What a lovely way to spend a Sunday. My quilt club had organised a UFO Day, so I was very keen to join in. But what to take? I’m sorry to admit that I have an unmentionable number of UFOs packed away. When we packed up and moved house, all my quilting things were packed into plastic crates, and they are still there, all these months later. I opened up one of these crates and found my burgundy and cream paper pieced log cabin blocks. I had already made a whole lot of blocks, but I still needed more. So this is what I sewed on Sunday. It is quite a slow process: stitch a log, trim the excess, walk to the ironing board, then press. But I sewed a set of eight at a time, so at the end of the day, I was pleased with what I had achieved. And sewing on the tissue foundations keeps the blocks square.
I had the company of about 18 or so ladies in the hall. Some came early, and stayed all day, while others popped in later for an hour or so. I noticed some mending being done, hand work, and plenty of machines whirring away. I stopped to admire a lovely Christmas runner which one of the ladies was working on. Like most quilters, I love Christmas things. We all brought along something for the shared lunch, and as usual for these sort of outings, there was food galore. With a spread like this, there was no chance that we would go hungry.
In between my stitching, I checked out what was happening on the other tables. Moira had a nice selection of Sashiko stitching she had recently done, and plans to turn these into table mats.
Sitting next to Moira was Rae, who was busy beading. She was making a lovely elephant using silk tie pieces in mainly reds and greens. Before the elephant is assembled any further, he needs to be embellished with beads, braids and fancy stitches. You can just see his pair of rather handsome beaded paisley ears at the top of the photo.
Another exotic project was Yvonne’s Japanese Doll sampler quilt. She was machine button holing around each doll, and it is going to look fabulous when it is completed.
Vickie was another who was also doing some button hole machine stitching. She was making the most impressive border strips, full of swirls and points.
“Just using up my scraps”, said Jill, when she held up her beautifully shaded random scrap quilt, stitched in a crazy patch style. The quilt just glowed with colour, all set off nicely with the black lattice strips. She was busy hand quilting during the afternoon.
Another lovely quilt was Debbie’s autumn toned hexagon quilt. I really admire people who work with hexagons – all that cutting, tacking the papers on, then stitching together by hand. Not for me, I don’t think, but I can certainly appreciate all the hours which go into these works of art.
Sarah had her quilt laid out on the table when I arrived, while she contemplated just how to machine quilt it. Decision made, she got to work on her purple hued quilt..