Saturday, 16 March 2013

a day in the Barn..

Elyte asked me earlier this year if I would like to join her and the girls for a day at Linda's barn with the Quilted Crow girls. Who wouldn't accept! They are a great bunch to go out with.
We had a fantastic day yesterday, lots of laughing, chatting and some stitching. I was keen to learn as much as I could about appliqueing the wool felt project because I have been holding out starting something from Deidre and Leonie's book until I knew the basics of their methods. They were very generous with their hints and techniques and they are such lovely ladies. Linda was the most wonderful host with lots of yummy food to keep us going all day.
Now some smart person forgot her camera but luckily Elyte was happy to share her photos. She has heaps more on her blog too.
Here we all are with Deidre and Leonie...
l-r Annie, Anne, Jo, Robyn, Deidre, Me, Elyte and Leonie.
the item we made was a sweet little needlecase that included different aspects of their applique. I was nearly off to a disastrous start but with some help got back on track. Would help if I could follow instructions properly...
It all turned out in the end..
 I bought some lovely wools to add to my stash. Hopefully on the holidays I will get to use these pretty woolly bits.
I got to meet another blogger that was my inspiration for starting the Swan Lake quilt- Sue anne of Buddy and me. I had been watching Sue Anne's progress on her Swan Lake intently and the result was so beautiful it made me want to make it. I did tell her that she was responsible (to blame) for me starting it. She gave me some encouragement to keep working at it, she does the most amazing quilts and Swan Lake is one of her favourites.


Kim, Elyte, Me,Linda
and Sue Anne seated.


Now that the gift quilt is finished it is back to some other works in progress!
This cross stitch is a freebie from The Primitive Hare. I had been wanting to do it for ages and had it half done in my cross stitch folder. The linen was given to me by Melody. Such a close weave, I did pick up two mistakes that I will have correct before finishing it.
Half done no longer-now to make it into a pin cushion for the gift box!
the colours are a little dull as we have an overcast sky this morning. I love the design.
 Back to My Once upon a time blocks too- the tortoise and the Hare is done. We all know how that story is going to end.
I have made a start on Rapunzel while watching Shrek last night. I love the Shrek movies-seemed appropriate to work on blocks from Once upon a time during the movie. Only three more blocks to go after that.
Wednesday night I will get to gift my dresden plate quilt, can't wait.

Thanks to all the girls for such a fantastic day yesterday and to the wonderful Quilted Crow Girls and Linda for making it such an enjoyable event.
A busy weekend to follow but hopefully some stitching time!
Happy days

marina


26 comments:

Susan said...

Looks like it was a lovely day out. It's always fun to meet designers and other bloggers in person.....I find Sue-Anne's work inspirational too. Sweet little cross stitch and stitcheries. So looking forward to hearing about the quilt giving, enjoy it.

Cheryll said...

WOW what a wonderful time by the look on all your faces! Bet you are still smiling!!! :)

shez said...

so glad you had so much fun,love all your work Marina you are very clever,well done my friend.xx

Lynda said...

Lots of wonderful times happening down your way. I love the Shrek movies too - great for stitching your fun blocks. Looking forward to hearing about the quilt giving.

Fiona said...

Looks such a fun day.... and lots of lovely goodies to look at and learn.... nice wools you bought too. The hare has got such a smug look on him? I think these designers are so clever ... and your new cross stitch is adorable.... I looked for ages but couldn't spot your mistakes?????
Hugz

Sheila said...

It sure looks like you enjoyed a delightful day with your friends and made such a cute little project. I love working with wool. You bought some lovely pieces. Great little cross stitch too! Enjoy your weekend.

elliek said...

Sounds and looks like a wonderful day. Your needlecase looks great.It's blue so it has to be good! The Once upon a time block I love. Can't wait to see that finished.

Mistea said...

Looks like a fun and productive day for you.
Pretty cross stitch picture. Lovely hare block.

Michelle Ridgway said...

What a fabulous day you had. Great post. Loved hearing and seeing what you've been up to. Love the cross stitch pattern. I can see I am going to have to drag out my Aida stash (can't do linen) there are so many cute little designs out there.

Yvette said...

What a great day! You are right, who wouldn't say yes. Thanks for sharing.

katherine said...

Looks like a fantastic visit! Love hearing about these meet ups. Love the cross stitch and your lovely wool felts. The needle case has come up trumps too.

Briar Rose said...

A lovely day for you all Marina. all your work looks great too. The cross stitch design will make a fantastic pincushion for a stitching sister.
Hugs R.

Briar Rose said...

Hi again Marina, hope you don't mind me copying you,"The Primitive Hare" still has Stitcher Sister pattern on line, I have printed it to make for my Sister.
Cheers R.

Peg - Happy In Quilting said...

Looks like a perfect day...love your work..

Shirley said...

Wish I could have been there. Looks like you all had a great day.

Lib said...

Sounds like a really lovely day, good to get together with stitching friends. The needle case is sweet, looks like it would be a good design for a pincushion too.

Celia Gibson said...

I was there yesterday Saturday and also had a great day! Will blog later on.

Anita said...

Hi Marina,
It looks like you and the gang had a fantastic time and who wouldn't being near all that material!!
Cheers, Anita.

Lin said...

Pretty needlecase Marina - sounds like a great day out!

Charlie and Wendy said...

It does look like a wonderful day and your wool-work looks lovely. Love your cross stitch too and the tortoise and hare!

Elyte said...

It was a lot of fun with lots of laughter and a little bit of sewing. Almost finished my needle case but our trip to Canberra got in the way.

Tatkis said...

You've had such a great time :)
I like your cross stitching!

Hugs,
Tatyana

Tracee Perry said...

So glad that you all had a fabulous time, it certainly looked like a great day was had by all.

Carrie P. said...

look at all those smiling faces. Looks like a great place to hang out.
your cross stitch and hare are so cute.

Nicky said...

Looks like you had fun Marina! You seem to really enjoy those meet ups!

Jacky Patterson said...

I have just looked closely at one of your pictures and there is JO.
Such a small world that she should remember me from blood bank as its been at least 5 years and I only saw her every once a month because of her differing shifts.