What a day we had for our St Mark's Quilters Christmas break-up lunch recently!
The sun shone brightly, if a little too warmly, and we had all the essentials: puppies, yummy festive food, and lots of fabric.
Michaela's smile said it all, as she obligingly posed with her web-pieced kindy quilt (in progress) to show Linda Hungerford how well she's put into practice her Stitchin' Mission lessons learnt seven years ago.
The only stony face in sight was this rather pensive fellow on the church wall.
We welcomed our newest recruit, Elsa, Di B's new golden retriever puppy, and I'm happy to say Chester was a complete gentleman. He even dressed for the occasion in his Christmas bandana, made by Di B.
After a tentative introduction the two of them went on to play happily all day.
Chester even allowed Elsa "win" their wrestling match.
With our Autism Puzzle quilt for The Marcia finished, this was the perfect opportunity to photograph it in the garden where the children play after church.
Of course there were other beautiful new quilts too. Like this Blanket of Love from Sue M.
And this sunshiny one donated by our quilting friend Claire who made it in memory of her friend's little bub who passed away in childbirth.
Her friend didn't want a Blanket of Love for herself, preferring to have Claire donate it instead to RPA Hospital, so in a thoughtful gesture, Claire also made a perfect miniature version of this (already tiny) quilt to give to her friend to keep.
Gail O ran up this pirate quilt, sure to be a hit with a little person at The Marcia next year.
And Gillian couldn't "bear" to stop at just one teddy Blanket of Love.
There were more, but I'll pop them on our Blankets of Love and Kindy Quilts pages in the next few days where you can see them. Here's a little taste.
May you know God's love for you at Christmas and always.