Thursday, 25 September 2014

Getting ready for Quilt Retreat

I have been  busy since we got back home preparing for my weekend away with our quilt group. Which projects to take and what to pack have been obsessing me for the last two days. I have so many ideas for quilts I would like to make but have to be realistic and have packed my Kaffe Dresedens, the  World Map Quilt from a  pattern from Schwim and Schwim  and a new Moda Blog along Star quilt using a layer cake which has been appearing in blog land during September.

I have also decided to try out a ice breaking game during the weekend as we have 4 new people in the group so I have been scouring the internet for an idea. I'm not sure how the group will respond but I have made  goody packs for everyone who joins in - they contain fat quarters, tape measures etc and  some finger pincushions I saw on Caroline Foster's blog.

We also plan to make a group charity quilt again - another one for Siblings Together as it proved a popular project last time. 

This is my hubby modelling one of the pincushions ! 

I have only managed a couple of finishes over the summer and I am waiting for my big brother machine to come back from its service to do some quilting. 

This is one waiting to be quilted - my Honey Bee baby quilt 

My mini Liberty sampler - each block only measure 4 .5 inches

Autumn postcard swap

I joined Sheila's Autumn    postcard swap and received this lovely card from Linda in Nova Scotia. 

So looking forward to another great weekend of quilting, eating and chatting!! 
Thanks for stopping by 

Wednesday, 3 September 2014

Post from New Zealand!

The parcel from My mystery partner in Michele's "Its a sisters thing" swop arrived while I was on holiday and what a lovely surprise it was.
It was from Marlene at catsandcapers.blogspot who loves in New Zealand and she was very generous in what she made and sent. 

There was a lovely little pin cushion and some chocolate and a great children's pattern which I am really keen to make on my next retreat in 3 weeks time. 
Then in the second parcel was this wonderful wall hanging- it is so beautiful . I can see that she has been stalking my blog as she has used Kaffe Fassett fabrics for both her handmade gifts and knows how much I love this fabric. 

I can't wait to get this hung on the wall of my sewing room .
This is one of the real treats of joining in swops and meeting new bloggers from across the world - so many thanks to Michele for organising it. 

I have still to finish  a few more items for the Santa Sack swop I joined so I will be kept busy.