(There’s still time to enter my Fugly Fabric party giveaway).
At the end of a busy week what better way to spend a Friday evening than sewing with a group of great ladies? You may remember back in March I helped to run a Dress A Girl Around the World evening at my friend Rachel’s house. Following the success of the evening I thought that they might all like to turn their hands to patchwork to help make a quilt for Siblings Together.
I had a bundle of Sew Cherry FQ’s:
I spent most of Thursday cutting the FQ’s into pieces ready to be sewn and I was so grateful for the rotary cutter sharpener that I recently bought!
Friday evening came and I went round to Rachel’s with a pile of fabric, sewing machine and a couple of sample blocks made up. We spent a bit of time sorting fabric into piles:
And then the ladies got sewing:
There were 9 of us (I think) and 8 machines, there was at least one person who hadn’t sewn for a few years but I quickly showed her what she needed to do and how to work my machine and they were off.
I had taken my ‘special design sheet’ along (aka old bed sheet) and we pinned up the blocks as we went, which was a real visual motivator (and impressed Rachel’s husband Rob every time he popped his head round the door!). I think this photo was taken within the first hour (judging by the light outside).
I did hardly any sewing (kindly allowing someone else to use my machine) and spent much of the evening sorting fabric into piles ready to be sewn. I was worried that we might be left with a pile of brown fabric at the end and didn’t think brown blocks would look so great!
So almost the end of the evening and the sheet is full of blocks – enough for 2 quilts!
But then there were some confessions and some ‘dodgy’ blocks:
And yes I did make them unpick and sew them again, because surely that is the best way to learn! All in all they did a wonderful job, so much more fun than me sewing them all on my own at home and so much quicker.
So a very big thank you to Rachel for hosting us, Hannah, Esther, Jo, Chloe, Catherine, Rachel and Fi (I think I got all the names right – apologies if not!). Now I just need to sort and sew them into 2 quilt tops, baste, quilt and bind – eeek! Here’s hoping that 2 siblings will have happy memories bound up in them too.
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