Wednesday, August 29, 2012

Raffle quilt

Good afternoon, it's been a long time since I posted anything, so thought I would update you on the most recent activity of the Secret Sewing Sisters.
The Sisters are all plodding away on various projects of their own at the moment, if they are not tripping off overseas, so I thought I'd show you the photos of the gorgeous quilt that the SSS (Secret Sewing Sisterhood) worked on collaboratively as a donation, for the raffle being conducted by Quilts in the Barn this year.
Our dear Sister Meghan, who is by now in Europe on a very well deserved holiday with a very lucky friend, designed the quilt, donated most of the fabric, inspired all of us to put needle and thread into action, then our gorgeous and very generous friend, Helen Hayes, did the most beautiful quilting, and voila..... here it is.

This quilt will be raffled at "Quilts in the Barn 2012" which is to be held on 5th, 6th and 7th October 2012. The theme this year is an exhibition of Red and White Quilts, featuring some antique quilts from Mary Koval from the US. Proceeds from the raffle will go to support Breast Cancer Research.

We tried really hard to do a "Red and White"quilt, but "white" is just not something that we do very easily, so we have given you our version of a red and "white" quilt, an "antique white" you might say....

There are no patterns for this quilt available, so you'll just have to buy more raffle tickets. Head over to the Quilts in the Barn blog, Quilts in the Barn and watch for further updates about the raffle and weekend in October.
Time to leave the computer and head to the sewing machine,

Till next time


Tuesday, August 7, 2012

Home- style Stitching

On a very nice August morning, eight sisters met at my place for the "1st Thursday of the month sewing session". Deb was absent because of work committments...we missed you!
 There was the usual chatting re families, world problem solving, the latest Show-case news etc.......
But the hot topic was Europe,.........why??.....because three of the sisters will be tripping around o'seas, in the next few weeks, mainly in this continent sight-seeing, fabric shopping, tasting all the local foods/wines, visiting museums (including quilt museums), quilt shops, galleries, quilt get the picture!!!!
At some time, I think there may be plans to meet up in France.........Oh!! do I wish I was going!!!
O.K!, I am going to change the subject to one we all enjoy.............stitching!!
Now, what was everyone up to???.............................

Meghan, Ann, Merri, and myself are working on either the original or newer versions of the "Antique Wedding Sampler"
As you can see by the photos...........everyone's quilt is going to be very different, even though the same patterns are being used. I think that is the really great thing about patchwork and applique and piecing. One person's pattern (Di Hall's) can reproduce an infinite number of versions that are all beautiful pieces of work. Barb has finished her version which is hanging in pride of place in her lounge-room.

Clare is working on the "Grove Documentation Quilt"...I believe this is star no.1 of 36!!!........just a little way to go.
 Barb is working on her "Dear Jane"
Just love those little blocks....and ,may I say that mine is nearly completed!!!!
Sue has a couple of projects on the go. Lots of interest in the growth of her Hexagon quilt seen here.

 As for Di?????????????????? she has been busy teaching, packing for the o'seas jaunt and ,of course working on "that book"......which is going to include some really nice new pieces.
 O.K!!!.....just another little look:
Yumm!! Yumm!! Aren't those colours just gorgeous???
That's it for now.
Happy Stitching,