So having started this blog with all good intentions to report my progress on getting through the WIPs, it took a reminder from Archie the Wonderdog to actually write a blog post!
First of all my Secret Sewer Gifts! Yorkshire Modern Quilters, a group I’ve been part of since it started, have a Quilting Retreat every January. We book a big room at a local hotel and they feed and look after us all weekend whilst we sew our socks off. We have lots of activities, goody bags raffle, games etc, but my favourite part is our Secret Sewer.
We get given a name and a few suggestions and have to come up with three gifts over the weekend – these are left (hopefully) without being spotted and then at out big Show and Tell on Sunday we show everyone what we got and guess who our Secret Sewer is.
This year I got my Sister in Law, Helen. Now, being my SIL we’ve made gifts for each other several times so I was stumped for ideas. I also had the problem that we always compare notes, so I had to pretend I was sewing for someone else and I even swapped my bag of gifts with another quilter so she could “deliver” them when I was out of the room with Helen! Oh the subterfuge!!
Helen’s first gift was a “Inside Out” pouch from the Annela Hoey pattern. This was a great pattern & went together really well. I filled it with gin & tonic treats!
Saturday’s gift was an Aurifil box filled with goodies, including a set of numbered pins.
Sundays gift was an insulated lunch bag. I took measurements from an old lunch bag and found the same silvery lining in a car windscreen protector from Aldi! I waterproofed the outside with Lamifix, which worked OK but had a tendency to peel off when the fabric is flexed.
I was pleased to say Helen didn’t have a clue who sewed for her until the big reveal!
The project I was was working on at the quilt retreat was my Elizabeth Hartman Kittens Quilt in Liberty Lawn. I got all the blocks finished, but was coming down with a cold so I left sashing it until I felt a bit better – it took two weeks for me to return to the sewing machine!! I just need to piece the backing now and then think about quilting it!
The other project I worked on was a group charity quilt for Quilts for Christmas Dinners. EQS had kindly donated us a bundle of fabric and I took it already cut to make a version of this pattern. I got 11 other quilters to each made a block and then I assembled them to make this quilt top
One of our members who couldn’t make the retreat has offered to quilt it for us!
So that’s the January round up. I’ve now got a few quilt tops to quilt myself so maybe February is the month for quilting!!