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?