We all attend many parties this time of year. One of my favorite parties is the one I host with my quilting friends. Not only do we share the passion of quilting. As we have gathered for the last five years we have become close friends. We care about the other lives these ladies represent.
Each one of us has our own set of relatives that we care about. We share the joys and sorrows with one another. Above is a sample of gifts the ladies will be giving to their loved ones. Carol is fortunate that her siblings still gather together this time of year. In addition to the fun fellowship they will each go home with a new table runner to sparkle up their home.
Carolyn shared this family memory. Several years ago she gathered the autographs of her immediate family and made a memory quilt of them.
Sharon had several near finished projects to share with us. This one is the Christmas quiilt that we worked on through out the year. The binding just needs a few more hand stitches
She also shared quilts returned from a new long-arm quilter. We are always interested in who is new in the business of helping us finish our projects. This was our groups block exchange for parts of 2013 and 2014.
2012-2013 we did the Sylvia’s Bridal Sampler blocks. We only did a part of the book and we each had more than enough blocks to make large quilts. What is fun of this project is that we each have identical blocks but our own layout of them.
Sharon also shared a nice fall wall hanging she made using an opportunity fabric.
Even though fall is past for us, there is always next year and it is fun to be ready. Carolyn will be as she finishes up this project. The 9-patches were part of an on-line block exchange that she participated in.
Some in our group were inspired by the Little Black Dress fabric line. I placed a large order for the fabric and we spent a day cutting out the quilt of choice. Donna chose the above pattern and it has turned out so stunning. The total name of the pattern is Boxtrot 2: Bingo by Creative Sewlutions. We all love to make quilts but we also want our loved ones to enjoy receiving them. Therefore we often have to step out of our box. Good for you, Donna.
There are no photos of the final part of our party. I wanted to give my friends a gift: RELAXATION. Between the main course and dessert, I provided each one with a foot soaking. They were a little surprised when I asked them to remove shoes and socks. They were replaced with a tub of warm water, body oil, and epson salt. They each received a tsp. of body scrub to remove any rough skin. The final step was a little body oil to seal the foot from dry winter air.
They all went home refreshed to face the hustle of the season.