Wednesday, August 17, 2016

PIA, our new word...

Yep, over the W.I.P, the U.F.O. etc, Wendy has coined a new anacronym, PIA for Project/s In Action, she refuses to have a U.F.O, reckons that makes a project sound so unloved, whereas it may just be that it has slid down the slope, been overtaken, by the list of 'most pressing', 'most popular', 'prettiest' etc list, so PIA it is!
So, do you have a long list of P.I.A.'s?

Jane isn't fessing up to a long list of P.I.A.'s but she certainly is fessing up to 'too much stuff in my sewing space'. Eyeing off a rather largish stack of wools of all hues she decided to knit a knee rug, rather a large one, needing circular needles. Being rather pleased with the result she sailed forth and in the space of 7 weeks, created a total of 6 knee rugs, of all sizes, the latest one being the 7" squares she is holding in the pic below.
Jane bought along her 'squares' rug for a little advice on backing, she is off to colder climes in the near future and wanted some extra warmth. Of all the knee rugs she is keeping the squares, the others have zoomed off all over the world.

Val created two more charity quilts,
This one certainly drew its compliment of 'ohh's and 'ahh's
and this lovely all in greens and purples, a strip pieced Q.A.Y.G.

Gwen has finished her 'I Spy' version and bought it along to share, using a variation of Attic Windows with a little twist.

Lastly, if you are in our neck of the woods on Saturday 27th August, pop into our Atrium Open Day, promises to be as much fun as previous years.

Tuesday, August 16, 2016

A bit of a catch up...

with lovely quilts and lovely new members. New member Gahey was well along on creating this stunning quilt made from silk ties,
hand pieced and quilted
All finished, what a stunner.
A bundle of 'I Spy' fabrics has been given to each group member to design and create their own quilt, it can be given to a family member, given to a charity of your choice or even kept. Gahey found a simple but effective design on the net, changing the design slightly and bought along her flimsey to share.
Courtney has created a second table runner, this one a gift for her Mum.
Next project? Knitted squares to make a knee rug for next winter.
Marcia was putting the fininshing stitches into the binding on a quilt for her great grandson, Jasper.
All family members were invited to bring along a piece of fabric for the quilt, and while at the celebration, to add their signature and well wishes to what would become the backing. Even the littlies got a go, with their own 'signature of the time'.
Marie had a very exciting tale to tell and a beautiful mug to go with the tale. Family members travelling in Edinburgh noticed a rather posh car with a fair sprinkling of police and security standing around, not ones to let a curosity go unanswered, they approached and asked the question, the reply left then a tad stunned, the Queen and Duke had just popped into the jewellers! sure enough, just moments later the Queen and Duke exited of the store, popped into the Car, and ever so sedately, zoomed off!! having walking right past them. Of course a cemmorative Queen's 90th Birthday cup seemed to be just the pressie to go with the tale to take home to Mum, along with extracting the promise, to use the cup daily, not put it into a cupboard for a special day.
Di shared this flimsey with us,
Di also told of how after assembling all the blocks, she found that there were a couple of squares of the same fabrics butting together, solution? well she wasn't about to ignore them, so unpicked and re-inserted different fabrics. Makes for what will be a stunning quilt.
Plan is to have the quilt long arm machine quilted with a design in each of the cream centers. Marion put the last stitches into the binding before sharing this amazing quilt with us,
a pieced backing makes for a reversible quilt.
Karen has just about conquered the croched beanie - there has been lots of experimenting with various wool and cotton threads as well as ply - this cutie is for her little Grandaughter.
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