Tuesday, May 21, 2013

Kilmore Quilter's Retreat

 This past weekend I joined Kilmore Quilters at Maldon for a weekend of sewing. We were able to visit this lovely shop and because the group is very lucky to be given a discount over the weekend  it is no hardship to visit and spend up big.
This is the outside and..

this is the inside. There were some fabulous quilts hanging up, one that I didn't get a photo of but was tempted to get the kit  ( couldn't justify the dollars but if it's there next year who knows) It was from a book called something like " Quilts from Atlantis" and the fabrics were all blue swirly ones as well as very intricate patterned ones.

These are my purchases. The red and the one under it are to finish off and back "Just Plain Nuts" ( stayed tuned), I got a half jelly roll ( 20 strips of fabric) and that will become a baby quilt, and the ladybugs will go with the two fabrics next to it for another baby quilt. While on retreat I was sent a picture ( ultrasound) of the baby that one is going to. Christopher's best friend and his wife are expecting in Nov near when we lost Christopher so I think he is sending babies to bring joy to sad days. That's my boy!

This is an iron board caddy which was the Friday night project. Just need to sew the pincushion on.
This was a fun project. I sewed 16 of my Hamilton Place stars while away so only 13 more to complete.We also sewed some items for the trade table for the quilt show in October as well as some blankets for  a hospital in Albury ( ?) to wrap stillborn bubs in. All in all a successful retreat.

Came home, caught up on the ironing and the watched Eurovision. Go Denmark, lovely song.

Sunday, May 5, 2013

The AHHHH 's are back

 The latest in the Ahhhh's from Tonya.Some were easy, some a bit harder and some that looked easy I did a lot of reverse sewing in. The one on the right( blue ,purple and cream) looks like a cat to me . They do looka bit better in the flesh as the colours are a bit better.
Last Saturday I went to a market in Mernda and was delighted to see the buttons that are interspersed with the hexies. They are being sold to raise money for a young ( well younger than me) lady to participate in the Peter MacCallum Cancer ride. So far she has raised over $1,500 but needs to have $2,500 before she can actually do the bike ride. Anyway I was pleased to be able to add my contribution to her cause and I scored some beautiful buttons. Along with the market there was a very small but very good quilt show in the church adjoining the market. A devonshire tea was also the order of the day.
 This is my next project. This was a class that I attended last Sunday at Kilmore Quilters. It was a really fun day, intense at moments but I did manage to do.....
 ..... the top two stars and the section of the star that goes in the middle. I managed to finish the centre star and make the star on the left on Weds when I didn't have to go to work. 3 down 29 to go! The stars are either 12", 9" or 6" and as you can see Lemoyne stars so lots of "Y" seams! Hated doing those for so long but having been given a tip on how to start them off I no longer fear them. Think this may be my project for retreat in two weeks time.
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