Sunday, 30 August 2015

August Wrap...

August had a go at attempting to redress the extreme lack of stitchy related activity of the last few months...after the lovely stitchy day with the Stawell ladies the next weekend I was back home playing with my local friends...a technique day with Maureen from The Quilting Patch in Rochester. Maureen came down the highway and 9 of us spent the day in the local hall working on a foundation pieced spinning log cabin block.  I took a bag of fabrics with me of homespuns, backgrounds and blenders which was tipped out on the table and Maureen helped me with the selection...
I'm not particularly happy with the second colour being brown but as I only ever intended on a sample block it's really not that important.   Some finished their block on the day...I wasn't one - how surprising, not! The block has 10 rounds and I got to 5 before running out of puff...
The spinny effect really comes into play as the block grows so maybe the browns will start to show better against the beige background by the time the block is done.

Last weekend I spent a lovely day with bloggy friends...Jo came to mine Saturday morning and we set off in Larry into the City. I parked at the Museum and we walked through the Carlton Gardens and the City down to Federation Square to meet up with the rest of the group...a fabulous day starting with playing at L'ucello and the other fun/interesting shops in the Nicholas Building...
 Lovely L'ucello
So many pretties - love this counter display "tree"...
Taking a photo of each other taking photos...as you do...
...on to finding food, ending up in the food hall at David Jones - yummy food and some participated in swaps which we could all ooh & aah over...then on to the afternoon's destination - Morris & Sons...
...gorgeous yarns, so colourful...a fabulous day out...

On the sewing front, some of my Karen Cunningham Design project boxes have taken up residence at the flat and I've managed to stitch the border hexie flowers on Anna...
...the winding hexie trails are next (the hexies are all prepared)...

One of the ladies I met at Stawell lives in the town I work/live in during the week and she kindly invited me to her place for a stitchy evening. The original date had to be postponed, as I had to come home that night for a CFA meeting I'd forgotten about...darn it...luckily, this week, the postponed evening came around...lovely lovely friendly welcoming ladies...like minded in projects and stitchy attitude too...I sat on a couch with a lovely Gardener's Journal quilt - hey Chooky it was stitched along with the SAL group but on the sidelines not as a member....we have arranged a repeat for this week...M was saying how like the slow food movement now there is a slow stitching (or quilting or some such) movement...about time everyone caught up to me, I've been advocating slow stitching for years!...oh I did sew a few stitches on the night...decoration design started at the Stawell workshop stitched...left that project at the flat so no piccy...

Good to get some stitchiness back into the routine...and if you've stayed to the end of this novella of a post...well done you! reward your self with some needle and thread time!

Happy Stitching...

12 comments:

Christine M said...

Your block looks great, Annette. I love your hexagon quilt. How lovely to now have someone to stitch with during the week.

shez said...

Hello my lovely friend you sure have had a busy month,yes M told me she had fun with you and that you will do it again,it's nice to find new stitchery friends I love your sample block ,I have not yet done pieced work yours looks amazing and your hexie quilt looks fantastic too,I enjoyed catching up with you in Melb it was a fantastic day. Of fun and friendship xx

Jo said...

Nice work. Glad you got your stitching night in this time. Yes we did enjoy our Melbourne trip..
We need to get together for a Maldon trip. Talk to you later about this.....

Chookyblue...... said...

hey I think you should share that GJ quilt next time you go to the group.take a pic and share on the SAL..........sounds like you have had a lovely month.....

Peg - Happy In Quilting said...

Wow sounds like a great month xxx

marina said...

august seems like a month full of activity and socialising!
great spinning block and it looks like you all had a great time in town.
Your hexie top is looking gorgeous, well done on some progress.
Always lovely to spend time with like minded crafters.

Susan said...

Looks like you've been having some stitchy fun. Love your hexie quilt. I'm a slow stitching fan too, this quilting is taking ages!

Maria said...

Your hexie quilt is looking wonderful! What a great day out in Melbourne you all had. Loved L'ucellos on my visit last year...and the little button shop that I think is also in that building. Unfortunately my 'slow stitching' has been at stand still mode this year :-( lol

Deb R said...

Sounds like you all had a great time, lovely blocks!

elliek said...

Sounds like a great day out and the class was fun but I haven't done any more blocks either.

Mistea said...

Nice to see all the colours in your stitching progress.
Slow is definitely the correct pace for stitches!

Sisbabestitches said...

Love your spinny block! Nothing like lots of time with stitchy people to boost stitchiness :) So pleased you have tumbled over some lovely like-minded sewers to be friendly with ;)