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Friday, July 13, 2012

Stonestead Show and Tell

It was a fine but cool day yesterday when I made the short journey up to join the other Stonestead Stitchers yesterday.  Some customers were  enjoying their tea and scones “al fresco” in the wintery sunshine.  We hold our stitching get-togethers upstairs behind the windows which look over the courtyard in the cooler months, and in the summer we enjoy sitting outside in the extensive gardens under the sun umbrellas.

DSCF2137 Stonestead Tea House

The ladies had been very busy as there was a whole lot of show and tell to enjoy.  Dorothy was pinning up a table runner she had stitched in shades of purple, ready for machine quilting.  This will be a Golden Wedding gift, and the background fabric with gold printing goes very nicely with this theme.
DSCF2142 Table runner for a Golden Wedding gift
DSCF2141 Close up of fabric selection

Rosemary’s ruffle scarf created lots of interest.  It was a wee bit tricky to knit, she said, but now she can’t wait to start another one.  It certainly looks interesting, and I’m wondering if I could manage to knit one.  I’m sure my grand-daughters would love one of these, I must find out what other colours the yarn comes in.

DSCF2140 Rosemary and her ruffle scarf

Another interesting item of apparel was the fascinator made by Vicki Ann.  This dainty little head-dress would look just the thing worn at a wedding or a day at the races.  Made with hand fashioned fabric blooms, a whisper of lace and a feather or two, it is very pretty.

DSCF2146 Fascinator made by Vicki Ann

Then the quilts came out of the bags.  Liz has finished her Christmas quilt in plenty of time for the big day and features both appliqué and piecing.  I just love Christmas quilts, and this one in country colours is wonderful.

DSCF2144 Christmas quilt made by Liz

Purple and green was the colour choice of Mary’s grand-daughter, and this is a stunning quilt with the wide polka dot border.  Mary’s grand-daughter will be sure to love it.

DSCF2143 Mary’s quilt for her grand-daughter

Another quilt for a young lady was held up for us all to see.  Bridget made her “stack and whack” heart quilt in pinks and blacks for her fourteen year old niece.  This quilt also featured a polka dot border.  Mmmm, I just love that pattern.

DSCF2145 Heart quilt made for Bridgett’s niece

Cheryl was whirring away on her sewing machine for a while, then did some more work on her Christmas stitchery.  This is just one of three designs on the panel, so there is quite a bit of stitching to go yet.

DSCF2147 Cheryl’s Christmas stitchery

I meanwhile was stitching a hanging sleeve on a small quilt.  No photos of this yet, as it will be shown in my quilt club’s upcoming exhibition to be held in September.  I’m pleased I’ve got my entry finished in good time so I won’t need to be rushing around at the last minute.  It was another very enjoyable get together with the ladies at Stonestead, they are a very talented bunch.

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