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Saturday, October 16, 2010

Friday UFO Night

What better way to end the working week (and for me, the end of my working life, I’m now retired!) than an evening spent stitching together. A group of us met at the local quilt shop, Thimbles and Threads, for a very pleasant evening. Several were already set up with their sewing machines humming when I arrived. Joyce was busy with her “quilt as you go” panels in a pretty green colour way. As she was using a jelly roll, she had to adjust the measurements from the pattern’s 3 inch squares to the 2 1/2 inch size of the roll. So all her pieces were all just that little bit smaller. Joyce was persevering with this project but stated that she wasn’t really enjoying it. She obviously has more staying power than me, I would no doubt have given up by now.

DSCF4424 Joyce working on her quilt as you go panels

Sharon had just completed a shop sample using glorious Kaffe Fassett fabrics. That quilt is under wraps at the moment, but she was making a pieced backing out of the leftovers, so I could take a photo of that, to show the beautiful fabrics she has been working with.

DSCF4423 Kaffe Fassett pieced backing

Margaret is always busy with her sewing and usually brings several projects to work on. I rather liked her idea of using blue and cream half square triangles then adding blue flip and sew corners to the cream half. It gives a completely different look to the block.

DSCF4426 Margaret’s blue and cream blocks

Marion was working beside me and was using up her autumn and bright batiks. She had designed a block to set the two colour families together then pieced them together into a lap sized quilt.

DSCF4427 Marion working with her batiks

I have seen many versions of the Disappearing 9 Patch block recently and this black, white and red version that Pamela was working on is very nice indeed. Pamela’s aim is to make a black and white version for each of her three children. Quilt number one had lime green accents, and this version with touches of red is quilt number two. I am really impressed with this pattern and have got it on my “one day” list.

DSCF4428Black, white and red disappearing nine patch blocks

I was busy stitching down the binding on yet more little Christmas quilts. No photos of these yet as they are to be sent away as gifts, perhaps later when the last one has been posted. We ordered take-always again for our evening meal, and enjoyed our choices of delicious pasta and mini pizzas. Perhaps next time I will try one of the seafood pizzas. That one looked delicious. All in all another great stitching evening.


FlourishingPalms said...

Congratulations on your retirement, Jenny! I bet you're nearly pinching yourself, unable to really believe you'd finished working. I bet by Monday morning, you'll REALLY notice the different. Enjoy a little sleep-in. And have LOTS of wonderful sewing time. Blessings!

Jennifer said...

Congratulations on your retirement....it's a great place to be!

Frances Leate said...

Congratulations on your retirement. I don't think I will ever retire but I keep changing careers with each new one more suited to what I want to do (even if the dollars are a lot less). It looks like you have a lot of fun at your UFO nights. Happy stitching!