Val, Esther, Evi, Carole, Emma, Kate and Jennifer were present and apologies came from Shelly and Di.
Carole entertained us with her hassles updating her kitchen! She found an oven with the same external dimensions as the old one, which was quite a win, but new ovens come with far less accessories (e.g. oven racks) and much to her surprise the old racks did not fit the new oven.
A bigger problem was the hotplates. The new ones are 1 cm smaller all around and the cabinetmaker claimed it would be necessary to make a whole new bench top at vast expense. The alternative a ceramic top was also expensive.
Our next non sewing topic was possums and roses. Carole protects the roses by dousing them in Vaporub every day. As an added insurance she gives the possum an apple a day!
My Problem is I am not good at multi-tasking and if I take photos I forget to record any text, so we will now move onto the pictorial record.
Val, Esther, Evi and Carole concentrate as Emma reads out her Twelve Days of Christmas menu. Twelve courses and 16 guests so it will be quite a party!
Evi, Carole and Emma
Emma's interpretation of Esther's 12 Days of Christmas. Rather than baubles hanging on a quilt tree, they will be set on point in green fabric to make placemats for the feast mentioned above.
Carole is always innovative and showed us these examples of 3D Textile Art. The price differential for the raw materials between New York and Australia was more than 300%!
Val's 5 year old grand daughter is very lucky. These are 2 of the 4 skirts Val has made for her.
Val's I spy. Bought on a trading table, it had a piece missing and was very crooked and uneven. After unpicking and resewing it looks great. I love the panda fabric.
No, it's not Peter Pan. It is the angel appearing to the Shepherds with their flocks. It is Part of Emma's Silhouette Nativity. Emma's inspiration came from the book 'The First Christmas' illustrated by Jan Pienkowski.
Manger scene from the Silhouette Nativity.
Jennifer's Tumbling Teddies for Miss Harmony
Detail of a Juggling Teddy from the Tumbling Teddies Quilt.
Esther has designed a rabbit for next year - the year of the Rabbit on the Chinese Zodiac.
Well, Merry Christmas and a Prosperous New Year and good health and an industrious and productive sewing time.