It started with handing in our 'tickets'. Each year, the 'ticket' has actually been a project to complete and bring along with you - for example one year it was a tote bag to be decorated and given to a partner. This year it involved taking some special fancy Stitch Gathering fabric which Jo had had printed and using it in a 12.5 inch block showing your ideal house. Kind volunteers are taking these blocks home to make quilts for the charity Siblings Together. There were some absolute beauties, some of which you can see here
My ideal house is probably a late Georgian rectory with a walled kitchen garden, preferably in a nice village with a friendly pub, but that was a bit ambitious for a 12.5 inch block so my second choice would be a little timber framed Tudor cottage. So here is my block complete with cat waiting to be let in. It was fun improvising the wonky beams.
I posted a couple of rather scruffy pictures of it on Instagram but this is it after the POWER OF STARCH. I have never used starch before and now I am an instant convert, even though I suspect inhaling it can't be good for you.
Next up was the optional name-tag swap, for a secret partner.
I made it for Kim @kmj_creations who brought along her stunning Passacaglia work in progress for show and tell. I had a lot of fun making this, and put a little pocket on the back to keep safe scissors and seam ripper, because these are things I always lose under piles of scraps when I'm sewing.
Here is my nametag I received from Catriona @cat2832 . Catherine is a long name to fit on a name tag and this was such an original and ingenious way to handle it. It got so much admiration decorating my bosom from one side to the other with its rainbow gorgeousness. I really love it! This is its temporary home on the Stitch Gathering goody bag but as soon as I tidy my shelves it is going to hang over my sewing table.
My morning class was in learning to draft patterns for paper piecing with Juliet @Tartankiwi who brought along some of her amazing quilts to inspire us. It was such a pleasure to meet her - she is a great teacher and her work is just amazing.
|Three works by @Tartankiwi, and my attempt to draft a bird pattern|
At lunch we found our partners for the optional potholder swap. This is the one I made for my partner.
and her is the one I received from Sarah, with its great vintage cutlery and kitchen implements, which is just in my taste! It was so nice chatting away with Sarah I forgot to ask her if she is on social media so if anyone knows how to find her please let me know.
In the afternoon I joined @trudi_wood for a class on free-motion quilting. I'm too ashamed to show you my disastrous efforts but she was lovely and made the class a lot of fun and it has really inspired me to want to be more adventurous in quilting.
And finally, here's the awesome goody bag we received!
Thank you generous sponsors @aurifilthread and @dmccreativeworld (lovely thread), @mybearpaw (beads), @dearstellafab @michaelmillerfabrics @cloud9fabrics @blendfabrics @windhamfabrics (enviable collection of fabric), @duckeggthreads (lovely Liberty scraps), @lovequiltingmag (quilty porn) and @nairnsoatcakes (sustenance)!
By the end of the day I was completely knackered but I had a great time and it was so nice to get the chance to meet blogging and instagram people in the flesh. Thanks Jo Avery and her helpers and the teachers who made Stitch Gathering 2016 so much fun.