Sunday, June 23, 2013

It's been a long time!

Well it has been a long time since the last Tuesday visit to Hampshire and my turn to write the blog. I had to think about it for a while before jumping in and getting started. Obviously didn't think about it enough though as I forgot the cardinal rule of saving your work as you go and managed to lose the first copy of the entry as I attempted to insert a link! Not a good start!

Unfortunately Caroline could not join us today as she had other obligations, hopefully it won't be long till we can have 5 of us together again.

We started the day with reminding ourselves about 'The etiquette of tea' as featured on a birthday card Amanda had sent me. We all loved the idea of scones, sandwiches and then cake but we in reality we enjoyed banana and chocolate chip cookies with our first cup of tea of the day.

Show and tell was next, Janet had a lovely bowtie quilt that she has made using Belle Fleur by Moda, I think one of the French General collection. She had used a charm pack and a little extra fabric for it. It really was very pretty. It will be a sample for the shop Needle and Thread to show off some of the fabrics.

She also had, yes she has been very busy as usual, a super tumbler quilt
 using Basic Grey PB&J fabric. The tumbler shapes had been cut using the Studio cutter which makes accurate cutting of a lot of shapes quick and easy. it was such a bright and colourful quilt. Another sample for the shop I believe. Yvette, the owner of needle and Thread, had long arm quilted them both. They inspired us to get cracking with some projects. We are fortunate to have the chance to see so many of the new fabrics made up into quilts as they often come to life in a quilt as to on the bolt.

After catching up on all the news and another cup of tea, we got down to some sewing. Amanda was busy putting the finishing touches to a wallhanging that she had been making on a workshop with Julia Gahagan at Needle and Thread. We all aahed and oohed over it and it made us long for some really summer weather and a day at the seaside!
Janet was binding the the bow tie and tumbler quilts and Chris was binding the Black and white quilt  of which I can't believe I didn't take a picture. I will 'borrow' the photo from an earlier blog post.
 As Amanda and I both have birthdays in June we were celebrating birthdays this week. We were both extremely lucky with delightful and thoughtful presents from our friends. Lots to look at it and admire and a bit of reading matter to inspire us too! Thank you from both of us.

 The celebrating didn't stop at presents.....Janet had made us a chocolate birthday cake which we adorned with candles and the obligatory singing and blowing out of candles followed. It was a delicious cake!!! thank you Janet.
 In between making cups of tea and unwrapping birthday gifts I was busy appliquing a double wedding ring quilt onto plain white borders. as soon as that is done I can layer it and get quilting. I am on a deadline with this so watch this space!
It was lovely to see everybody, Caroline, you were missed and hope it is not too long before everyone gets back together again.

Wishing you all some warm weather or at least some sunshine!

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