What a wonderful time we have all shared stitching with Susan Smith over the past two days. We stitched, laughed, shared fabrics and stories, and most importantly satisfied our tummies with delicious food.
A full class of students definitely made sure that Susan was kept on the hop over the two days as she shared her skills and experience in all things stitching. Once again we were enthralled with her wonderful stories and historical knowledge of fabrics. I can’t begin to tell you what a thoroughly enjoyable time everyone had.
But before this could happen the carpet layers had a job to do on Friday – which meant Thursday evening my DH and I had to lift the old carpet and move all the furniture in readiness for the new carpet to be laid on Friday – you could say the stress levels were a little high at times and even more so when it poured rain all day Friday – not the greatest conditions for carpet to be laid. But with all that said and done the room was finished and looking a million bucks in time for class on Saturday. Yay!!!!!!!
A fabulous new design wall was honoured to showcase Stonefields, complete with one side of the borders – so divine, everyone fell instantly in love with it. The girls immediately went into overdrive snapping photos and selecting fabrics under Susan's guidance.
All the girls had their favourites and it was lovely to see them at the quilt pointing out the blocks and fabrics they loved the most.
As you can see Di has a stunning collection of fabrics in her stash
Amanda was thrilled with her two hand pieced stars
Sharon had her head down determined to make a great start on her blocks – of course she didn’t disappoint and kept us in stitches over the two days.
At one point it all got a little too much for Jenny and she needed to put her head down and have a little rest…
Everyone in class suffered with fabric envy, including me, whilst Trish pulled out divine fabrics to start her Stonefields blocks – absolutely delicious Trish
Majella and I were chatting to Val and glanced at her desk to see her block sewn back to front – we both looked at Val and asked her if she was going to unpick it – confused Val glanced at her block – no she said with confidence – but the look on our faces had her looking at her block again – laughter rippled through the class as she realized her dilemma – haven’t we all been guilty of stitching the wrong pieces together. So with good humour and some polite sighs Val unpicked her block and by the end of the weekend left with a gorgeous little stash of blocks.
These little treasures belong to Lisa, who is well under way with her quilt
This weekend Majella and I started St Neot Band Sampler – another of Susan’s beautiful baby quilts, originally designed for friends expecting their first baby. Di brought her quilt top with her to help inspire us. We were definitely excited by our fabric choices and the rows that we were able to prepare in readiness for stitching.
Ros has her work cut out for her with Stevie’s Garden – there are a million (not really – but there are lots and lots) leaves to be appliqued to the vine before any of the other applique shapes can be chosen. Jenny graciously brought in her Stevie’s Garden so help Ros along her way....Jenny just in case you are looking for your lovely quilt - it is safely hanging on my wall - so I suppose I will see you Tuesday....
The balance of the ladies were all working on Sweet William – but the award for the most organized definitely goes to Lorna. Her folder is filled with zip lock bags each containing a photo of the block, the templates and pattern sheet. It must be working because Lorna has a bevy of baskets made during the week in anticipation of class
This yummy block belongs to Kathryn
while Melinda is the proud owner of her first block
We can't wait for Susan to return for another weekend workshop - if you would like to join us please keep an eye out for her new class dates for 2014. I can't wait........