06 February 2012

Busy day at the Blue Gum today, lots of different and wonderful hand work going on so I'm starting with that... I know you want to see the food but you will have to be patient and just slowly scroll down!

 Aren't these circles of Sue's just beautiful!  I think she said there were going to be 16 full circles and the half ones for the sides. 

 I've finished quilting my little star quilt... but I don't know what the star is called, it's only a 6 pointed star.... Anyone know?  I need to quilt the background now  mmmm....

 Robyn was making these hexagons from Laura Ashley fabrics... she says this isn't really her style and since this is her first time at the Blue Gum we are yet to find out what her style is!  Stay tuned :-)

I received this wonderful gift... but you don't have to worry it only cost $4 the giver kept telling me and even left the label on to prove it!  LOL
Look it turns into a bag...  I think my collecting passion for Babushka's or Matryoshka's is wide spread, so how lucky am I eh!  If you would like to go and see some of my babushkas just click Babushka's   I have more than are on that blog, which I will put up one day.   Thanks Becky :-)  I do love my new bag.

 This is what I call 'real' quilting, this is Norma cutting her blocks from old shirts!  Wonderful stuff.

 Maggie was sewing away at one of these funky pictures, she has others which are similar, that she plans to make soon.

 Becky always has some lovely hand work on the go, I notice these stars are similar to mine above, what is it called do you know Bec?

 Annie also came for the first time today, I'm fascinated with these beautiful blocks, some of which have some wonderful sayings.  Looking good Annie.

 Kate bought some beaut books for us to browse... one of my New Years Resolutions this year is to use up my plains... I know the quilt on the right isn't made with plain fabrics, it's made with stripped fabric... but there is nothing to stop me from doing something similar with just plain strips of fabric is there... Watch this space people!

 This looks like great fun...   Great flyer...  Are you going??

 Anne-Marie had a wonderful story of her trip to a patchwork class in Wodonga with a friend, where they started this quilt, they intend to return same time next year for the next class and add a trip to see some of the Tennis in Melbourne after.  Sounds good to me!

 See this innocent little quilt of Cath's... well...  just look inside!

 And around the back...  very clever Cath!

Maggie is selling these car stickers to raise some money for the next SCQuilters Retreat in Townsville, if you would like to buy one please email Maggie Gilbert .  Maggie will give you all the details on how to buy one.  Just $5 they are!

 Ooopppsss this just slipped in, it's a postcard of the ship David and I sailed on from Japan to California in 1970, after we'd ridden on the Trans Siberia Railway from Leningrad!  It was on my desktop and just appeared!  It's the President Cleveland in case you are wondering  :-))  I thought I'd leave it here to confuse you all!  It sure did me for a minute!

04 February 2012

Show and Tell - Part One.

 What terrific colours in Heather's quilt top which we've watching grow and grow.

 Rita has been wonderfully busy this month, she saw this quilt on a SCQuilters blog, loved it so much she went out and bought some appropriate fabrics... looking good!

Cath made this beautiful quilt, so many different blocks coming together so well.

 I remember this striking quilt was made by Jean for an 18 year old lad... very interesting bottom isn't it... I like that very much.

This is one of Sel's... she was just as prolific as Rita this month.

 This one has Wow appeal doesn't it, fabulous fabrics as well - another quilt of Selina's.

 This is an interesting quilt of Sel's, she's going to trim the edges to make it square up, lovely fresh fabrics aren't they.

 Marilyn's child's quilt for a friend, there are some lovely children's fabrics in there.

Another one from Cath, Feathered Stars!

 I remember Rita made this for a friends daughters wedding, she had fabric left over so made these beaut cushion covers below... waste not want not eh!  Rita even had the box to pack these wonderful presents into. 

I forgot to bring my finished Bonnie K Hunter 'Orca Bay' Mystery... but here it is now... all from my stash.

Show and Tell - Part Two.

 Munabia was knitting this fantastic jumper... all in one, see how she's incorporated the sleeves and is doing the neck before continuing down the back.

Ooopppsss.. I took two photos of Heather's bright hexagons... well they are worth two photo I reckon!

 This is my Star Burst quilt from Susan Claire's Mystery above... and below is the one Jean has just finished.  I had to put mine on to this Blog so we could compare them... very similar aren't they :-)      Jean's received lots of 'Wow's' when she showed hers.

 Erica's Black and White quilt... don't you love what she's done with the quilting... she's had the quilt machine quilted and she's going around that quilting with large running stitches in different colours. 

 I love the freshness of this quilt of Jill's, we saw this one beginning last year and today she was finishing the binding.

 It took me a while to understand what Erica is doing here.  This is the quilt of three layers, a backing fabric and a muslin top which have been hand dyed then in the middle a piece if bright yellow flannel...  Today she was stitching around some of the lighter shapes and later on will applique these little printed pictures below.  Fascinating!

This is another of Liz's blocks, she will do 16 in all and you've seen some of the other blocks in other months posts.  This is her Garden Block, with the black path running through... we've been watching this quilt grow over the last couple of years, it's fascinating to watch!

And who was there I hear you ask??

 Beck from Ryde and Sue from Kings Langley.

Now these two caused me a bit of trouble... as you can see! 
 Aahhh... That's better... Lynne from Waitara and Liz from Epping  :-)

See what they made me do... below??
 Sorry about that... Cath from Minchinbury and Norma from Wahroonga.

 Anne-Marie from Campbelltown and Robyn from Pymble.

 Heather from Thornleigh and Munaiba from Wattle Grove.

 Kate from Horningsea Park and Erica from Parramatta.

 Irene from Turramurra and Annie from Alambie Heights.

 Jean from Terrigal and Lyn from St Ives.

 Marilyn from Bungan and Rita from Turramurra North.

 Maggie from Cremorne and Jill from Thornleigh.

 Lilias from Waitara and Pennie from Turramurra North.

I don't know who that is on the left... some ring in... but it's Selina from Turramurra.