Saturday, May 31, 2014

The May Gathering

Our May gathering started with lunch. Donna had made Osso Buco with polenta and sugar snap peas, followed by apple/passionfruit crumble and icecream.

Happily stuffed, it was time for show and tell. Jean started off with her brilliant Ricky Timms "Rhapsody" quilt, and what a wonderful treasure that is! The Balis look fabulous in this, and the quilting is spectacular.

Below is a close-up of the some of the gorgeous quilting. Jean has done such a fabulous job!

Then it was time for the unveiling of Nancy's challenge quilts. Nancy had kindly sent us some lovely Canadian fabric last year, and we said we'd hold a challenge using the fabric. Four of us had finished our quilts (two are yet to come). Hope you like what we've done, Nancy!

Here's Christine's quilt, with her 'wandering moose' taking a stroll around the edge. It really does justice to the fabric, and Christine found a spot fabric in just the right red colour. Still needs quilting,  so we look forward to seeing the finished quilt - maybe next time?
 This is Mary's quilt, with prominent moose in the square. Good use of that gorgeous moose fabric! Makes a lovely table topper.
 Jean also had the 'wandering moose' idea, and incorporated beautiful maple leaves in her quilt. I like how the upside-down moose legs make up another pattern.
 And yours truly is very happy to have finally finished a "Canada quilt" - on the plan for a long time! It's a large maple leaf with Nancy's fabric, some of my stash, precut maple leaves, and makes a good pin holder for all the Canadian pins collected over the years by myself and received from friends.
Here they all are! It always amazes us how differently we approach our challenges, and end up with very different quilts.