Monday, June 14, 2010
Our First Retreat.
After a bit of a false start (o.k., got lost, just a little) we found them in one of the large conference/workrooms. Great light and lots of room to spread out.
Then a stroll back through the gardens, past a 'nature hut' full of bugs, butterflies, shells and even a little house made of shells.
Lorraine needs a 'running away from home bag' big enough to take a queen size quilt, and decided to create some log cabin butterflies for each side of her bag, no pattern,....just doing it, "Somehow I'm going to have antenna and everything on these little guys" was her comment. I believe her.
Sheila was finishing off the pouch that Sue had taught earlier in the morning, and then decided to practice her machine quilting skills, she has a new machine, comes with it's own little cupboard of gizmos.....(so so cute, I want one of those!) and a stitch regulator, the finished quilt will be for a family pet called Julius,.... he was the runt of the litter delivered by Caesarian.....
Cheryl has been making these beautiful blocks for awhile, she is a Machine Embroiderer and jumped at the opportunity of getting quilters advice on layout and assembly tips.
Ailsa was also putting the finishing touches to the pouch from Sues' tutorial, she then moved on to stitching down the binding on her Row x Row quilt.
Fran was having a good time, but her pouch seemed to be a bit long, she promptly christened it a sporran, and plans to carry her phone handset around the house in it!....so phone Fran and no answer you will know why!
Judy, another of the Machine Embroidery group, has embroidered this amazing quilt using Glen Harris Australiana designs that she purchased from a magazine featuring the same quilt made by Michelle Stokie.
Jackie is working on another floral quilt, number 3 from the fabrics she has been collecting for the past 5 years. This is the quilt that started the whole collection off...(mag pic top right) and for a bit of a break from machining she bought along a hand stitching project! Knew better than to ask what it will be....this is Jackie's bring along project for meeting days, and she is more of a 'wait and see' gal on this one. <g>
Who could resist this pic, two thoughtful lasses, Lorraine still planning the antenna for her bag, and Sue being the good little helper/mentor that she is, making 'squaring up' decisions.
Wendy was making 'lozenge' or 'coffin blocks' when we arrived, she had made quite a pile for a half mornings work, the quilt is one she spotted in a mag (pic on top right) she is using lovely soft colours for the strip pieced square sashings, but just see how in control this gal is, leaning back and whizzing along those seams. I pressed some of them for her and I can tell you - straight as a die...!not a wobble, not a waggle! wow!
Marcia certainly wasn't going to let herself get tired of a project, she has a pile of 9 patches completed ready to be slashed and turned into a disappearing 9patch quilt, was wrestling with Suduko - I tell you, it's not as simple as it would seem, one little lapse of concentration and whoopsie!, wrong square in there!
Fran was finding the pouch useful to cart bibs and bobs around with her. She and Betty were hard at work getting the layout right for her 'Tesselation' quilt
Sharon has machine embroidered these lovely blocks from an Annie Moody pattern that she got from 'Hoopsisters. com.
Yvonne, one of our Thursday night members and a Machine Embroider bought this amazing quilt along for Show and Tell and to finish the binding. She made 'Catz' to donate to the Foster Childrens group, possibly to be raffled as a fundraiser.......now if that happens I know a group of ladies who all want tickets!.
Yvonne was also working on this piece, it might be a wall hanging or it might end up as a cover for her machine......now that's lurvin' ya machine!
Well, you would have to know its a quilters retreat, with such beautiful quilts on the bunks. Not gonna show you the pic I took of 'little miss kaleidoscope' taking a Nanna Nap.....
And who's bunk is this???well it was allocated to someone who decided to whizz off on a European Holiday instead........