Thursday, 19 August 2010

This week...........

It's been a sad week this week, we had to say goodbye to a quilting sister. Merle was an integral part of our Thursday Quilters but she has been a very unwell lady for a long time. Yesterday we said farewell to her with her family and friends, some tears and some laughter, lots of memories to take away. It was bitterly cold, windy and wet at the cemetery, miserable, sad and forlorn...


Today the Thursday Quilters met, stitched, laughed, remembered and toasted Merle with bubbly and cake....she would have heartily approved...!

This is what I was stitching today.....


I finished putting my quilt top together on Monday and spent Tuesday marking it out for quilting. I decided to hand quilt (again), I really must get some practice in machine quilting! It took me a while to sandwich and pin baste but by Tuesday night I could start quilting. I'm using Gutterman Sulky, I loved the variegated I found and it's almost the exact colours in the quilt. It's the first time I've used this and so far I'm loving it.....

I've just cut out some calico and batting to put on the frame, next week I'm going to spend a couple of days on the quilting frame just practicing my machine quilting. I'll only hand quilt at night and I don't want to start any new sewing as I'll be leaving the man and the dog in charge of the house while I jet off next Friday to the west to squeeze grandchildren, gee, that's gonna be hard .....!!!!!

16 comments:

Cathy said...

It is always so hard to lose a friend isn't it Lizzie? But how wonderful that Merle was in such a beautiful group, we quilters are enriched people (because of other quilters) I think. A lovely idea to have a stitching day in her honour. Lovely quilting ogoing on here Lizzie, have a fabulous time squeezing those Grandkids! xo

Deb said...

Lizzie, my heart goes out to you and your fellow quilting friends in your loss. How wonderful that you were able to know her and love her. Enjoy seeing your grandchildren

Anne-Lise at Rag, Tag, Bobtail said...

Sorry to hear about your friend, Lizzie. A good idea for the group to get together in her memory. I like the colours you are using. Have a nice trip!

Maree: said...

Liz..Sorry to hear of the passing of Merle..it was nice that your quilting group gave her a lovely send off with bubbly & cake...Love the stitching on your quilt & have a lovely time away enjoying your Grandchildren...
cheers

Margaret said...

I'm so sorry to hear about Merle. What a lovely way to remember her though. Your quilt is looking just lovely. Have fun with the grandchildren!

Frances Leate said...

I am sorry to hear about your friend but I am pleased to hear that you gave her a good send off. I am sure she will always be part of your group in spirit if no longer in person.

I too have a quilting frame that I have not got around to using yet so I am keeping tabs on your progress. Happy stitching.

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Micki said...

So sorry about your friend Lizzie! It is always sad to lose a good friend. I love your quilt...it is gorgeous!
Micki

Chookyblue...... said...

sad about your friend...........stitching groups provide such wonderful friendships........

Jo in TAS said...

So sad to hear you've had to farewell a stitching friend, I'm sure she was there watching over your quilting group. Hugs to you all!!

Kim said...

Amazing how the weather matches itself to the mood of a funeral and the feelings of loss. I'm glad that the Thursday Quilters toasted Merle and shared fond memories of a life that touched each of you so well. Hugs to you and happy stitching as you continue with this gorgeous quilt...you really can't beat the beauty of hand quilting.

Sue said...

I'm so sorry you've lost a friend Lizzie. I'm sure your group will often share your memories of her times with you all. The "Bee Balm" quilt is looking gorgeous.

Sue-Anne said...

I'm so sorry that you had to say goodbye to one of your quilting friends and pleased you honoured Merle's friendship with cake and bubbly!

Your quilt looks amazing and I love the Sulky thread too, it's all I use now for handquilting.

fabriquefantastique said...

blog that I can relate to.....also love the sense of 'place' you manage to convey.

Margaret said...

I bet it will be hard to jet off to W.A. and get away from our beautiful rain that is doing the gardens so good. And hugging and squuezing sounds good.

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