I can't believe it is three weeks today since we set off on our journey to Baradine for Scrub Stitchin'.
Yes, "We", as Mick came along for the ride too, travelling with our trusty caravan. While we ladies stitched, he ventured off with Mr Chooky to do farm related stuff.
I didn't take a lot of random photos over the weekend, as I was too busy chatting, stitching, eating, some more chatting, checking out what everyone else was up to, but not taking photos, chatting, a bit more stitching............You get the picture.
As usual, we had a themed dinner. This time on the Friday night.
This year the theme was "Little Girl's Birthday Party", as Annette and Miss Jules were celebrating a milestone birthday.
Here we all are, dressed in our finest party girl outfits.
Our dinner was so nutritious - popcorn, lollies, fairy bread, twisties, devon wrapped around mashed potato...........all those things we only ever ate at childhood birthday parties. It was a great fun evening.
On Saturday we had show and tell.
Miss Jules started things off.
The colours are beautiful on this quilt.
A fun quilt she made at a workshop.
Next were mine.
My Rainbow Scrap Challenge Plus Quilt from a couple of years ago.
Splendid Sampler 2 - still only a top.
My Vintage Linens Quilt. I hand stitched down the binding on Thursday night at Baradine. So pleased to finally have this finished.
Block Heads 3 - all done and dusted.
She recently won a prize at the show with the above quilt.
We were quite taken with the simple, yet effective butterfly border.
This yo-yo coverlet was made by her mother, started in the late 1940s. Some of the stitching holding the yo-yos together is coming apart, so Brenda is restitching it. Such a lovely piece.
Next was Jenny.
She purchased the kit for this quilt while in America. So effective.
Foxley Village is such a lovely quilt.
Next was Mary.
Mary made this quilt using the charm patch she was given at the last Scrub Stitchin' with some extra yardage added for borders.
She does such lovely hand embroidery.
It was nice to see a version of Field Journal, which is a block a month from Cottage Garden Threads. They are so beautiful bordered in the Liberty fabrics.
Next was Annette's.
She considered herself a cheat, as she didn't make this quilt. It is a hand quilted Amish quilt and was purchased at a garage sale for $150.00. We were all a tad jealous. Such a beautiful quilt.
Sue was next with her Old Time Kaleidoscope quilt.
We have been watching the progress of this quilt on her blog over recent months. It is all hand pieced. So nice to see it for real.
Georgina didn't think her quilts were worth showing. We begged to differ.
This gorgeous creation is all hand pieced. I really take my hat off to her.
This was a challenge from her daughter, Kylie, to use her ugly fabrics. It turned out to be a really striking quilt.
Another Scrappy quilt.
I liked this one. It uses all florals. Mainly those dated ones that many of us have deep in the stash. It was an effective way to use them.
Next was Denise.
This little hanger, which has a verse about motherhood features some fabrics from her children's childhood clothing. Such a special piece.
And finally, Sally.
She is another of those patient ladies that hand pieces. This is a lovely soft version of a Jen Kingwell pattern. She was working on another of her patterns in much brighter fabrics during the weekend, once again, hand piecing.
Now to the creations that were made or finalised on the weekend.
Lynda made a fun jelly roll race quilt top.
Sue made lots of foundation paper pieced log cabin blocks and then added them as a border to this quilt. After the photo was taken, it was noticed that one block was around the wrong way, so some unpicking and resewing fixed that fairly quickly.
Lynda was very happy to finally have completed the quilt top on Nature's Journey from a Chookyblue Stitchalong from a few years back. I love seeing the different versions of this quilt.
Tina is always super productive. She made this entire quilt top and then quilted it on the weekend. She puts me to shame.
Her daughter Harriet is just as bad, having made this complete quilt top in the weekend as well. I just loved the fabrics she used, all in reproduction 1930s.
So, what did I achieve?
As I said previously, I finished stitching down the binding on the Vintage linens quilt.
I made some butterfly fridge magnets. I do enjoy making these. They are so cute.
The main project I worked on was making blocks for my newest project, the Jocelyn Proust blue quilt. I need to make forty blocks for the top. I managed to complete twenty and started on another five. (There are five of each print.) A teacher's report card would say "Janice can do better and needs to apply herself to her task, rather than talking all the time". However, this was not a school class, so it didn't matter how much I achieved or how much I talked.
The weekend came to a close all too soon, as we left fairly early on the Sunday morning to travel home. There was a road closure between Baradine and Coonabarabran, so we took the scenic route home via Coonamble, Gilgandra and Dubbo. Nothing like a bit of variety.
We always enjoy seeing the painted silos and water towers. The one at Coonamble is so nice and bright.
We stopped for fish and chips for lunch at Wellington and came across this painting of Wellington Caves on the side of a shop. The colours match the Coonamble one rather nicely.
It was so good to catch up with all the girls again. They are all such a nice bunch to hang out with. We have to thank Chooky so much for making it all possible and look forward to gathering again in a year's time.