A gracious hostess, Margaret, content to sit and sew hexagons and keep Matilda and Chester happy.
Two whole days at Di B’s cosy harbourside home, taking over her sitting room.
A little bit of silliness (of course!)
It was too good to pass up! It’s been ages since I’ve had a needle and thread in my hands and I tend to get a little twitchy if I go too long without stitching. Do you?
You’ll see versions of this nifty bag everywhere on the internet, including this jazzy one here, but while everybody loves the design it’s had the (deserved) reputation of being a notoriously challenging pattern to make up.
Daphne showed us how to make a version with outside pockets using a Cathedral Window-type fold-down edging, something I haven’t seen elsewhere.
Our feature panels couldn’t have been more varied, but every single one was such a beauty. Janet’s panel (above) has been in her cupboard for many years just waiting for that special project to come along.
Don’t you agree, Pam’s golden oriental fabric looks fabulous edged in bright red?
Here’s Desley’s, teamed with a rich burgundy co-ordinating fabric.
Glenda was our first finisher.
Then Gillian (above). And then Di B (below).
Mine was just a little different because I chose to use strips from my selvage box to create my feature panel. I really like it .
By the afternoon of day two we were able to line up our bags for this photo, and feel mighty pleased with our results.
After two days by Sydney Harbour in the company of cheerful ladies, stitching my selvage-style Stable Bag, I confess I’m feeling much more stable myself .
Thank you, Di, Margaret (and Matilda) for hosting this wonderful weekend.