Who would be interested in a Friday evening UFO night to work on some of those unfinished projects that we all have, the committee of my quilt club, Pinestream Quilters wanted to know. I was quick to put my name down, and joined 10 or so others upstairs at the classroom of Thimbles and Threads, one of our local quilt shops. We didn’t let the fact that it was Friday 13th put us off, oh no, we had stitching on our minds and that is what we came to do. With our Quilt Show coming up next month, it was an ideal opportunity to finish those bindings and hanging sleeves on the quilts to be exhibited. The evening started at 5.00pm with a small glass of wine for those who wanted one, and cheese, grapes and crackers to nibble on.
Several of the ladies brought their sewing machines along and were busily piecing blocks. Marg was stitching flying geese blocks together to use in the backing of her quilt, while Pamela was constructing some black and white Disappearing 9 Patch blocks. Marion was working on some cushion covers which used up her extra 9 Patch swap blocks. Linda spent the evening stitching the binding down on her beautiful New York Beauty quilt.
There was quite a bit of rotary cutting doing on too, and lots of hand sewing. What was I doing? I stitched the labels on to the back of two little Christmas quilts, that took much longer than than I expected. Then I completed the hand quilting on a Christmas cushion – the next step on this project is to finish stitching the cushion cover together. And finally I started working on a little stitchery for my grand-daughter Emma. She doesn’t know it is coming so no photos yet as it will have to remain a secret for a while.
An hour or so into our evening we phoned through an order for pizza and pasta to be delivered for our dinner. Most of us hadn’t yet eaten so we were really starting to feel peckish. It was quite a long wait, but when it finally arrived, our orders were delicious. Then it was back to our stitching again. As the night drew on the ladies started to pack up and go home one by one. “We can stay here till midnight”. Margaret told us. Midnight – that’s much too late for someone like me who gets up at 5.00am every workday. I lasted till 10.00 pm before heading home, leaving the last few keen ones still hard at work! We all had a good time, working away on our projects in the company of other keen club members. Here’s hoping we have another UFO night again soon.