Wednesday, 21 September 2011

A hive of industry....

and what busy bees we were... for once!

When Chris and Sally come over we almost always do more chin wagging than anything else.  Not this time.  This time we were ready for action.   First off they assisted me at the design wall (sounds posh eh) with the layout of my new quilt ......


I thought 6 eyes on the job would be faster but I hadn't allowed time for differences of opinion.  Silly me... I should have known!    In case you're wondering where the girls went while I took the photo.... they were huddled in the corner behind me.   Guess they thought that was the safest place for camera phobic folks to be... well they were wrong!

Chris realised what I was doing at the very last minute


Good job this photo hasn't got sound.  I don't think it's actually possible for a human being to do what she's telling me to and she's saying it without moving her lips too... talent eh!    She'd just finished cutting out and started sewing one of these.....


the one with all the little squares in the centre.    Tough choice to make.... all of the cushions are gorgeous.

They are from Camille Roskellys  wonderful book Simplify.    I just had to get a copy after seeing the gorgeous projects made from this book by Krystine over at Pretty By Hand.   As soon as Chris saw them she ordered a copy too.   We both showed Sally and I'll be amazed if she hasn't bought the book by now.  Birds of a feather eh....

While we're on the subject of Sally...... she's becoming a quilter!!   See.....


Miss Glue & Stick is actually sewing!!  Eureka.... we've finally worn her down.   Just for the record she's even bought herself a new sewing machine.  She's only using mine here to save a bit of room on the table.

Typical Sally she's jumping in at the deep end and making not one but two baby quilts.....


She found the pattern at Crazy Mom Quilts.    It's a brilliant project for a newbie quilter don't you think.  Not much can go wrong with this one.    Well... that's what Sally thought right up to the moment she realised she'd sewn on one of the coin strips upside down!!    All her strips had numbers pinned on with a big 'T' for top too..... sometimes there isn't any reason or rhyme is there.  Of course Chris and I laughed our heads off were very sympathetic as good friends are.

While the girls were hogging using the tables I sat stitching quietly (!) on the sidelines generously offering advice when I felt it was needed......  I won't show you my black eye!! 

Hope you are all having a wonderful week working on whatever takes your fancy.....

See you soon...
Josie X

15 comments:

Tilly Talksalot said...

Hi Josie, the quilt looks stunning. You've got a proper quilt sweat shop going here. lol. Knew Sally couldn't fight off the bug forever, great job wearing her down!!! Looking forward to seeing you. Love and Hugs Tilly

Connie said...

Fun, fun post! I enjoyed reading. I love that simple quilt and want to make one too! Simple is wonderful!

siv hege said...

That sounds like a top sewing day! Take more pictures of them I say, LOL

Linda Coleman said...

Looks like you all had a great day. Can't wait to see your quilt put together, the blocks look lovely and I really like the colours
LindaC

Kathy said...

Sounds like a great day - I suggested doing something similar here with #1 Husband within hearing: not sure if I should be offended by his reaction.....
Love the look of your sewing room:)

Maree: said...

I Like what's on your Design Wall looks Pretty...
Always Nice to have Company while Sewing...
cheers

Sharon - Lilabelle Lane said...

I love the look of your new quilt on your design wall. Also love the look of your sewing room, so bright and mix that with three frieds, you were always on a winner :o) Fun post to read, thank you for sharing.

rosie said...

Miss Josie, they should bottle you up and sell you as an anti-depressant... I laugh so much at your posts!! I see you have an awesome pfaff too..

Kristyne said...

Hey Josie! I'm just so ticked I inspired you to get Camille's book so you can have some super-fun sewing too! ;) Every project in that book is a winner.

Farm Girl said...

Love the days that you post on your blog Josie, cos I always get a good giggle! I'd love to be a fly on the wall at one of your sewing sessions. lol
Thanks for the link to Kristynes blog, I've had a look around and OMG - the inspiration that I found - beautiful! Had to go and find my Simplify book and get sewing.

Charlie and Wendy said...

It is true, your posts are always a great read! I love the look of your quilt and I think you have inspired me to get the Simplify book.

LuAnn said...

Looks like a fun day sewing together. I think the same as you that "my design wall" sounds posh until I remember that it is just a piece of foam board that we slit in half to bring home from the hardware store. Love your post!

shez said...

Josie what a lovely blog you have i have had a great visit,have a lovely day.I am also a new follower

Summerfield Quilts said...

I just finished a quilt like that using a Ruby jelly roll. Thank you for sharing. The quilt is wonderful.

Quilt it and Dotty www.quilt-it.nl said...

Chin wagging!!! Got to remind this one and teach my daughter so she can impress her teacher at English class hahaha.
Looks all very lovely and fun!

Dorry