Thursday, March 6, 2014

12hrs of stitching fun

On Saturday I packed up Victoria (my sewing machine) and we headed off to Thorpe and co
For 12 hours of sewing fun.






The marathon girls all lined up awaiting instructions


We had a choice of creating a project designed by Cristie or working on our own projects. I decided that since I had nt worked on Merrimack since just after Christmas that I would work on it. But after seeing the lovely quilts , Cristie s project, the girls were making I though about changing my mind. . . . . But I resisted temptation





This my centre block with it s first tiny very carefully cut border, I think it frames the block perfectly ( but I am a little biased)





The Marathon ladies were spread out throughout the store , surrounded by new machines, fabric and all manner of temptations, upstairs we had lovely food layed out for us, fruit, cheese and cakes for lunch/afternoon tea. At happy hour we were each offered a glass or two of bubbles and dinner included a scrumptious meal, including Maarten's very own fried rice, roast chicken and salads finished by ice creams for Desert. Cristie, Sue and Sue's lovely daughter (sorry I did nt get her name) took such great care of us......





I had a bit of work to do on the star blocks, they were month two blocks and have been the most time consuming blocks yet and then I soon had my second borders together






Second border on and I m thinking it looks really good, it was certainly very popular with many of the ladies commenting and stopping off to see how it was progressing. I m pretty impressed with it, especially since most of the blocks have been pieced on Victoria including those 5" eight pointed star blocks.

Unfortunately when I was fussy cutting the last borders, tiredness got the better of me and I cut one of the borders wrong, so at the moment my Merrimack has 3/4 of her 3rd border on. I was pretty disappointed in myself but mistakes happen , I tried to piece it together, but decided in the end to just purchase some more fabric.

It was a long couple of days, before I got to talk to the lovely Karen at Somerset Patchwork whom was extremely helpful and my extra fabric will be on its way soon. All in all I had a fabulous day and will be counting the days until the next 12 hour marathon . . . . .

" I hope your hands are working on a project that you love "

Ciao

Googy girl

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5 comments:

Susan said...

That sounds like my kind of outing! Although I think I'd be exhausted at the end too. Your Merrimack looks fabulous, really love it. Safe travels.

Diane-crewe said...

after so much work it would be a shame to spoil it .. so good for you for making the right cecision x looks wonderful x

Melody A. said...

Your quilt top so far is just beautiful!!

Jenny said...

Looks like you have been busy with those lovely projects. See you soon.

Cheryll said...

The top looks wonderful Trish... and yes so well deserves the perfect border! Looks like a great way to spend 12 hours! :)