Wednesday, December 23, 2015
2015 was a busy and productive year, from the look of our blog. It's always lovely to sew, quilt, stitch, knit, crochet, and craft with like minded folk and we're looking forward to another year of creativity and fun.
We've changed our venue and program a little for 2016. Instead of meeting at the Family Health room near the library, we will meet less often, but at the home of one or more of our members. We found that getting together at someone's home is much nicer and we can be more flexible with meeting dates and times.
Have a safe and joyful festive season!
Thursday, December 10, 2015
Last night we met at the Vic Tavern in Gisborne to have our final meet up for the year....not everyone was available but we had a great evening
some serious conversation was going on here....
on the way to Margs house we stopped and looked at some decorated houses...
some house windows
the same house...love the snow scene in the old TV...
Marg met Santa at the first house....
so did I and that cheeky elf on the bricks!!!
the reindeer were stabled for the night..
we met another Santa..
Hee!! Hee!!! This guy moved his arm just as Marg hugged him!! Made her jump!!
We had a great evening, no sewing but a great catch up!!
Roll on 2016.
Friday, November 27, 2015
Thursday, November 12, 2015
Donna proposed a couple of challenges to her her groups. Just in case anyone else wants to join - here are the outlines -
1. The Country Challenge
1. The Country Challenge
Pick a country from a bag (or Donna will give you a country), then make a quilt to represent that country. Anything goes, but no bigger than 1 x 1m in size.
2. The Sunset Quilt Challenge
Make a landscape quilt that incorporates a sunset. Again, anything goes. Size may range from Postcard size to whatever size you want.
Keep you quilting (e.g. countries) secret, however, you may ask advice from quilters not participating in the challenges. Unveiling end of July 2016. Have fun!
Wednesday, November 11, 2015
Of course, we can't work on an empty stomach, so the first order of the night was dinner. The girls got fish and chips, whereas I had falafel, tabouli and hommus.
In the end, we got our lovely blocks together (and Susan's special block for her Elm Creek quilt), and voila! We are now foundation piecers.
Thank you, Tania, for teaching us, and Marg for having us over.
Monday, November 2, 2015
Everybody got enthused and contributed to one or both of the challenges. Annette came vising from Ballarat, and came dressed for the occasion, in an awesome black and green outfit and the most amazing fishnet stockings! Very spooky indeed!
Next is Sue's beautiful diamonds quilt, another KF creation, made from spectacular fabrics she bought in Samoa on a holiday. Glorious colours, I love this one!
Here's the heap of shirt challenge quilts all laid out. What a fantastic job from all the ladies!
Onto the next challenge....
Thursday, October 22, 2015
Fortified by yummy dinner, we decided to move on to Donna's place, and picked up Helen on the way, who had completely forgotten about dinner.
But, as you can see, she finished her wonderful "1600" Quilt, and isn't it beautiful? Helen appliqued all the birds and butterflies and more besides, and had it professionally quilted.
Sue was finishing off a knitted rug, crocheting the edge, and made it with a few feet of wool to spare. Didn't it turn out well?!
Jenny was sewing together a KoGo afghan (she's a whizz at these), and should be finished by the time she heads home to NZ (sob....). We did our very best to convince her to move to Oz.
Marg was stitching a Christmas panel (eeek, Christmas is only two months away!), Tania and I read magazines, and made coffee and tea.
Had a lovely evening. I find it's always nice to have a sewing evening in one's house, so much more cosy.
Pauline and Donna...
Chloe, me Tracee and Marg..
Marg, me, Pauline
Jenny, me Tania...
Donna showed us her ripple blanket....isn't it beautiful??
we had our sit and sew at Donna's house...
Jenny with her finished blanket....