Wednesday, February 1, 2012

Doesn't time fly...

Count on it Banners -Nancy Halvorsen
Can it really be the last day of January already? I thought that January was supposed to go very slowly.... must be a sign of advancing years.

It was a beautiful, crisp winter's day, very sunny but very cold. The girls had a good drive down through the Hampshire countryside. 

After the 'Tuesday Puppy' had a quick run round the garden, everyone got themselves settled by the stove and tea and muffins were served, the usual flavour- banana and choc chip. 

Amanda started off the day with a show and tell - she had sewn all the blocks together that she had been working on and just needs to add the borders. 

It looks great - there is something about black and white -it looks so fresh and the turquoise just adds a zing to it. The pattern is called Twinkle and is in a book  Scrap-Basket Sensations by Kim Brackett.

Janet was busy putting the binding on her Nancy Halvorsen Christmas Quilt -she is going to be ready for next year and no mistake. We thought that it needed to be photographed next to the fir, give it a bit of atmosphere - should have kept out a few decorations just to use as props! I have a feeling that this year there may be a number of Christmas projects finally finished. 
We are all very keen to make a dent into the UFO pile this year.

Amanda was working on her hexagons - the pile keeps growing. It is going to look so lovely when it is finished. The colours are so soft and summery looking.

Caroline, unfortunately was suffering with a very sore back so she announced her intention to sit quietly and knit and she was to doze off we were not to disturb her! The scarf is getting longer... it is certainly the weather you need a scarf for. Hope your back is better soon!

Chris took the opportunity to check with Janet about sashing for the Christmas Block of the month that some of us had done - hopefully there will be a reveal of those finished and quilted before next December!

She then got busy putting together an Autumn table topper/wallhanging. She got the background all finished and will prepare the applique as her take along project. We look forward to seeing it finished.

Unfortunately I forgot to note the pattern name and manufacturer, perhaps Chris you will edit the post to add this info. 
Edited to add - name of Acorn Crisp

I was working on a Dear Jane block first of all then moved on to complete a few farmer's Wife blocks. I am hoping to get the Farmer's Wife blocks finished this year and also to make considerable progress with my Dear Jane. The decision to do it by hand has certainly added a few years to the process!

We had such a pleasant day catching up with all our news and chatting about local events and developments. It was lovely that we all managed to get together again. The time flew by and all too soon it was time for the Surrey girls to get back on the road.

And just in case you thought that we hadn't eaten ....unlikely I know.... desert was iced sticky chocolate brownies with raspberries which made a very sweet end to a lunch of baked potatoes.

Looking forward to getting back together next week.

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