Fun in my fabric world....

Thursday, May 10, 2012

What was on our laps.

Tuesday evenings I meet with a couple of friends to stitch. 
Back in 1991 when I moved to this country town I met another young mum at the baby health clinic and she invited me along to her stitching group. Group members have changed over the years as people moved away or became busy with family commitments. We have had lots of stitchers or just a few. No pressure, no competition...just an evening out to chat, debrief, share, be inspired or simply stitch.  This is where I have met a lot of my friends including Lea...long time stitching buddy and friend. She is like me...we stitch, smock, embroider and cross stitch...whatever takes our fancy at the time. At present there are just four of us...a couple more who are busy raising teenagers only come occasionally (and are very missed!)...but it is great to just catch up. Recently Lea and I went to Del's daughter's wedding...other guests would ask us our connection to the family...on explanation they all knew who we were..."oh, you are the sewing girls!" Funny the bond that sewing has given us...and even an identity.
So (sorry to rave on) that brings me to last Tuesday...a cool clear evening as we headed off to stitch. I was framing some circle game circles and I looked up to see Lea binding her Lollipop trees...lovely to see all this lovely colour on our laps! Had to take a pic and share it!
 And here is a quilt Lea has been working on...just discussing borders. She has a character filled (read just a little bit naughty dog...who is also very lovable fortunately) who decided to gnaw out one of the centre cream squares as it lay on the floor...who would believe it? Lea had to unpick it and reinsert another. I think that is the worst sewing/pet thing I have seen...what about you?
Cardygirl xx

20 comments:

Chookyblue...... said...

stitching sure does bring some wonderful people into your life..........Lea's quilt is lovely.....

the DOG !!!!!!!!!!!

Susan said...

Oh you lucky girl to have a stitching group! Lea's quilt has recovered beautifully - it's a lovely design.

justsewaudrey said...

Oh my! I have a 2 yr old who does similar things sometimes! Her quilt is beautiful!

shez said...

what a lovely story Alison,and boy gorgeous quilt,oh nooo naughty dog.xx

suzitee said...

Stitching buddies are the best! That naughty naughty dog...but a great recovery :)

Lori said...

It sounds like a lovely group of women. Very talented too!!
I've never heard of a dog eating the center of a quilt!

Nedra said...

Such beautiful quilts from your group!

Sue SA said...

Obviously the dog has no taste, because I think the quilt looks delicious!

Lynda said...

I would have burst into tears if that was my quilt - it's absolutely beaituful. It's great belonging to a stitching group - we have a small group that started with 3 friends from work plus another friend of mine and now we are 6. I really look forward to the first and third Tuesdays each month.

Lorraine said...

very nice work there on your laps...and Lea was binding her quilt you say.....!! Love Lea's quilt.....what did she decide on for borders? Stitching buddies are the best.....Rose hasn't chewed any quilts but I did catch her running out the door with one of my stitcheries! Guess she wanted to be rid of the thing that was taking my attention away from her! Rescued it without any damage being done!

LuAnn said...

It's nice that you have a stitching group to get together with. The quilts are just beautiful.

Anthea said...

What wonderful friendships have been formed, this is a lovely post to read... as for pets & sewing, a few years back Mum's dog ate a skein of my DMC thread, that was 'interesting'...

patchworkoncentralpark said...

I had a stitching group for 10 years while my kids were growing up and it solved many problems small and large. Bit like a focus group really.

Too many eggs said...

i have the most wonderful people through my stitching, absolutely loving your and Lea projects.....

has Lea got her blog started yet......yeh i know i can't talk myn has come to a screaming halt....but not for much longer i can feel the MoJo stirring

Michelle @ the quilted tortoise said...

I have wanted to be part of a local sewing group for ages and we're about to start one up - I'm sooo looking forward to it! Your circles are divine, can't wait to see them finished!

Cheryl said...

Such a great post...quilting buddies are the best. Your group sounds wonderful. Beautiful quilts for sure.

Anita said...

I wish I had a local group, but I have all my wonderful online friends!!!
Love Lea's quilts!!

DAWNIE said...

I am with you anita on this ! I don't have a local stitching group bit just love the online friendship. Gorgeous quilts Alison

Deb R - frog cottage said...

Ohh loving the gorgeous colours cascading from those quilts!!! My stitching group is only Khrissy and I at the moment, but we do cherish our sewing days :)

Shiralee Stitches said...

Oh, beautiful work by all your stitching friends and you too!!.....naughty doggy!!.....make sure Lea brings this gorgeous quilt to Nundle in July to show us, and I really need to see all your bright circles again...they're looking great.....