What to take along to work on for the monthly Friday UFO meeting? I’ve lots of machine piecing I really need to do, but the effort of unhooking my Bernina from the sewing cabinet and packing it up was just too much for a couple of hours sewing time. So it was hand sewing and cutting out for me. I had traced around the pattern pieces to complete my yo-yo Christmas reindeer, such as the head and hooves, so sat and cut out four of this and a couple of that. Next step will be to stitch and stuff them, and work out how to assemble the toy - maybe I should read the instructions! After that I did some more secret stitching for a gift.
Kathy had brought her sewing machine along and was busily chopping up a marvellous pair of harem pants in Indonesian fabric she had picked up for a bargain price in the Hospice Op Shop. Cutting this fabric into 5 sided pentagons, she used this interesting fabric as the middle of crazy patched blocks, adding colourful pieces from her overflowing crate of scraps as she went along.
The other one working on her machine was Janelle, who was stitching up mini nine patch blocks to add to her Afternoon Delight quilt designed by Susan Garman.
Kaye’s French inspired Ooh La La wall-hanging is coming along well. She trimmed up the blocks and laid them out for us to see. The colour way of black, white, hot pink and lime green is stunning.
Meanwhile, Mary had been helping Kaye by adding extra appliquéd leaves and embroidering tendrils on Kaye’s tui wall-hanging. Then Mary taped the top down and marked out the cross hatch quilting lines, all ready for Kaye to finish with hand quilting. That’s a very helpful friend indeed.
Mary lending a helping hand
Vickie is always very well organised with her stitching and had a plastic container filled with completed hexagons, fabric cut out to become hexagons, and the basting papers. She is making Patchwork of the Crosses, designed by Lucy Boston. I’m certainly impressed, this is all done by hand!
And last but not least, Leigh was stitching the binding down on her quilt, a UFO from a while ago. It was a large bed quilt, so that kept her quiet most of the night.
The ladies bring along a plate for our shared meal, and it is always interesting to see what turns up each month. We had quiche and cheese rolls heating in the oven, ham, cheese and gherkin open sandwiches, a bowl of cheerios (baby savaloys), bread rolls, and fruit kebabs on sticks, and tea and coffee too of course. Plenty of delicious food to go around, and friendly companionship while we stitched together for the evening, what more could we want?