Friday, 18 January 2013

stitching with friends..

Today some lovely stitching friends came to visit for the day.
Last year when we had the meet with Michelle Ridgeway at the Patchwork teahouse Liz (the village quilters) and Rosalie (Briar Rose) kindly let me hitch a ride with them as I wasn't sure how to get there on my own. Liz also managed to take me to a few patchwork stores on the way home and I promised that I would reciprocate the lovely tour but at patchwork stores on my side of the highway. Unfortunately Tranquility where we had hoped to visit doesn't reopen till next Tuesday so we organised a sewing day instead, mum popped in to have a chat too while no 1 son grandpa sat. In the afternoon I took the girls for a visit to my local store Jemima's. They have just received about 100 new bolts of fabric, lovely! 
The girls enjoyed the visit and of course made a few purchases. I didn't come away unscathed either...
some red and whites to add to my stash and some light florals for my Once upon a time stash. A bag pattern...
 Couldn't leave this there. It is a fat eighth bundle of some gorgeous California Girl fabrics. These will be for a special project later in the year.... I fell in love with this range when I used a charm pack for a work colleagues comfort quilt.
Of course there is a mandatory bloggy meet photo....
Luckily No 1 son was home to take the pic for us.

















Rosalie gifted me a lovely scissor keep. I have made one for myself but it was a prototype so not quite perfect, now I have a lovely perfect one!

 

don't you love the leopard print scissors-quite exotic. 
thank you Liz and Rosalie for coming up for the day!

On the crafting front, I have been busy stitching the centre block for my gift quilt and am at least 2/3 done. Tonight I am hoping to have a sewing night. I would like to make up at least one of these lovelies... The 25th is getting close....

I would also like to get this together. I have unpicked it once as I had issues with stitching the frame on but after discussing it with the girls today Liz made a very logical suggestion as to how to attach the frame. Wish I had got it together while Liz was here as I am worried I won't get it once I have to actually sew it.
Will let you know if it comes together! I am very hopeful.

Hope you get some stitching time this weekend too
cheers
marina

19 comments:

Susan said...

I like the new look, very fresh and modern. Sounds like you've had a lovely day, and made some lovely purchases. Please work on your bag first tonight, I can't wait to see how it looks.

Cheryll said...

What a wonderful day you've had! Company, shopping and no doubt eating... AND problem solving... phew... you'll need to rest up tonight before going at it again! :)

Sharon - Lilabelle Lane said...

Catching up with friends and new fabric to play with is always going to be a recipe for a great day. hugs

Michelle Ridgway said...

Some lovely familiar faces there....wish I was there too :(
I see you had the same problem as me with fabric following you home. Very nice. Yum.

Christine M said...

Sounds like a lovely day was had by all. You picked up some gorgeous fabrics.

Elyte said...

Sounds like a good day was had by all, including Jemima who was able to sell those lovely fabrics. Good luck with the gift quilt sounds like you are making good progress and good luck with the purse. It is going to look gorgeous.

Mistea said...

Pretty purchases, Lovely bundle.
Sounds like a fun day all round.

Hope the purse doesn't cause any more difficulties. That is a very pretty frame.

Enjoy stitching (assembling).

shez said...

what a wonderful day Marina and you got some lovely buys there,cant wait to see your purse finished i need to make some of these.xx

Els koetsier said...

It is always nice to be with friends who had the same hobby as your self. What a lovely fabrics Marina.

Sheila said...

A lovely day with friends and such beautiful fabrics followed you home .Good luck with your little project I am sure you will figure it out ;-)

Shirley said...

It would be rude not to visit a shop and buy something and you came back with such a pretty haul. Can't wait to see the bag finished.

Fiona said...

Lots happening... what a fun day... is that bundle of fabrics for the BOM you werent' sure about doing???? love the other little fabrics you found and your hexie purse will be lovely - what a pretty frame you found - it's so great when friends are around to help us...
Hugz

Lib said...

Sounds like you had a fun day. Good luck with the purse frame!

Briar Rose said...

Oh Marina we did have a lovely day, thank you so much,I got just the fabric I had been looking for at Jemima"s, and it was great to meet your lovely Mum and Son, hope we can do it again soon. Hugs R.

Briar Rose said...

Oh Marina we did have a lovely day, thank you so much, I got just the fabric I have been looking for at Jemima's, and it was great to meet your Lovely Mum and son. Hope we can do it again soon. Good luck with your Hexie Purse. Hugs R.

elliek said...

So good to spend the day with you. Had a lot of fun and I hope that purse goes together okay.

Lin said...

What a lovely, busy time you have had - I look forward to seeing the finished purse. xx

Carrie P. said...

fig tree fabrics are a favorite of mine. the scissor keep is so pretty.

Tatkis said...

It's so great to meet with friends!
Lovely buys and gifts!

Hugs,
Tatyana