Gosh, I had FUN at yesterday's sew-in with the BMQG! This despite the fact that I went off and left the projects I meant to work on at 'home' - brought my machine, brought my swap mugmat, brought my three fat quarters for games ... forgot to bring the two plastic boxes of projects that I wanted to work on. (sigh!) I had _intended_ to catch up on my Layer Cake Quilt Along blocks and to finish sewing and quilting my 'winter' set of strip set blocks.
Instead ... I won all 36 fat quarters in the dice game we played!! What a hoot - of all the people in the room (13 members came to the sew-in), I was probably the LEAST fabric-needy person there. LOL. Of course, I did NOT offer to give the pretty bits back - heaven forbid!! I do, however, feel somewhat obliged by Good Luck to pass the pleasure onward so I am planning to make charity quilts with my lot. :)
One of our members, Nichelle, is a serious Gadget Girl - she brought a Go Baby cutter with her to the meeting to share along with a number of useful dies. I took advantage of her largesse to cut six big Apple Core pieces from each fat quarter I won that I will use to make one (or more, with luck) pretty charity quilts. :) I've always wanted to make an Apple Core patchwork but never felt up to cutting umpty pieces for the job. Oh, in case you don't know what this template/charm pattern looks like, here is a pretty example. :)
I managed to cut about 204 pieces from my fat quarter haul - I saved two of the fat quarters out and did not cut from them as they had overall patterns that I thought would best be used in whole. :) Here is the pile, along with a sample for size:
I was just puttering about here in my office at the store, getting ready to work for the afternoon, and found the paperwork I downloaded earlier this week for making sewing kits up to send to Australia for flood victims - I know if I were flooded out with none of my possessions remaining, I'd sure as heck miss my needles, threads and scissors! I am thinking I will use the two intact fat quarters along with two pieces of 'made from scraps fabric' that I was given to make sewing kits. If you are interested in helping with this worthy cause, too, you can find the info here.
After sitting in front of my machine for a few minutes yesterday I had a serious slap-on-the-forehead DUH experience. LOL I remembered that the two full bins of fabric and four bags of projects-in-progress that I cleaned out of my office were STILL in the back of my car. LOL. No projects to work on - I should _be_ so lucky! So, I toddled out to my car and found a shawl kit I bought from Cherrywood Fabrics last spring (at the Lancaster quilt show) to make. I did get the whole thing pieced yesterday (in between breaks to chatter, laugh, cut fabric and EAT) and all it needs is to be hemmed (photo when that is done).
I tell you, NOTHING beats a day out to sew with like-minded buddies! What a blast!
PS Here are more photos of our day - my camera ran out of charge early on, though. <sniff>