Sunday, 17 June 2018

June: Friends Reunited

A wonderful get together this month. Two members enjoying themselves in sunnier climates, while the rest of us enjoyed good company, good food and great projects. It was also the first 'in the flesh' meeting for a good number of months for our travelling friend. It did feel a little odd not to be face timing in the afternoon!

Project Linus Quilt - finishing binding CB

Project Linus Quilt - Pink Delight by CD (now purchased by HT for Granddaughter)

Strips by EL. Interesting strips being made for weaving. Very fiddly but I'm sure will be well worth it. 

 

HT was mending the grandchildren's tepee, a wonderful colourful tepee - which I failed to photograph - oops!

Food is always high on the list of activities during the day, and a wonderful lunch by HT


Chocolates from around the world provided by EL, yum yum.


Tea and coffee on tap with home made flapjacks. Yum, yum!


And then a massive show and tell by CD. So creative, sooooo productive!

 

 

 

 



Good to catch up and looking forward to the next meeting, where some of us will be taking a Road Trip!


Sunday, 6 May 2018

May: Our Own In House Workshop

For the first time this year, we have five members 'in the house'. Taking advantage of this, we decided to hold our very own mini workshop, trying our hand at Fabric Bins, sent over by EL.



 CB  


HT - a large one

HW - Small one


CD - A mini one

AB - a large one

Love the fact we all feel at home when we meet ...... luckily for me the girls didn't see the state of the sewing room yesterday - much worse than the living room today!



Lunch was a good. With late birthday celebrations for HT. The celebrations was completed with gifts and cake - yum yum.


Ta Dah!





Next month, we have our missing friend, sadly not a full house though!

Monday, 16 April 2018

April: Sunshine and Cake

Nearly a full house, with HT visiting family and EL packing for her return journey (to the UK yay), we enjoyed a full day of crafting with catch up on recent events and the state of potholes....... yeh I know - we know how to live!  With two birthdays to celebrate we also had cake and gifts - somehow I managed to miss getting images of both of these - good job I'm not a photographer otherwise I'd be sacked ........

Lunch is always such a wonderful affair at our gatherings - and today was not a disappointment, a picture was even taken before the plate was empty!


Not so quick with dessert!



HW continued on with her hexagon quilt - amazing progress being made, and stunning detail with such little piece.

 

Another small baby blanket for CB, 18" by 22" but a great way to see what works, how quick they hook up and colour combinations.


A great moment for AB, casting off the blanket. An early decision made on the discovery that the blanket would perhaps only be suitable for an apron given that the bottom is twice the size of the top. A great colour combination and a great starting project.


CD had two projects on the go today, hand sewing applique - a UFO from a few years ago.


And a girly version of the T-Shirt Project Linus Quilt - how sweet are these little dresses.....

 

  


A great day, good to see everyone, looking forward to the next one already!

Friday, 23 March 2018

March 2018 rescheduled due to snow

Ha ha, having rescheduled our March meeting due to snow, it snowed again! This time we went ahead despite the weather. We had four in attendance and EL on face-time for a chat. CB was on a photo shoot, out in freezing cold Suffolk. No birthdays to celebrate this month, so biscuits with tea and no cake.

We start the show and tell with HT, who has been busy with her crochet and sewing. The poncho is actually deep pink with a sparkly thread.

Two small Linus quilts 

Crochet poncho for grand daughter
HW has been getting on with her lovely 1 inch hexagon flower baskets quilt. I thought I had taken a picture of the quilt so far, but NO, so that will have to wait. It is looking spectacular, a real labour of love.

1 inch hexagon flowers, these are for the sashing
AB was working on the handles for a beach bag. She felt those used in the pattern were a bit skinny, so is making them wider.

Beach bag with useful outside pockets
CD had finished a quilt for her brother-in-law and his wife. They both have big birthdays this year, so it will be dedicated to the occasion. It was designed to complement the bed headboard in their much loved static caravan.  

'Skeggy' Quilt, with border detail
As seems to be the norm these days, we have eaten lunch before anyone remembers to take a picture. we had homemade soup and bread, with pineapple upside down cake and custard for dessert, also homemade.

Remains of lunch




Monday, 12 February 2018

Birthday Celebration and a New Sofa

This month we met at HT's, a bit more work has been done on the kitchen, we were all impressed with underfloor heating, you get such lovely toasty toes - blissful. HT thought she might need a bit more seating, so ordered a new red sofa, it came at 7 am that very morning. Very smart and comfy, although to be fair we spent most of the time at the table, much to HT's disappointment. We were one down this month, as CB had a photographic assignment, in the rain. We didn't envy her! We started with tea and biscuits, why wouldn't you?


Then we had some "Show and Tell" mainly from CD, who had been mass producing Project Linus quilts and crocheted blankets.





AB had been yarn shopping and has had a visit from relatives living in Australia with presents.

Lovely yarn, would you need another reason to buy it

Purple fabric from Australia

HT was binding a Thomas quilt for one of her Grandsons.


HW is diligently hand piecing one inch hexagons. A labour of love, that travels well and will be spectacular when finished. We look forward to seeing the progress made each month. 



Progress so far

AB has nearly finished the crochet blanket. It is not quite square, but we have some ideas about getting it back into shape.

Notice the manicure - Birthday treat

CD is working on a Paula Doyle Giant Dahlia, 28 inch version last round is pink.



We had an early chat with EL in Florida, before she went off to a basket weaving class. AB opened her presents.

AB birthday pressies, tastefully arranged on the new red sofa

Then it was time for LUNCH, macaroni cheese with salad and garlic bread, summer fruit pavlova to follow.



We managed to do a little more work in the afternoon. I think if we had been sitting on the sofa we might have had a snooze and been a lot less productive. We had to have cake with candles and another cuppa to wash it down.

Chocolate orange cake

Well that's it for another month. We eagerly look forward to March, will it be cake free? Probably not!