Sunday, 7 October 2012

Christmas Prep!

Before I start talking about this collection of images from our talented group I have a mention for another talented group (of which a few of our members just happen to also be a member of). If you enjoyed Helen's report on the quilting show then there is an opportunity for you to go and see some quilts yourself. The Glasgow Gathering of quilters are staging an exhibition of their "Suitcase collection" of quilts in the Willow Tea Room in Sauchiehall St, Glasgow, on the 2nd floor. Opening hours are 10am - 4pm Mon-Sat. It ends this Friday.

Without further ado it's about time that this photograph was taken. You may remember that one of the winners of our challenge was absent. Isabel came back from her holidays a few weeks ago and it took me about three weeks to remember to bring along her prize and the prize winning scarf. Sorry Isabel! So now you can see Isabel finally receiving her prize as well as showing off her fabulous scarf.

A few weeks ago you may remember a photograph of a beautiful granny square baby blanket which was created by Anthea. This is a present for a friend who has just become a mum. Well, she has also made her friend a lovely bag to go with it and this baby toy (the toy jingles). Once again I love the colours. Anthea got the pattern from a blog that is much loved by many members of the group called Attic24. I used one of her patterns before myself. If you like bright colours and crochet it's worth checking out.

This lovely hat and mitts were knitted by Stephanie. I did try to get a photo of Stephanie modelling them but she was far too fast for me. The hat is very unusual though as it is knitted in panels. Stephanie says it was actually very easy to do. I think these are going to her granddaughter.

Roberta has been equally busy on the crochet front. The first is a baby blanket done mainly in double crochet. The little bear was cross stitched onto the blanket afterwards. Roberta says it was a bit footery at first but this was her first go at it. Looks amazing to me. Sadly it has no recipient yet. The second blanket I'm afraid the camera doesn't do justice. For some strange reason my camera hates sparkles. I think you can just make them out in the blue but trust me the red is also sparkly. This beautiful blanket is for her granddaughter. I love the fact that she has done a blue edging. It just sets the whole thing off.

It's getting to that time of year where the bulk of the images are of Christmas themes of presents. Once again Roberta has been busy as has Alison. These beautiful advent calendars were stitched by them both. Again I don't think the camera does them justice but it's safe to say they were very much admired. Hard to believe that it's only been about a year since the pair had some quilting lessons.

Margaret has also been busy once again with her Christmas cross stitch. She has just about finished all her cards for family members. The first three cards featuring elves are for her grand nieces. The last one with the monkey is for her youngest daughter.

Good news! We just found out that Sheena is expecting. She is also moving back to Glasgow so will once again be a regular at the group (we've missed her). We will be holding a baby shower for her the first Tuesday we are back after Christmas.

Lastly, wish us luck! This week myself and Elaine are taking part in a readathon to raise money for SAMH (any excuse to read).

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