Wednesday, 17 October 2018

Stitch gathering 2018

OK all these pictures are in a totally random order but that is probably fitting since this years Stitch gathering was very "random" (check me and my yoot vocab :-) ) and i mean that in a non critical way, the event itself was AHMAZING but me, well i was a bit random .... i hurt my shoulder and arm the week before and everything was totally up in the air. I had promised the beautiful Natalie could stay with me but my shoulder was so bad (i was on morphine peeps ....) that i was in no fit state to have anyone to stay OH THE CALAMITY!!!!! 
the house was a cowp (scottish for totally unhygenic and a complete midden ....) also i couldnt dress myself let alone drive, it was a nightmare, in all seriousness i cried so much. Never mind i got the lovely Natalie a hotel and just sucked up the fact that i couldnt go to the meal on the saturday night.
The brilliant scoobs said he would drive me there and back, he is just wonderful so i crossed my fingers and hoped it would all work out.
We all had to make a cat or dog block as our ticket. I managed to get a video of them all laid out.

First up was the great class from Lisa Dolson on embroidery. Poor Lisa was suffering from Labyrinthitis which i have had in the past and its HORRIBLE so well done Lisa for carrying on with the class. Lovely Sandra @rubylovesred gave a helping hand with demos. I loved the class even though my only ouutput was this rather lonesome spiderweb rose but hey, the day before i couldnt even get my knickers on without help so this was progress!
The added bonus was i got to sit next to @cuckooblue me and Poppy always have such a laugh at the gathering, what a lovely lady a pleasure to know.
So its fitting that my first lunchtime picture features Janice!!! yea for Janice, @marydon, another lovely lady who is Poppys neighbour, i cant think of tow nicer ladies to live next to each other, they are both so nice. Janice is showing and telling (with Jo Avery) one of the quilts made with blocks from last years tickets. Jo asked for house blocks, so this will be for siblings together.
Here is Janice again, this must be another of herr quilts for show and tell, to be honest i was doped up on painkillers and cant remember that much of who did what .... sorry!
I had to stand well up the back i was terrified someone would accidentally bump into my arm, it really was that sore still.
I didnt get this ladies name but she must have been at the same class as me last year, the Zen chic glass in Biggar, this is a stunning Globe quilt.

Part of the fun is catching up with chums, the lovely Jane and Tatyana were there.
A great selection of show and tells.
The Lovely Poppy with her amazing Avenue quilt
awwwww here is the lovely Quilty doings with her pixilated quilt of her mum and dad, not a dry eye in the house when she spoke about this.
During the lunch break we had to find our partner for the pincushion swap, looooook! my partner was my luffly chum Jo - @quiltydoings :-) i love my pincushion.
I didnt get any pictures of the afternoon class, i was doing improv EPP with Lucy Brennan, i learned loads but had really run out of steam by that point so didnt manage to do anything in it. Lucy was lovely and so inspirational.
So then that was it all over! wow, so I was waiting for Mark (who was driving me home and Natalie to the airport) to text me to say he had arrived. I was chatting to Natalie and suddenly she said "there's Marksgonewalking!!! (thats his instagram name) the brave wee soul had come into the venue to look for us! He walked into a room full of lovely ladies a lot of who recognised him from his #husbandsholdingquilts pictures on instagram 😊😊 look at him! he loved it, this was when Jo was giving her wrap up speech.
And here she is the woman herself. behind her the lovely helpers, Pauline Allie and Jane.

Phenomenal day as ever, hopefully next year ill be more able to join in, still i did manage to go which was the main thing.
Pfffffffft, silly me, forgot about the goody bag! i did the full sponsor thanks etc on instagram but no harm in thanking them twice! the goody bag is renowned and quite justifiably so, just look at all this!
so thanks to: Aurifil thread, sewmotion, nicolajdodd, lovequiltingmagazine, bethstudeley, duckeggthreads, rileyblakedesigns, mybearpaw, blendfabrics, lewisandirenefabrics, dashwoodstudio, beyond_measure. It was an epic goodybag as ever.
Ok we are not supposed to have favourites but duckeggthreads is a speshul chum and Mini Mini bud was sooooooo chuffed to find the scrap pack from the lovely Sarah in the goody bag.
He was even more excited to see the lovely present Natalie bought me! look at this wonderful liberty!!!
And panda socks! my one sadness was that i couldnt spend the time with Natalie as we had planned. Never mind there is always next year!

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