Last Saturday a group of lovely ladies got together and spent the day cutting and sewing and ended up with two completed (almost!) quilt tops. These are made from left over fabric from our Bushfires Quilts and are destined for a Women’s Shelter. It’s such a fun way to spend a day! Thanks girls to all of you for joining in.
Thanks Susie for the photos (I forgot my camera!!)…..sorry I can’t post more but can’t manage to make them small enough in size to load quickly. But you can find other accounts of the day here and here.
PS. We missed you Bron (and a few other blogless girls who usually come along) but are planning our next get together on May 1st when we will be making children’s quilts for the Royal Children’s Hospital, so mark it in your diaries! If anyone else would like to join us you are most welcome – please just email me to let me know.
The cactus garden has had some amazing flowers on it this year. Most of them last for less than a day but they are stunning whilst they are out.
……Good reason to have a play with the new camera.
It’s been a great start to the school year for 2010……..and it’s hard to believe they’ve been back for 2 1/2 weeks already! I’m looking forward to making the most of the final year with all 3 girls at primary school…….and savouring every moment because it just seems like yesterday that Ella was starting prep and now she’s House Captain with a prep buddy of her own.
…I was sipping champagne and getting to know the other 6 girls at our workshop at Sewjourn whilst Kellie entertained us with the story of her quilting journey (and showed us her gorgeous quilts and cushions…….up close!!)
It was the start of an amazing weekend. Lara summed it up beautifully. It’s sometimes hard work learning a new skill. And for me who is used to precise rotary cutting, sewing straight lines and matching seams and points this was out of my comfort zone! But Kellie is a fantastic teacher and her patience and encouragement nutured us all towards producing pieces we could be proud of.
And watched and listened….
And stayed up very late………
Needless to say I was absolutely exhausted by the end of the weekend between concentrating hard on learning and cooking for everyone as well. But it was worth it! I came away inspired by Kellie and by the other 6 lovely ladies who had joined us. By early afternoon Sunday we were at the stage of hanging the fruits of our labours on the new design wall.
It always amazes me to see the different color combinations that people come up with……they were all so different but all looked fantastic!
These are the faces behind the masterpieces…….
Back L to R: Me, Kerry, Mary (one of the gorgeous girls who made the drive from Canberra to join us), Kylie, Donna (Mary’s travelling companion)
Front L to R: Lara and Leah
What a creative group of girls………and hopefully they all had the chance to relax and enjoy as well.
And here’s some close ups of my first attempt at raw edge applique and free motion quilting………..there’s lots of room for improvement but it’s not too bad (especially when it’s home here and not sitting next to Kellie’s exquisite work!) The plan for this weekendis to make it up into a cushion……and then there’s the Pretty in Pink pattern to start on……..
because it’s only one more sleep until Kellie’s workshop at Sewjourn!! Along with 6 other girls I’ll be spending the weekend sewing, learning and eating! I’ve gathered together all my threads and fabrics and I’ll be heading off in the morning. Can’t wait. So come back next week and hopefully there will be lots to tell……..and who knows even some photos of finished projects!!!
Meanwhile last weekend we had our Giveaway Day at Sewjourn. A few friends and I spent the day chatting and sewing along with 6 other creative ladies. Here’s a few photos…………
And Saturday we spent the day doing this! We’d always planned on having a design wall here so finally it’s ready to go…….just in time for this weekend’s workshop!