Wednesday, March 25, 2009

Girls Day Out

I had a FABULOUS time in Nundle for the Girls Day Out in the Country stitching day. Apart from a doll making day at Kerry's I haven't been to anything like this. I stayed at the pub and was quite content there, the noise didn't bother me one bit.... as I was last to bed both nights! I am a night owl but also an early riser so this doesn't always bode well, especially with 2amish bedtimes!
Here is the hall. On the tables we had bottled water, gorgeous potted plants in the table centres, a brand new beautiful ceremic mug and a bag with all our bits and pieces in. It was so exciting looking through the bag to try and see the fabrics and what the patterns were (no covers with the patterns, but all was revealled a short time later).
Here is Rosie's project, a stitching bucket and needlecase. Gorgeous. I set these aside to make later as I had plans to pracice/learn other techniques on the day.
This is Leanne's project, a needlturn wallhanging/cushion cover. Needleturn is something I wanted to work on. You see about twelve months ago I was trying to do it with freezer paper and mine was A BIG MESS. It looked AWFUL. Then I had a lesson from Kerry, followed up by a lesson from Kim a few days later; AND a change of needle. THANKYOU Kim and Kerry. Since last year I have not practiced my needleturn applique, though I have been busy stitching bindings onto quilts - fabulous practice by the way!
My needleturn applique has improved OUT OF SIGHT, I am SOOOO over the moon about this! Get a look at these pictures, last years needleturn and then this years.

Pretty awful isn't it, and I have kept the worst one secret!
Now this one is a different story, sorry it's still all creased up from travelling. Points are perfect! I really am SOOO RAPT. You see when I first started needleturn applique it was absolute torture, why would people spend so much time using a horrible painstaking terrible result method like needleturn???? I totally understand now that I have got the knack of it. It is truly addictive, stitching flows along nicely and the end project is just amazing!

Kerry had organised the yummiest lunch for us, morocan chicken with couscous; presently beautifully; and practically; in a noodle box. Homemade food rocks. It is the best. Here are some pic's of Rosie and Leanne's projects on display.


I also tried the punchneedle, but will share these photos in the next post with other pictures.
oh, and why have I taken so long to blog when I was home three days ago???? We have had visitors; dh's neice Bobby and my aunt. So I spent time with them instead on the computer, my apologies but I did what I thought best. My aunt came to the stitching day too, along with my mum. Aunt had a go at what I did and mum worked on needleturn.

12 comments:

Linda said...

I can see why you're so happy with your needle turn, it looks terrific. It's great when we have that "got it" moment.

Joy said...

I've been reading about the day at Nundle on a few blogs ... looks like it was loads of fun!!!
Your needleturn is fabulous - you've really got the knack :o).
Hugs,
Joy :o)

Maree said...

Thanks for sharing your pics..they are lovely..Glad you had a Good Time...I Love Needlturn...Now you Get It.!!
cheers

Chookyblue...... said...

no rush with your post........life has to happen.....your needleturn is beautiful.......maybe I should pull last year's out and do some more.........

Sarah said...

Looks like you all had a great day Bec!! There will be no stopping you know with the Gatherings - they are great fun!! LOVE all the projects for the day.... bet you will make them all!!
x Sarah
PS: Your needleturn looks fantastic.... i dont think your older one is THAT bad!!

Peg - Happy In Quilting said...

Great post Kiddo, it was so nice to meet you in person, it was a grand weekend...

Fiona @ Dragonfly-Crafts said...

Great photos Bec and your Needleturn is beautiful. Can't wait to see the finished project (next week?) LOL!

Purpleflowerpatch said...

Yay! You did beautiful needleturn!! Good on you.

Eileen said...

that does it. I have got to take a class. Your leaf is perfect!

Stina said...

Oh... your needleturn is wonderful...nice work! And so much fun you have had in Nundle...Im just a little bit envy of you...lol...

MYRA said...

Looks like an awesome time was spent at "girls day out"! Wonderful creations/pictures! Your needle turn looks great! Practice make perfect, and you are there! 8-)
Happy stitchings!

Kristi in the Western Reserve said...

My mother did needleturn, but I've never done enough to get good at it! She did a few completely applique full size quilts that I still have and love....OK, you're inpiring me.......

Kristi, your tea towel swap partner