Sunday, May 4, 2008

What a wonderful Weekend

About a month ago, there was a decision made to have a quilting weekend at my sister's house in Kadina. This had been postponed once but we finally made it. All in all there were eight of us - two of my sisters, Emily and four of my nieces and of course, me!

This is my sister, Dineke and my niece Emma. Emma is over from Holland and had come along for the weekend just to hang out and watch as she hasn't really done any sewing before, let alone quilting. Dineke had to go out to buy some fabric and Emma came along and was convinced to have a go at making a quilt.



In the end, Emma was the only one to finish a quilt top completely! She enjoyed the process a lot and, I must confess, did a better job than I did on my first quilt. This will be a lovely souvenir to take back to Holland with her.

Karen, cutting at the table, has made a few quilts but has not had any formal lessons. She was very happy to learn the art of cutting and other handy hints and tips that I managed to pass down from my few lessons. Elly, at the ironing board, had also just come along to watch, but she caught the bug herself and managed to make a little quilt too. She has since bought her border fabrics and will be dropping by tonight to do some more quilting.

Here is Madi, Emily and my sister Jo - all busy sewing. We started sewing early in the morning and finished sewing late at night. Every time someone hopped up from a sewing machine to iron, measure or cut, someone else would hop on. It really was a lovely weekend and it was so nice to get to know nieces a bit better and to spend time helping each other.



We hope to do this again soon. I was reluctant to leave the boys behind - I think it's the first time I have left them for a weekend but David and the boys had a great time and they are more than happy for me to do it again. And, amazingly enough, my house was not trashed when I got back - they had worked hard to make sure it was almost as I had left it! Not that it would have mattered - all I cared about was that everyone had fun.

Hope everyone else had a good weekend too!

Cheers
l
x

ps - a big thanks to Poppy and Mei for leaving such a lovely comment on my previous post. Famillionaire is now my absolute favourite word. Every time I say it I smile, from the inside out! Thank you Bec!

14 comments:

Chookyblue...... said...

wow a wonderful time spent with family...........very precious........

karenjane said...

that was quite possibly the greatest weekend ever!!!! im recoverd now thanks to a day of doing absolutely nothing. mum mentioned the idea of having a quilting weekend in karakalinga, IM ALL FOR IT!!!!!! i hope it happens, that would be awesome. we sure are familionares, soooo lucky to have such great family

xoxox- karen

karenjane said...

hey, me again, if you think to get a picture of emma and ellys quilts id love to see how they turned out, also, so glad to hear your house was in one piece upon your arival lol:)

Jenny said...

What a special wonderful weekend:)

Gina said...

I'm so glad you got to have your special weekend of quilting Levin! ..and how wonderful that your nieces joined in for the first time..sounds like they are naturals!
Looking forward to seeing what you and Emily are working on! Hope you get to have another quilting session soon, it's also allows for the
'boys'{all 3) to have a special time together too!
Gina xx

Sarahs Home said...

Sounds like a perfect weekend to me. I am glad that you had a fun time.

Sarah x

Blossom said...

what a wonderful way to spend a weekend..........
you all did so(sew) well!!LOL

Lisa said...

Wish I had a pile of sisters and nieces so we could have a weekend like you all had. I have only one sister and one niece so I guess we could do the same just on a smaller scale, looks like a fun time for all girls of all ages.

Leanne said...

What a lovely weekend... my family live in Moonta. I expect you have visited the quilt shop in Moonta Ally has some great patterns.

Poppy & Mei said...

Oh, you've made me cry!
Don't worry, happy tears.
You can pay me back by inviting me to the next weekend you put together. ;)
Looks fabulous! Xxx

Jacquie said...

Thanks so much for sharing about your weekend. What wonderful memories you made!

Bird Bath said...

Lucky you! what a great way to spend the weekend. I'm sure you will all treasure your memories from that collaboratin for many years. How nice that the guys tidied up for you...I bet they did miss you a tinsy bit :)

Pixiedust said...

Thats a lovely idea, it looks like you all really enjoyed youselves. I've just purcased some fat quarters to give my first quilt a bash. I've joined a quilt along group in a forum i read. We get to do a different block every month.
Take Care xxx

monique said...

How wonderful to spend time with family like that.I'm glad to hear that you all had a lovely time.