Monday, 21 November 2016

Christmas is on the horizon!

In November we always have our Christmas meeting.  It usually involves a little sewing project and a try and taste buffet.  How suitable!
I forgot to take a photo of the buffet, but it was perfect.  Lots of different savoury and sweet delights, and very tempting!  
The sewing project was organised by Pam, and was a lovely surprise! 

We had to bring green and red 6" squares, and nobody knew what they were for. 

Everyone was up for this project, and had a good time. 

It was a gorgeous pointsettia brooch (you can see mine on the left of the picture) which will be very appropriate for the forthcoming celebrations.  Pam was very generous and provided all the yellow fabric for the centres - already cut into circles! - so thanks to her for that.  

June had done a great job with the raffle, and even had an extra mystery prize!  I didn't win anything, so don't know what any of them were, but everyone seemed very happy. 

Show and tell was quite busy.  It started with this gorgeous Scottie dog quilt.  The alternate squares are very intricate. 

A birthday gift for a brother who likes pirates, even at a mature age!  I'm sure he'll love it. 

Ruth has been making Linus quilts, all from the same pattern.  It's nine patch with a patterned square. Nice and bright. 

The same design with a plain square. 

The green fabric has footballs on it.  Super. 

Here is s two colour version of the same design. 

Here is another space quilt, looking good. 

This quilt started from a grandchild's request, and a grandparent's response of, 'tell me which one you'd like'.  It caused a lot of head scratching, but was well worth all the effort.  Fabulous. 

Here is Sian's 'Grand Illusion' quilt, made from a Bonnie Hunter mystery.  If you would like to use some of your scraps, a new mystery is starting over on on 23rd November and is based on a lavender field in Provence, and uses purples, lilacs, mauve, yellow, grass green and neutrals.  Have a look, but if you fancy it, only make half the blocks Bonnie suggests, as her quilts are huge! 

Here is a tree skirt made by Gaynor.  It's not quite finished, as she's waiting for instructions on how big to make the central hole. Apparently a previous one was too small, so was attacked with scissors - she'd like to avoid that happening again if possible. 

A finish for Gaynor of double Irish chain started at a retreat.  A good scrap buster. 

A beautiful Christmas table runner.  Red work looks even better in blue! 

Here is a Linus quilt ready to bring joy to a child. 

Here is Olive's quilt which won a 'Highly Commended' at the FOQ this year.  Quite right too. 

Ann knows someone who is expecting twins, so she is making these quilts for the new arrivals.  The twins are non-identical, but beyond that, nothing is known, so Ann wanted the quilts to be gender neutral.  

The Australian quilter Sarah Fielke has been running a Block of the Month this year, and the central portions are now completed.  This is Ann's. 

This is Maria's. 

This is Janet's. 

And although I didn't bring it to show and tell, for your interest, this is mine.  All looking so good, and all so different!  This design is still available to buy, or you can wait until next year when it will be published as a book.  Sarah is doing another BOM next year so check out her website if you think you might be interested. 
I would like to wish everyone a merry Christmas and a happy New Year, and I'll look forward to seeing you all again in February.