Finally the day has arrived for Kay – she has finished hand quilting Stevie’s Garden. Huge congratulations go to Kay for her wonderful effort and of course her stick ability. So she has come to sewing today with her next project requiring some of her loving care and attention. Duck Hill – a block of the month program from Susan Smith of Patchwork on Stonleigh.
Original Quilt: Curiosity Bedspread pattern by Sears, Roebuck & Co in 1935
Made By: Mrs. Avery Burton aged 68 from Duck Hill Mississippi.
Ironically Kay is also 68 this year - so we told her that she had better get a wriggle on.
Majella is working on her Auntie Green and is nearly finished her centre in readiness for the next class. At this point in time I feel my stick ability is slowly losing its stick. Not that I am sitting at home with my feet up – well that bit is actually true. I have been binding quilts for customers and my feet and shoulders are enjoying the pleasure of being supported by my new footstool as I work. No binding jobs tonight so as soon as I finish this post I will be working on my Auntie Green. DH is away on business in Newcastle so it is just the girls and me tonight so no big dinner to cook and early nights for the two teenagers. A few hours of peace and quiet. My fingers tingle in happiness at the thought of holding needle and thread.
Paula brought her Auntie Green to sewing today and if you look closely you will see that she has altered the shape of some of her flowers and her palette is softer and prettier than most. It is really sweet. I look forward to seeing how everyone is progressing with their quilts when we all get together in a few weeks.
Wendy has arrived with a basket of homemade glazed apricot muffins yum.…. and a bundle of Lollipop Tree blocks appliqued down. They look absolutely gorgeous and everyone congratulates her as each block reveals an even more gorgeous block. It makes my fingers itch for my blocks which have come to a standstill as I try and complete the centre of my Auntie Green.
Patrina is madly sewing a quilt for her daughter and is in charge of lunch today. She made us a delicious sweet potato soup with bread rolls. Comfort food. No wonder I look forward to Tuesday’s so much. Scrumptious food and wonderful company – who could ask for more?
The sewing room had happy sounds emanating from it, as all the tables were full of happy buzzing ladies working on different projects. Stories were being told and laughter bounced around the room. So you don’t feel as if you missed out here are some stories that were shared.
Kay hated her time at boarding school. She was a very mischievous young lady so it was no surprise to her that when she left she was offered a position as housemistress. Her earlier adventures had placed her in the best position to ensure that her charges would not be repeat offenders.
Katrina was telling us of a visit to her grandparents when she was married and 7 months pregnant with her son. Pop was suffering from “old-timers” so Gran was in charge of entertaining and ensuring that all went off without a hitch. So when Gran left the room to make a cuppa for everyone Katrina was surprised when Pop kindly asked if she was due to leave high school later that year. Priceless!
Not to be outdone Ros piped up that no one noticed when she left school. Halfway into the year the teachers began asking her sister if everything was all right with Ros – had she been ill. Her sister had to inform her teachers that Ros was fine and doing well at University where she had been since she graduated school the year prior. Laughing at this memory Ros believes it was because she was such a model student – no trouble – quiet – well behaved. Sure Ros!
Our lovely Linda is back from a few weeks travelling around Germany where she and hubby attended a friends wedding. Unfortunately she was unable to find a patchwork shop - she doesn't know how they cope without a patchwork shop. Her daughter Kris is getting married in a few weeks and she flew in to collect a quilt that she had made before she left for Germany.
Quilt: For my Daughter
Designer: Bronwyn Hayes
Fabrics: Barefoot Roses by Tanya Whelan
It has the most delightful stitcheries along both sides of the quilt and Linda has done a stunning job with her embroidery. A wedding gift to a very much-loved young lady.
I hope these friends that come together age like their quilts - never losing their warmth for each other.
Until next time.......lisa