It’s been quite a while, but I finally met up the the fortnightly group, the Stonestead Stitchers again. After returning from our long caravan holiday in the South Island, I am once again getting involved with the various groups I previously enjoyed meeting with. But first, I popped in to see Yvonne at the adjacent Sawmillers Quiltery to say hello. Yvonne is very welcoming and this pretty little shop always has something new on offer, fabrics of course, and interesting classes.
This group meet upstairs at the Stonestead Tea House to stitch and chat and as usual, there was plenty going on. Caroline brought along a table runner she had just completed at a class with Sawmillers Quiltery – it is made in nice bright colours featuring chickens in the centre of the stars.
She had been busy knitting too, and showed us this cute little dinosaur coat made for the family Jack Russell Ellie. It comes complete with spikes along the back, and yes, Ellie does enjoy wearing winter coats, we were told.
I had seen Dorothy working on her pretty hexagon “Nana’s Garden” quilt over the previous months, and with just the binding to stitch down she brought the almost completed quilt along to show us. This has been beautifully machine quilted by Sue B, and Dorothy is planning to hang the quilt up in her home.
There was a whole lot of cross stitch going on. Carol had completed a pretty little flower kit which came complete with a frame, and was finishing off a pink cross stitch to put into a baby greeting card. Ruth had picked up a “just started” cross stitch pin cushion kit at her embroidery guild’s sales table and was having fun working on that.
Beverly was another doing cross stitch, and showed us this beautiful sampler she had stitched for her daughter – she was determined to hide and only allowed her fingers to show.
Two of the ladies were stitching away on their tapestries. Mary had forgotten all about her very pretty bargello tapestry. Now rediscovered, she is stitching diligently to get it finished, while Liz was working on her Jacobean design tapestry.
Bridget has been making “Stack and Whack” blocks from a lovely range of Amy Butler fabrics and spent time with her cutter and board squaring them all up.
Cheryl had a new family, she told us, then proceeded to pull a whole lot of soft toys out of her bag. She had made a giraffe, monster, caterpillar and dinosaur and was working on a lion. What a great collection – and that cute giraffe was my favourite.
The ladies were keen to hear about our trip away, and it was nice to be so warmly welcomed back. While we were stitching and chatting Kevin was downstairs in the cafe kitchen whipping up scones for our lunches and delivered the trays upstairs to us. It may have been grey and cold outside, but it was another warm fun filled day with the Stonestead Stitchers.