These Sunday girls were busy working on Christine's cute camera pouch. I wonder if they've finished?
Not everyone worked on a project in the goodies bag. Alanna completed a Christmas project started when her children were young, the oldest now being 27. (I hope I've got the details right). I'm very impressed with anyone who can finish a UFO they've had for that long!
They all look like they're working very hard but I can assure you this wasn't the case all the time.
Kathy stitched Christine's lovely Christmas decoration and Tracey worked on my Bird of Happiness.
A combination of Christines and my designs were used here. I do like it when a bit of this and little bit of that are combined to turn a project into something personal.
Just some of the things the girls worked on. Each goodies bag contained a pattern from Anni Downs, which was quickly stitched on the day.
Thank you to all the girls who came Sunday for making the day so much fun.
I had a fabulous time on the weekend and I'm sure the girls who came had a lovely time as well. Lots of laughter, conversation, tips, show and tell with yummy food - who could ask for more!
The projects included, Christine's gorgeous cushion, the lovely Christmas wreath and heart and Blue bird camera or phone pouch - very cute. A framed stitchery, tags, heart hanger and felt needle case and pincushion were mine. There were so many choices some girls did have trouble deciding.
I don't think these girls have ever missed a Mamre House. They even brought along there own table decorations. And yes they like dressing up to! Jan was the first to finish a project.
This was my third year teaching at Mamre House and many faces were familiar. So nice to catch up.
The same project but different looks. The red one is sooo close to being finished, a great effort.
Christa's needlecase. I always love to see things finished and it's very special to see them being used. Christa came to the class at Pioneer Patchwork back in September.
Last year one of Jan's projects was a framed string pieced star. It inspired Karol to make this quilt. I know many of the girls were disappointed that Jan couldn't make it this year.
The Vintage Stitches Sampler another project from last year.
I'll be posting the pictures from Sunday tomorrow - so don't think I've forgotten you!
Thanks to all the girls who attended on Saturday for making my day so enjoyable.
I can't remember when I last picked up needle and thread, instead all my time has gone (and is still going) into getting ready for this weekend. I've been having stacks of fun putting together a few kits.
Who doesn't love playing with fabrics and trims! It's been a great excuse to see how different combinations work together.
You can see now why there has been no time for sewing. It's been hard deciding which fabrics to use as so many were perfect.
These are in keeping with the 'Beautiful Blue Birdies' theme. Don't they look gorgeous together.
Now to see if it will fit in the car. This could be a challenge!
Here are the decorations the girls, Beth, Chris, Sue and Else made in class today.
I didn't realise they had nearly all chosen the same button (Whimsical Santa). It's nice to see how they work with the different fabrics. I think this is one of the reasons why I love classes so much - I get to see all the various combinations without the effort!
Avonleigh have made up some very tempting kits. Yes, I did want to bring one home, simply so I could look at it!
During the week I dropped in at Stitch N Patch at Lilydale. Doreen and I've been chatting on the phone for a couple of years now and it was so nice to finally catch up with her. I wasn't sure where to look first, there were so many beautiful things to see. (Sorry I didn't take photos - next time though.) I also got to meet the Thursday Sit and Sew girls and share some of Cathy's birthday cake and in return the girls got to look and handle lots of my samples. I don't know who enjoyed it more!
I've started the countdown to Mamre House. First it was months, then weeks now it is down to days. My list of things I need to fit in in the next week seems to be growing longer. I have finished the really important bit - the patterns. Now to find time to have a little play with some of the projects and work them in different fabrics.....
The theme this year is 'Beautiful Blue Birdies'. Here's a peek at my projects. Yes, I've used one of Barb's gorgeous buttons.
I love all Barb's bird buttons and the coming weekend has provided the perfect opportunity to work with them.
I couldn't resist including a felt project; one of my favourite mediums. Felt is very forgiving and easy to work with.
I wonder what this could be! Bookings for the workshop close next Monday, so it's not too late to join in on all the fun. You should be prepared though for a day of much laughter and chatter, delicious food and retail therapy with just a little bit of stitching thrown in. Would love to see you there!
Once spring is here it's hard not to spend sometime in the garden. Flowers are blooming and the weeds are growing as only weeds can grow - they're flourishing in places they've never grown before. If I seem a little obsessed about weeds its just that I have, without trying, cultivated a very diverse and hardy crop! Why don't flowers grow like that? It's difficult to enjoy the blooms when you can't find them. Strange as it might sound the weeding does provide a nice break from the computer. I knew the Mamre House weekend was looming closer and closer but I just hadn't realised how close it had got. (Yes I do use a diary in case you were wondering.) So now I'm finalising patterns and still need to make a couple more samples.
Now how gorgeous is this! This is Bronwyn's quilt. Made for her by her sewing group and given to her for her birthday. Ros made her a lovely bag from left over blocks to keep it in. (Sorry no photo.) I do hope Bronwyn brings this to Mamre House for show and tell.
Have you seen the beautiful coathangers Bloom made for her Mum? Oh so tempting.