Wednesday, 22 February 2012

Social Sewing at Somerset...

The 'Social Sewing' groups here at Somerset Patchwork have been very busy this term. I think the Christmas holiday break has recharged the girls and there are some really exciting quilts nearing completion. This stunning hexagon quilt belongs to Jan from the Friday morning girls. 

Look at all of those amazing fussy cut shapes!

Ann from the Thursday night girls has had a quick lesson in 'Clamshells' the Patchwork with Busyfingers way and is well and truly hooked!!! One tin is full of cut shapes and the other is quickly filling with glued shells ready to stitch.

Leigh from Tuesday night is working on her final border of Mrs're almost there Leigh - keep going!

Jenny and Helen are the 'foundation' members of the new Tuesday morning Social Sewing group and they are looking for some new friends to join them. If you are free any Tuesdays from 10 am till 1 pm come along and join in the fun, we would love to see you there too!

Until next time,

Monday, 20 February 2012

Back to Reality

Travelling and sewing go hand in hand these days, for a long time I would find waiting at airports and flying a very peaceful time mostly spent on reading or sleeping....but now I spend most of my travelling time stitching projects that 'must be finished soon'. Luckily for me I had enough stars prepared before heading home from Eumundi earlier last week because my flight was delayed 2 hours and there is only so much shopping a girl can do at Maroochydore airport!

These are the little stars that I was piecing. They will be used in my next Block of the Month 'Robins Nest'

Waiting for me back at the shop when I landed were lots and lots of boxes of new fabrics. Sue had a wonderful time playing with them and sorting them onto the shelves ready for my return! This first range 'Bridgeport' is from Jo Morton. Lots of lovely reds, lighter browns and darker browns.

These interesting fabrics are from the IQSC (International Quilt Study Centre - Nebraska), and are named 'Delectable Mountains'.

And these gorgeous reds and greys are from the latest French General range of 'Rouenneries Deux'.

I must finish something before I start looking at these new beauties!!!

Until next time,

When in doubt, wear RED shoes!

Wednesday, 15 February 2012

Beautiful Eumundi!

Beautiful one day, perfect the next... isn't that the expression they use about our glorious northern state of Queensland. Early last week Paul and I spent a very relaxing few days at Sue Daley's B&B 'Kindred Spirits' in Eumundi. We had a wonderful time enjoying the tropical surrounds and hatching many new plans for 2012. Unfortunately Paul had to return home but I stayed on and was joined by some old friends (Leonie and Deidre from The Quilted Crow in Tasmania and Sarah from Quilt Fabrics Delight in South Australia) and some new ones too! (Marilyn from MK Sew-Able in Toowomba and Sharon from Avonleigh Country Quilting) Sue shared many of her finer points to perfect English Paper piecing and lots more with us all; our imaginations were running wild with ideas and many future projects. We did get up to some serious sewing (really we did!!!) while we were away, but there was also a good amount of time devoted to chatting, laughing and of course enjoying lots of good food and company! 

You may have to look close to see, but there really is some sewing amongst the 'other stuff'! 

What a perfect picture this was... we went swimming each day. It was just like a tropical resort.

Oh dear back to reality, keep watching as I bring some of those plans and ideas to life.................

Until next time,

When in doubt, wear RED shoes.

Friday, 3 February 2012

New Fabric at last!

We have just had our first delivery of new fabric for 2012. It feels like such a long time since our last range of fabric came through the doors at Somerset! But here it is... 'Josephine' by Petra Prins, isn't it lovely, I can't wait to start stitching with this one.

The Friday girls are marching along with their 'Star a day' blocks. Today's stars belong to our over achiever Shirley. She has bought herself a diary and is entering each fabric chosen for that day. Shirley has even added a small comment about whats happening in her world on that day! 

Today is 20/20 cricket Australia vs India and some time at home alone!

And now for another Mrs Billings update... Sue has added the 4-patch border and is motoring towards the finish line. Keep going Sue, it looks fantastic!

Keep stitching girls. 
Until next time,

When in doubt, wear RED shoes!