Friday, April 26, 2013

A visit with friends :-)

Today I had a lovely outing at Hettie's Patch - I was on a mission: To meet up with Sue, Pip and Sheila (no blog). Sue is over on holidays from New Zealand, and it seems having a great time! She and I have corresponded for quite a while over our blogs and mutual love of repro fabrics, so it was like meeting up with an old friend.

In a moment of complete dim-wittedness, I managed to leave not only my camera, but also my cell phone at home, so I had no means of recording the outing for posterity, but when I get the chance, I'll steal a pic from Pip or Sue.

Here are my modest gatherings from a little retail therapy:

A small pack of batiks, perfect for the Gloria Loughman workshop I'm attending soon. A really neat set of templates to make up the cog wheel block, and a back up blue washout marking pen. I'm doing a lot of marking on Mrs Billings, and it would really make me cranky if I ran out of ink in the middle of a quilting session!

And speaking of Mrs Billings:

I moved the hoop last night and started on a new area of quilting. I'd ideally like to move the hoop once per day - the middle section was very heavily quilted and took two days. I have a deadline, and I'd like to reach it. I have my fingers crossed ... but not for too long, it'd make quilting tricky!

A few comment follow ups: A bit thank you to Lin and Kim for putting me on to some leads for the cute pink repro fabric I'm so in love with. I'd say given the age of it, I've probably missed the boat, but a girl can hope right?

And thank you also for the lovely comments from the following 'no reply' commenters: Laura in IA, and Lynne from Hawaii. I do try and respond to everyone personally via email unless I don't have an email address to contact you on.

Sjoukje from the Netherlands asked why I don't hand quilt more often. I'd really like to, but I reserve hand quilting for the most special of my projects. Like the Nearly Insane that I finished year before last, now Mrs Billings, and the occasional wholecloth project. Because hand quilting takes so much longer than machine quilting, it's just not practical for me to hand quilt a lot of the things I make. And I love to machine quilt too, so it's win-win for me really.

Alrighty, I'm going to tidy up the dinner dishes and get busy with some more quilting - chatter soon! xox

11 comments:

Noela said...

Lovely purchases. Hugs......

Karen - Quilts...etc. said...

I leave Sue and Pip comments too - I hope you all have fun!

Paisley Jam Designs said...

Think we had these three ladies in our shop this afternoon. :). The shop was busy not long after they arrived, but I was told about the lady visiting from New Zealand . Would have liked to have chatted
more with them but I became busy helping another lady.
Glad you had fun.

Nicole said...

What is that blue pen you are using for your handquilting marks? I haven't seen that before and am always looking for something good that will wash out. I find hand quilting so relaxing and don't do it nearly enough.

Riet said...

I love the colorf of your quilt.Nice patterns too. Have a nice weekend.

Linda said...

OH MY! Another reason you and I are friends - I have wanted to make a Cog Wheel or something similar FOREVER!

mereth said...

It's looking good! You are so disciplined with your quilting, a deadline must motivate you but it makes me panic.(Ah! I'll mever get it done...) I wish I had the time to baste a project for hand quilting, especially with winter coming on. There's nothing cosier than quilting on a cold day..

Sheila said...

It was a fun day, So glad you could tear yourself away from Mrs B. for a while and meet up with us. :-)

Sew Create It - Jane said...

The quilting is coming along nicely...I love how you are filling the open spaces with loops...great idea!

Erica said...

Its great to catch up with friends! Nice purchases!

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