Saturday, July 5, 2014

More Birthdays and a gathering of the the Girls!


Well, there we were... finally altogether for the first time in simply ages.  It was a beautiful sunny day.  Alison had already arrived, having just got to Janet's before me.. (The amusing thing is she has the  furthest to come and I was the nearest to Janet!) It didn't take long for Amanda and Chris to arrive so, once more all the Tuesday Girls were finally able to get together - at the same time... and what a lovely time we had together.... chattered non stop about so many things!  As is usual with our 'get togethers'... tea and cake/biscuits were in good supply. 




Alison and Amanda had both had birthdays in early June.  As we had all hoped to get together in June, the birthday presents hadn't been given or sent...so it was a very merry session for us of gift giving and... oh yes! Cake!!!  Alison received a Moda charm and mini-charm pack of Wintergreen fabric plus a pattern, some National Trust notelets and a wonderful little thimble brooch with rolls of fabric and accessories inside it.  Amanda, who had already had a couple of presents nearer her birthday,   received a pack with fabric and a pattern of Beach Huts by Julia Gahagen. She also had a set of small bottles in a carrier which Alison knew Amanda had very much wanted.  We ate birthday cake and drank tea, Welsh cakes or pistachio cookies.  All very yummy.







Alison  showed us many items she had begun or been given.  As she was imminently expecting her first grandchild, (her mobile was very nearby!) she had made a  fabric 'numbers book', a little play quilt edged with ribbons.  They all had a memory attached to them so it was very personal and was wonderful to look at.  She had used a fabric which reminded us all of the author Richard Scarry's characters, from our childhoods.  Alison had also brought a mat made for her large sewing machine which she had made using Midwinter Reds by Minick and Simpson for Moda.  It was really lovely.  Alison had brought the quilt to finish off with hand quilting. She had also brought a book her husband had given her of stitching patterns containing some great ideas. Name will be added once I find the copy I had brought.






 Janet showed us some of her  latest quilts... two of which were for charity.  The colours of this one were vibrant and cheery... just what I think a good tonic should be, fabulous! The other was more pastel and used  die cut flowers which were appliqued on.






I had popped in to Needle and Thread on the previous Saturday, where Janet was teaching a Bow Tie quilt class.  I had only been able to stay for an hour as my daughter, home briefly from some training, wanted me to go to the Armed Forces Day at Farnborough with her.  I observed what was being taught, bought myself a Moda, Basic Grey Sweet Serenade Jelly Roll of browns, aquas, peaches and cream fabrics!  I had managed to cut and stitch one block there, so spent the time at Janet's stitching together many 2 1/2 inch squares with 1 1/2 inch half squares. Chris had brought something to do but was happy to chat as she was going off to do some Search and Rescue training with the Tuesday Puppy after lunch.






As always with Janet, lunch was a super affair with salmon, new potatoes and salad. Desert was a treat of fresh fruit and either fromage frais or Greek yoghurt and meringue nests. We sadly said a goodbye to Chris and then we settled to more of our projects.  More chatter, some of which was discussing August's Festival of Quilts at the NEC in Birmingham.  Janet and Alison are both attending for the duration  of the show, so they will also be going to some of the classes... lucky things! I'm still in two minds about going as I have a fabric collection to rival Needle and Thread's (but then, don't we all?) and I don't NEED anything else (having also been VERY restrained at Sandown).  So... how to justify going?  Any good ideas - please post!






Amanda was working on a project using red as a theme.  This was for an upcoming Embroiderers Guild Regional Day in Chichester.  She had made a selection of items, from a flat, machine-stitched piece, to flowers and a lacy fan. All very beautifully done.





Eventually it was time for us to go our separate ways... I had an appointment at the gym!!! Alison was wending her way back to Hampshire... her telephone close to her side... just in case! *  Until next time, although we may not be five again for quite a while!

*Congratulations to Alison (and her family).  She is now a proud granny to a healthy baby boy.

Sunday, June 8, 2014

Birthday Fun!!






 A mixed day, mild but wet one minute, sunny the next!! A change of venue as my sister volunteered to host.




Janet had brought along some log cabin from a moda honeybun - remember those?



Caroline was trying a different patterns in order to complete a baby quilt for a friend.
 
We all started with teas & coffees with cake of course, then actually got down to some serious sewing.  Janet managed to complete a few squares before lunch!

     
I was finishing off the blanket stitching around my snowflakes on the Christmas table runner.  See last month for the matching tree skirt!  At least they will be ready for this Christmas!!





Another Tuesday dog, this time in the shape of Dylan, my sister's dog, who came to have a good look at his visitors.  I think it was also the possibility of a bit of extra attention & the smell of lunch!!




Chris arrived just in time for lasagne & salad followed by strawberries & cream.
A few more teas &, unusually, coffees & we were back to sewing again, but not before my birthday celebrations!

I have some wonderful  & generous friends .  It is always so exciting to celebrate with friends & family.
We had a lovely day together for which I say a big thank you.


Alison & I usually celebrate together but she is in Scotland with her mother.  We wish both well & look forward to another celebration when we all get together again.


Friday, May 16, 2014

May

First of all, apologies for the blog entry being so late, the saying " Life happens while you are busy making plans" certainly holds true this month. however better late than never!

Weatherwise you would never think it was May, everyone had been advised to wear sweaters as the heating had been turned off and the house was cool especially in the morning  I think it became sunny later on but truthfully I have no idea.

Chris arrived first quickly followed by Amanda and Janet, unfortunately Caroline couldn't join us as she had other plans.

While the tea was brewing and the apple cake (National Trust recipe - delicious)was being tucked into we got started with some sewing and show and tell. We all seemed to have things that were almost complete so it was great to see what we had been busy with.

Amanda started us off by showing us a Christmas tree skirt that she had completed, all the edges of the snowflakes had to be appliquéd on, what a tremendous amount of work but it was worth it , it looked lovely. She had started the tree skirt at a workshop in Canterbury with Sue Sharp.


Chris continued the Christmas theme, she was binding this lovely lap quilt that we all started at a mini workshop with Janet quite some time ago.( If I am honest I don't even know where mine is.....must be in a box somewhere)




Chris was using leftover fabric from a BOM that a few of us did with the Fat Quarter Shop using Kate Spain's range, 12 days of Christmas. it looks so cheerful and look at the back- its as lovely as the front!


Janet had finished the quilting on this lovely colourful quilt, it is always astonishing how a simple 4 patch and plain block look so good together. I loved the colours that she had used, I think she said they were leftovers from another project.

Janet had also finished the quilting on Sparkling Gemstones, a quilt from the Jelly Roll Quilts book. she was busy sewing the binding for both the quilts today which are destined to be Charity Quilts. Two lucky people are going to get great enjoyment and warmth from these lovely quilts.


Amanda also had this beautiful Black and White to show. This quilt from The Yellow Brick Road pattern from Terry Aitkinson was started 7 years ago and has matured very well. It is for her stepson, who I am sure will love it.

I had a baby Rail fence quilt to show, this is for my daughter's friend who has just had the most beautiful little girl. 

Very simple  and very quick which was a lovely change from all the hand quilting that had been going on in the wedding quilt which believe it or not is finally finished and has been passed on to the not so newly weds!.



I was also doing some hand sewing, finishing off a block for my Dear Jane quilt, I can't remember the name of the block and if I have to get up and look for it this blog may never get published. I also worked on one of the blocks for my Evening Bloom appliqué quilt. Very excited that I only have two more blocks to complete.


Chris had very kindly brought us all surprises, beautifully packaged with ribbons and labels. I won't show what was inside just in case Caroline has not opened hers yet.

It was lovely  to catch up with everyone and hear their news and to spend the day sewing together. It won't be long before hopefully we can all get together again.

Wednesday, April 2, 2014

April

April


Today was a foggy start, Alison was the first to arrive and no sooner had the tea been made when Amanda arrive followed quickly by Caroline.  Unfortunately, Chris was not well, we hope you feel better soon.

As usual we had cake with our tea, (no photo I'm afraid), we had a Victoria Sponge with Strawberry jam, made using a Mary Berry recipe.  This had been made for me by Stephanie.

Then it was down to sewing.

Alison was doing an applique block called Foxglove, this is a on going project called Evening Bloom from a book called Country Inn by Blackbird Designs.


Caroline was making a baby quilt for a friend using 2 1/2" strips.


Amanda was stitching a slash and burn project for the Guildford Embroidery's Guild as part of a project for the Embroidery Guild Regional day.  This is Amanda's own design.



I was stitching the binding on a quilt for Stephanie, this was made using New York Makower's fabric and the pattern was the Tiny Turning Twenty.



I also had a show and tell, this was a quilt made with scraps, the pattern is Sparkling Gemstones from the Jelly Roll Quilts book from the Quilt Room.


For lunch we had Italian Herb Chicken with salad and new potatoes, for dessert we had meringue with creme fraiche, raspberries and blueberries.

By the time Alison, Amanda and Caroline were ready to leave the fog had gone and the sun was out and it had turned  to be a lovely spring afternoon. 

Until next month.

Tuesday, February 4, 2014

February

Today's meeting of the Tuesday Girls did not go to plan!

Janet had arranged to host but is poorly (Get Well Soon Janet!) so we came up with an alternative morning plan as I had to be elsewhere for the afternoon

Unfortunately Caroline was also unable to make it as she was caring for her Mother-in-law.

Amanda, Alison and I drank tea and ate peanut oat cookies. We did no stitching at all. We did chat about some of our "works in progress"


… and admire Alison's Stunning wedding ring quilt … the colours are beautiful


with hand quilting in progress.

Foundation pieced scrappy pineapple quilt 
Think I shall have to add this to my 'to do' list. There's a class in May!


Back in March!



Saturday, January 11, 2014

Happy New Year!

Grr!  I have just lost a whole two hours of typing and getting photos in just the right place.  I keep getting messages saying Blogger isn't compatible with my browser - I'm using Explorer 11.... that it hasn't saved properly and so on...  I could see part of it on the list page but when clicked on it 'wasn't there'! So this is version no 2... shorter and not nearly as interesting... I have a cold and my head is pounding so..... Read on.  Hope it makes sense!

 Well, Christmas is over and a New Year begun. Resolutions made to get some of those UFO's completed (in theory I'll be organised and everything will fall into place... but I know me. Fingers x). Hope all our readers have had a great start to the year.

Sadly, it was a rainy start to the day (and rather too cool to go into The Conservatory), but not nearly as bad as poor Alison was experiencing. I received a call from her to say that she had begun her journey and then gone back as the rain was lashing down, with thunder and lightning occurring also. One of my mottos is safety first... so I am glad she was safe at home.

 
The first to arrive was Chris, followed by Janet then Amanda.  Soon the kettle was boiled and tea and cakes were on the table.  I had made a Betty Crocker Sunshine Lemon cake and some gluten free chocolate muffins.. quite yummy. Several mugs later ....











... I was presented with lots of presents as it was my birthday the next day. I am blessed with friends who know me well and make amazing choices giving me some wonderful gifts.  Thank you ladies. Great Choices! I shall really enjoy using them and will look forward to lunch with Amanda.




Chris and Amanda had brought hexagons to work on (sorry - no photo of Chris's as I didn't remember to take them until she was gone). Their pieces are growing gradually but look amazing.

 I spent my time looking at some of the quilting books Janet and I had received for Christmas.



Sadly, Chris was going to leave early as the Tuesday Puppy was going to class, so we had an early lunch.  Herb crusted chicken, cooked in orange juice, with garlic bread and salad, followed by caramel cheesecake or chocolate brownie desert. We waved Chris goodbye, then another mug of tea and got back to our stitching.. well Janet and Amanda did. I had bought my daughter's friendship braid quilt to work on but... I spent my time looking through my pressies - I can't wait to try the recipes or chose something from the modern quilt designs.

Janet was working on some hand piecing... stunning colours and so beautifully neat! I can imagine how it will look in a short while... the blocks look fantastic even in 4's (see below).  She had an enormous pile of both incomplete and finished blocks.. so

 
 
All too soon, it was time for home.  We talked about going to Farnham Maltings on Sunday then said our good-byes.  Another day was done!  Hopefully we will all be able to get together next month.
Until then.. take care!