Friday, 11 May 2012

I wasn't looking forward to this month's quilting club meeting last Saturday.  Two members were giving demonstrations but I often find the projects are not to my taste and prefer to get on with my own work. It was possible to do our own work but I had nothing suitable prepared and doing preparation at the meeting would have been too distracting for others.

I scrabbled around in my shed for something (anything) to do.  I ended up grabbing my crochet hooks and a ball of yarn.  However, as it turned out I was quite impressed with the demonstration project (above).  It's a method called twist and turn. I didn't think much of it at first from the designs in the book we were shown but I absolutely love the version that our member is making.  The colours are right up my street and the chicken centres are so cute. I made a mental note to have a go at this sometime.

As I watched, I began crocheting, trying out another idea I had mentally filed away.  I managed to finish most of the main part of this purse during the day.  I completed it later by adding ribbon, buttons, zip and lining.  I sewed the whole thing by hand and am pleased with how it turned out and how quickly it came together. All the supplies are repurposed. The ribbon is from the lengths you get inside new clothes to help hang them up! I knew they'd come in useful one day.
The old yew tree in the churchyard
On Sunday after Church, OH and I headed off to Cardiff Bay with 4 other couples for a 40th birthday meal. The cupcakes and sparkling wine we had when we got there were a lovely touch organised by the birthday girl's OH. The plan had been to have them on the mini-bus but we ended up on 2 buses (men on one, women on the other) but that's another story.  After a wander and a drink in a bar we headed for an Italian restaurant where we had a lovely meal.  I'm afraid I didn't enjoy the rest of the outing.  Behaviour began to deteriorate (partly due to drink) and incidents occurred (not all due to drink surprisingly), and when we came back to our village hotel (on one mini-bus due to the fact that one couple had already left and made their own way home - separately!!) OH and I went home as soon as was polite.

Monday afternoon, I was off to another church service.  This time to sing in the choir for a Mother's Union Deanery Service.  They said there'd be tea after and I was ready for a cuppa.  I didn't realise they meant full afternoon tea with sandwiches, cakes and scones!!   I didn't bother with dinner when I got home!

Progress since last time:
  • Crocheted purse - which I may enter in the Sew Mama Sew Giveaway if I get my act together.  They're doing it a different way since I last entered and I'm not sure how it works.
  • QAYG quilt block - one more quilted (2 or 3 left out of 25ish but I've run out of wadding).
  • Mousey cat toys - 2 cut out
  • Bag for friend - cut out.
Bye for now
Teresa x


Linnhe Mara said...

Hi Teresa,

It's such a pity when an enjoyable evening is ruined by an excess of alcohol. Still at least you enjoyed the cupcakes and the meal.

Your little red purse is lovely. How I envy your ability to crochet.


Scarlet said...

Your day out sounds eventful to say the least! Love your quilted block- and I cut the ribbons out of clothes too!

The String Empire said...

That purse is really impressive for something you created in a hurry. I love the ribbon and buttons.

Highland Monkey's said...

I like the twisted quilt and the centres a nice way to do it. Will mentally file that away! You whipped that purse up real quick. I keep the buttons and the ribbons from inside clothes as well! Sorry that you had a not very good ending to what should have been a lovely day. Some people are so thoughtless.

wayside wanderer said...

Oh, i think the quilt looks neat and I love the crocheted coin purse. Very cute!!! I am sorry about the bad behavior. Some people enjoy being disagreeable, I think. How old do you think that yew tree is? It looks huge and the cemetery stones look interesting and old, too.

Here is to a better weekend!

John'aLee said...

The purse is adorable!