NOVEMBER QUILT SET

Sorry for delay in putting these pictures up, I cannot seem to get everything fitted in my days of late. Trying hard now to catch up on a few of my Blogs…bear with me folks. It was a lovely day, we had a great turnout too, it’s funny, we always seem to have a lot of people on the last meeting of the year, I can never work it out, if anyone has a clue, do tell me. Anyway, I believe the ladies all enjoyed themselves, we had lots to do in the time we were there, Viv had come with yet more of Betty’s things, she did a grand sale again, I am hoping to get the running total from her soon I have a feeling it is going to be BIG! All monies from the sale of Betty’s items is going to RNLI a very worthy cause.

We had Showtime which looked to be pretty good by the pile of bags on the stage, a grand raffle, I put everything I had left from the year on the table so we start with fresh stock next year. We also had the seperate raffle for our chosen charity which was Air Ambulance this year, We raised just over £200 for them, purely through a bag being raffles at each meeting, so well done ladies, but let’s beat that total next year.

Poor Suzanne was run ragged throughout the day, setting up and clearing up at end of day, what with selling tickets for both raffles and making the tea taking photos, setting tables up for the two ladies demonstrating, Margaret and myself, and sorting tables for the ladies selling their own goods later on. Without her there would be no Quilt Set as I could not do this on my own, so a HUGE THANK YOU goes to her. Well done Suzanne, another year over, have a rest for a couple of months then we get back in the saddle.

Here then are the photos from that day, I do hope you enjoy them and will comment where you feel moved to do so, the ladies do appreciate feed back.

Anne B made a table cloth, red in the picture, then a runner to go on top, cream in the picture and to cap it all a row of Bunting from printed stockings, great ideas Anne well done…

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Bridget loves to visit Stef Francis whenever she goes to shows and this year was no exception, she bought this as a Kit and promised NOT to go off piste with it, as she normally does like to do her own thing, so this is the result of that kit, you had to see it to be amazed at the beauty of this. After making the kit up Bridget then did ‘her thing‘ with stuff she had bought from Stef Francis and this bag is the result, just gorgeous, thanks for bringing them along B, loved them…

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Jan P is a very quiet member of the group, comes in head down and just gets on with it. Well to say I was amazed at this is putting it mildly, bless her she said how long it took her but we wont bother with that….just be proud Jan, you finished it and it is pretty good, well done to you…

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Janet B made this lovely hanging, I expect you all know I just adore Dragonflies from the postcards I make, Janet had made these just beautifully and the background quilting is great stuff, it is Kantha quilting, so a big well done to you Janet…

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Jean is yet another of our quite ladies, everything Jean does is painstakingly done by hand, I admire her so much cos she just sticks at it, this you may recall was our last months project, Jean has done it proud…

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Maureen surprised us with these two small pieces as she usually makes BIG items, everybody loved the log cabin style table centre, and along with the table runner made from those little squares you get both her items were a success all round the room…

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Wendy B is one of recent new members of the group, she brought along these three pieces to share with us. The Sheep hanging brought laughter from all round the room and the small hanging in the centre left us open mouthed, each one of those little squares with animals on is machine embroidery, yet they are so soft, not stiff and horrid as machine embroidery normally is, I wonder what her secret is!  The third small quilt is to be a Linus quilt, Wendy enjoys making them as she says they are quick to do and only small, so well done Wendy and welcome to the group…

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The next ten pictures are all my own work, sorry if you have seen any of them before, the reason they are here is because they are now FINISHED, yayyyyy, a rough description of them beginning at first picture follows; 1 Little bags, I made one for each member to have as a little gift from me for coming to the group, 2 and 3 are Journal pages made whilst doing the SewCalGal challenges a few years back, 4 and 5 are of the same thing just  front and back view, I call it Graffiti, 6 and 7 are small mats made from those corners you chop off when making ‘snowball’ blocks, waste not want not I say, 8 and 9 are small hangings made using my special fabrics from Maggi Birchenough, she hand dyed all these fabrics and they are just mmm gorgeous, I have a quilt to do from Maggi’s fabrics, which is why I made these two small hangings to practice my quilting on them and to see how the threads re-acted with the fabrics, just about perfectly I think. The final picture, 10 is one of the quilts I designed and made for Makower many moons ago, this is my own one to keep, smaller than the one I made for them, but perfect for me.

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I started a little tradition last year of allowing the ladies to bring in things they had made and they could sell them to get themselves some pennies whatever, from having two tables it escalated this year to FIVE tables, in order of who the tables belong to –

1 – belongs to Barbara who makes lots of various items with disabled people, as you can see lots of variety on her table;

2 – belongs to Janet H who makes her own cards, they are beautiful, and beautifully presented too.  Many thanks to Janet who gave a generous donation to our charity of the year.

3 – belongs to Jill who makes her own jewelry, very pretty it all is too such patience;

4 – belongs to Margaret T who does a lot for her Church, she was doing a demonstration table as well today so didn’t get round to making much for this table but she gave it a go;

5 – well no photo, no idea why not, except it was mine ha ha, I was selling postcards and quilted bags.

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Final photo, phew, a candid shot of the ladies enjoying their lunch after a hard morning of making the items on the two demonstration tables, probably all wondering what they will buy from the sales tables now.

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As I said at the beginning it was a great day, tiring but very enjoyable. Thank you to all who attended I do hope you will come back when we re-start next year. That will be February.

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PICTURES FROM MY GROUP’s MEETING

OK so it’s taken me a little while to get organised but here we go, I have the photo’s now and they are ready to load here.

We had a lovely day apart from the heating in the hall not working, they hadn’t informed me so it was a chilly lot of ladies sitting sewing until their hands froze, Sorry ladies it was not my fault and a letter is winging its way to the hirers about it. I have to say I not impressed with the way they are handling their stint as Hall owners. Hopefully we will get new ones soon who know what they are doing. Anyway enough of them on to the pictures

We had two new ladies join us today one of whom I knew from way back when, thank you to Sylvia for bringing along Wendy and Rita.

This is the block they were sewing today, a simple little star !! I thought, but as always people put their own ‘take’ on it and we get different views of it. I don’t mind because sometimes it works a treat and you end up with something pretty amazing. I had made kits for today as they actually had to make FOUR of these stars to be able to see the secondary pattern, no one managed to get four done, why am I not surprised, they put it down to being cold, fair enough…

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Moving on to Showtime, it was a great one today, I think my little ‘nagging session’ must have got through ha ha. Get yourself a cuppa and sit back and enjoy this show.

The embroidered tree was done by Anne B, she was the first to get hers done, I am hoping to see more at next month’s Showtime…

The brown bag was made by Dee in answer to a challenge set by passion4quilting for my group, it will be done next year so Dee will have to bring it back I am afraid, nice bag Dee but why isn’t it purple????

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YESSS Dee has finished her Baby Jane, this is made of 4″ squares folks, such patience, I do admire her for keeping on with it, thanks for bringing it in it looks great…

The next quilt is a Trip Around the World, made by Gail at a machine day I had for ‘Make a quilt in a day’ a while back. Yes this top was made in a day and then she went home and quilted it, isn’t it gorgeous…

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The very subtle coloured quilt next up is a Disappearing 9 Patch made by Janet B, you have to bring this up to see the beauty of all the bits and bobs she has added to the quilt, just lovely Janet…

The next small hangings were made by Joyce V, she struggles a lot with her sewing as her sight is beginning to fail, so I do admire the fact she keeps at it with these cute little hangings…

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This bag is another entry for the passion4quilting challenge, this one made by Margaret, the first picture shows it closed and the second, the ties are undone so making the bag stretch open for more goodies to be added, again Margaret will have to bring it back when they come to us next year…

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I never tire of seeing this next quilt, made by Maureen it is a real beauty, the first picture is the close up of it, the second one is of the whole quilt, I have no idea why the pictures swapped places! I will be doing this block with my group next year…

The third quilt in the line up is also done by Maureen and is another TATW quilt done on the machine day, how different they look, Maureen called hers ‘Tutti Fruity’ great name don’t you think…

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First picture is of bags and a cushion and a cute box made by Sue D, another of my lovely ladies who struggles very much with her sewing but keeps on going, the second pictures shows a very pretty Rose quilt made of heart blocks we did a way back, is also made by Sue…

The fourth picture is a gorgeous panel of a Japanese lady which is being hand quilted by one of my new ladies, Wendy B was sitting very quietly stitching away and I zoom in behind her and say I’ll have that later for Showtime, nearly scared the poor woman to death, she survived though and carried on sewing away, it is going to be ‘bagged’ when she has finished so you don’t see all the ends of the threads at the back, great idea…

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From Wendy W a real treat, all the rest of the items you will now see have been made by her over various years. Wendy is yet another quiet stitcher and just gets on with it, just shows you what you can achieve ladies. First picture is of a small quilt we did at the group a few years back I believe now. It is a gorgeous interpretation of it Wendy, well done…

Second picture is of Wendy’s Baby Jane, this one is 6″ blocks, sensible girl hahaha none of that 4″ malarkey for you and me, done in soft lilacs it turned out a treat…

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First picture is of three simple hearts on a string ready for Christmas, all the best ideas are the simple ones…

Second picture is of some lovely wonky trees for Christmas, I can’t actually remember when we did this but it is a treat to see it again, I love those trees…

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First picture is of a Suffolk Puff Tree, embellished beautifully and ready for that day, the ladies all laugh when I have to say about Suffolk Puffs, as they know I hate the darn things, yes I know they are pretty and all that but people always seem to go Ahhhhh whenever they see something made with them. Oh well each to their own, serves me right for introducing them to the darn things. Lovely tree Wendy W…

Next picture is of a three Ohio Star table runner again ready for that big day of the year, beautifully made as I expect from Wendy, also quilted a treat…

The final picture is of a quilt again made at my group by a lot of the ladies a while back, some admitted to not yet finishing theirs yet!!!! Maybe Wendy’s beautiful rendition of it will spur them on. Thank you Wendy W for an amazing finish to a wonderful Showtime.

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So there we are a real visual feast for you reading this blog. I hope you will leave comments, I do like to pass them on to the ladies who are not on the internet, not everyone is you know.

Thank you for looking and do remember to come back.

 

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