Monday, November 29, 2010

Quilters' Circle - 29th November, 2010

Today is our bonus fifth Monday in November, so the Quilters' Circle got together again at the House for the second-last time this year.

As it is only a week since our last meeting, most of us didn't have a lot of show-and-tell. However, Marie has completed the quilting on her Christmas wall-hanging, and today was sewing down the binding. Here's one corner all done:

Inspired by that corner block, Marie used some of her left-over Christmas fabrics to make these seasonal coasters:

We were happy to see Joy back with us today. She is still quilting her miniature mariner's compass quilt, using a tiny tiny needle (which looks huge here, but when it fell on the floor it was very difficult to find).

Vireya worked on her paper-piecing project, but had some trouble planning the sewing order to avoid having to fold cardboard when stitching together this shape:

Marilyn brought along her machine and chain-pieced some triangles:

Our next meeting will be the last for the year, on 13th December.  Mary from the knitting group suggested we all bring a plate next time for a special afternoon tea.  Good idea, Mary!  So, come and join us then for some stitching and snacking!

Monday, November 22, 2010

Quilters' Circle - 22nd November, 2010

Here it is, the fourth Monday of November already. We missed Joy, who couldn't make it today. Hope you are feeling 100% again soon, Joy.

Marie brought along her finished baby ball to show us:
People couldn't resist picking it up and playing with it. 

Today Marie was tracing templates and cutting out pieces for a new project:
What will it be?  You'll have to wait and see. Sorry about the fluorescent light reflection - I didn't notice that until later.

Vireya brought along the finished apron that she was cutting out last time:
Although she did model it for us, no photo was taken of that, so this is on her dressform at home.

Today Vireya was working on a paper-piecing project.

Glennys worked on her Raggedy Ann and Raggedy Andy dolls. Here's the very huggable Ann all done:
Look at the brilliant fabric Glennys used for Ann's clothes. Did you know that Raggedy Ann was created in 1915, and Andy in 1920?  That makes them 90 and 95 years old!

Marilyn has added the border to her Bombers block from last time. She had done some quilting, but discovererd that her walking foot was a bit loose for part of it, resulting in stitches like this:

So today she unpicked that part, and re-quilted it:

Looking good!

While stitching, we browsed a few magazines, books and catalogues Marie brought along - and ate some of her bickies!  Thanks, Marie.

We also had a look at some information about a quilt competition for neighbourhood houses next year.  We'll give that a bit of thought between now and our next meeting.

Speaking of our next meeting, this month has 5 Mondays, so it is only one week until we are back again, on the 29th November.  See you again then!

Monday, November 8, 2010

Quilters' Circle - 8th November, 2010

November already! Five of us got together today, and had a lovely afternoon.

Joy was hand-quilting her miniature mariners' compass quilt:
Joy is on a "finishing" drive - she is working at completing unfinished items, rather than starting anything new.

Marilyn was machine-piecing the border for this football-related block:
Guess which football team?

Vireya cut out an apron panel she recently purchased:

Marie was assembling her baby ball:

Glennys added hair to a Raggedy Anne (or is this Andy?) doll:
This one is for her grand-daughter.  Glennys made the same dolls for her children, using the same pattern.  It is now a family tradition.  She also showed us the cute outfits she has made for the dolls, using a very appropriate border print.  I didn't photograph the clothes, so I hope Anne and Andy come back for a visit before they go to their new homes.

We had lots of books and magazines to read, and Glennys very kindly brought along some very yummy chocolate-chip biscuits:
Thanks, Glennys!

And speaking of chocolate, the childcare centre is having a fund-raising chocolate drive, so we had to help out...

Last time Mary, one of the knitters, offered around pieces of a red-flowering salvia from her garden, and today she brought them along all potted up for us. Thanks, Mary!

Our next meeting will be in two weeks, on 22nd November. Hope to see you then!

In the meantime, some birthday wishes:

Happy birthday tomorrow to one of our readers, Dorothy. Hope you have a lovely day!

Happy birthday to Marie for this coming weekend. Hope something nice happens for you on the day!