Saturday, March 28, 2015

March meeting

Two of the ladies were missing this time, so Christine, Alleyne, Kathryn and I got together for some relaxed stitching and quilting. No photos this time, I forgot my camera, duh! So I'll just describe what was happening. We met at Christine's, and she had prepared a lovely afternoon tea for us with yummy chocolate cake! Mmm...
Kathryn was working on a rather gorgeous quilt for her niece. It consisted of panels showing wolves, and some matching grey and blue fabrics. That will be one happy little niece!
Alleyne was quilting her large project and we hope to see it finished in all its glory by next time. She also showed us the jelly roll quilts she had finished, and we chatted about more jelly roll patterns.
Christine was piecing her Jemima quilt, it's so cute!
And yours truly was working on secret quilter's business; making another part of a challenge quilt for the Wednesday group. Then I continued with the Scandinavian Rose redwork. I like this current block, there seems to be mostly backstitch, which is good, since I hate satin stitch.
It was another lovely afternoon with friends. Next time will be an 'extraordinary' meeting, when Nancy visits from Canada.

Monday, March 2, 2015

A late start

 It was a late start to the sewing year 2015, our first sit n sew in January was cancelled on short notice due to Donna's bug. So the February sit n sew was the first time some of us caught up since last year.

It was fun to see some of the ladies "Blues" challenge quilts. Jean, Mary and Donna had participated (and several more ladies in the Wednesday night group - see "Gisborne Quilters'" blog).

Here's Donna's quilt, based on the history of blues music, which is about the sadness of the slaves in America (hence the tear drops), but a little happiness in the form of a flower is thrown in.

Jean showed us her magnificent Ricky Timms quilt, it's stunning, including the intricate quilting. Wouldn't mind attempting this, but the rounded edges give me the willies! A stunning quilt, and we all felt Jean should enter it in a show.

Below is a detail showing the amazing quilting Jean did on her quilt.

This is Jean's lovely entry to the "Blues" challenge. It's a beautiful miniature quilt with the tiniest windmill blocks, and a very novel border using prairie points. Jean was so kind to share the technique with us and I think we'll see a few of these borders in the future!

Finally, Mary showed us her sweet Dresden plate quilt, in which used the challenge fabric. Love the vibrant colours, it's fun!

Thanks for playing the challenge with me, ladies!