are right only three projects, I forgot to photograph mine lol! Sandown next month for those who are free.

Thursday, 4 May 2017

The Big Birthday Bash

With one QQ having a big '0' birthday, we wondered if we could make it extra special with an overnight-er at the coast........ after many, many emails - it wasn't until two weeks before the 'event' that we were all sure we would pull it off!!

So with a bucket and spade, some sewing/hooky and several bottles of Prosecco we actually managed two nights. A productive day of sewing, laughter, drinking and a very enjoyable curry!

So what do you get someone for a big '0' birthday - somewhat of a tradition now - handmade quilted cushions of course......


                          






We cracked open the first bottle at lunch time.... if fact two bottles..... most unusual as we all drive to the venue normally but the cars were not moving so why not!!


Cheers...... don't be fooled by the sunshine - if you look closely we had to wear our coats for lunch!!! Happy Birthday HT - hope you enjoyed your day!


We have three birthdays in April - as we didn't all make it to the last meeting we decided to hold fire with the gifts so it was very much like Christmas day for all concerned. H couldn't decide if this was a hanging basket or new headgear for sorting the bees.....


Cake, of course, was required.......along with a catch up with EL. Always great - the US doesn't seem so far with Face-time.


And our day wouldn't be complete without our projects.....

 




 

The weekend was finished with a VERY windy walk on the beach Sunday morning.....nothing more wonderful that being blown across the shoreline!!! Maybe again sometime (soon) !!

Tuesday, 21 March 2017

Best Laid Plans

We were hoping for a full house with six group members in attendance this month. However, life got in the way and we ended up with three of us making the meeting, one face time visit and TWO birthday cakes. Best laid plans eh!

We had planned to celebrate CD and HW birthdays this month as HT has a biggish one next month and we wanted something special - watch this space? With only half of us able to attend, we decided to open the presents next month when, hopefully, there will be more of us to share the experience.

Well what have we been up to? CB has been finishing UFO's and brought along a CAL (crochet along) granny square blanket. It is made in her signature rainbow colours with black. Some of the patterns worked up larger than others, and these blocks have been set aside for another project. The blanket looks good and is awaiting a border and blocking to finish it off.



All sewn up

One of CB's favourite squares - bobbles

Another favourite the 3D flower block

AB has been working on a small crochet blanket, bought at an exhibition as a kit. It is very pretty colours and progressing well.

Rows of trebles and treble clusters

AB also had a late birthday present from EL in the US. We all loved the flip-flop tag. This will be keeping AB's water chilled when walking, or perhaps the wine!

Insulated bottle bag

CD had helped out at Olympia on the Quilters Guild stand and brought home six sets of blocks to make up into small quilts for Project Linus. Two were having borders added, the other four were ready to be backed and quilted.


Project Linus blocks from Olympia

CD had also made a crochet shawl  (pattern from the Crochet Project) and finished a Moorland blanket CAL by Lucy at Attic24.

'Your Mileage May Vary' shawl
Moorland blanket
Lunch was minestrone soup and bread with pear crumble and custard for dessert. Sorry I forgot to take a picture of the crumble, too busy eating it!

Minestrone soup

After lunch we had a go at an improvised light box for transferring quilting designs. It worked quite well for a glass panel and a clip-on lamp. It did need two people to work.

Improvised light box
Well after all that hard work we needed tea and birthday cake, not one but TWO. It would have been rude not to have a piece of both and we don't like to be rude when it is homemade cake.

Orange drizzle cake

Iced jam sponge
Absolutely delicious, we do love a birthday. Another productive day spent with like minded friends, such fun.








Thursday, 2 February 2017

2017, another year with goods friends.....

Instead of our usual new year curry we opted instead on a new year outing to Ardingly Quilt Show and a pub lunch.  A browse around some amazing quilts perhaps gave us all some inspiration to enable us to get our creative juices flowing again after the Christmas break.

A pub found...we made ourselves comfy - the realisation of how fast life moves on sometimes - it was good to take time time to chat and catch up.



Lunch ordered, consumed and enjoyed - we did have to laugh at the delicious looking carrot salad (R/h picture) H has order - it was like of game of where's wally but with carrot instead!!


 

We also had our secret Santa swap..... much to the amusement of other diners in the pub!!







A wonderful way to spend the day!  Happy crafting girls in 2017!

Monday, 21 November 2016

November 2016

A well attended meeting with a full house of members. There was quite a variety of work being done, with lots of chat and catching up with life's trials and tribulations.

HW decided to do some more work on the Infinity squares we started at a workshop we all attended in the summer. It is coming along but does require concentration. We seem to have a lot of strips cut and are trying to decide whether we should make bigger quilts, or keep to 12 blocks.

Infinity Squares

CB was working on a brightly coloured Corner to Corner crocheted blanket. This is a lovely pattern, several of us have made one or two over the past year or so. This one may be destined to check out the suitability of selling one-off craft items on the web. This idea is in it's infancy, it has given us a lot of food for thought!

C2C blanket

Another project on the go is a Christmas present for our Secret Santa, I don't think this picture gives the game away. It is looking good and nearly finished before going home, plus - all done without a pattern.
HT on Christmas

CD was working on Project Linus T-shirt quilts as Christmas is coming up and there is always a bigger demand for them. One down and three to go!

PL T-shirt quilt

AB attempted to get her beach bag finished, holiday has been and gone but it may be ready for the next one. She went back to crochet practice after lunch, plenty of time to finish beach bag before next holiday.
Beach bag

Lunch is always looked forward to with anticipation. This time we had Cauliflower cheese soup and bread, with apple tart tatin and cream for dessert. All of it homemade and delicious.

Cauliflower cheese soup and bread
Apple tart tatin


After lunch it was back to work until tea and cake with the birthday presents and a round of Happy Birthday. EL in Florida joined us for this via Face time, then she was off to help hang some Christmas lights on a Lighthouse (only in America!)

Happy Birthday
Another productive day crafting, already looking forward to the next one.