Wednesday, 27 January 2010

Wendy's Challenge

Oh happy days. After cancelling our Wednesday sewing twice due to the snowy weather, today we actually made it. To say that we were pleased to see each and to be back was a bit of an understatement. It is a happy little group of six ladies. We discuss every subject under the sun and sometimes we laugh till we cry.

Before Christmas Wendy set a challenge for us. You will have to go back to previous posts to see the fabrics I was given. We had to swap 3 fat quarters, names were drawn out of a hat and we had to give our fabrics to that person. I had Kate's fabrics. We then had to make something out of them and we were given free rein to make whatever we could come up with. Today we exchanged projects. Names again were drawn out of a hat and we had to give that person the challenge make. Everyone did something different which was really good.

I made a project case out of my fabrics. I used a A5 size file and covered the inside with fabric, then made a quilted outer cover and embroidered a panel on the front. Inside I used plastic to make a see through pocket and added a detachable fabric bag. I was pleased with the result and so was Margaret. I have to wait to receive my gift as I drew Rosemary and she is still in Australia.

Kate is modelling a new line in aprons made by Wendy. This was very appropriate as Kate is soon going to be running a quilting retreat and will need a few pinnies for all the cooking that she is going to be doing. Watch this space for updates.

Margaret made a series of fabric baskets that was received by Pat. They are all different sizes and fit into each other and will look fabulous on the table filled with bread and other goodies. Knowing Pat I expect them to be filled with fabric. All the mess in the background belongs to me I am afraid. I cannot sew without spreading out and making a mess.

Kate had my fabrics and made a gorgeous little wall hanging and a matching box. They had Wendy stamped all over it so it was really lucky that Wendy drew her name out.

Pat had fabrics from Margaret and she made a fun tea cosy that had lots of lovely buttons on it and a useful pan holder/ mat.

It has been interesting and fun to do this challenge and I think it does your brain good to do something that makes you think a little bit harder. We have a new challenge in the offing. It needs a bit more tweaking but will let you know the rules.

I have at last finished the last block on the BunnyHill block of the month. It is such a sweet pattern and very generous of Anne Sutton to share it with everyone. Just have to assemble it now.

The blocks are just placed out on the floor ready for assembly. Have to decide on an outer border. Will have to take it along to the shop for inspiration to see what looks best. Any excuse for fabric shopping. I don't usually buy large amounts of fabric, I nearly always buy fat quarters. It has been a lovely project to do although a bit fiddly in places. I used a few scraps along the way and the sashing and sashing posts were all left overs from other projects.

If you have read to the end of this post well done. Hope you are still awake.

Love Shirl.x


  1. Yep got to the bottom. How clever of you to make that project case. Your basket applique quilt is lovely. Such a lot of work. Glad the weather held off and you got to your stitching morning.

  2. Love the project case...such pretty colours