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Thursday, March 24, 2011

Another Stonestead Stitchers Day

The day today may have been fine and sunny, but the wind had a definite Autumn chill to it.  So instead of stitching in the garden at Stonestead as we had been doing, we met upstairs in the Tea Shop.  Our nice freshly baked scones and hot drinks were duly delivered at lunch time.
DSCF5769 All ready for lunch
I was running a little late so had missed Cheryl’s show and tell.  But she had left it on the window ledge, so I went to admire her work.  There were two cushions, and a rather stately looking elephant.  Cheryl loves country colours and this appliquéd and embroidered cushion is very much in her style.
DSCF5776 Cheryl’s cushion
The elephant was quite spectacular.  This was done in a class some time ago, and the body is crazy patched in shades of purple, teal and terracotta.  The elephant was finished with gold thread embroidery, gold braid, bells, sequins and a cute little tassel for a tail.
DSCF5774 Cheryl’s elephant
Dorothy had brought in her lovely quilt top in shades of blue to show us.  This is a surprise for her son and daughter-in-law and when completed will be sent over to them in America.  As a reminder of her son’s Kiwi connection, Dorothy has used a pretty blue paua fabric in the quilt. 
DSCF5773 Blue wedding quilt with NZ inspired paua fabric
Ruth was working away on her candle-wicking panel, and is really on the home stretch with just a little to go now.  She purchased the cushion cover as a kit from Fox Collection. (This reminded me that I have a quilt load of candle-wick blocks waiting to be assembled into a top.  Oh dear, yet another UFO.)
DSCF5771 Candle-wick cushion cover
The knitting needles were clacking as Agnes worked on a cute little blue hooded jacket for her 4 month old grand-son.  It will certainly keep him cosy and warm when the winter chills arrive.
DSCF5770 Agnes with her knitting
I was doing some knitting too.  This is a “secret squirrel” present for a birthday gift, a scarf made using the Feathers yarn.
DSCF5777 My knitting
There is a huge range of craft magazines upstairs where we were stitching, and knitting, and some of us seemed to be doing more reading than working, myself included.  But that is all part of the creative fun, isn’t it, checking out magazines for inspiration and new ideas.


Frances Leate said...

There is some lovely work there Jenny and I have to own up to having a large pile of candlewicked blocks which are historical now as I stitched them many years ago. Take care

Julie said...

It looks as if you all had a wonderful day, and the show and tell is certainly inspiring.