Sunday, October 24, 2010

The Crow’s Christmas Gathering

It was a big day yesterday at The Quilted Crow.  The occasion was the Christmas Gathering.  These Gathering days have always previously been held at the old hall at Campania, but now that the Crow girls have moved their nest into the beautiful old church building at Newtown, they decided to hold it there.  And I have to say it was a huge success.

Our guest tutors for the day were Sue Daley of Patchwork with Busy Fingers and Simone Gooding of May Blossom.  Both had beautiful projects for us to work on for the day if we wished, and they also brought along samples of the goodies that can be made using their patterns.  Oh my!!  Temptation abounded.  I did bring home a couple of patterns for Sue’s designs plus the paper pieces for making them.  I have always been a big fan of paper piecing, but was blown away by Sue’s designs.

Unfortunately my photos haven’t turned out too well because of the lighting, but here are a few of my favourites.


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And here are some of the very cute things that Simone designs.  I would have loved to have made some of these things, but I can’t stand to touch wool…so I just admire from a distance.

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And here are a couple of photos of some of the ladies enjoying their day out.  I feel so inspired by all the beautiful work I saw yesterday that I shall spend several hours sewing today.  Just need to decide which project will claim my attention.

Friday, October 15, 2010

Back to Dear Jane

For over two years now, my Shabby Jane has been on hold.  I couldn’t remember why I stopped working on her, but I thought if I joined the class at The Quilted Crow it might help to motivate me.  As soon as I opened my book in class to the next block to be done, I realized why I had come to such a screeching halt with my quilt.  It was too darned difficult for me.

But Paula, our teacher for the class, has such amazing techniques and I was quickly on the path to making this little block.  It did take me three weeks, but that was mostly because I was receiving treatment for a frozen shoulder.   I literally had almost no use of my left arm for quite a while.  Anyway, treatment by my chiropractor has my shoulder and arm all freed up now, and the second block which was almost as fiddly, was completed in a day.

So I’m giving myself a big pat on the back now, and absolutely loving being back to my Baby Jane.   Here are my first two blocks since I have restarted.  I think I’m somewhere in the middle of the third row now.