Wednesday, 14 March 2012

Cousin Isabelle

Meet Cousin Isabelle. She is a good and kindly soul and as a family member is often included in events but sometimes she feels like she is the poor relation. Today she makes her debut as a member of the dance troupe and has a pretty outfit for the occasion.

Only two more members to meet and then you can meet the whole team. There has been a flurry of activity as they perfect their steps. Can you guess who the last two are?

Today at Kate's we celebrated Wendy's birthday. Here are some of the goodies on show and we always have a delicious muffin baked by Wendy and yes she did bake her own birthday cakes. You have to be here to taste them and they are yummy. Sorry Rosemary, you can have yours when you come back from Australia. Lucky Rosemary is going to be meeting up with blogger Elyte and having a visit to Quilts in the Barn. I am not envious - much! Sue-Anne if you see Rosemary she has a hug for you.

This is my effort so far with the first quilt from Carolyn Forsters book. It was a quick and easy one to construct and the beauty will be the quick and simple utility quilting - I hope. Wendy has a much better photo on her blog and if you pop over there you will have a little sneak preview of the dancing dollies.

Lastly, I apologise for not having a better photo of this wonderful quilt. My friend Jill is making this or rather finishing it as a labour of love. It belonged to her sister in law who sadly lost her short battle with a rare cancer last year. This partly made hexagon quilt was discovered in a cupboard and Jill set about finishing it. Trisha didn't believe that she was a good stitcher but I can tell you she was and her daughter's will have a fabulous gift when it is done. Jill tells me that there are enough hexagons and fabrics to make another quilt so both girls will have one. It has also been a trip down memory lane as they have looked at the fabrics from old dresses and blouses.

Happy Stitching



  1. Oh Shirley what a lovely day and a laugh, we all need that at the moment.
    Your girls are beautiful, even more so in the flesh!
    You are a wonderful artiste.
    Thanks once again for my birthday goodies, I have been checking them out again!
    I love my machines, all of them.
    Keep (all) your girls safexxxxxx

  2. Isabelle is such a pretty girl. What a fun project.

  3. The dancers are looking good Shirley, can`t wait to see all of them! Have ordered Carolyn Forsters book, but much to my frustration it hasn`t arrived yet. Love Joan xxx

  4. I just love the fabric in her skirt.
    Those 2 girls are going to have a beauiful quilt each too.
    Lovely fabris in the hexies.....
    Couldn't she squeeze you in her suitcase...

  5. Isabelle, is looking very pretty, with her lovely make-up on and such a pretty dress, she will be the belle of the ball!
    What a lovely keepsake for the two girls..I'm sure the quilts will bring them much comfort..
    Julia ♥

  6. Hi Shirley, I will be seeing Elyte tomorrow at the Crow Gathering and am keeping my fingers crossed that Rosemary will be there also. I love your Cousin Isabelle, especially her dress!

    How special is that hexagon quilt!

  7. Pleased to meet you Isabelle! What a pretty girl you are. Can't wait to see all of your friends together very soon. Love Vreni x

  8. Isabelle is a lovely girl. Now she can see the other girl of the group!
    Have a nice day, Evelyne

  9. How lovely Isabelle is and also great to see all the girls together on Wendy's blog. Your utility quilt is lovely.

  10. Oh, what a lovely memory. All those hexes...truly a labour of love by her. You know how long it takes to make them don't you.
    I love your photos. Even the wool looks properly placed in your previous posts. I should buy more quilt books. I just don't know if I would make anything from them, but they are great to have. Still catching up on blogs dear girl. You have been busy I see.

  11. Love Isabelle and would the others be Violet and Cora or are you going below stairs! Carolyn Forster definitely has a great approach to quilting and love what you are doing. I have been watching Lark Rise to Candleford and have sighted a hexagon quilt and your friends one is great. Take care.

  12. Isabelle is very sweet, You're moving along on this one Shirley. It's going to be a gorgeous quilt.

  13. Good to see that you have been very busy. Isabelle is very pretty and thanks for the introduction.
    I met Rosemary yesterday and we had a wonderful day.

  14. Isabelle is very sweet - love her head band/decoration too. Sounds like a fun day you had with friends :-)...I cheated and took a peak at your dancing dollies - so nice!!! As is your other quilt,the Carolyn Forster one. How precious to have the hexie quilts and wonderful that they will be finished.

  15. Can't wait to see all the girls in all their respective splendour! Am still battling with dear ol' Blogger but this might get through....

  16. Aunts Trish and lizzie in Australia are looking forward to seeing all of the dancing troup !