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Monday, December 12, 2011

December Stitching Monday

My goodness, this is our last Stitching Monday for the year.  The sewing machines were stitching feverishly away as everyone worked hard on their projects, and the hand stitchers were tucked away in the corner.  Heather brought in a lovely little angel to show us,  made for her by her niece to hang on the Christmas tree.  Very pretty, and the beads are so tiny. 
DSCF8301 Beaded angel tree ornament
Heather also brought in two more tops from her “Great Shirt Project”, and commented that op-shop shirts must be getting hard to find, as several other quilters she knows have now taken up the challenge.  Quilt number five is all pinned up ready for machine quilting, and quilt number six is in quite a different colour way with touches of yellow.
DSCF8302 Heather’s shirt quilt, pinned ready for quilting
DSCF8303Quilt top number six
Joyce is another who works hard all month and then stuns us with her output when we get together.  She was stitching a backing for her black and white Snail Trail quilt, using some of the left over fabrics to make a centre panel.
DSCF8305 Joyce making a quilt backing
“You’ve all seen this one”, Joyce commented, as she laid her Crop Circle quilt out to show us.  No, we hadn’t, this one must have been stitched in secret, we told her.  Joyce has used lots of New Zealand patterned fabric in this quilt, which has both Snail Trail and Star blocks.
DSCF8306 Crop Circle quilt
Jo was stitching a “commission” quilt for a workmate, in a stunning palette of teal and purple.  This is sure to look quite stunning, so we will be interested to see what the finished top looks like.
DSCF8308 Jo’s commission quilt
Fay was quietly stitching away, making a set of placemats as a gift for her overseas visitors to take home.  These are being made in New Zealand designed fabric, so will be a reminder of their trip to this country.
DSCF8309 Fay’s placemats are coming along nicely
As this was our last meeting for the year, we all brought along a festive plate for a shared lunch.  “Don’t start eating till I take a photo”, I told the ladies.  It was all delicious, especially Heather’s yummy carrot cake.
DSCF8304 Ready for our lunch
And as for me, I did a bit of sewing on my burgundy and cream log cabin blocks.  Then I switched to sewing some little selvedge blocks for an idea I had for a  bag.  I’ll have to see how that idea progresses, I think.  Thanks so much, ladies, for another year of stitching and friendship.  It’s been great to come along each month and sew together.

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