It was Christmas time in Carrum Downs for our Scquilters group. It was a lovely day and we all pitched in with lots of scrumptious food.
I did start taking pictures of everyone who was there, but got distracted, so commiserations or congratulations depending on your point of view, to those I didn’t get to photograph.
Ramona & Sandra on the left – who have been walking their way to be the fittest two in Scquilterland, not without a mishap or three from Ramona – but onwards and upwards! Then, on the right, we have Frances stitching away.
Sally & Bar and Dianne and Pam
Here we have our raffle winner ($150 for the professional quilter of her choice) Marilyn with her Kris Kringle gift proudly displayed in front of her (made by Pam) and on the right, the photogenic Wendy and Fran.
Louise, Narelle, Robyn and Deidre all looking happy and busy. On the right is me with a strange facial expression – perhaps because I had been lucky enough to win the door prize, kindly donated by Jo. There is a very interesting provenance to this lovely cushion. Jo bought it from Sue Spiegal, who has a business in Christchurch. As a result of the devastating earthquake there, Sue (who was artist in residence at the Cathedral) was stuck in the top window of the cathedral – you probably saw her before she was, fortunately rescued. I sure was a lucky bunny!
And now for Show and Tell
First was from me. The lovely girls from our Monday group gave me – guess what – a wooden cow – she is rather distinguished looking and likes sitting on shelves where she can be part of our rather large cow family. I also brought my fist attempt at felted balls – the next ones will be better – I learned a lot.
Frances brought her latest “gadget” the humble piece of kitchen foil. She had found a hint on the internet about it sharpening scissors and rotary cutter blades – and guess what? It works! Not only is it great for recycling foil that you would normally throw out, but as Frances discovered, it brought her blunt rotary cutter blade, back to its former dangerously sharp self and the same with her scissors. You just repeatedly run the cutter up and down the foil! Beside her is Ramona who wore this hat in honour of Hermione, who, sadly, could not join us. Hermione absolutely loves Christmas, so Ramona switched on her “all singing, all dancing” hat – to much hilarity. Hope you can come back soon Hermione – we love you and miss you. xx
Jo made this absolutely wonderful table runner – beautifully quilted – for her friendship group K.K. to take place this week. So I can safely show the picture now!
Wyn is making cushions for her grandchildren and great-grandchildren – this magnificent one for Andre! I must apologise as I didn’t note who was working on this very pretty snowman applique. He is a very handsome fellow!
Marilyn’s grandchildren are the lucky recipients of the above quilts – the gorgeous bright dinosaur quilt for her GS and the lovely Fairy/Angel quilt for her GD.
Bronwyn finishing off the binding on this seven year old UFO – a very productive time you have had lately Bronwyn – congratulations – oh and yet another beautiful quilt by the way.
Pam has made this lovely raggy quilt for the latest baby in her extensive family – very nice! And Maggy is finishing off the binding on this great Christmas stitchery. Well done to you both.
Marilyn L. has learned to knit! She has been making these fabulous hats for charity including for indigenous communities in W.A. – what a productive way of learning – next year i think you will have some of us non-knitters (i.e. me) sitting beside you – I love the idea of making them in team colours.
Wendy made this striking split 9 patch table runner from a Moda charm pack “Grace” – love it! And Fran has made the infamous 1600 quilt using 25cm of each of 11 fabrics. It is for one of her children – to match their new home. It looks wonderful.
The first of the is a Christmas panel, made by Robyn, using fabrics from the same range for the borders. Very nice! The next one was sewn by hand by Robyn’s mother – she finished the stitcheries so quickly that Robyn got her onto 9 patches as well – Robyn put the quilt together and the result is beautiful. What a good daughter you are Robyn, and a good teacher as well.
Deidre has made this glasses case for a Kris Kringle at work – very smart. Can you guess what Deidre does for a living? And last but not least my ear! On it is the beautiful silver earing made for me for my birthday this year by my neighbour Lovely Liza. She got hold of a book of quilt patterns from our other neighbour and between them they chose this block. Aren’t they lovely? The earrings, not my ears – of course. Liza makes beautiful “one off” pieces and you can find them www.lizajanejewellery.wordpress.com
No paper bags – by the way, but I live in hope!
And that is it for 2011 – we meet again on Wednesday 1st of February. So have a wonderful Christmas/Holiday everyone and we’ll see you next year.
festive love from your roving reporter
Devon meadows, Vic (where it is hot and steamy)