Thursday, December 20, 2012

Merry Christmas

Like many other sewing groups, our year always finishes with a special day out to celebrate Christmas.  So, instead of the usual  gathering at one of our homes, on the 3rd Saturday in December we headed north to Castlemaine. 

No trip up the highway is complete without a stop at the Malmsbury Bakery for coffee and a little something to go with it.

How glamorous is Di's footwear?  A moon boot courtesy of fracture in her fibula, now healing well.

Then on to Threadbear where dear Corliss spoiled us, not only by allowing us the use of her classroom to gather in but by providing a beautiful lunch.  Thank you Corliss so much for making our day a special one.

If you think the group looks a little bigger than usual, then you would be correct.  Joining us were Anne, Barbara and Bridget.  Honorary sisters for the day.  We missed you Clare (but know you had a wonderful weekend away with the family).

The day however, was not all fun and frivolity - there was some serious sewing done....

Sue's hexagon quilt is growing.

Deb finished another block from the Caswell Quilt.

...and quite a bit of retail therapy as well.

Although I am not sure if Barb agrees with Kerry's choice of fabric!

To finish off, I would like to wish you all a wonderful and safe Christmas.  May your celebrations be full of joy and may 2013 be one of dreams fulfilled and many beautiful quilts.

Thank you for dropping by and reading our blog and for the support you give us throughout the year with your warm and welcome comments.

Until next time,


Sunday, December 2, 2012

Time flies when you are having fun!!

When I turned the calendar over yesterday and saw December 1st staring at me I was rather taken aback.  Where has the year gone?  Mine has been super busy - lots of fun times with my wonderful sewing sisters; a great holiday in France and North America with a dear friend of over 35 years (who proudly boasts about not being able to thread a needle!) and in between there has been work (to pay for the stash retirement fund), plus theatre visits and concerts, time with family (very important) and every thing else that fills our days.  So please forgive me my tardiness and the slightly late writing of this post.

It is just over 2 weeks since the sisters gathered at my home for our regular Saturday of sewing.  Di was an absentee as she was teaching a class in Kilmore. While a very tired Deb was a late arrival after getting up early to catch a flight back to Melbourne from Adelaide - how is that for dedication, you can't miss sewing.

Here is a little sample of what was being worked on.

From Deb, a block from Corliss's latest pattern, The Caswell Quilts.  You can find the pattern at Threadbear.

Merri has dug into her PHDs and recommenced work on an earlier Corliss pattern - Civil War Bride.

While Barb was very industrious, finishing 2 blocks for her Dear Jane.

And me, I was able to show a finished top, well almost finished, just the outer border to attach.  It is my version of Di's Antique Wedding Sampler.  Not the best photo but you get the idea.
Until next time...