A small group of keen dedicated stitchers met at the Scottish Society Hall yesterday morning for our first club sewing day of the year. This was a “new to us” hall as our usual one was no longer available. It seems lots of public buildings are now considered “earthquake risks” and are not to be used until strengthened. There were pennants of clan tartans hanging from the ceiling, and other interesting clan information on the walls. Although I looked hard, I could find nothing relating to my Scots ancestors, the Gunn Clan. Before too long the sewing machines were humming, and we settled down to a good day’s sewing.
The day wasn’t just for machine sewers, two of my Sew Wot friends came along for half a day each to do a little hand work. Moira stayed for the morning doing hand stitching, and Heather E came along in the afternoon and worked on her hexagon quilt. Heather also brought along a quilt top she got from our friend’s Pam’s collection after she passed away. Now quilted and embellished with some beads, it is a lovely memory of Pam for Heather to keep.
That’s Heather behind her very striking quilt
Kath was working on her red, black and white quilt – her very first quilt! She just has the borders to quilt now - what a great job she is doing.
Kath and her first quilt
We were intrigued by Madalyn’s project – the Daily Dot quilt, designed by Susan Claire. Lots and lots of tiny appliques, one for each day of the week. This was a gift from Madalyn’s daughter, so it is really special.
Madalyn’s Block of the Day quilt
Susan had a big job ahead of her too – she was working on a Bookcase quilt for her daughter’s 21st birthday. She appreciated having quiet time away from home, she said, as she pondered the possibilities of the bookcase. Several blocks had been made already, so she has made a good start.
Susan’s Bookcase quilt
Lynne had brought along patterns and fabric to make a rotary cutter pouch. Most of us took the pattern to do later, while Marilyn took up the challenge and whipped up a pouch in an hour or so. These would make nice gifts for a sewing friend, I think.
Marilyn’s rotary cutter pouch
And I worked away on my “go to” project to take to stitching days, working on paper pieced borders for my long term burgundy and cream log cabin quilt. And, I couldn’t believe it when I ran out of burgundy strips so had to pack that project away! One day this project will make it to my “List of Six UFOs”.
I’m still working on my paper pieced border blocks
Luckily I also took along my stitching bag so I spent the last couple of hours working on my Christmas ABC blocks. I certainly enjoyed my stitching day, it was a bonus to have a weekend at home and not be travelling away somewhere so that I could attend. It’s always so nice to meet up with other club members.