SUNGLASSES AT THE READY

Please don’t say I didn’t warn you….. I have finished my quilt started at my machine class of Curvaceous Curves. I made it if you remember using very bright colours, Oranges, Lemons and Lime Greens – see why you need sunglasses? Anyway in between doing quilts for customers I have finally finished this little beauty or really not so little and I am absolutely thrilled with it. The border quilting seemed to go on forever but that is my own fault for trying to perfect McTavishing, still not quite got it, but give me time….. The individual curve blocks were all quilted using patterns from Leah Day’s little book I bought some time ago….available at AMAZON where you can as you can see – look inside it….Leah Day's bookso as I said, using lots of the designs from this little book I managed to get my quilt done, so thank you to Leah Day and to Karen McTavish for such fabulous inspiration. Here is the Quilt then…lots of pictures cos I just love it folks….

The completed quilt…

CITRUS QUILT 001following are lots of close-ups of blocks… CITRUS QUILT 002 CITRUS QUILT 003..this is my attempt at McTavishing – apologies to Karen I don’t quite have it….yet!! CITRUS QUILT 004 more close-ups…CITRUS QUILT 005 CITRUS QUILT 006 CITRUS QUILT 007 CITRUS QUILT 008 CITRUS QUILT 009 CITRUS QUILT 010 CITRUS QUILT 011 CITRUS QUILT 012 remember ALL those designs are from that little book by Leah Day -

- more McTavishing but this is the view from the wrong side of the quilt…CITRUS QUILT 013 all the blocks had pebbles for the half-moon shape and a fancy quilting pattern for the ‘L’ shape, plus all these blocks were cut free hand so they are all different sizes…CITRUS QUILT 014 CITRUS QUILT 015

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Oh I must just thank my machine for coming up trumps too -

MY BELOVED MACHINE

MY BELOVED MACHINE – where would I be without you…..

There we are folks you have made it to the end of all those very bright pictures. Many thanks for looking and please let me know what you think – honest opinions welcome – I will still talk to you :-) Tomorrow I start to machine quilt a quilt I received today from Tessa. It is fabulous, I couldn’t wait to get it pinned up…here is the proof… this is it on the boards ready for the pinning stage, I have actually pinned it so tomorrow just guess what I will be doing, happy dance happy dance. Tessa's quilt on the boardsOH, one more thing before I go, I got tempted…yes I did and bought some of the lovely Maggi’s fabrics…Ohhhhhhhh how could I possibly not buy –   it would have been rude not to.

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You see, how could I not buy them, they are just so yummy, you too can buy some of Maggi’s fabrics if you go here   http://www.maggi21handdyes.com/fabrics-2/cotton/   you will see she has other items too for sale, all hand dyed, she is so clever. Thank you once again Maggi, I love my fabrics.

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SATURDAY AT QUILT SET

Had a really lovely day at my group on Saturday, very busy but was a great day, had two new ladies join one I knew from way back Hi Sally and one who I met through this Blog, Hi Eileen it was lovely to meet you for real.

Pat B  started a new swap within the group too at this meeting – a Dresden Plate swap – I am looking forward to seeing these as they come in each month, the Hexagon swap Pat does alongside this one is also going strong, I would think some of the ladies would have enough of those to make something by now.  Lots of things going on in the group now I think it is great there are so many different things happening for the ladies now, all helps to keep their interest up and the group going strong.

I set up a Birthday Club within the group and quite a few ladies signed up, they tell me their birthday MONTH and favourite colour and the others in the club have to cut them a piece of fabric 12 1/2″ or bigger if they cannot cut straight, these are presented to the birthday girl of the month in envelopes for her to open in front of us on the day of the meeting, [[took a pile of pinks with me in case some had forgotten, glad I did I had to cut four lots......]]

Here are some pictures from the day, hope you enjoy them.

Tillie was our first birthday girl and her chosen colour was PINK, she was thrilled with her fabrics -

I set up a Birthday Club within the group and quite a few ladies signed up, they tell me their birthday MONTH and favourite colour and the others in the club have to cut them a piece of fabric 12 1/2" or bigger if they cannot cut straight, these are presented to the birthday girl of the month in envelopes for her to open in front of us on the day of the meeting, took a pile of pinks with me in case some had forgotten, glad I did I had to cut four lots......Tillie was out first birthday girl and her colour was PINK, she was thrilled with her fabrics.

Sylvia rang me and asked if her SIL could come to the group as she was visiting with her and she didn’t want to miss the day, of course she was more than welcome, shame when someone has to miss their day at the group, anyway Sue was a lovely lady and she brought along some foundation piecing to do at the group, what a star, just look at the following pictures, these are about 4″ — – 6″ they are tiny, but so good. Thank you for sharing with us Sue, do come again -

Sylvia rang me and asked if her SIL could come to the group as she was visiting with her and she didn't want to miss the day, of course she was more than welcome, shame when someone has to miss their day at the group, anyway Sue was a lovely lady and she brought along some foundation picing to do at the group, what a star, just look at the following pictures, these are about 4 - 6" they are tiny, but so good. Thank you for sharing with us Sue, do come again...

..this bird has a teensyweensy piece in it, I was stunned how small it was -

..this bird has a teensyweensy piece in it, I was stunned how small it was....

..fabulous mariners compass in miniature -

..fabulous mariners compass in miniature...

..beach huts and beach groins, just fabulous -

..beach huts and groins, just fabulous...

..this fish was made of a silver fabric and I love the reeds at the side of it -

..this fish was made of a silver fabric and I love the reeds at the side of it..

..brilliant lighthouse I would love to see what Sue does with all these tiny pictures, I feel sure they are going to be something wonderful -

..brilliant lighthouse... I would love to see what Sur does with all these tiny pictures, I feel sure they are going to be something wonderful...

Tillie – our birthday girl of the month – was doing this embroidery for a wall hanging for her dad’s boat. I don’t normally allow embroidery at my group but let this go as she had to finish it for mid week and was out partying tonight for her birthday….she was very quick and it was a brilliant stitch she did, I was in awe of her speed at it -

Tillie - our birthday girl of the month - was doing this embroidery for a wall hanging for her dad's boat. I don;t normally allow embroidery at my group but let this go as she had to finish it for mid week and was out partying tonight for her birthday....she was very quick and it is a brilliant stitch she did, I was in awe of her speed at it...

These stars are the beginning of our three month project. The ladies like something to get their teeth into and when I told them the amount of pieces they had to cut for this project they got the ‘bit between their teeth’ ha ha ha, they have to make 12 of these stars, obviously the machinists did far better than the hand sewers but I told them this is not a race so not to worry, we will all arrive at the end together, we always do, main thing is to have fun and enjoy yourselves -

These stars are the beginning of our three month project. The ladies like something to get their teeth into and when I told them the amount of pieces they had to cut for this project they got the 'bit between their teeth' ha ha ha,  they have to make 12 of these stars, obviously the machinists did far better than the hand sewers but I told them this is not a race so not to worry, we will all arrive at the end together, we always do... main thing is to have fun and enjoy yourselves...

SHOWTIME -

Suzanne did the holding up of the items for me as I can no longer get on the stage to do it I took the piccies instead, this cushion was made by Debbie, it is from the February meeting which Suzanne ran for me as I was ill, I love this block I must make mine, well done Debbie fabulous colours -

SHOWTIME - Suzanne did the holding up of the items for me as I can no longer get on the stage to do it..I took the piccies instead, this cushion was made by Debbie, it is from the February meeting which Suzanne ran for me as I was ill, I love this bl9ock I must make mine...well done Debbie, fabulous colours

..oops sorry about the blurry photo I must have moved the camera, this was made by Margaret, same as Debbie’s as you can see but don’t they always look so different in other colours, in the middle this had a gorgeous button and I was very tempted to just ‘nip’ it off, only joking Margaret, well done –

Suzanne do you have a better picture of this for me please??

..oops sorry about the blurry photo I must have moved the camera, this was made by Margaret, same as Debbie's as you can see but don't they always look so different in other colours.. in the middle this had a gorgeous button and I was very tempted to just 'nip' it off, only joking Margaret, well done love it

Sue T went on stage to give Suzanne a hand with these quilt, [thank you Sue] it is HUGE as you can see, it was made by Debbie, she had been asked by someone to make it for her daughter and to get me to quilt it. woohoo I cannot wait to start this one, going to be fun getting this under my machine. Debbie once again you have made a fabulous quilt I love love love this pattern, clever girl -

Sue T went on stage to give Suzanne a hand with these quilt, it is HUGE as you can see, it was made by Debbie, she had been asked by someone to make it for her daughter and to get me to quilt it. woohoo I cannot wait to start this one, going to be fun getting this under my machine. Debbie once again you have made a fabulous quilt I love love love this pattern, clever girl.

 

Here is a close up of the design for you to see folks, isn’t it gorgeous?

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Annette [my younger daughter] made this quilt with fabrics from a swap she was in with Popular Patchwork Forum, she brought it up for me to quilt for her saying, do what you like I don’t like this anymore…hmmmmmm

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So I quilted it with circles all over, was fun to do, and when she saw it she has decided she likes it after all, you cannot see the quilting very well on the front so here is a pik of the back hopefully you can see it now -

quilt set April 2014 015That was our Showtime for the day, I was a little disappointed as I felt that was not very much – four things, no no no ladies, you have got to do better than that, next time they have promised me more…we shall see.

I had a surprise for the ladies at this meeting, I had been shopping and had bought loads of fabrics to sell at the group as we don’t have a stall holder anymore. They are all very pretty fabrics, I was thrilled to get them, the ladies seemed to like them too so hopefully they will all sell eventually and I said ALL the money from the sale of the  fabrics go towards buying more for them, so the more they buy the more I get for them, a win win situation I feel. I am also taking a percentage out of the sales of the fabrics to go to our Charity of the year which is still H4H.  I am trying to do my best for the ladies as they support me and I like to do what I can for them. Just realised I didn’t take a picture of all the fabrics…derr

Not content with all the new things that are happening within the group I have been having Amish withdrawal symptoms for some time now so have set up an Amish Machine Day in June for anyone in the group to join, it will be a quilt in a day more or less – ha ha – but don’t tell them.  About eight ladies have signed up for it so it looks as though it may go ahead, I really like to have at least ten ladies but as I really wish to make one myself I feel this will go ahead. Busy busy busy…..it is what keeps me going.

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NEED TO SLEEP

Busy day ahead of me tomorrow, it is one of my group’s days. Lots of things to work through, sort out, explain etc etc. Two new ladies coming so will be extra busy. Hope it will stay dry for folk to arrive. Lots of photos to be taken too…..this is why I need to sleep.

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