On Thursday, John and I met up with 3 friends at Darling Harbour to attend the Quilt Show. We had a great day - a bit of shopping (wool from Bendigo Woollen Mills, pattern from Thread and Ginger, kit from Hatched and Patched, templates from Punch with Judy to make Candied Hexagons, Bernina stitch-in-the-ditch sole plate for my walking foot and a few other bits and pieces).
Some of the quilts on display were spectacular and so lovely to see our local girl (Merrilyn Pearce) take out Best of Show once again.
At lunchtime I quickly said hello to Chookyblue and Cardygirl, then met up with Chookyblue and Fairy Girl for afternoon tea - a definite highlight of the day. Really looking forward to meeting up with Chookyblue and our other on-line friends at next year's quilt show.
We didn't spend as much time at the quilt show as we normally would because we went to meet up with Peta and her Mum while Peta tried on a dress she would love to wear for the wedding. So exciting. Peta has found a dress she loves in a Paddington Boutique - sadly the dress is too big but Peta is talking to the designer about having a dress made in her size. I just hope Peta can have what she has her heart set on.
Friday was a Mental Health Day to recover from my rushing around on Thursday. Spent some time finishing off the outline stitching on Vintage Valentines and then started shadow quilting inside the blocks. I knew the space outside the appliques needed to be quilted but I wasn't keen on meandering or stippling. Never having done shadow quilting, it's been a matter of jumping in at the deep end and just having a go.
Saturday morning I decided to be brave and try out the BSR attachment - what a difference! My stitches are still not perfect but so much better than without the BSR.
Did some more quilting yesterday and now 9 blocks are finished. 3 more smaller blocks to go and then the central medallion - will need to move to the dining room table to be able to manoeuvre the quilt more easily at that stage.
Yesterday afternoon Michael rang to say he and Peta have bought a ring - more excitement - antique ruby and diamonds. They pick it up this afternoon. Mum, Jenni and I went to the pictures yesterday afternoon to see "Bridesmaids" - I didn't know much about the movie only that it looked funny from the previews on tv. Definitely not a movie to see with your mother or your daughter.