Sunday, November 28, 2010
Lunch in the Bush
As I've already mentioned in a previous post, our patchwork group met not long ago for the final time this year. For a few years we have been going to a catered luncheon in our local town, but this year our Club President offered her home for the day out. For me personally, that meant a trip of over 100 kilometres one way. It had rained during the night, on some already waterlogged roads, so there were some fast and furious early morning phone calls hither and yon trying to decide whether to cancel, or move the proceedings back to the hall where we usually meet. Thankfully, the sun shone early, so we decided to give it a go. We all contributed to the feast, with several different salads, turkey, ham, chicken, quiche, and sweets of course. Unfortunately, I didn't take a photo of the sweets, probably too busy making sure I tried everything!!! If you enlarge the above photo, in the bottom left corner you will see a type of green aspic salad. This was made with diced cucumber and crushed pineapple, in a tangy gelatin mould. I will endeavour to make it again soon, sharing the recipe if anyone is interested.
These are a couple of photos taken as we were driving into the property, ie one of the surface water storages, complete with tank and windmill, something quite familiar to all of us out here. You will notice the heavy skies, which kept us all a little nervous throughout the day. Our hostess has a beautiful home, with lawn, fruit trees, vegetable garden, and many, many garden beds, an oasis in the middle of nowhere really. One thing that I thought might interest some readers was their mailbox. I think it was made by their son, and I'd love to see what their mailman did the first day it appeared. It's just too cute.
The highlight of our day is sharing the stitching we've completed throughout the year. Some of us don't get as much done as we should.............., but one of our members just leaves us all in her wake. She produces the most wonderful quilts, wallhangings, table mats, tea towels, you think it, she makes it, and beautifully!!!! She is also our 'unofficial' photographer, diligently recording everyones' pieces for following generations, and a kind and giving member where sharing knowledge is concerned. I have two photos of her work, with her permission of course. The quilt on the left was made by Neitta, purchased in kit form, but she told us some of the fabrics included were not quite to her liking, so she had to make some substitutions. I have to tell you too that this type of setback is quite annoying for us here, as we just can't run down to the local patchwork shop and grab a fat quarter or two!!! If this happens, it often takes some time before you have all your pieces together. I believe this quilt is entitled Rosebud Lane.
Neitta travelled to Dalby one weekend during winter to attend a workshop given by Fiona Hammond. You can see more of Fiona's work on her website here:
http://chiatanyadesigns.com.au/ The fabrics had to be purchased prior to the workshop, as some of the block piecing was to be done in advance. Thank you so much Neitta for allowing me to share these with other ladies, and thank you for being you!!!