Thursday, April 19, 2012

Cake, glorious cake and of course some stitching!

A grey and rather cool start to the day did not auger well as I carried all my bits and bobs to the Conservatory early this morning.  It took a while, but soon the room was ready with heaters on, the table set and chocolate cupcakes (plus other yummy offerings)!  The Conservatory was toastie after a while although it was still cool outside, so I kept the heater running for a while longer.  By 10.30, when Alison arrived, the sun was trying hard to break through the lowering clouds.  The kettle was on in minutes of her arrival.   Janet arrived closely on her heels. She was followed by today's honorary member of the group in the form of my daughter who had come to drop her dad's birthday card off. Sadly, once more Chris was unable to join us due to family commitments and Amanda had children to look after.  Both were missed!

Tea, coffee, biscuits (Pecan & Belgian Chocolate from Sainsbury's  along with  Coconut Macaroons )  and chocolate chip muffins covered in the new chocolate Philadelphia with white, milk and dark choc chips placed on top (hubby had some as his birthday cake so couldn't waste them now could I?).  Oh yes! Brownies also were present and soon found just the right spot ( we were waving the white flag after several indulgences) then DD departed for her own home. We quickly were able to settle to the tasks in hand and began to look at Janet's beautiful L'il Twister quilt top in cream and a rich red fabric, then a similar table runner using a Moda Christmas fabric by Basic Grey.  This was done with a much larger Twister ruler, using 10 inch squares. It was gorgeous.  These are for the Heather Quilters show this coming weekend at Collingwood School.

Alison began stitching and appliqueing some of the more 'fiddly' parts of the Dear Jane and Farmer's Wife blocks she was doing.. very pretty but oh so very tiny.  I had spent some of the weekend seeing stars, literally making more than a dozen centres for my Dad's quilt,  also cutting lots of fabric to make the log cabin strips.  I began to stitch these around certain stars... I cannot do random ( a standing joke with the ladies in my group!!) so I have made them in pairs and thus it makes it easier for me to work out placement of blocks.

Lunch was next on the agenda.  I had thought soup, but it morphed into Salmon, salad, hot new potatoes and rustic bread, followed by either Lemon or Blueberry cheesecakes as supplied by Gu.  Sooooooo yummy!  It was just as well as the day became much sunnier and thus warm.  We even managed to throw a few windows open!   We finally roled away from the table... well only long enough to clear it ready for the next sewing session...and of course sup on another cup of tea.  And so, once more, we began to stitch away.  Janet was doing a wonderful selection of random squares in glorious colours for a charity quilt and Alison was stitching away at her Farmer's wife blocks.  We had one of those afternoons where nothing seemed to be cut correctly or was the 'right' size.  Very annoying, although we did have a laughter filled session over it... we have all been there and done that at some time. 

Apologies, for some reason this last photo will not rotate and stay rotated! 

My neighbour, Sarah came in for a cuppa just as Janet and Alison were packing up to go... but was assured it wasn't her frightening them off!  I waved them off and then returned to share another cup of tea, but just couldn't encourage / force another cake down if I had tried!  LOL.

Until next time...

1 comment:

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